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Moody Gardens

More than just a theme park: an aquarium, zoo, museums and rides on beautiful Galveston Bay.

Moody Gardens theme park, about an hour’s drive from Houston, is a zoo, museum and amusement park — all in one. The complex is made up of three striking pyramids: an aquarium, a tropical rainforest and a discovery center for traveling museum exhibits. These are spread out among hotels, restaurants and gardens on the waterfront at Galveston Bay.

The Rainforest Pyramid is a 10-story building that houses a climate-controlled rainforest. Monkeys, sloths, birds and butterflies move freely through the trees. A waterway system running through the ground floor is home to Chinese alligators and Amazon otters. There are mock Mayan ruins, waterfalls and even a bat cave. Stroll along walkways that wind through the pyramid’s ground floor and on elevated platforms amongst the trees.

The Aquarium Pyramid is the largest of the three pyramids with four separate ocean displays. You’ll find coral reef and tropical fish in the South Pacific exhibit, five different types of penguins in the icy South Atlantic and seals in the North Pacific. Walk beneath sharks, turtles and eels in an underwater tunnel through the Caribbean.

The Discovery Pyramid, located in the middle of the gardens, is constantly changing. A roster of exhibits from around the world, usually involving science and nature, feature informative, interactive activities.

In addition to the pyramids, there’s a host of activities. During summer enjoy the water park with its man-made sandy beach, water slides and wave pool. Play a round of golf at the newly renovated Moody Gardens Golf Course year-round, or go for an idyllic boat ride on the bay. There are 3-D and 4-D cinemas, as well as a RideFilm theater that features an 18-seat ride with a 180-degree wraparound screen.

Buy tickets separately for individual attractions, or purchase a one- or two-day Value Pass. Moody Gardens is a non-profit attraction, so proceeds of ticket sales go to the park’s conservation and research activities.

Moody Gardens is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of downtown Houston by car and there’s plenty of free parking.


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Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center ¥19,567
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

7 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Galveston resort is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Moody Gardens and Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Galveston Seawall and Galveston Fishing Pier are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Galveston Beach Hotel ¥9,568
    Galveston Beach Hotel

    Galveston Beach Hotel

    8710 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Galveston, this beach hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Galveston Fishing Pier, Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and Moody Gardens. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Grand 1894 Opera House are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Inn at The Waterpark ¥7,644
      Inn at The Waterpark

      Inn at The Waterpark

      2525 Jones Dr, Galveston, TX
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Galveston motel is located near the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Moody Gardens. Galveston Seawall and Galveston Fishing Pier are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Commodore on the Beach ¥8,493
        Commodore on the Beach

        Commodore on the Beach

        3618 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Galveston hotel is just steps from Seawall Beach and Galveston Seawall. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Galveston Island Convention Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Comfort Inn & Suites Beachfront ¥10,643
          Comfort Inn & Suites Beachfront

          Comfort Inn & Suites Beachfront

          6302 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Galveston hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seawall Beach and Galveston Island Convention Center. Galveston Seawall and Galveston Fishing Pier are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Galveston West/Seawall ¥9,047
            Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Galveston West/Seawall

            Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Galveston West/Seawall

            8712 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Galveston Fishing Pier, Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and Moody Gardens. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Bishop's Palace are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Galveston Inn & Suites Hotel ¥7,413
              Galveston Inn & Suites Hotel

              Galveston Inn & Suites Hotel

              7220 Broadway, Galveston, TX
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Galveston Island Convention Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Texas A&M University - Galveston and Galveston Island Railroad Museum. Moody Gardens and Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Beachfront Palms Hotel ¥7,526
                Beachfront Palms Hotel

                Beachfront Palms Hotel

                5914 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Galveston, this beach hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Moody Gardens, and Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Grand 1894 Opera House and Bishop's Palace are also within 6 mi (10 km).