Galveston Island Trip Day 2: Moody Gardens

It was a nice drive to Galveston Island Sunday afternoon.  We had a great time on the road.  We did a few stops to eat, rest, and visit a few attractions.  I can say that our summer vacation this year was awesome.

In our itinerary, we first visited the Moody Gardens.  My mother-in-law told us about it.  It is one of the attractions in Galveston Island showcasing the educational side.  Kids, even grown-ups, will enjoy and learn while touring in this place.  Admission fess vary.  For more information, kindly go to www.moodygardens.com/tickets.

Because we only planned to spend a day for each attraction, we didn’t see all of the Moody Gardens completely.  We only focused on touring the three pyramids, watching a 3-D movie, and getting on The Colonel Paddlewheel Boat.

Moody Gardens Pyramids.
Moody Gardens Pyramids.

The Aquarium Pyramid –  It is the blue pyramid you can see in the picture above.  You’ll see different kinds of seawater creatures in the aquarium.  From seahorses to sharks, it’s there.  The highlight of the attraction is the underwater tunnel where you can see fishes, rays, and sharks swimming above you.

The Moody Gardens - Aquarium tunnel.
The Moody Gardens – Aquarium tunnel.

The Discovery Pyramid – It is the pink pyramid in in the picture above.  In this pyramid is a collection of pirate treasures.  I mean, some artifacts of the sunken pirate ship Whydah.  My darling daughter didn’t like it at first but when we went inside and saw some pirate stuff like anchor, pieces of eight, treasure chests, ship ropes (you can also try tying knots), life-size pirate figures, parts of the ship, and a few portraits.  There’s a part in the exhibit where you are on a ship and you are somewhat feeling like it’s rocked by the waves and you hear the creaking when you look outside the ship’s ‘windows’.  I felt like I was getting sick.  My daughter’s favorite part was the lightning strikes after the short movie before entering the pyramid.  In this attraction, taking videos and photographs are not allowed.

The Rainforest Pyramid – It is the white pyramid in the picture above.  We entered from the second level and it was very humid – same as what you will feel in real rainforest.  There’s a place for the butterflies, too.  The lower level’s temperature is cool.  Birds are free to wander.  My darling daughter’s favorite was seeing the spiders, bats, snakes, and fish.  There was a peacock wandering around, too.  🙂

What a beautiful bird!
What a beautiful bird!
Lunch time for these cuties. :)
Lunch time for these cuties. 🙂 *Note:  Only the animal keepers can feed them.*
All we hear is her voice the whole time. :)
All we hear is her voice the whole time. 🙂

After visiting the three pyramids, we watched a 3-D movie.  After that, we got on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat where we relaxed after hours of walking, discovering,and exploring.  We had a great day at Moody Gardens – an educational tourist destination.  We had so much fun.

Colonel Paddlewheel boat
Colonel Paddlewheel boat
Moody Gardens Hotel
Moody Gardens Hotel