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Aug. 6 – It’s Water Park day. We got to visit and experience Schlitterbahn in Galveston Island, Texas. I think it was our favorite part besides the beach day during our family vacation in Galveston. It was very enjoyable in the water. There were so much interaction and fun rides, too. Darling daughter spent most of the time in the Torrent beach for kids. There were slides that she really enjoyed in the Torrent beach for kids.
We also tried the Loopy Luge and the Guada Loopy. Oh how fun it was sliding down the huge swirly tubes. DD and I did it I think four times. 🙂 It was a high climb on the stairs to the rides though. But as soon as we sat down and get situated in the inflatable floats, the thrill begins. Then I challenged myself to try one of the highest and popular slide in Schlitterbahn. The Rohr! I didn’t try the Fust ‘N Furious. It was way to high for me. I was screaming my heart out while I was sliding down in that blue tube. Lol!
My dear husband challenged me to try the Rohr!. I told him that’s enough for me. I don’t want to have a heart attack. Hahaha! It was thrilling and fun.
What’s great about being there is that, you can bring your own food. There’s a picnic area where you can rest and eat. I liked that a lot.
It’s Tuesday and our plan today is to spend the whole afternoon at the beach. We looked for a great place last night to hang out today but we haven’t decided where to go. So this morning, while having breakfast at Denny’s, we asked the server where is the best place to go swimming. The guy suggested the Stewart Beach on the East side. So we went there. It closes at 5:30 P.M.
Umbrella and chairs – $25 whole day
Parking – $8 per vehicle a day
I think the rental and parking fees are affordable. It is better than paying an hourly parking on the roadside.
It was a very pleasant day at the beach. Though it was a hot sunny day, it was breezy. My darling daughter enjoyed playing with the sand – trying to build a sand castle. We brought all our beach things with us: towels, beach toys, sunscreen, water and juice (in the cooler in the car), sunglasses, and an umbrella. And you know what? I lost my sunglasses when a big wave rushed over me. After playing chase with the waves and when the tides got low, we fed the seagulls for a few minutes before heading to the shower room. When we were on our way to the car, we saw this huge green inflatable slide. My dear husband wanted us to try it. So we did. We got to slide two times for $5. DD didn’t like it because she got scared.
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.
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 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. 🙂
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.