Photo courtesy of Galveston Island Pleasure Pier
Sandy ShoresThere are many versions of this port city: Generations-old yacht clubs, charming neighborhoods full of pastel houses, waterfront amusement parks, and long boardwalks and piers. Galveston also has 32 miles of beaches, some of which are known for surfing, others for family picnics. Games and rides such as Texas Teacups and Iron Shark Rollercoaster abound at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier (hint to mom and dad: head to the Brew Station to cool off with a beer or 'rita.) In town, stop by LaKing’s Confectionery, where master candy maker Ernest Torres hand-pulls saltwater taffy and serves up malted milk shakes at and old-fashioned soda counter.