The Ultimate Guide for a Family Vacation to Crystal Beach, TX

Planning a family vacation to the Bolivar Peninsula promises sun-soaked days, sandy toes, and diverse activities for all ages. From serene beach moments to thrilling adventures, here’s your comprehensive guide to crafting the perfect family getaway. Whether your family vacation to Crystal Beach, TX, is for a family of three, multi-generations, or a large family reunion, we have you covered.

Planning the Perfect  Family Trip

A little vacation planning goes a long way! Bring your family together for a planning session that will help you be prepared for fun in the sun. After you have everyone’s input on preferred activities, meals, and more, you can sit back and relax.

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Keep reading for suggested things to do, places to visit, and dining options.

Beachfront Bliss for All Ages

  1. Play in the Sand: Kick off your family vacation with the classic beach experience. Let the kids build sandcastles, fly a kite, collect seashells, and play beach games.
  2. Have a Picnic: Nothing says vacation like a picnic in the sand. Pack up everyone’s favorite sandwiches, snacks, fresh fruit, and cold drinks for a relaxing time under the beach umbrella.
  3. Scavenger Hunt: Create your own or find a free printable beach scavenger hunt. You can play for the day or the entirety of your family vacation to Crystal Beach, TX.
  4. Shell Collecting: Turn your beach time into a treasure hunt by searching for unique shells along the shore. It’s a captivating activity that engages kids and adults alike.


family with two children on a boat


Outdoor Adventures Await

  1. Go Bird Watching
  2. Bolivar Peninsula History
  3. Putt-Putt Golf – The Gulf Range
  4. Slip & Slide at a Waterpark
  5. Rent a golf cart
  6. Fishing Charter
  7. Rent a Boat
  8. Explore High Island
  9. Visit Fort Travis
  10. Jet Ski Rental
  11. Explore East End Lagoon Nature Preserve
  12. Stargazing

There are plenty more outdoor activities to explore on your Bolivar Peninsula family vacation. Click here to see more.

Indoor Escapades

  1. Indoor Games
  2. Movie Night
  3. Beach-Themed Crafts
  4. Go Shopping
  5. At-home Spa Night

Click here for more great indoor activities for your next beach getaway that can be enjoyed from your family-friendly vacation rental.


boy looking at shark in aquarium

Kid-Friendly Attractions

  1. The Big Store’s Amusement Area
  2. Moody Gardens Aquarium
  3. Take a Ferry Ride
  4. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

For more great kid-friendly things to do, click here.

Food & Dining Options

  1. Ice Cream Shops
  2. Grab Some Pizza
  3. Great Restaurants
  4. Seafood Restaurants
  5. Grocery Stores

Tips for a Seamless Family Vacation

  1. Plan Diverse Activities: Ensure a mix of activities that cater to varying interests and energy levels. Luckily, many favorite pastimes are only a short walk or drive from your vacation rental.
  2. Flexible Itinerary: Allow for flexibility in your schedule. Some of the best family memories are often spontaneous. Travel with various age groups (and personalities) will require everyone to remain flexible.
  3. Safety First: Whether by the water or engaging in outdoor adventures, be sure to prioritize safety. Pack sunscreen, life jackets, and any necessary protective gear for your family.
  4. Capture the Moments: Bring a camera or use your smartphone to capture the laughter, smiles, and unforgettable moments. You can even hire a professional photographer while your entire family is together.


Amazing Grace, Swedes Real Estate Vacation Rental HouseA family vacation in Crystal Beach, TX, will provide memories for a lifetime. From the tranquility of the beach to the thrill of outdoor adventures, the Gulf Coast is an ideal location for quality time and tons of fun. Many families return to the Bolivar Peninsula yearly for their cherished family vacations.

One of our rentals with a pool or a large group home will be the perfect backdrop for your Bolivar Peninsula family vacation.