Moody Gardens

Located on Galveston Island, Moody Gardens is a family-friendly, tropical destination with interesting natural exhibits, MG 3D and 4D Special FX theaters, a paddlewheel boat, a gorgeous golf course and a spa. Meet sharks and penguins in the Aquarium Pyramid, or check out the Rainforest Pyramid’s exotic plants. Ridefilm Theater allows guests to go on a thrilling, virtual adventure without ever leaving their seats, and the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat takes guests on hour-long cruises through Offatts Bayou.

One Hope Blvd., Galveston, 1.800.582.4673, www.moodygardens.com