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Moody Gardens, Galveston

(3.6/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
Complete with accommodations, a golf course, and science center, Moody Gardens combines recreation with an extensive collection of zoo and aquarium exhibits. Spread out over 98 hectares (242 acres), the park hosts three attractions in the form of giant pyramids: the Aquarium pyramid, the Rainforest pyramid, and the Discovery pyramid, each focused on a different group of animal residents. You can wander amongst the living displays, home to more than 9,000 individual creatures. Don't miss seeing monkeys roaming free through the jungle habitat. For some outdoor fun, take the paddlewheel boat tour, or spend time on the hotel's white sand beach. If you're planning to golf, book a tee time beforehand, as spots can fill up very quickly. Plan your Moody Gardens visit and explore what else you can see and do in Galveston using our Galveston trip itinerary maker.
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  • Every year I take a different friend to Moody Gardens' Festival of Lights during the Christmas holiday season. When you go on a Thursday night, they have a special offer that if you bring 1 non-perish...  more »
  • Enjoyed a show, Cirque Joy Noel, and then a long walk amongst their Christmas lights display. Munchies and hot chocolate available along the way. 
  • The ice sculpture garden was magnificent, well worth the time and expense. We also went on the river boat ride which was fun. The Festival of Lights was nice but not very exciting, basically a bunch o...  more »
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  • Good family fun. But you can do it all in one day if you get there early. Don't buy the multi day pass. MOST of it is indoors, so don't worry about the heat or humidity. Lots of 4D movie experiences for the early teens and even a bit younger. Hotel resort located literally next door that is within walking distance.
  • My family and I had a trip planned to visit Moody Garden's this weekend. Unfortunately, my daughter became ill and we realized we would have to cancel our trip. I called right after work 2 days before our visit to tell them that we could not make our reservation for Saturday. The lady I spoke to was rude and told me we would be charged the full amount. Not having time to deal with this my wife said she would then call them. She called later that evening, still 2 days prior, and was told the same thing. At this point we are unable to visit the hotel and are out $400 with no help from them. Both the manager, Mrs. Hernandez and the other women were very rude and short on the phone. They acted and spoke like debt collectors not hospitality providers. I will never visit this hotel in the future due to how we were treated and advise other people to book through a 3rd party who will give you better service if you're going to visit.
  • Had fun on zip line. Got photos paid for them a week ago using Pay Pal on line and they still have not released them for download. I have called twice to no avail. Five stars Moody Gardens zero stars photo department
  • Such a beautiful hotel and room. I was on the second floor and wish I had really asked for an upper level to get a better view. The ceilings in the rooms are so tall which make the rooms feel bigger.
  • Took my granddaughter to Moody Gardens during her summer visit. Haven't been since 2003. I was very disappointed. Seems 1/2 of the Aquarium was under construction, the parts that were there were wonderful but the price was excessive for so much under construction. The Rainforest had very few animals...just very lack luster for the price. The 4D movie was great but it was way too short for the price. I felt like the Aquarium in Corpus Christi was much better.