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5 Top Texas Beaches for Big Families

    While Texas is known for many things, beaches aren’t often the first thing that comes to mind. Given a glance, however, the gulf coast has more than plenty of beachfront fun to offer big families along the coast and on barrier islands alike. We’ve compiled some of our top picks below, along with links to where your family can easily stay nearby. For your convenience, we’ve included links to nearby big family friendly hotels first and then vacation rentals.

    Galveston Island R.A. Apffel East Beach

    While there are seven beaches on Galveston Island that you can choose from, R.A. Apffel East Beach is famous for great festivals and live concerts held all through the summer. Located at the far eastern tip of the island and home to events such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sandcastle Competition, East Beach offers plenty of year-round services and entertainment as well. The beach park offers a pavilion, boardwalk, and entertainment stage as well as public restrooms, showers, chair, and umbrella rentals, food, and drinks, as well as other amenities.

    Big Family Hotels in Galveston

    Galveston Island Vacation Rentals

    Seawall Urban Park

    Another family-friendly Galveston beach, this 10-mile gulf-facing beach offers both secluded stretches as well as more getaway-tailored parts of the park. Plenty of restaurants, shopping centers, and fun can be found in and around Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier amusement park, with cheap and convenient nearby parking to boot. What’s more, Seawall Urban Park is more than welcoming to pets, so long as they’re kept on leashes; just make sure your choice in a hotel is, too.

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    Big Family Hotels in Galveston

    Seawall Beach Vacation Rentals

    Mustang Island State Park

    Spanning more than five miles of coastline, Mustang Island State Park has plenty of room for fun in the sun. A short distance from the local community of Port Aransas and Corpus Christi, Mustang Island offers options for camping, shopping, surfing, kayaking, fishing and more, with a handful of nearby hotels that’ll keep you and your family close to whatever action you may find.

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    Big Family Hotels in Corpus Christi

    Mustang Island Beach Vacation Rentals

    South Padre Island

    A bit further south than our last entry on this list is where you’ll find South Padre Island. Located a fair deal closer to Corpus Christi, this sandy refuge offers just about all anyone could ask for; from an extensive array of shopping locales to stunning arts/architecture and no shortage of good eats, South Padre Island has a bit of it all not too far out from the city, as well as a variety of places to stay.

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    Big Family Hotels in South Padre Island

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    Boca Chica State Park Beach

    Spanning eight miles of pristine coastline and near the Mexico border, Boca Chica State Park offers plenty of peace and tranquility for visitors. Calmer waters give way to more relaxed swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and kiteboarding, with hiking options also nearby. The tranquility of this beach does however come at the price of a lack of a handful of amenities, so be sure to pack as necessary. Most big family hotels can be found nearby in Brownsville.

    Big Family Hotels in Brownsville

    Boca Chica State Park area Vacation Rentals


    Ryan Jorgensen

    In addition to travel, Ryan enjoys watching baseball, reading about history, and studying conversational Japanese. His eventual travel goals include Rome, an ancient Shinto temple, and all 30 MLB stadiums.