Without trees to generate oxygen, humans would have to retrieve it from scuba tanks and the minty breath of local supermen. Keep the air alive with today’s Groupon to Moody Gardens in Galveston. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get a conservatory outing for one (up to a $31.90 value).
- For $29, you get a conservatory outing for two (up to a $63.80 value).
- For $56, you get a conservatory outing for four (up to a $127.60 value).<p>
The Rainforest Pyramid opens for admission at 10 a.m. each morning. Showtimes at the 4D Special FX Theater vary, though they currently begin at 12:30 p.m. Children 3 and younger receive free admission to all attractions.
Open for more than 20 years, Moody Gardens encompasses a water park, a museum, movie theaters, and a duo of wildlife conservatories, growing from its roots as a horseback-riding therapy program. The Rainforest Pyramid enlightens 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, african-palm civet, and chupacabra. The rest of the journey explores the ground-based species dwelling in the Asian, Central and South American, and African rainforests.
The 4D Special FX Theater immerses audiences in short films relayed with high-definition digital projection, SFX lighting, and DTS surround sound. Currently showing Dora and Diego’s 4-D Adventure: Catch that Robot Butterfly!, the theater brings far-flung environments to life on the screen with animated explorations of tropical rainforests and arctic landscapes. Smoke, mist, and leg ticklers draw spectators into the journey, while seat buzzers activate to warn of impending pokes from neighbors.
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.