We are back from our Spring Break and back to real life with school, sports and schedules. But that’s okay, a little break away always rejuvenates and energizes and now I’m feeling particularly ready for all the Spring goodness!
For our Spring Break, we went to Galveston (a nearby beach town) and Waco (hello Fixer Upper!) and today I’m sharing scenes from our Galveston trip, along with where we stayed, good things to eat, and lots of fun things to do if you decide to vacation there.
It’s just an hour south car-ride from Houston, so definitely worth it to go, even for the day. In retrospect, I almost wish we would’ve stayed longer than two days because all the packing required is a bit crazy for just a short time away.
But once you get there, it feels totally worth it!
Our friends have a condo in Galveston, which is where we spent most of our time, though we rented a hotel at the San Luis (more on that later). The condo is called Palisade Palms and they have rentals too, but when we looked at staying there, the only rentals available were for the week, and we didn’t plan on staying that long. But, like I mentioned above, maybe next time we would plan to stay longer and do a week rental so you really get a chance to settle in and do more on the island than the pool and beach.
The place is gorgeous, clean and well-maintained. It’s got two pools, a hot tub, boardwalk to the beach and fitness area, tennis courts, basketball court, and small playground. It’s located on East Beach, close to shopping and restaurants too.
Below is a look at the condos from behind, and you can see the tennis courts and convenient parking, and how close it is to the beach, just a couple minute walk.
The big pools are definitely a bonus because they are only 3 1/2 feet deep, so most of the kids we were with were able to touch the bottom. It’s awesome to have the pool and beach available because sometimes you get enough of the sand and just want to be out at the pool.
It was actually really chilly and windy the first day we were there, but when the wind stopped, it felt nice. The pool was heated and the kids didn’t seem to mind the temps because they played and swam for hours!
This navy/white gingham swimsuit was another winner from the swimsuit try on. The fabric is nice and textured and the ruching on the sides and across the middle is figure flattering. Y’all have seen my “body after baby” one year later and that’s why I currently prefer one-pieces right now. Plus, it’s easier to chase after kids in a one-piece and feel secure that everything is all tucked in place! 😉 The neck strap is removeable and it’s super cute with or without it.
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Since we were traveling with a baby, we stayed at a suite at the San Luis hotel. The hotel is gorgeous and located right on The Seawall, directly across from the beach. Jordan usually goes to bed really early, so we wanted a separate bedroom for her to quietly sleep in while the rest of us stayed up in the living room. They had a crib and crib bedding available and this setup has worked well for us when we’ve traveled in the past, but this time, Jordan hated the crib and didn’t end up sleeping well at all either night. Boo for her and us!
We originally planned to hang at our friends’ condo on day 1 and then come here to the pool for day 2. I booked a cabana at the pool for some guaranteed shade, but the hotel wasn’t allowing any guests to come to the pool that weekend. Such a bummer, but they let me cancel the cabana and we ended up just hanging at our friends’ pool instead.
Since we were only in Galveston for two days, we didn’t get to explore the island, but there’s tons to do, almost everything family friendly, including:
The Seawall – This is iconic Galveston, and you can drive, walk, bicycle along the seawall and soak in the ocean air and great people watching. There’s tons of restaurant and cheap shopping along the seawall too.
The Strand – a quaint neighborhood of restaurants, shops and bars with historic architecture.
Pleasure Pier – amusement park with rides, games, Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant and shopping
Pier 21– waterfront entertainment and dining area with attractions including Harbor House, Willie G’s, Olympia Grill, Noony Tony’s
Every time I’ve been in the past, it’s been hot, hot, hot, so shorts (new fave!), tanks, and flip flops were the appropriate attire. But, as I learned this trip, it gets chilly too, so you want to bring jeans and sweatshirts. White jeans (under $70) definitely say Galveston too.
Same goes for the kids. I ordered them a couple new things from Nordstrom when I bought my swimsuits. I love their kids department so much and they have the cutest things! My son wears a uniform to school, so he doesn’t have a big wardrobe, and he is just now outgrowing his shorts and tees from two years ago.
I have to seriously be careful in the Nordstrom baby girl department! It’s true that having a girl to dress is so much fun. They just look so cute in everything! Look at this sweet shorts and top set! It was too cold for Jordan to get to wear that yet, so she’ll be wearing it at home soon.
So, this might be one of my longest posts ever, but I wanted to make it a complete recap and travel guide for you! I hope it’s helpful for those of you looking to travel to Galveston in the future and for my friends (and Grandma Nola – hi!! ? ) who just like to see cute pictures of our kids!