Today we went to Sylvan Beach.....no, not the one in Alberta, the one on the Gulf of Mexico. It is in the town of La Porte, Texas and is about 35 minutes away from our home. The drive was a bit tricky - we had to change from one freeway to another a few times, but it was quick.
Sylvan Beach Park is a small man made beach with a long fishing pier. I understand that admission is charged for fishing off the pier but that's not why we were there so I didn't check into it. The beach is fairly small and has a rope floating in the water to mark off a safe swimming space. The edge of the beach has a row of benches, some showers and a strip of grass backed by the parking lot. There are clean but old restrooms and a bait shop.
We arrived at the beach very early and we got a great parking space facing the beach. We could see our car the whole time we were on the beach and I thought that was great for security.
We picked a spot on the beach and the kids started making a sand castle with my husband while I took them into the water when they wanted to go in. It was a perfect spot for us! The waves were big enough to be fun but there was no noticeable undertow in the swimming area. The beach is made of very coarse sand and the sand castle came together quickly. My husband had to re-design the castle as the tide came in - eventually it became a swimming pool with seats for the kids!
We spent a couple of hours swimming and playing in the sand before it was time to have lunch and leave.
Sylvan Beach is a lovely beach for little kids. The swimming area is contained, the sand is fun, and the facilities are easy to access. It was also clean....and they were cleaning it during our visit!
I "found" this beach through social media. I posted a question to a FaceBook page about nearby clean beaches (Galveston seaweed is not my thing) and a lovely person answered my post with some information about Sylvan Beach. I looked it up and it looked like just what I wanted. It's interesting that the recommendation for this beach outing was from someone I don't even know!