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Moody Gardens, Galveston

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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3.6/5 based on 1,500+ 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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  • We were at Moody Gardens for the Gritty Goddess run last week. The place is beautiful and the course was fun. We do it every six months. 
  • Beautiful grounds. The aquarium was closed. Went into the rain forest. It was fine. Interesting birds some that pecked at my toes! One monkey that came close to people and was cute. Great foliage. Som...  read more »
  • This is a great place if you have kids. You can take them to the water park or the rain-forest, the IMAX theater or the aquarium. Old and young can have a great time. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Our first trip here was pure success! No lines, lots to do and incredible exhibits for all things wild. The seals were a crowd favorite and the big mixed fish tank was beautiful, they had about 4-5 different vantage points so you could get a good and different view without pushing anyone out of the way! The sharks were our favorite though, many types and again great views. The entire family had a great trip to this facility and we will be back the next time that we trek down to Galveston Island!
  • We are season pass holders so we are here frequently! The pass is a GREAT value! This is a perfect place to visit with a family of any age kids or as just a couple. That have something for everyone from 3D, 4D movies, to an Aquarium, Rainforest, Paddle Boat Tour, and a swim area to cool off in the summer. They also have a third pyramid in which they rotate different exhibits. If you visit in the holiday months they have a festival of lights along with Iceland! On the weekends during the summer bands play in the water park and they set off a nice fireworks show at 9pm! It's well worth our money to get a pass each year!
  • All was great UNTIL we went to go on Kernal Pattywheel boat. Departure time was 3pm, that's what the times say. We arrived at 2:53 to locked gates and workers walking away. We yelled saying we were there as they ignored us for a while eventually turning and saying "Catch the next one!" Another family had walked up as well and was also very upset. The boat was pretty empty, so it's not as if they were out of space. We paid for an all day everything ticket, and ended up not attending this one even after arriving 7minutes early to it. Ridiculous.
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