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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.
This family-friendly Galveston resort is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Moody Gardens and Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Seawall Beach and Galveston Fishing Pier are also within 3 mi (5 km).
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 Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Seawall Beach and Galveston Island Convention Center. Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Moody Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Galveston, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of 61st Street Fishing Pier, Seawall Beach, and Galveston Island Convention Center. Port of Galveston (Galveston Wharves) and Galveston Island Railroad Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Galveston 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).
This family-friendly Galveston motel is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Moody Gardens. Seawall Beach and Galveston Fishing Pier are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Galveston resort is within a 5-minute walk of Fort Crockett and Galveston Island Convention Center. 61st Street Fishing Pier and NOAA Fisheries Galveston Laboratory are also within 15 minutes.
Situated near the beach, 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).