Moody Gardens

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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.

Top Hotels Close to Moody Gardens

Inn at The Waterpark
Inn at The Waterpark
2 out of 5
2525 Jones Dr, Galveston, TX
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The price is $89 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
This family-friendly Galveston motel is located near the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Moody Gardens. Galveston Seawall ...
4/5 Very Good! (986 reviews)
"An older property, but still very comfortable. Large rooms (at least twice the size I was expecting), welcoming staff, plenty of parking, and a convenient business center. I loved the large windows with their indoor wooden shutters, nice artistic touch and it felt good knowing I had my privacy. The ..."

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2022

Inn at The Waterpark
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 $134 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
This family-friendly Galveston resort is located near the bay, within 1 mi (2 km) of Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Moody Gardens. Galveston Fishing Pier ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,944 reviews)
"The property was clean, looked nice, staff was great! Beds were comfortable. The water pressure was not great, it was ok. The water temperature in the shower was inconsistent. Had trouble getting hot water sometimes. But water temperature would change. My husband had trouble getting the coffee maker ..."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
Hilton Galveston Island Resort
Hilton Galveston Island Resort
3.5 out of 5
5400 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is $107 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Nestled on the beach, this Galveston hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Seawall Beach and Galveston Island Convention Center. Galveston Seawall and Galveston ...
4/5 Very Good! (993 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

Hilton Galveston Island Resort
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Best Lodging Options Near Moody Gardens

Galveston Beach Hotel
Galveston Beach Hotel
2.5 out of 5
8710 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is $45 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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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 $134 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
Hilton Galveston Island Resort
Hilton Galveston Island Resort
3.5 out of 5
5400 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is $107 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Hilton Galveston Island Resort
Inn at The Waterpark
Inn at The Waterpark
2 out of 5
2525 Jones Dr, Galveston, TX
The price is $89 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Inn at The Waterpark
Baymont by Wyndham Galveston
Baymont by Wyndham Galveston
2.5 out of 5
2826 63rd St, Galveston, TX
The price is $55 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
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Baywatch🏝
Galveston, TX
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Cozy1 bed 1 bath apartment with pools
Cozy1 bed 1 bath apartment with pools
Galveston, TX
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Island Retreat! Pool, Free parking, wifi, Kitchen!
Island Retreat! Pool, Free parking, wifi, Kitchen!
Galveston, TX
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Scenic Blue Haven (1Bed 1 Bath)
Scenic Blue Haven (1Bed 1 Bath)
Galveston, TX
Scenic Blue Haven (1Bed 1 Bath)
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