Moody Gardens, Galveston
Moody Gardens is a nature & discovery center generally geared towards families & children. There are several different areas of the complex to explore. Each separate complex has been constructed as a pyramid, the first being the Discovery pyramid, which can be a little boring. It has several exibits on nature & geography that can be informative, but can also give one the yawns! :) The aquarium pyramid is pretty interesting. Lots of undersea life, many different tropical fish, sharks & stingrays. They also have other animals such as seals & penguins, like a little marine life zoo. The rainforest pyramid has animals & plants from, you guessed it, the rainforest! Kind of small, & often it seems many of the animals are either hiding or away on some sort of "vacation". I prefer the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Cockrell Butterfly Exibit, about the same size, & no mammals, but with a better setup, & tons of butterflies & other insects. "Palm Beach" is another area that is basically a large swimming pool made into a beach, but in can be nice if you prefer to stay out of the Gulf of Mexico's silty waters. There is also a paddle boat available for a tour of Galveston Bay, & an IMAX theater showing a variety of big screen films on nature. Admission can be a little pricey, around $40 for admission to all the exibits, a movie, & the paddleboat. But it's fair amount of different things to see and do, so if you plan on seeing all of it, it can be worth your while, & money! All & all, Moody Gardens is a nice place for to explore for part of the day, a great place to take the kids! Its the only place of it's kind on the island, but there are several alternatives in & around Houston, such as the Houston Museum District, and the Houston Zoo. And, if you didn't already realize it, there are several beaches as well around the island, & most are free of charge! :)
1895 Moody Mansion
The limestone and brick mansion was built between 1893 and 1895 and designed by William H. Tyndall. The mansion features rare hand-carved wood, stained glass, coffered ceilings, and Moody family heirlooms. The ballroom is decorated as it was when Mary Moody made her social debut on December 12, 1911.
Adults: $6; Seniors (65+): $5; Kids(6-18): $3 ; Under 6: Free
Moody Gardens featuMoody Gardens features a 10 story Rainforest Pyramid offering an incredible tropical environment, and is home to the largest bat exhibit in the Southwest. The IMAX 3D will keep you jumping out of your seat, and the experience is so real you'll reach out to touch what seems to be inches away. Palm Beach offers a white sand beach with a blue lagoon and lots of fun for kids. The Discovery Pyramid features a host of interactive exhibits where visitors can learn about the wonders of science, and take a fascinating adventure ride in the IMAX Ridefilm Theater. Moody Gardens newest attraction, the Aquarium Pyramid, is the largest in the world and features 100,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing the waters of the world.
Moody Gardens is a 156 acre site of exhibits and fun for the whole family. The main attraction of Moody Gardens is divided between three pyramids. The first one is the Aquarium Pyramid. It has 2 million gallons of water. People view the ocean habitats while learning about marine life on the planet. The second one is the Discovery Pyramid. It was developed to bring light to the wonders of space for all to see. The third one is the Rainforest Pyramid. The pyramid stands 10 stories tall. It represents the rain forests of Asia, Africa, and South America. It's filled with lush vegetation and exotic birds for all to enjoy.
Yes, it's the mega Moody Gardens. You know, I recently bought a copy of a travel book for kids in Houston and they listed Moody Gardens on there and the cost was $4. Well, I paid $45.00 for a one day pass. It's unbelievable and I would first see if it's in your budget. If you have a military ID you get in for free and I believe you get to bring a guest with you. Therefore, next time I go it'll be when my brother and sister-in-law (marines) are in town.
Now, parking is as it would be at an amusement park....miles away. However, there are terminals that allow for various trolleys. I got there at the end of the day so people were leaving. Helpful hint: get there EARLIER in the day. There may be more people around but...it's better than missing out on anything that $45 buys you.
Well, when you do lay out the cash there's a myriad of things to do. The one-day pass gets you entrance to the three main pyramids that are the aquarium, rainforest, and exhibit. I was lucky enough to see the Titanic Exhibit (unbelievable).
It also gets you some thrilling experiences such as the 3d ridefilm, an imax movie and 4d video with glasses and special effects.
HURRICANE IKE RECOVERY UPDATES:
Aquarium Pyramid, Discovery Pyramid and the Colonel Paddle Wheel Boat are now open (Colonel Paddlewheel Boat sails Wednesday through Sunday at 2PM weather permitting)
Hours of operation: 10AM - 6PM
Pricing for the following exhibits: Aquarium Pyramid $9.95, Discovery Museum $5.25, Ridefilm Theater $5.25 and the Colonel Paddle Wheel Boat $5.25
Tickets for the attractions will be sold from 9:30AM - 5PM at the Aquarium Pyramid
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Moody Gardens Golf Course is now open
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There's also a water park, restaurant, and hotel connected to it. Great for kids! Just watch the cost.
Moody Gardens is one of Galveston's newest attractions set on165-acres. The gardens includes an Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Pyramid, IMAX Theater/Visitor Center, Palm Beach, and Galveston Island Convention Center. It was getting late in the day when we arrived so we didn't really have enough time to really enjoy the complex. Allow several hours especially if you want to see the Imax Movie as well. They were screening "Into the Deep" when we were there. It was fascinating insight to life on the seabed.
Moody Gardens is a complex of about five or six exhibits each with a different theme. One exhibit is an aquarium with sea shows. Another is a rain forest. I forget the others because I didn't have a chance to see them.
The rain forest exhibit was a nice walk through a kind of zoo area showing various features of rain forests. Birds flew freely through the exhibit, and they are accustomed to people. I saw several within just a few feet of me. This area also has a butterfly display where one can watch them hatching from cocoons and flying. The 'trail' through the exhibit has many little markers to explain various plants and animals.
The Moody Gardens has lots of indoor and outdoor activies to do. It has different projects to do through out the year.
Moody Gardens has three pyramids. They are the rainforest, discovery (IMAX theater), and the aquaruim pyramids. It also has The Colonel that is a paddlewheel boat that sails out in the Galveston's Bay. Then, there is the Palm Beach. A white sanded like beach that has all kinds of water activies including a outdoor band that plays great cover music all day.
A touristy complex to the east of I-45. There is a tropical rainforest and a butterfly garden inside the pyramid.