Moody Gardens, Galveston

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#1 of 9 in Parks in Galveston
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. Use our Galveston trip maker to add Moody Gardens and other attractions to your Galveston vacation plans.
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  • I have not been to ‘moody Gardens in years. Finally came for the Festival of Lights. It’s was fun minus the rain and cold! We did it all! It was a great day with the family! We had a groupon for 2 exh...  more »
  • Visited Moody Gardens in August of 2017. The aquarium is top notch. We've visited the other ttractions in the past and they have been great. However, do not waste your money on the Palm Beach. We went...  more »
  • We went on a chilly day for something to do. We had a great time learning about the rain forest. Many birds and creatures to see. Very educational too. Then on to the aquarium. We enjoyed the sea lion...  more »
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  • The hotel rooms are nice, but some rooms tend to feel unfinished. For example, my suite had a small hole in the wall where I thought a smoke alarm might need to be showing partially exposed wiring. The beds are comfy and spacious, a well-lit vanity area is convenient for getting ready, and overall is a nice place to stay. As far as the conference center goes, it’s pretty nice but they could definitely do some upkeep like greasing the doors with WD40 to reduce squeakiness and throwing out or repairing some of the chairs that are pretty significantly damaged.
  • Are you looking for a local resort type get away ? This is the one for the whole family. The hotel was wonderful. Total of five of us, parents and three children. We booked two rooms. One king size and the two double. Very nice and spacious, private, quiet. Room service was great. Plenty of parking that was close to the front door of the lobby. The restaurant had enough variety for the whole family to choose from. Breakfast had a buffet or a-la-cart. The attractions ; three Pyramids with different environments in them from Rain Forrest and Aquatic life and 3D/4D theaters. All were informative and creatively entertaining. Outside is a beach and water park. Then there is the rope obstacle with Zip Line. Now that will get the blood flow going. The whole family loved our weekend stay. I highly recommend this place for a visit.
  • Went during Christmas time although the lines where long for some attractions it was worth it the kids really enjoyed it. Try the 4D movie at the time it was SpongeBob it was really fun my daughter had the honor of being a button pusher which made it funnier. But even if she hadn't this attraction is a can't miss. I would do this twice that's just how much fun it was
  • It's great for what it is. The exhibits are really nice! The rainforest and aquarium my kids enjoyed it a lot. Fast service even though it was packed. The restaurant has really good food and it's a buffet. We enjoyed it a lot. The 4d theatres are fun for the kids as well. The upgrades are really nice here.
  • We went on a chilly day for something to do. We had a great time learning about the rain forest. Many birds and creatures to see. Very educational too. Then on to the aquarium. We enjoyed the sea lion a lot. Also an area where you can touch rays and other creatures. The penguins were a lot of fun too. The last thing was riding on the old paddle wheel boat.
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