Why You Should Not Miss Moody Gardens In Galveston

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Why You Should Not Miss Moody Gardens In Galveston, Texas

So, you’re on vacation in Galveston. You’ve settled into the place where you will stay for your vacation, and now you’re wondering…

What is there to do in Galveston other than going to the beach?”

The good news is that there is plenty to do in Galveston. But, there is one place that you really shouldn’t miss… Moody Gardens!

Why not miss Moody Gardens? There is a lot to do there. In fact, there is enough going on at Moody Gardens to make sure that the whole family will be having fun for at least one full day, if not more.

Here are some of the really cool things that you can do at Moody Gardens…


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The Pyramids

If you look at Moody Gardens from the outside, you will see three huge glass pyramids. Each of these three pyramids contains a specific habitat that is a lot of fun to go through.

Rainforest Pyramid

Rainforests play a very important role in the ecology of Earth. Unfortunately, very few of us ever get the chance to visit any rainforests. The Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens is probably as close to a real rainforest as most of us will ever get to visit! Here, they have recreated the rainforests of Africa, Asia, and the Americas, including many of the animals and endangered plants that live there.

Some of the interesting birds that you will find there include the long-beaked, orange Scarlett Ibis that you normally find in South America and the Caribbean. Another interesting creature that you will find there is the Cotton-top Tamarin, which is a small monkey, and one of the smallest primates in the world.

What would a rainforest be without frogs and turtles? A cute little frog in the rainforest is the Panamanian Golden Frog, which has an orange-yellow color with black dots on it. Its skin releases poisons to stop predators from eating it.

When you go to the Rainforest Pyramid, see if you can spot a Matamata Turtle, also from South America. The shape and color of these turtles make it very easy for them to blend in with leaves on the ground in the areas where they live.

Aquarium Pyramid

Yes, you guessed it… the Aquarium Pyramid contains a big aquarium that lets you see more of animal and plant life of the South Atlantic Ocean, the North and South Pacific, and the Caribbean.

Want to get up close to penguins to see what they eat and how they live? Then you need to go on a “penguin encounter.” They have other “encounters” available too, but keep in mind that they can be somewhat costly. The Aquarium Pyramid has this cool undersea tunnel that you can walk through to get the same view of the ocean that a scuba diver would. Here you can see sharks, stingrays, and a variety of other fish.

Discovery Pyramid

The Discovery Pyramid is all about exactly that… discovery. It contains several exhibits that you can interact with and learn about science. These are usually traveling exhibits from around the country. This means that the museum is sometimes closed to set up the next exhibit. For example, at the time of writing this, the museum was closed to prepare for the Real Pirates Exhibition.

The Theaters

Moody Gardens also has two theaters that show movies that are suitable for everyone in the family.

3D Theater

We all know 3D movies, right? You get special glasses to wear during the movie, and then it looks like the characters are popping out of the screen, almost as if you are part of the movie. Moody Gardens has a 3D theater that shows several excellent 3D movies.

4D Theater

Have you ever wondered what a 4D theater is all about?

Well, it’s like a 3D theater, but the theater can have wind, and even snow. The seats can tickle your legs, and you can even smell different odors. All of these special effects are in sync with the movie to produce an experience you’ve never had before.

The movie that shows there at the moment is a 14-minute version of The Wizard of Oz.

The Paddlewheel Boat

Would you like to ride on one of those old-style river boats with the large paddlewheel on the back? They have one at Moody Gardens that takes people on cruises of about one hour!

So you can see that there is a lot going on at Moody Gardens. Between the three pyramids, the two theaters, and the paddlewheel boat, Moody Gardens provides at least a full day of fun!

Can you afford to miss all that?

JohnElsMy name is John Els. I am the founder and writer of Fun-Things-Texas.com I have been a computer programmer and website developer for many years. In 2006 I decided to create a website about vacationing in Texas, with emphasis on fun things to do in Texas. We enjoy vacationing in Texas, and want others to enjoy it too.

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2 Responses to Why You Should Not Miss Moody Gardens In Galveston

  1. Yvonne Reinhardt says:

    Loved the article, John! Yes, we’ve been to Moody Gardens a couple of times, but never quite realized how much MORE there is to it! Your article has opened up so much. Now we’re waiting for the warmer weather, then, “Moody Gardens, here we come”!!

  2. Sonja says:

    Thanks for the great info! I will make sure to stop there next time I am in Galveston.

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