For kids, Spring Break can be a relaxing and fun time to enjoy the warmer weather and some freedom from school. For parents it’s a constant battle against boredom that requires creativity, patience and planning. This Spring Break, we’re taking the stress off your shoulders. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your week of fun!
The Baytown area is full of family-friendly activities so why not experience them ALL this Spring Break? Baytown is home to one of only four GeoTours in the state of Texas. Through the “Family, History, Nature Together GeoTour” visitors get the chance to hunt for hidden containers at 31 of Baytown’s landmarks, piece together a puzzle through codes on the containers, and earn swag at the end of the journey! While on this expedition through Baytown, families will visit the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center to see live baby gators, Pirate's Bay Waterpark, Royal Purple Raceway, the Baytown Nature Center and more. Click here to download your pass!
For the ultimate fun in the sun adventure, slide on over to Schlitterbahn Waterpark and plunge into more than a dozen heated water adventures, including the MASSIV – one of the largest water park rides in the nation. Gear up to climb the 123 steps to the top of the nearly 82 foot high, record-breaking water coaster. Find out more about the coaster and other activities here.
If speed is your forte, you won’t want to miss a ride on Jet Boat SPINTIME, which provides an adrenaline-filled rush on the custom-built jet boat that traverses the Galveston Harbor and its environs. The entire family will enjoy the thrill and excitement of right angle turns, accelerated speeds, and “The Hamilton Spin”, a maneuver that spins the boat 360° on its axis throwing a head high wall of water into the air. Learn more here.
Head to Gator Country, an alligator theme park in Beaumont, to experience hands-on activities like holding baby gators to helping feed them. The whole family will find something to enjoy with over 585 alligators and four species of crocodiles along with caimans, alligator snapping turtles, snakes and other reptiles to see up close. Don't forget to take a photo with Big Beau, the 135-foot alligator welcoming you to the park.
If you’d rather be an astronaut than an explorer, make plans now to visit Space Center Houston. Kids 14+ are sure to get a kick out of the Level 9 Tour which offers a four hour guided tour with information about how astronauts train for time in space. Younger kids can get behind the scenes as well with lunch with an astronaut March 11 - March 16! Learn more here.
If you’ve got a thrill seeker in your midst, the Spring Break Pass is for you! This pass combines 3 parks in one pass for unlimited visits to Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk and the Downtown Aquarium. Here you can find more information and purchase your pass.
If the weather is nice, plan a beach trip! Drive and park on Surfside Beach for easy accessibility and an opportunity to catch redfish, speckled trout and many other gamefish. You can also rent surfboards, jet-skis, kayaks or arrange for a horseback ride along the beach!
Another option for families is Quintana Beach County Park, which offers cabins, restrooms and showers, a playground and an elevated boardwalk that leads to the beach. The park also has hiking trails and a great fishing pier for those handy with a rod and reel.
If you’re looking to spice up your trip, both beaches are just a short drive from attractions that include Sea Center Texas, the Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, the Lake Jackson Historical Museum, and the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. Find out more information on the Brazosport area using this link.
For more information on spring break activities and more, visit our Day Trips page.