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Moody Gardens
Vacation Travel Guide

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
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
4 out of 5
7 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥13,720 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

This family-friendly Galveston resort is located near the bay, within a 10-minute walk of Moody Gardens and Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Galveston Seawall ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,794 reviews)

"The rooms were clean and well maintained with comfortable beds. The outdoor pool is awesome. I wish more information were posted about available amenities and attractions what was open and what was not. This was disappointing to find upon arrival."…"

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2021

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
Inn at The Waterpark
Inn at The Waterpark
2 out of 5
2525 Jones Dr, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥7,787 per night from Apr 14 to Apr 15

This family-friendly Galveston motel is located near the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Moody Gardens. Galveston ...

3.9/5Very Good! (977 reviews)

"Big room, clean pool and nice miniature golf, close to Galveston activities, located in a nice neighborhood"…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2021

Inn at The Waterpark
Galveston Inn & Suites Hotel
Galveston Inn & Suites Hotel
2.5 out of 5
7220 Broadway, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥5,373 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (990 reviews)

"It was clean and quiet. About 8 mins from the seawall."…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Galveston Inn & Suites Hotel
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Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
4 out of 5
7 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥13,720 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
Inn at The Waterpark
Inn at The Waterpark
2 out of 5
2525 Jones Dr, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥7,787 per night from Apr 14 to Apr 15
Inn at The Waterpark
Galveston Inn & Suites Hotel
Galveston Inn & Suites Hotel
2.5 out of 5
7220 Broadway, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥5,373 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13
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Galveston Beach Hotel
Galveston Beach Hotel
2.5 out of 5
8710 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥5,813 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Galveston Beach Hotel
Beachfront Palms Hotel
Beachfront Palms Hotel
3 out of 5
5914 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥5,500 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Beachfront Palms Hotel
Motel 6 Galveston, TX
Motel 6 Galveston, TX
2 out of 5
7404 Avenue J, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥5,263 per night from Apr 13 to Apr 14
Motel 6 Galveston, TX
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Galveston
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Galveston
2.5 out of 5
2901 63RD STREET, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥12,398 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Galveston
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Galveston West/Seawall
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Galveston West/Seawall
2.5 out of 5
8712 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥6,432 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Galveston West/Seawall
Hilton Galveston Island Resort
Hilton Galveston Island Resort
3.5 out of 5
5400 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥14,822 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Hilton Galveston Island Resort
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