All summer long, visit the Palm Beach Moody Gardens Water Park!
Palm Beach Moody Gardens, open during the summers, includes a lazy river, wave pool, slides, water playground, splashpad, sandy beach and volleyball court.
The Moody Garden water park is not huge, but it's a good size for little kids. Teens (and probably tweens) may not love it, but for little kids, there is enough to do... and it's not really hard for the parents to keep track of them.
Attractions at Palm Beach Moody Gardens:
There are two slides for kids over 48" (that end in a contained "tray" and not in a big pool). There are also two slides for little kids.
Palm Beach also has a small wave pool (that does not get as big as the big waterparks). For little kids there is a splashpad. And for everyone, there is a lazy river.
We usually arrive mid-day with everyone else, but I'm told that at the 9:00am opening time, there are fewer crowds.
What to consider before you go:
Besides this Moody Garden water park being small, be aware that only water is allowed in. Coolers must be parked in the picnic spot outside the gates.
Also, lockers must be rented. If you want to swim with the kids, I'd leave most of the stuff in the car or at home. As for car keys, I put them in a waterproof case.
And, finally, there is the price. It's not cheap to get in... but if you will go several times or visit all of Moody Gardens (including the winter lights events), there is an annual family membership. Just plan to use the membership a lot, because the price makes the Houston Zoo and Houston Museum memberships look like a bargain.
The good news is that you can pay the admission fee, decide if you love it, and apply the ticket price to the annual membership after you swim.
For more to do in Galveston, with kids, go HERE!
Palm Beach Moody Gardens Water Park:
Address: One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554