Bolivar Peninsula is a quaint little coastal community convenient to the Houston, Galveston, and Beaumont areas – yet a world away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. We offer a wide range of family things to do for you and your children.

With miles of quiet, undeveloped beaches stretching along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, you can enjoy year-round fishing, birding, kayaking, boating, and more. Play a round of golf. Visit one of our many family restaurants for some fresh local seafood or live music. Take a free ferry boat ride to Galveston Island. Or just pull up a chair and enjoy a relaxing day at the beach with family and friends. 

To learn more about the things to see and do on the Bolivar Peninsula, unlock a copy of our free Bolivar Peninsula Vacation Guide.

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“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air”

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Outdoor Recreation in Crystal Beach Texas

The Bolivar Peninsula, located on the beautiful Gulf Coast, is filled with incredible wildlife and gorgeous scenery. Make the most of your stay in this stunning destination with these fun outdoor activities! 


The Gulf of Mexico offers some of the best fishing, so why not cross it off your bucket list now? You’ll find some of the best fishing experiences like Capt. Ronnie Scheck’s Crystal Beach Fishing Charters in your free Vacation Guide! 


Enjoy the sunshine, beautiful weather, and your best buds with a round of golf! A few places on the Bolivar Peninsula to test out your swing include Rancho Carribe or The Gulf Range Mini-Golf Course! 


27 miles of the Bolivar Peninsula are beach shorelines, so it’s only essential that you explore the beautiful shores of Crystal Beach! Here, you’ll find pretty shells, awesome surf fishing spots, and even shark teeth! 

You can also drive vehicles on Crystal Beach, so make sure to visit for one of the most anticipated annual events, Jeep Weekend, where Jeep lovers from all over unite to bond over the love of their most prized possession! Driving your vehicle on the beach is just one family thing to do that your entire crew will enjoy!

Romantic Things To Do In Crystal Beach Texas

Going on your honeymoon? Anniversary trip? Or a romantic getaway just because? Spend time with your sweetheart by doing fun activities like scoping out the rich history of Bolivar Peninsula, sightseeing from the top of a lighthouse, winning prizes for each other at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, or wining and dining on the water!

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Bolivar Point Lighthouse 

Visit one of the few remaining lighthouses on the Gulf Coast, explore the history, and experience awesome views high above the Bolivar Peninsula when you visit Bolivar Point Lighthouse! 

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier 

Who says adults can’t still have fun? Take the free Bolivar Ferry over to Galveston, and bring out your inner child and enjoy carnival-style rides, games, and food! It’s the perfect way to create lasting memories with your sweetheart! 

Waterfront Dining 

Enjoy the freshest local food on the water when you experience waterfront restaurants on the Bolivar Peninsula, like Stingaree Restaurant & Marina or Steve’s Landing Waterfront Grille. 

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Kid-Friendly Activities 

The kids will never forget their time vacationing on the Bolivar Peninsula when they experience the awesome family things to do that our coast has to offer. They’re sure to be awestruck at the sight of playful dolphins swimming around near the boat on a dolphin tour.  

Fort Travis Seashore Park 

Fort Travis Seashore Park is a great learning experience for the young ones. There, you’ll see the first fort established by the Republic of Texas in 1863! 

The Gulf Range Mini Golf 

Let the kids channel their inner golfer with a day at the Gulf Range Mini Golf! Then, take a break from the course at The Saloon restaurant! 

For more family and kid-friendly activities both on and off the beach, click here! Your family is going to have so much fun on your next beach vacation.


Don’t forget to unlock our FREE Bolivar Peninsula Vacation Guide for a full list of adventures and sights to see in the Crystal Beach area!