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What to do with family and friends during Mardi Gras! Galveston: A guide

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Anyone who has been to Mardi Gras! Galveston knows how much fun it can be, but with all the parades, live entertainment and food, it can be difficult to decide what to do during this two-week event, given all the options.

That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the very best things to do that all your friends and family will love, too.


Pleasure Pier

Thrill-seekers, this one is for you! Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier has an exciting amusement park with 17 rides.

After you ride the Iron Shark roller coaster and take a spin on the Galaxy Wheel, there are plenty of family-friendly restaurants that will satisfy any craving. Not only is this place a blast, it’s also a time portal back to the early historic days of the Pier.

Kemah Boardwalk

If you’re not staying in Galveston and instead, you’re closer to Houston, why not make a stop at the Kemah Boardwalk for the day? Not only are there lots of amusement park rides to entertain everyone in the family, there are loads of restaurants and bars to unwind. You can even stay at the Boardwalk Inn and make a full weekend of it.

Downtown Aquarium

If you’re staying in Houston, you’ll want to check out one of the coolest restaurants, Downtown Aquarium.

Not only does it have great food (you have to try the seafood when you’re eating this close to the ocean), but you get to dine among 100 species of marine life. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy those views with dinner? There’s also an Aquarium restaurant at Kemah Boardwalk and even in Nashville, TN and Denver, CO.

So, what do you say?