Things to Do Near Surfside Beach on Fun Family Vacations

Things To Do

Beach trips on your doorstep!

So, this isn’t strictly an outing but why not plan a full day of beach exploration? Children love playing in the sand, having picnics and exploring the length of Surfside. They can discover “treasures”, create sand sculptures, build dams or forts or swim and splash in the water. It’s amazing how many adults tell us that days on the beach bring back fond memories of their own childhoods. Your children can create their own magical memories at Surfside!

Crabs and Crabbing!

Crabbing enthralls young children and is lots of fun for adults. It is such an easy and cheap way to entertain different generations of the family. All you need is some simple tackle and bait, which you can easily buy in one of the bait shops near Surfside Pier. Stick your bait onto your line and dangle it into the water. You’ll soon find yourself pulling up hungry crabs. You can either pop them straight back into the ocean or watch them scrambling about in your bucket. The Pier is a popular spot for crabbing and it’s ideal for any older family members who prefer the comfort of a fishing chair while the kids crouch or kneel on the boards.

Texas' best sport fishing!

From Surfside you get full access to fourteen fabulous miles of freely accessible shorelines. It’s a perfect spot for sport fishing whether you want to fish directly from the beach right in front of your house or head down to the Pier. The Pier is a mile long and it’s free to fish from here. Some people like to book a charter. Guests usually find their own favorites among the charter companies and you can check fishing charter reviews on Yelp before you book. Depending on the time of year, you can catch an amazing variety of species so check out the Fishing Booker website to find out when your preferred fish is in season!



One of Audubon Society's favorite birding site locations

Bird lovers have plenty to discover during a stay in Surfside. The Audubon Society says this is one of their favorite birding site locations. Just take a look on your online map to find how many sanctuaries and observatories are within a walk or quick drive of your beach house. The Southern Brazoria Refuge has ranked #1 in the North American Christmas Count four times in the last 20 years. During this time over 326 species have been sighted. Another popular destination for birders is the Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary which has hidden viewing spots and an observation tower.



Watch dolphins play!

Surfside has several pods of dolphins that can often be seen frolicking in the surf. Keep your eyes open while you’re on the beach and you will often see them about 50 to 60 yards offshore. This might be a bit too far out for younger children to enjoy but you can always take in a trip to Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson.

Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson

This project has benefitted from a large investment so you can enjoy an impressive Visitor Center. Spend a day exploring the 5,000-gallon artificial reef, 2,200 gallon Coastal Bay aquarium and 1,000-gallon salt marsh exhibit. There is plenty for everyone to enjoy during your visit.

Address: 302 Medical Drive, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566

Phone: 979-292-0100



There are many houses of faith in the area, some of which were founded in the mid-1800s!


The Center for the Arts & Sciences

There is a vast amount on offer at BASF (as the Center for the Arts & Sciences is also known) from visual arts and theater to an interactive planetarium. There are regular exhibitions and special events and shows so there’s sure to be something new every time you visit. It’s under 15 minutes by car from Surfside to Clute so you can easily swing by if there’s some kind of activity you want to join in. The BASF holds a truly remarkable collection of resources so it’s easy to see why it’s rated one of Top Ten Museums in Texas by Frommer’s Travel Guide

Address: 400 College Blvd,  Clute, TX

Phone:  979-265-7661


Lake Jackson Historical Museum

This is another excellent place to visit and it’s just a few minutes further away than Clute. You’ll discover dozens of video presentations plus family-friendly hands-on exhibits and interactive displays. Find out about the Karankawa who were the first inhabitants of Texas then take a leap into the modern day with the World’s first composite airplane that was “invisible” to radar. You’ll soon discover there is lots to fascinate children of all ages.

Address: 249 Circle Way, Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Phone:  979-297-1570


Dive the "Flower Gardens" Reef

If you enjoy scuba diving, then visiting unique 56 square mile sanctuary for marine wildlife is a must. The Flower Garden Banks are located 115 miles offshore and they include the northernmost living coral reefs on the continental shelf. This area of the Gulf of Mexico provides important habitat for endangered species, like sea turtles, manta rays and fragile marine corals. Although this isn’t a family activity, it’s a firm favorite with guests. So that everyone can enjoy something of the coral reef experience, pay a visit to the Aquarium Pyramid at Moody Gardens. It really is an amazing wonder of the natural World, right on our doorstep!

Address: NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (Headquarters)
4700 Avenue U, Building 216
Galveston, TX 77551

Phone: 409-621-5151


Play in the sand!

Whether you build something elaborate or quite simple, there is something wonderfully relaxing about playing in the sand.

Galveston Pleasure Pier

Because we have so much less traffic than Galveston, it is often more relaxing to stay at Surfside Beach and drive over to Galveston if you want to do something over there.

Address: 2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston Island, TX 77550

Phone: (409) 766-4950


Have Questions or Ready to Book?

If you have any questions about vacationing at Surfside Beach, or if you would like to reserve one of our other beach houses, please contact us today!