Holiday lights originated with cowboys, who used them as lassos to reel in cattle rustlers, whom they then sold as Christmas trees. Continue this Wild West tradition with today’s Groupon to the Rainforest Pyramid and the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens in Galveston. Choose from the following options:
- For $12, you get admission for one (a $26.90 value).
- For $23, you get admission for two (a $53.80 value).
- For $45, you get admission for four (a $107.60 value).
The Festival of Lights runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night, and the Rainforest Pyramid opens for admission at 10 a.m. each morning. This Groupon is valid any day during the Festival of Lights, which runs on the following schedule:
- November 18–19
- November 24–26
- December 1–3
- December 8–11
- December 14–31
- January 1
Moody Gardens encompasses a water park, a museum, movie theaters, and a duo of wildlife conservatories after growing from its roots as a horseback-riding therapy program during its more than 20 years in business. The Festival of Lights strings the Gardens’ grounds with more than one-million holiday lights, dazzling families as they stroll through the 100 sound-enhanced exhibits and attracting paratroopers who confuse the twinkling globes with a landing strip. The Festival of Lights further radiates holiday cheer with an outdoor skating rink, live entertainment, and photo opportunities with Santa.
The Rainforest Pyramid also opens its gates to holiday revelers, enlightening visitors with up-close-and-personal peeks at more than 1,000 exotic species of flora and fauna. The 10-story triangle tour starts at the edge of the Amazon River exhibit, where playful otters entertain crowds but do not expect generous tips. From there, guests embark on a top-down tour of the conservatory that starts amid the canopy, an ideal vantage point for spotting birds, sloths, and monkeys. On the descent, the cloud forests hide polychromatic frogs, and the nocturnal exhibit explains the origin of such elusive creatures as the porcupine, the African palm civet, and the cotton-eyed joe. The rest of the journey explores the ground-based species dwelling in the Asian, Central and South American, and African rainforests.
Perched on picturesque Galveston Island, Moody Gardens possesses a storied history that complements its scenic surroundings. More than two million visitors a year get to live part of that history, drawn by the 242-acre park's three towering pyramids. After exploring walking and bike trails lined with nearly 20,000 plants and trees, guests can take their expedition underwater at the Aquarium Pyramid. There, a host of aquatic animals including penguins, sharks, and tropical fish swim and frolic in their natural habitats. Nature is also on display at the Rainforest Pyramid, which takes guests on a quest through the rainforests of Asia, Africa and the Americas.
In addition to embracing the wonders of nature, Moody Gardens also incorporates adventures in mankind's world of science. Guests can broaden their minds with traveling exhibits at the Discovery Museum, or immerse themselves in the towering worlds of the MG 3D Theater or 4D Special FX Theater. The tourist destination also thrills families with water attractions, including a wave pool and a lazy river. No matter the reason for the visit, guests can also rest their heads at the recently-renovated (and nearby) Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center.
1 Hope Blvd.
Galveston, Texas 77554