How to Plan the Perfect Day Trip to Galveston Bay

If you are looking for a fun-filled day trip, consider visiting the Galveston Bay area. This area harbors activities sure to satisfy any member of the family from shopping to historic sites to the best bird watching around! Use this guide to the best day trip to Galveston Bay and start planning your getaway! 

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Things to do on Your Day Trip to Galveston Bay


Any Texan knows a road trip isn’t complete without stopping at a Buc-ee’s, whether you’re on your way to or from the destination (or both)! Not only are they known for the “cleanest restrooms” in town, but their wide souvenir assortment and yummy treats alone are worth a visit! Stop in at the Texas City location for a quick pit stop on your day trip to Galveston Bay and load up on some of their signature Beaver nuggets or fresh beef jerky! 

Kemah Lighthouse District

The charming Kemah Lighthouse District is a perfect spot for those who love live local music, antiques, spa’s, fine art, home décor, homemade fudge, ice cream, and a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. Enjoy a sunset ride in a horse-drawn carriage or a marina and/or boating tour as well. 

You can also head on over to the Kemah Boardwalk for fair style fun for the entire family! Enjoy rollercoaster rides and enjoy all the amusements the park has to offer, including all the many restaurants on-site. 

The Space Center of Houston

The Space Center of Houston is a learning center for all things science, space, and exploration. With more than 400 things to see and do, you and your family will feel enveloped in NASA’s mission. You’ll see the largest collection of artifacts, space suits, and space rocks in the world along with an interactive space shuttle. For a more kid-friendly experience, check out the Space Place and Martian Matrix. 

Bolivar Flats Birdshore Sanctuary

The world-renowned Bolivar Flats is a 5-mile stretch of salt marsh and beach where thousands of birds call home. Visitors love to explore and take walks, observing untouched nature in full force. To visit, you’ll need a parking pass, but the area itself is free to explore making it an amazing stop in your day trip to Galveston Bay! 

Spend the Night with Swedes Real Estate

A day trip to Galveston Bay is a great way to get in a quick vacation, but with all the great stuff to do, it’s hard to fit it into one day! If you want to get more than just a taste of Galveston Bay, or live a bit further away, book a vacation rental with Swedes Real Estate! Our long list of beautiful vacation rental homes comes with a variety of fun and useful amenities, plus locations across town! Check availability, browse for the best home, and book your trip today!