Enjoy a Fun-Filled Family Vacation in Galveston
Heading to a warm, sunny climate with plenty of water fun makes for the perfect spring break getaway. Families planning trips can find countless things to do in the nation’s southern reaches, but no Texas destination offers more charm than Galveston. If you’re planning a spring break trip for your family, explore the memory-making options that Moody Gardens offers.
A Family Friendly Experience for the Everyone
Making the most out of a family spring break trip means planning activities that will please kids and parents alike. You’ll find that Moody Gardens offers plenty of options that cater to those young and young at heart.
Eat breakfast at Café in the Park and start your day off on a high note. Enjoy traditional breakfast fare or head to Moody Brews which is always serving Starbucks signature beverages and a pastry.
The entire family will enjoy the hotel’s heated outdoor tropical pool with swim-up bar and cabanas. Treat yourself to a massage at the full service spa, or show off your trick shot at the Garden Cay Activity Room filled with billiards and large flat screen tvs or cool off under the hot sun with some Blue Bell ice cream from Blossom’s.
The littlest ones will enjoy doing activities at Kids Crew Club. Parents must stay with their child as a way for the whole family to delight in the fun. From face painting, scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, movie nights, jump rope contests, Wii competitions and making s’mores, children and their parents are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.
Visit the Rainforest Pyramid and walk among the plant canopies and see birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles ranging from Saki Monkeys, Asian fairy bluebirds, Panamanian golden frog, turtles and more. Step inside the butterfly garden and see hundreds of butterflies and learn the various stages of life. Learn about conservation and ecology while feeling a true rainforest climate.
Next, walk to the Aquarium Pyramid and go deep into the ocean depths of the South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific and Caribbean. Our 1.5 million gallon aquarium is teaming with marine life ranging from sharks, penguins, seals and fish. Surprise your family with an up-close visit with a real penguin with our Private Penguin Encounters. For only $50 per person, you can learn biology, conservation and how to care for a real penguin. Go to http://www.moodygardens.com/penguinwebcam/ to see a live penguin cam and watch the always popular penguins in action.
Take a load off at our MG 3D and 4D Special FX Theaters located inside our Visitor’s Center. See the latest movies in 3D on the world’s first 4K 3D giant screen 6-Primary laser projection system. Audiences will see a picture that is nearly three and a half times brighter and featuring more vibrant colors than normal theaters. Moody Gardens has also replaced the 60 by 80 foot MG 3D silver screen with a white one. The result is now the sharpest picture quality ever seen in a 3D theater.
Along with the theater’s top-of-the-line 11.1 surround sound system, this new laser projection further distinguishes the MG 3D Theater as one of the premier cinema venues, giving audiences the best viewing experience in the world. Click http://www.moodygardens.com/attractions/mg_3d_theater/films_showtimes/ to see the films and showtimes.
Get a bird’s eye view of Moody Gardens as well as Palm Beach and Offats Bayou on our new Ropes Course and Zip Line. The five-tier ropes course is the tallest steel ropes course on the Gulf Coast! With 48 different obstacles, participants can choose their own path as they make their way to the top. Feel the wind in your hair on our Zip Line. Snap into your harness and step to the edge of the zip line platform and glide over Palm Beach and the Lazy River 60 ft. in the air for a bird’s eye view of the Moody Gardens pyramids and tropical gardens. Got a little thrill seeker? No problem! Children can even take on an adventure of a smaller scale on the Sky Tykes Ropes Course that is appropriate for those who are 48 inches and under. The open course design allows for easy parent participation for any level of assistance needed. Parents can walk along their child or simply step back and watch the smiles grow.
Explore the Discovery Museum Pyramid and see the latest traveling exhibit. Sail on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat along Offats Bayou and watch the sun set over the three majestic pyramids. Our paddlewheel boat is a replica of a real 1800’s paddlewheel boat.
Hit the links at the Moody Gardens Golf Course. Galveston’s premier public course is a seaside links enchantress whose lush paspalum fairways are lined with 500 palms and shorebird habitat. Sydnor Bayou laps at its shores to entice your best shot. Five sets of tees create diverse challenges for every level of play. As one of the state’s top public courses, this completely new par 72 seaside links enchantress has undergone a comprehensive renovation. You will enjoy its larger practice range, new golf cart fleet and a newly remodeled clubhouse and pro shop.
For parents, wanting to have a date night, head up to the ninth floor and eat at Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks. Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks is one of only 11 Houston/Galveston area restaurants to receive AAA’s Four Diamond Award of Excellence and has done so each year since 2004. Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks is Galveston’s finest restaurant unsurpassed both in cuisine and service with an upscale ambiance.
Enjoying Your Time in Galveston
If you’re planning to stay at Moody Gardens for your spring break, you may want to head out and enjoy everything the community of Galveston offers. You might enjoy spending time on a sunny beach or ride the Galveston Island Ferry. Outdoor enthusiasts can fish, hike and take photos of the beautiful landscapes on the island.
History buffs will enjoy visiting the area’s historic attractions, including the Moody Mansion, Ashton Villa and Bishop’s Palace. A variety of art galleries can be found in the downtown area as well. You’ll also find great shopping and dining opportunities in Strand Historic District.
Making great spring break memories is as easy as planning a vacation to Moody Gardens in Galveston. Browse our website to learn more.