Located at the end of Galveston's historic Strand district, the Galveston Railroad Museum is a true treasure for kids and adults alike. Larger-than-life trains give kids the opportunity to get up close and personal with the same machines they may play with models of at home. While there are many Houston-area museums to choose from, seeing little eyes light up when they board real rail cars and get hands-on with these historical locomotives is well worth a trip to Galveston.
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With a new school year starting in just a couple of weeks, we decided to ease our kids back into the learning game with a fun and informative trip to the San Jacinto Battleground. Filled to the brim with Texas history, this state historic site is home to the iconic San Jacinto Monument and museum, the USS Texas Battleship, and tons of green space to explore with historical markers and informative plaques. It's often challenging to find a family activity that all four of our kids (ages 3, 5, 8 and 11) will enjoy, but we were pleasantly surprised by how much there was to see and do at the battleground.
What's better than a fun boat ride around historic Galveston Bay? Easy - a fun boat ride around Galveston Bay where you can see dolphins in their natural environment! That's exactly what we got when we decided to end a day of fun in the sun in Galveston with a dolphin tour. The tour is entertaining for both adults and kids.
Tucked away on the edge of Clear Lake, right inside the Pasadena city limits, is one of the best-kept secrets in southeast Houston. Armand Bayou Nature Center features 2,500 acres of land that boasts miles of trails, vast marshes, and several educational venues that are perfect for families to explore. They offer free admission on the first and third Sunday of each month, giving families the perfect opportunity to explore the center and learn more about the special events and classes available throughout the year.
Longing to feel the sand between your toes this summer? Some of the best beaches in Texas are located just an hour or so south of the greater Houston area. Whether you're looking for a seaside escape for the day, a weekend, or longer, these beaches are all awesome options for some family friendly summer fun in the sun. And for more ideas on activities and things to do for the whole family, check out our summer fun guide for Houston kids.