Vacations are a fun way to spend time with your family. There are several places not too far from the Houston area to take boating trips that could be very memorable and entertaining. You may want to consider a trip to Kemah to sail out in Galveston Bay. Another great boating trip may be to take a cruise down to Mexico or the Caribbean from Galveston or a cruise up or down the Mississippi River.
Sailing out of Kemah
Before going out to sea, it would be wise for all family members to know how to swim. There are even swimming lessons for infants in Houston or your local pool because you are never too young to start learning. Safety should be imperative in case of an emergency. There are several different boats, including yachts, speedboats, and sailboats, offering excursions from Kemah out to Galveston Bay. You can go for a half day, full day or even a full week. Ride past the Kemah boardwalk and wave to the people standing at the rail as you head out into the bay. It’s a great experience and some of the captains will even allow passengers to help steer or sails their vessel. If you enjoy fishing, there’s nothing like seeing your child catch his or her first fish! An evening cruise with a full moon can be an unforgettable experience!
Cruising down to Mexico or the Caribbean
There are several cruise lines offering cruises to Mexico or the Caribbean from Galveston, including: Disney, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Princess. You can choose your destinations and how long you’d like to be at sea. Set sail for four, five, seven or eight nights. Travel to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Honduras, Belize, Key West or the Bahamas. There is something on the ships for everyone including: swimming, water parks, rock climbing, and spas. They also have first-class entertainment with shows, casinos, and discos. Children will love the video arcades. The food is delicious with full buffets offering a little bit of everything. Even the pickiest eater will find something they enjoy. You can also choose an inside cabin, a cabin with a view or stay in a suite.
Cruising the Mississippi River
Step aboard the Queen of the Mississippi, the amazing paddlewheel boat for a tour of the Mississippi River. It’s the largest riverboat ever built and is decorated with a Victorian era theme. You’ll be able to choose from an upper or lower Mississippi cruise. The upper cruise begins in St. Louis, Missouri and ends in St. Paul, Minnesota. The lower cruise begins in Memphis, Tennessee and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana, or begins in New Orleans and ends in Memphis. Another possible itinerary is a round-trip from New Orleans. Begin your sigh-seeing journey from New Orleans up to historic Vicksburg, Mississippi and return to New Orleans in nine days. Regardless of which cruise your family might decide to take, you can be assured you’ll see beautiful scenery and visit some very historical places.
Taking a boating trip with your family can be a learning experience with many enjoyable moments. You can make it into an adventurous trip, or just enjoy being together as a family. You’ll want to make sure you have a camera to capture some family shots, as well as some of the beautiful scenery along your journey. Why not have a family gathering to help decide which boat trip everyone would like to take? You’re sure to have a wonderful time if the entire family is involved in the planning.