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Moody Gardens is a 242-acre theme park, complete with nine attractions and a hotel and convention center. The complex also houses a wave pool, a beach and a lazy river, which is open seasonally. The gardens also contain a zip line and ropes course, an aquarium, a rainforest zoo and more. 

Visitors say that although admission to Moody Gardens is expensive, it makes for a fun day. The attractions is especially fun to visit during the holidays, when the park twinkles with lights and ice sculptures, according to recent travelers. 

The hours of operation at Moody Gardens vary by the season and by the attraction, so make sure to check the website before visiting. Tickets and passes also cost different amounts based on the varying attractions. For instance, a one-day value pass costs $69.95 and offers admission to most of the gardens' attractions, but you can also buy a la carte attraction tickets. The aquarium, for example, will run adults $29.95 and children and seniors $23.95 if purchased online. The cost goes up $2 a ticket if you buy them in-person. You'll find this sprawling complex overlooking Offatts Bayou on Galveston Island. 

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