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1 Hope Blvd.

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Amusement Parks, Swimming/Pools, Zoos and Aquariums Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Atmosphere

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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Stewart Beach is one of the most popular strips of sand in Galveston, and with its host of beachside amenities, it's no wonder. There are lifeguards, restrooms, showers, concession stands, chair and umbrella rentals – and even a playground for kids. Recent visitors appreciated this beach's large parking lot and loads of amenities, as well as the beach's proximity to Pleasure Pier

Stewart Beach sits where Broadway Avenue and the Seawall intersect. From March through May and during September and October, parking costs $10 between Monday and Friday and $12 on the weekends. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, parking costs $12 between Monday and Friday and $15 on the weekends. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the beach welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends. From March to May and September to October, beach bums are welcome to visit between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends. Keep in mind that this family-friendly beach prohibits alcohol. For more information, visit Galveston's convention and tourism website

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