Our kids had never been to the beach so we felt it was high time they went.
There was this nice stretch of still water inland a bit and away from the waves. It was only about a foot and a half deep. Perfect for wading.
Galveston is close enough to where the Mississippi River empties, that water is a silty brown from the draining river. The kids didn't mind a bit and loved the sand, water, and waves. The water was surprising warm.
It was a really, really windy day and the sand was super fine. We were all coated in a fine sandy powder in short order. However, the kids probably would have stayed there all day if we could.
I tried baby powder to remove the sand before we got in the car. It help somewhat, yet I still felt I owed our washing machine an apology upon our return to San Antonio.
All in all the trip great. The children are getting to be very good car travelers (just in time for baby #4 to throw a wrench into that). Matthew and Melissa thought the hotel room was one of the highlights of the trip. I found a two bedroom, two queen bed, hotel room with a kitchen and living area for $100 a night and only a few miles from NASA. It wasn't a luxurious place but it was very clean and it had all that we needed. Plus the kids liked the grab and go breakfast. That was the good part about the hotel. From a grownup perspective that is where the pluses ended. "Matthew go to bed. Melissa go back to bed. Isaac go back to bed." (repeat) "Matthew stop teasing Melissa. Melissa you ARE tired settle down and rest. Kids it's time to be quiet. GO TO SLEEP ALREADY!!!"