Hi everyone! I hope that everyone had a wonderful fourth of July! It was a long weekend for sure and now getting back into our routine (and when I mean ‘our routine’, I mean Izzy and myself staying in pjs until lunch time. That’s normal, right?)
So as part of our long weekend festivities for the fourth of July this year, we decided to visit the Galveston Aquarium Pyramid at the Moody Gardens. As it says in the name, it is in Galveston Texas, so depending where you live in Houston, it can take you from 30 minutes or 1 hour to get there. Not a bad drive to do with a toddler, just as long as the toddler is fed and has plenty to entertainment.
On their website, they give you the opportunity to purchase the tickets ahead of time, which helps to avoid those long lines and the small amount of patience a 2 year old has. We purchased our tickets about hour or so before we left and had no problems with the site, it was very easy to maneuver. The adult tickets are $31.50 and kids 4-12 are $25.50 but if your child is 3 and under…FREE!! (HOORAY!!) You still need to visit the main visitor center or one of the other ticket lines to swap out the online order for the actual tickets though. That can be done in the Will Call lines though which are shorter.
Once we got to Moody Gardens, there were other attraction such as the Rainforest Pyramid and Palm Beach. We decided on the Aquarium for this day since Izzy was nearing the dreadful “I’m going to go crazy on you because I’m tired and need lunch” time. The parking for the Aquarium was also FREE so it helps with the cost of the two adult tickets that we purchased.
The front lobby had a huge media display of fish and sea life which got Izzy really excited and amping her up for the aquarium!
The aquarium is divided into different section of ocean life: the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, South Atlantic, South Pacific, and North Pacific. And they added a new attraction this year which highlights different marine life.
I think my favorite part was seeing the Penguin exhibits. Yes, they had multiple and it was very impressive! Who would have thought that Galveston would hold so many penguins! Izzy was also impressed, as long as she was a few feet away from the glass and was holding on to her daddy.
They also had sea lions and it was so neat to see them swim around and being very active.
Overall, it took us about one hour to get through the entire experience. There were many stations where you can “pet” the sea life such as sting rays, sea urchins, and jelly fish (Yes, that’s right jelly fish! But don’t worry, they didn’t have tentacles that can sting you, like at the beach). There is a lot of stuff to do and very interactive for all ages! I’d highly recommend it and I think we will go again after the crowds die down.
Yes, Izzy had a meltdown/tantrum and she had a timeout but hey she’s just two and what do you expect when you decide to go out right around lunch time/nap time (#parentfail). But I know she had a blast! That’s all for now and if you have a favorite place to visit in Houston or anywhere, let me know! I’d love to hear it!
Talk to you soon!
Visit Moody Gardens at www.moodygardens.com