Took my family to Galveston Island for 4 nights! Had a great time. We stayed at Bayou Shores Rv park. This was our annual trip to the ocean and a great one to add to the books. We chose Galveston for a few reasons, affordability and family activities. We didn't want to break the bank and go to South Padre, but we wanted more kid friendly activities than you get at Port Aransas.
Bayou Shores; it was a great place to stay. We picked it for the simple reason that it was the only camp ground that had sites available in the 3 week notice that we had. How ever after staying there I give it a 4 out of 5 stars! We were very happy with the staff, they were very kind and accommodating. The grounds are very well kept and the grass is thick st Augustine which is great feeling on the bare foot! They had full hook ups, play ground right in the middle of the camp sites so it's easy to stay at your site while the kids go play and lastly the bay being right at the camp ground is nice! The reasons it didn't get a 5 is because the camp sites are kind of tightly nested together, the facilities are old and kind of ran down (not really a problem, but just gives off this old run down vibe). All and all, I would recommend staying there!
Galveston in general was fun! It's a lot different than the last time I was there in 2009. It felt safe just about every where we went! Lots of good food, and fun places to visit. Here is a list of what we did: Schlitterbahn water park (awesome), Moody Gardens (highly recommend this, a day pass gets you everything from the 3 pyramids to the boat ride, water park, 3 movie theatres), magic carpet putt putt, TXDOT Ferry (it's free and fun, more likely to see dolphins on this boat than a dolphin tour), ate at the Rainforest café (delicious) and did the rainforest café river adventure (good for little kids), spent Sunday on the drive on beach by Woody's (was worth the $8 to get to drive on a not too crowded beach).
All and all, if you are considering going to Galveston I would recommend it. Yes the rumors are true, the sea weed is bad. There is a smell on some portions of the beach, but really it's not too bad. We just kind of made funny jokes as we walked or drove through the stinky areas. The island is back to good shape and is a lot of fun to go visit!
These first couple pics are from my phone, I'll get the rest off my phone later:
This is a good shot standing from our camper door to the water!
This is on the boat ride looking at our camp ground.