When traveling with our kids we like to find fun things to do around the town we are visiting. Galveston beach is one of our frequent summer vacations and we love everything about the city. We always need a break from the sun and one of our favorite day trips is to the Galveston Aquarium at Moody Gardens.
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The aquarium is located in one of the famous pyramids at Moody Gardens. It’s very easy to find, park, and enter the area. This makes it so easy when you have kids and possibly strollers or large groups. The grounds of the whole area are very well kept and neat to look at. The daily hours are 10am-8pm so there is plenty of time to spend the day and enjoy it. We like to be at the aquarium early to beat the rush of other groups.
Once entering the aquarium it’s very open with large viewing areas. I also noticed several restrooms so this is always a benefit when you have kids that have to potty frequently! At the aquarium you will see areas to visit the South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, and the Caribbean. Kids are given a ‘passport’ at the ticket counter to try and find all the creatures listed and stamp their passports. Our kids loved this! I think it’s a great idea to keep the kids occupied and looking for fun things as you are going through.
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What I love about the aquarium is that there is a lot to see and several chances to see each area. For example, the seal was so fun to watch from above water. The kids and adults loved watching him splash and play. We didn’t want to leave. As we continued to walk, we had more chances to view him from underwater. It was such a neat experience! The same goes for the penguins and other creatures. You feel like you get to really see them in action and from all sorts of angles. This helps too when areas are crowded. If you continue to walk a bit you can find another viewing area.
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The aquarium is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. It is open as normal until the end of August but then has some closure dates for the 2016-2017 year. It plans to have a grand re-opening in May of 2017 and I bet it will be amazing!! The current renovations did not alter our experience at all. We did notice some changes and some areas closed but it did not cause us any trouble! Renovations have to happen over time and I can’t wait to see the re-opening in May! If you are headed to the aquarium be sure and check the Moody Gardens website for dates of current closures.
We had such a great time at the Moody Gardens Aquarium. Our kids are still talking about all the fun creatures they saw that day. If you are traveling to Galveston, Moody Gardens is a must see on your next vacation!