1 Hope Boulevard
Science & Nature Museum
Moody Gardens Description
The word "gardens" doesn't do this place justice -- it's more like a jungle. Thriving beneath a glass pyramid is a fully enclosed rainforest, home to waterfalls, "Mayan ruins," overgrown greenery, and hundreds of free-roaming critters -- tamarinds, two-toed sloths, nuclear-sized fish, and low-swooping tropical birds. That's only the beginning, though -- a second glass pyramid houses an aquarium, a third features theaters for IMAX 3D and 4D movies and a "Ridefilm" flight simulator, plus there's the Palm Beach swimming area and a paddlewheel boat.
Babies: The rainforest is a nice place for a walk for mom and dad, and a great place to bring a stroller (there are stone paths). It's economical -- children under 3 are free -- and comfortable, as the pyramid is climate-controlled.
Toddlers & Pre-K: A trip through either the rainforest or the aquarium, plus some swim time at Palm Beach, is plenty for one day, and will cost decidedly less per person than trying to do it all.
- Separate admissions. Attraction entry can be purchased a la carte (per pyramid) or with a day pass that includes one- or two-day admission to the whole park. The day pass is a bargain for do-it-all preteens and teens.
- Hard to spot. Animals in the rainforest like to hide out. Look for Garden staff who can offer pointers about where to look.
Just the Facts
Hours: Memorial Day to Labor Day: Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Labor Day to Memorial Day: Sun.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Fees: Over $40
Recommended Time: Half day