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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 $129
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).

    Inn at The Waterpark $67
    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).

      Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Galveston West/Seawall $46
      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 Beach Hotel $49
        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).

          Best Western Plus Galveston Suites $81
          Best Western Plus Galveston Suites

          Best Western Plus Galveston Suites

          8502 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Galveston, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Moody Gardens. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Bishop's Palace are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Commodore on the Beach $79
            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).

              Beachfront Palms Hotel $40
              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. Bishop's Palace and Grand 1894 Opera House are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Galveston West-Seawall $65
                Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Galveston West-Seawall

                Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Galveston West-Seawall

                8628 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Seawall Beach and Galveston Fishing Pier. Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Moody Gardens are also within 2 mi (3 km).