Family-Friendly Things to Do in Galveston

Inn at the Waterpark is Galveston’s most popular vacation destination, and once you cross the bridge onto the Island you’ll soon discover why. Enjoy scenic views along 27 miles of coastal roads, drive past historical homes and pick up an Island Pass for local area attractions to really make the most of your stay!

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Moody Garden Attractions

Discover some of the most unique attractions on the Gulf Coast at Moody Gardens in Galveston. Open 365 days a year, family fun is just a short walk from the Inn. Moody Gardens includes Palm Beach, an IMAX 3D Theater, The Aquarium Pyramid, The Rainforest Pyramid, Ridefilm Theater, The Colonel Paddlewheel Boat and seasonal attractions like Ice Land just to name a few. 

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is open all year round and located only steps away from the Inn, making it an unbeatable location for an entire day of excitement! You can relax and float along the lazy river or get your adrenaline pumping on a thrilling ride along the roaring rapid water slides. 

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Stewart Beach

If you're looking for a beach perfectly fit for your family vacation, Stewart Beach should be your first choice! Voted one of the top 10 family beaches in 2013, Stewart Beach offers everything you need for a fun yet relaxing beach day. Grab some lounge chairs and soak up the sun, or play teams on opposite sides of the net with beach volleyball! You're guaranteed for a successful beach day.

Moody Gardens Mini Golf Course

Adventure Golf

After a day full of family fun, you may not have enough energy for 18-holes at , but you can probably squeeze in a few rounds on the Inn at the Waterpark's very own Adventure Golf course. Putt your way through tropical hazards and entertaining obstacles during the most exciting game of mini golf in Galveston. 

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Galveston Island Trolley

While Galveston’s historic and charming rail trolley cars undergo a multimillion dollar renovation, Galveston welcomes trolley buses to the island. Four trolley buses will service a route that has seven stops through Galveston’s historic downtown, and a seawall route that makes frequent stops from Stewart Beach to Moody Gardens. The service will operate seven days a week from 10am to 10pm with varied times during peak season. For more information and a detailed bus schedule, please visit:

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Galveston Railroad Museum

Dedicated to preserving the history and equipment of the largest collection of railroad stock in the southwestern United States, Galveston Railroad Museum is filled with exhibits and events that you won't want to miss during your time on the island. To learn more, visit

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Galveston Softball Fields

From little league to the major leagues, practice your pitch and score a home run at one of the many softball fields near our hotel. Inn at the Waterpark’s convenient central location will put you and your team within easy walking or driving distance to Galveston’s Lassie League Complex and the Galveston ISD Softball Field, both on 83rd street. After practice or before the big game, cool down at the Schlitterbahn Water Park and enjoy all the area attractions on our awesome island!

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Island Pass

Select four or more unique adventures and save up to 40% on participating Galveston attractions with the Island Pass, valid for 30 days after purchase. Learn more about these exclusive savings and purchase your passes today at

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More Unique Area Attractions

Attraction tickets are not included in room-rate. Check the Specials & Package page for package offers.