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Making the Most of Galveston
Making the Most of Galveston
Nearly all visitors arrive via I-45 and the Galveston Causeway. Once on the island, traffic is heading northeast on Broadway Street, though visitors headed to Moody Gardens and Seawall Blvd. would exit onto 61st St., southbound. The Disney ships dock at Texas Cruise Ship Terminal 2 on the bay side of the island (see page 245), with Pier 21 and the Strand District just blocks away. 25th Street runs 1.4 miles south from the cruise terminal to Seawall Blvd. and the Gulf shore, ending at the recently rebuilt Pleasure Pier. The city’s public transit system was devastated by Hurricane Ike, with the trolleys that connected the main tourism districts still out of service (they may return in 2017). A special tourist bus that substitutes for the trolley may be in service. Until full trolley service can be restored, the only practical way to travel between the various tourist areas is by private vehicle.
Moody Gardens tops the list of Galveston’s man-made attractions. Three huge, glass pyramids—a veritable Giza by the Gulf—enclose a rain forest conservatory, aquarium, and discovery museum, plus 3D, 4D, and Ridefilm theaters. Add to that the adjacent hotel, spa, convention center, live theater, golf course, paddlewheel steamer, and during the summer months, beach and lazy river, and you have a multi-day resort destination! A project of the Moody Foundation, this non-profit institution’s core mission is Hope Therapy, a rehab facility for individuals with mental or physical disabilities. Tickets for the individual attractions cost from $8-$24/adults, $8-$18/ages 4-12 and 65+. A single-day Value Pass is $60, and a two-day pass is $80 (all ages). Moody Gardens is open daily, year-round, typically from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. 1 Hope Blvd. Visit http://www.moodygardens.com or call 800-582-4673.
Next door to Moody Gardens, and among the top 10 water parks in the U.S., Schlitterbahn Galveston Island offers both outdoor and indoor play. Ten rides and attractions in the park’s Wasserfest area are enclosed and heated for the winter season, and operate weekends and holiday weeks from the end of September through Christmas week, then re-open in March. The outdoor schedule starts up in mid-April and runs to the end of September. One-day Winter season tickets are $28/adults, $23/ages 3-11, with lower rates after 2:00 pm and for two-day tickets. Typical winter hours are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. 2026 Lockheed Dr., Galveston. Visit http://www.schlitterbahn.com/galveston or call 409-770-9283.
Top Photo Slice: Moody Gardens Aquarium (℗ 53360) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx
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