Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
As if the beaches of Galveston weren’t enough, Moody Gardens offers the ultimate in family vacations. Its seasonal Palm Beach area has the only white-sand beach in the city, along with a lazy river, spa, wave pool, water slides and a splash pad. Shade umbrellas and beach chairs are complimentary, while cabanas are available to rent. The resort also has a 1.5m-gallon (5.7m-liter) aquarium full of exotic marine life such as penguins, sharks, stingrays and seals, and its Rainforest Pyramid has views of endangered plants and animals, including giant river otters, saki monkeys and sloths. A zip line, ropes course, 3D and 4D theaters, and a Discovery Museum are also available for family fun.