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Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas: Aquarium & Rainforest Pyramids

Posted Oct 22 2008 4:25pm

If you are planning a trip to anywhere near Galveston, Texas- be sure to include Moody Gardens on your itinerary. They're only about an hour from Houston and about 2 hours from the Beaumont area in Southeast Texas.

We visited over the 4th of July weekend with family who came in from the Midwest. We absolutely loved it. And you will too. You won't be disappointed. I can practically guarantee it. There is something to do for everyone- adults and children.

For starters, the aquarium and rainforest exhibits are inside pyramids. Yes, I said pyramids. Enormous glass pyramids. And there is beautiful, gorgeous, glorious wildlife and plants everywhere you look.

Mosaic of Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas

As an amatuer photographer and nature lover, I was in hog heaven. The tank in the Aquarium Pyramid literally holds 1,000,000 gallons of water. And it is teaming with life. Sharks. Eels. Brightly colored fish.

Blacktip Reef Shark at Moody Gardens Aquarium PyramidGreen Moray Eel at Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid

There is even a viewing tunnel where you can stand as you watch sting rays and sharks swim right over your head. There are also penguin and seal exhibits. My kids could have watched them for hours. One of our favorite parts though was the tide pool exhibit- where you can touch spiny starfish and prickly urchins. How cool is that?

Educational Program at Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid

We could have spent several hours in the aquarium alone, but there is just as much to see over at the Rainforest Pyramid. The rainforest exhibit is overflowing with tropical plants and animals. I especially love how the exhibit is wide open. You feel like you are really in a rainforest. And the animals are right there in front of you. No cages.

Scarlet Macaw at Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid

There are several species of macaws inside the rainforest pyramid. Can you believe how colorful they are? On my honor, I did not Photo Shop these pictures. The birds really are this vibrant and colorful.

Blue and Gold Macaw at Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid

As you are walking through the rainforest, be sure to look around. There are critters everywhere. Look low and you might see a bird or a frog.

Scarlet Ibis at Moody Gardens Rainforest PyramidYellow & Black Spotted Frog Amphibian at Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid

Be sure to look high too. You might see a sloth hanging in the canopy. Or a lizard lounging on a tree branch.

Linne's Two Toed Sloth at Moody Gardens Rainforest PyramidLizard Reptile in Tree at Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid

But, be careful. Beware of the REALLY wild animals in the rainforest.

Wild Animals at Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid

If you happen to come across any of these wild animals that got loose, just head back to the aquarium exhibit where you can lock them back up.

Wild Animals at Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid

I could have spent hours in the rainforest pyramid just photographing the plants and flowers. I have a real thing for birds of paradise. I think they are gorgeous. And I wish I had the green thumb to grow flowers and orchids like these.

Flower Plant at Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid

Bird of Paradise at Moody Gardens

Flower Plant at Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid

White & Purple Orchid Flower at Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid

White & Purple Orchid Flower at Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid

So, have I convinced you? Moody Gardens is a wonderful place to spend the day. I can practically guarantee you will love it. So, come on. What are you waiting for?!

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