As part of this Galveston Family Fun post, my family received a complimentary stay at Moody Gardens. No other compensation was provided. All thoughts and experiences are my own.
Galveston Family Fun at Moody Gardens
Although this summer has quickly taught me that traveling with a toddler can be one of the most challenging experiences, it is also wonderful to see my son experience things for the first time. We love living in the Houston area and having Galveston be just a short drive away.
W has been to the beach a few times in his short life but we had never had the opportunity to fully experience Galveston Family Fun at Moody Gardens. And from the moment we arrived at the Moody Gardens hotel, I was impressed. We were a bit early for check in but they had our room ready to go!
And when I discovered that the Moody Gardens attractions were really just a short walk across the parking lot, I knew we had the potential to have a great time.
We were able to unpack in our room and get settled in before we started making plans for the weekend. Let me warn you that Grambo and I like to be busy when we’re vacationing. Life with a toddler is teaching us that we have to be very flexible and slow it all down.
Swimming at Moody Gardens
Because the first place he wanted to go? The swimming pool we could see from our room. It was a gorgeous view and too tempting to ignore so to the swimming pool we went! We actually ended up spending a lot of our time at the pool which wasn’t in the original plan.
But it all worked out okay. W had a great time and I have to admit that I enjoyed taking the weight of third trimester off my joints for a while. The pool area was large and well-maintained. With a poolside bar area for adults and food that was available, it was easy to end up spending a few hours just relaxing.
Even with the temptation of all of the Moody Gardens attractions right next door.
Water Fun at Moody Gardens
But our fun in the water wasn’t limited to the pool and we made sure we had time to visit Palm Beach. Palm Beach is a seasonal attraction at Moody Gardens and I had never been before but always wanted to go. So we made it a priority on this visit! And I’m thrilled that we did.
I dreamed of sitting on the white sand beach of Palm Beach and relaxing a bit. But then I remembered that I was traveling with a toddler. So we hit up the splash pad before discovering a second area designed for younger kids that had slides that were just the right size!
So I spent my time going down smaller slides until W decided to go it alone! I felt safe standing at the bottom of the slides since all of the children playing in the area were smaller. It was definitely a huge hit with W!
My advice is to definitely go first thing in the day if you want to go!
Moody Gardens Aquarium
We also had the opportunity to visit the Moody Gardens Aquarium and explore all of the wonderful animals that live there. We also got to meet one of the penguins who calls it home. This was an amazing experience but I will admit that it was also one of the most challenging experiences with a 2-year-old.
W didn’t understand that he needed to give the penguin space and that he couldn’t just walk over and touch him. So if you do the penguin experience with little ones, just be prepared. Was it worth it? Definitely! I love exposing him to so many different environments and living things.
Exploring Moody Gardens
One of the best parts of our entire weekend at Moody Gardens was the time we spent walking on the trails around the grounds. It was amazing to enjoy the views around sunset. There is something calming about the water and just listening to the world around you once the area settles down.
While Moody Gardens offers some amazing family friendly attractions including:
- Palm Beach
- Discovery Museum
- 3D & 4D Movie Theaters
- Rainforest Pyramid
- Aquarium Pyramid
- Colonel Paddlewheel Boat
Some of my favorite memories came from our quiet time walking around Moody Gardens and enjoying the family friendly hotel atmosphere!