Galveston Island, TX (May 2, 2012) — Beachgoers will discover more interactive experiences including a Wave Pool, Lazy River, and a giant Tower Slide when Palm Beach, a Moody Gardens summertime attraction, opens for the season on Saturday May 12. With its white sand beaches and freshwater lagoons, the attraction has offered Galveston Island visitors a scenic, family-friendly escape to cool off since 1988.
Amongst the lush, exotic setting, guests can find a Kon-Tiki themed water adventure with a variety of new choices to engage and explore. A 650-linear-foot Lazy River offers over 60 interactive points at which guests on shore can splash and spray as their friends float by along the Lazy River course. A 6,100-square-foot zero entry Wave Pool graduates to a depth of 5 feet to appeal to a variety of ages. Two 18-foot enclosed Tower Slides offer a thrilling plunge of refreshment. Palm Beach’s Kon-Tiki theme suggests fun in the sun and a water adventure for all. The area is named after the Incan sun god Viracocha, who was also known as Kon-Tiki. Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl also traveled the Pacific Ocean to South America in 1947 on a raft he named Kon-Tiki as he explored the possibility that South Americans could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
Palm Beach offers many great amenities, including a remodeled gift shop, full-service concession and grill, lounge chairs, umbrellas and volleyball courts. Guests also have access to the Splashpad automated aquatic water feature and the Aquarium Adventure playground, which includes eight-feet-tall climb-on platforms, 25-foot Hydro Storm tower with a 500-gallon water dump bucket and more. As the name suggests, the soft white sand at Palm Beach was shipped to Moody Gardens on barges from Florida. The attraction offers lifeguards, showers and lockers.
Admission is $23.95 for adults, $18.45 for children and seniors or $55 for a season pass. Palm Beach is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information about Moody Gardens and Palm Beach, call 1-800-582-4673 or visit www.moodygardens.org. www.moodygardens.org.
Moody Gardens Palm Beach Quick Facts
One Hope Blvd. Galveston, Texas
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Daily: May 28 – Aug. 21, Aug. 27 & 28, Sept. 3 – 5
Individual Ticket $23.95 adults, $18.45 children ages 4-12
Season Pass $55 per person
White sand beaches, freshwater lagoons, lazy river, wave pool, giant tower slides, aquatic playgrounds, spas, volleyball courts, lifeguards, showers, lockers, gift shops, full-service grill and concession stand
Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.