I really enjoyed knowing that there were lifeguards on duty. I was able to spend some time relaxing in the sun while the played in the water. Amber was a bit afraid of the waves because they were pretty forceful but it did not take her long to get over that. She spent a long time playing in the sand. We stayed late at the beach. Late enough to confiscate a few sand toys that had been left behind by other beachgoers.
Another bonus was that we got to enjoy riding the free ferry back and forth from Galveston to Boliver. It was really fun the first couple of trips, but the novelty wore off after a few trips. Once the ferry leaves the port, you are free to exit your car and watch the dolphins and birds. The kids enjoyed standing at the front of the ferry so they could be splashed with the water spray from the ferry as it picked up speed.
My kids were perfectly happy with the hotel room. They love hotel rooms- of any sort. I thought it smelled funny and the bed was lumpy and hard. I can't believe I am going to say this, but my camp air mattress was more comfortable than these beds. We were all so happy to shower the sand away.
Board Game Cafe
I ordered a pizza for the kids and a pulled pork sandwich for me. Drink refills are free but you must take your drink to the counter to get it refilled. That was really my only complaint. It took forever to get a refill if someone was ordering in front of you. The food was okay.
We played Jenga, pass the pigs and a few other crazy games that I had never even heard off. They had a great selection. I even saw a FIREFLY board game. ( Yeah, we made everyone in the cafe jump every time our Jenga game crashed- by me of course!)
We took a long walk on the beach along the seawall. We stopped in at Murdochs our favorite little shop on the seawall. We love looking at all the souvenirs and trinkets as much as sitting in the rockers and looking out over the water.
The teen called to say he was hungry. I tried to talk the kids into eating at Bubba Gumps and riding a few rides on Pleasure Pier but for whatever reason they were not interested. Crazy right? I really wanted seafood. I wanted to ride the ferris wheel on the gulf. I think I am a kid at heart. We ended up eating what the kids choose. McDonalds. For the 2nd time during our trip. I was not impressed. I was actually sad. It was a better budget choice.
After McDonalds, we repacked the sand filled car and headed home. I planned a quick pitstop at the Woodlands, Tx but I changed my mind at the last minute and ended up at Kemah Tx. Be sure to check out my post on that. We are certainly going back!
Now, tell me, do your kids or fellow travelers prefer a little downtime in the hotel during your vacations or are mine just weird?