We absolutely LOVE Galveston Island, and Moody Gardens is one of the amazing gems on the island!
Know Before You Go
Combo tickets are usually your best deals. They occasionally have a Groupon for special events.
Check out membership pricing, sometimes you get a better deal, and there is so much to see you can easily spread it out over 2, or more days.
Consider staying at the Moody Gardens Hotel with a family package, that includes 1 night stay and a 2 day pass to Moody Gardens (does not include ropes course or zip lines).
Arrive early for fewer people, lines and the best parking. Parking is FREE.
Outside food and drinks are not allowed, but you can go between exhibits out to your car to grab a picnic lunch to eat at one of the picnic tables.
It can be very crowded while in line to purchase tickets. My hubby and I usually double team it, with one of us going inside (the most patient, which is, um…. me) and he stays outside with the kids. They walk around outside, or down to the water for the 15 or so minutes it takes to purchase tickets.
The Rainforest Pyramid is just one of the pyramids that make up Moody Gardens.
Walking into the Rainforest Pyramid feels like you are actually in a tall rainforest! You’ll walk down from the tree canopies all the way down to the forest floor, passing some amazing animals along the way!
The Rainforest has a pair of white-faced saki monkeys, too. The female has darker colors than the male, but both enjoy coming close up and “posing” for pictures!
One of my favorite exhibits in the Rainforest Pyramid was the fruit bats! They were very active, and it was a great exhibit showing us something we don’t usually get to see from bats!
The Discovery Museum houses traveling exhibits, and the 3-D and 4-D shows!
The brilliant blue pyramid is The Aquarium. Filled with not only many, many fish, but also the sea mammals of Moody Gardens, the harbor seals! It is also home to Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins, and they offer a Penguin Encounter, too.
The Colonel Paddlewheel Boat offers visitors two great ways to experience a tour out on the water. They have daily, hour-long cruises across Offatts Bayou, and the second Saturday of each month they offer a dinner cruise.
Palm Beach at Moody Gardens is a fun water park, offering a cool way to stay wet! Water slides, a lazy river and a wave pool can keep the kiddos entertained while you dig your toes in the white sand beach!
No outside food or drinks allowed, but you can carry in one water bottle/person (not in a cooler).
You can come and go with a wrist band. It’s a nice break between the exhibits.
Girl Scout Sleepover One of our visits was with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop for a sleep over! Before our cookie sales had begun, the girls all voted for a place to visit, using the money they earned from cookie sales. They were very excited, as was I, to get to learn about this wonderful place, and even spend the night there!
Corpse Plant The huge Corpse Plant only blooms once every 7-9 years, and when it does it gives off a horrible smell, similar to rotting flesh! The smell attracts flies, which then pollenate the plant! The bloom also only last 24-48 hours, and it’s really a very neat thing to see, if not smell! We once raced down to see the plant while in bloom!
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Galveston, Texas 77554
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