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Moody Gardens

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Moody Gardens which includes a garden and interior views

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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Galveston Beach Hotel
Galveston Beach Hotel
2.5 out of 5
8710 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥15,214 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Situated in Galveston, this beach hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Galveston Fishing Pier, Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and Moody Gardens. Galveston Island ...
3.6/5Good! (1,716 reviews)
"Well I didnt recieve my balcony room as stated I had to stay in a double king bed room with no view due to the hotel was overbooked"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

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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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥25,064 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
This family-friendly Galveston resort is located near the bay, within a 10-minute walk of Moody Gardens and Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Galveston Seawall ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,915 reviews)
"The property was OK. Friendly staff and clean. In some areas the property is falling in disrepair. Example the door to our room will not close or open properly, it stuck. The wall paper in the bathroom was pealing and the sink was cracked. The toilet paper holder was falling from the wall. The floor ..."

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

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Inn at The Waterpark
Inn at The Waterpark
2 out of 5
2525 Jones Dr, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥16,308 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
This family-friendly Galveston motel is located near the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Moody Gardens. Galveston ...
4/5Very Good! (946 reviews)
"Love everything about this place. It is located within minutes of the beach and the attractions. Staff is great and very accommodating."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

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Beachfront Palms Hotel
Beachfront Palms Hotel
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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The price is ¥25,064 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
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2 out of 5
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The price is ¥16,308 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
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2.5 out of 5
8710 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥15,214 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
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The price is ¥8,645 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
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Cheerful Home, Central Location and 2 Minutes From the Beach
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