When visiting the Galveston / Houston area, there are many RV Resorts to choose from. The time of year and one's interest when visiting can help you decide which campsite is the best. Living on Galveston Island has many advantages over living near Houston. For one, it gets a family away from everyday life to be in a city with all traffic, and the most important thing is that many of the campsites are located near the beach. The amenities the campsite has to offer can help you make a decision, as most of Galveston campgrounds are just like Hotel Resorts. For example, Jamaica Beach RV Resort is ten miles from downtown Galveston. The resort has 181 sites with full connectivity including cable TV. There are two swimming pools, one with a swim bar, a Jacuzzi and a 700 meter long river. Other amenities include a deck, basketball court, mini golf and a fully equipped outdoor kitchen. One would find that the 45 mile drive to Houston is very easy on Interstate 45.
The island of Galveston is about 25 miles long, and in some areas less than a mile wide. At the southeast end of the island one has to cross a toll bridge for $ 2.00 to get back to the mainland, the northwest end just stops at the mouth of the bay; However, there is a ferry service that takes one to the Bolivar Peninsular. The other entrance to the island is across Interstate 45 which turns into Broadway Avenue, this being the main street through the Galveston business district.
Downtown Historical Galveston is located along Galveston Bay in the Port of Galveston, where cruise ships dock. All the buildings here are historical, while some buildings are offices, other shops for tourists, as well as some have been developed into historical museums. Along the bay you will find a selection of seafood restaurants and museums.
For those who like historical as well as educational sites, Galveston Island is a great place to visit. Buying the bypass to Galveston Island has a big advantage, you have to buy at least four or more attractions, and the savings are 40 percent cheaper than individual tickets.
Some of the attractions included are, Moody Mansion, built in 1895, depicting one of the richest founders of 20th century America with all original furniture. I have to say that the furniture for the living areas is quite impressive, but the furniture for the bedroom lacks comfort and style. At the Navel Museum, you can tour the inside of the famous USS Cavalla Submarine which sank Japanese naval carrier Shokaku, which attacked Pearl Harbor. I'm not sure how people could live in such close quarters, one thing is for sure, no one had any secrets. USS Stewart is the only Edsall-class destroyer preserved in the United States. These are the only two vessels in the museum. Ocean Star, a retired drilling rig rigged ashore, approached the Museum explaining the process of drilling, extracting oil, safety and environmental impact of the oil industry. The living quarters have been converted into a museum, while the drilling rig and equipment for the drill are still intact. Being on this rig can give a sense of what it's like to be miles off shore and work twelve hour shifts. For those who like trains, the Railway Museum is a must. Here you will find many cars that were built in the early 1900s to the mid-1940s, all restored to their original dates. There are several engines from different eras; However, only one can board. Although Galveston Island is small, with the many historical sites, beaches and family attractions available, Galveston can keep a family quite busy for days.
Battleship Texas, located in LaPorte about 40 miles northwest of Galveston, is well worth the drive. Texas was scheduled to be used as a bomb target, but after a successful run by the people of Texas, she was assigned to the people of the state of Texas in 1948. When Texas was launched in 1914, she was the most powerful battleship in the world. In 1925, she underwent major modifications and over the next twelve years steamed the Atlantic and Pacific, representing the US Navy. Battleship Texas is a big and complicated item and getting around her can be very confusing. To our surprise, not only can all the tire levels, but also the engine rooms.
Buying a Houston pass is the best way to see the top five attractions at an affordable price. With Houston being the fourth largest city in the country, you can see how the city really is spread. Three of the destinations are the center, while the other two are in the outer parts of the city.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science was very informative and informative. The museum displayed the dinosaur era as well as the evolution of humanity. Here you can learn about the minerals the earth gives us and how they are transformed to create today's technology. In addition, the museum displays many species of animals in their natural habitat and their means of survival. The Houston Zoo is small but very nice for both adults and children. For a small zoo, the diversity of animals was quite impressive. My favorite part was feeding the giraffes, large but very gentle creatures, just don't turn their backs on them. The Houston Aquarium is quite small, but well worth a visit. Here you will find many species of smaller fish from the Gulf of Mexico, some quite colorful but not edible. Included with the passport is a selection of rides for the smaller children. Located right on the water about 20 miles east of downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is a popular destination for all ages. The Boardwalk has a great selection of shops and restaurants. In addition, there are many walks for all ages to enjoy. This is a popular destination for weekends and evenings. Space Center Houston, located in the southeastern part of Houston. The space center shows past, present and future space exploration. With the room center very informative. Our favorite part was the Independence Space Shuttle which sat on top of the Boeing 747. The shuttle bus is a copy from the original, but it was still interesting to see what the inside of a shuttle looks like.
By far, the history and attractions in and around Galveston and Houston will keep a family entertained for weeks.