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Decent family beach closest to NW Houston area

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Decent family beach closest to NW Houston area

Hi folks,

My family and I will be in Spring area this upcoming Saturday and we'd love to take the kids to the beach. They are small fries--both under 2. No major swimming, just want something safe, a few waves, and lots of good sand to play in. We're looking at Kunah area (because of the boardwalk stuff), but would prefer something closer. Suggestions??

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1. Re: Decent family beach closest to NW Houston area

Unfortunately the weathermen are calling for a rainy weekend due to a low pressure system headed this way.

Kemah does not offer the beachy atmosphere you are asking for. The boardwalk is situated above the water, so you can see the waves from above, but there is no beach or swimming....plus, the water is very deep.

If you want a real beach with real sand, you'll need to go to Galveston

http://www.kemahboardwalk.com/

Edited: 27 August 2014, 02:40
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2. Re: Decent family beach closest to NW Houston area

Galveston, by the way, is approximately 50 miles from downtown Houston. From Spring (depending on where in Spring you are), you probably need to add another 20-25 miles, but it's virtually all freeway driving.

knr is right, though, that there's no beach in Kemah--Galveston is the closest. There's enough to occupy the kiddos if it does rain--the Pleasure Pier, the souvenir shops, etc.

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3. Re: Decent family beach closest to NW Houston area

The water feature at The Woodlands waterway might be a better option and close to home. The kids can run in and out of the water as the water sprays up - and pretty safe too as no standing water.

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4. Re: Decent family beach closest to NW Houston area

There's been a lot of seaweed on the beaches this year at Galveston, so you might consider Moody Gardens for your sand and water time. If the forecast works against the beach, the water features at The Woodlands as suggested is a good Plan B. Parking nearby and lots of restaurants around, including a great Grimaldi's pizza place, if you need/want a meal.

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5. Re: Decent family beach closest to NW Houston area

Hi BAV,

I agree with TXowg, that Moody Gardens will be your best option with the little ones; they have their own 'beach', and there is more enjoyment there for little swimmers.

http://www.moodygardens.com/

You all could head down on to Pirate's Beach or Jamaica Beach, which is a little further out (take a right at the Seawall, drive about 20 minutes). You will see signs for these beaches,and also see the public beach access signs, as well. I would do this just for a quick walk on the beach, but you probably won't want to do much more there.

Hopefully the 'weather guess' is a bit off, and it doesn't rain on everyone's weekend festivities!

Have fun!,

cc,

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6. Re: Decent family beach closest to NW Houston area

p.s. Moody Gardens has one of the most enjoyable aquariums ever; we love the penguin habitat!

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