Why Special Events are Easy to Plan with Moody Gardens

Screen Shot 2012-12-21 at 11.51.41 AM Moody Gardens is the perfect place for your upcoming special event because we make the planning convenient and easy! We are here every step of the way to make sure your plans run smoothly and your guests have a memorable experience for all the right reasons. Planning an event with Moody Gardens is easy because of our professional staff, hospitality, and available and versatile space.

 

Professional Staff: Our staff knows the ins and outs of Moody Gardens and has all the answers to your questions about planning an event with us. You will encounter nothing but complete professionalism when working with everyone from the catering department to the Convention Center Director. Our hospitality and client services have earned us a reputation as the premiere meeting, event, and recreational destination. Our staff will attend to your every need, all under one roof.

 

Services: For weddings, our professional staff can handle details such as floral design, entertainment options, and food and beverages! For large events we have state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment, seating for over 5,000, and a large, covered parking garage.

 

Available and Versatile Space: We have over 100,000 square feet of available space for your special event. Not only is there tons of space, the space is so versatile you won’t have any problem finding the exact area to fit your needs. You can have a ballroom style expo center, or a more intimate setting for smaller get-togethers. For business events, we offer a fully equipped business center available 24 hours a day. Our staff will handle all the details of creating the perfect space for your special event, whether it’s an intimate dinner, social gathering, or a convention for a few thousand people.

 

Start planning your event online! Get started here.

 

While you’re here for your special event, stay at the Moody Gardens Hotel and check out our popular attractions, such as the Aquarium Pyramid and Rainforest Pyramid.

Moody Gardens Special Holiday Offers

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Christmas may be over, but the holiday fun at Moody Gardens sure isn’t! Our famous Festival of Lights doesn’t end until after the New Year, and we have some great holiday offers continuing into 2013 as well! Check out some of the holiday offers still available.

 

Moody Gardens Arctic Package: The holidays aren’t over at Moody Gardens! Our Festival of Lights is still going strong! If you missed the holiday lights before Christmas, don’t sweat it. We won’t be taking down the 100 holiday-lighted scenes until January 5. You can also still tie up your skates and glide around the area’s only outdoor ice rink, and wish the penguins a Happy New Year! All this holiday fun is only $17 with our limited time offer!

 

Holiday Golf Offer: Our holiday golf offer doesn’t end until the first week of February! Ring in the New Year by spending some time on our premier public golf course. When you purchase a round of golf, you will get a FREE golf cart and a bucket of range balls at the Moody Gardens Golf Course!

 

Relax at the Spa at Moody Gardens: While the holidays are a cheerful time to spend and celebrate with family, they can also be a bit stressful. All the waiting in line, worrying about getting the right gift, traveling, or taking care of family can really wear you out. What better way to rejuvenate your body and spirit than with our sweet spa offer. Come to the Spa at Moody Gardens this season and when you buy a Swedish massage, you’ll get a second one free! This relaxing offer is good until January 5!

 

Moody Gardens is THE place to be for holiday events in Texas! If you’re looking for fun, family events in Galveston, then look no further. We look forward to seeing you soon, and hope you enjoy our special holiday offers.

 

Ways to Get Involved with Moody Gardens: Volunteering

One of the easiest ways to get involved with Moody Gardens is to become one of our many valued volunteers! As a public, non-profit organization, we really count on our volunteers to keep Moody Gardens awesome.  We believe our volunteers are essential in making sure each and every guest has an unforgettable experience with us.

 

Volunteers offer help in a variety of departments throughout all of Moody Gardens. Volunteering with us is not only a help to the community, but also an incredible opportunity to learn more about Moody Gardens, nature, and conservation. We are very flexible with our volunteering schedules, so you have the opportunity to volunteer as much or as little as you want! We appreciate any amount of time you are willing to share with us.

 

The current volunteer opportunities at Moody Gardens are for:

  • Individuals
  • Divers
  • Interns
  • Teenagers
  • Special Events

 

Volunteers are required to attend a brief volunteer orientation in order to be better prepared for volunteering at Moody Gardens. The orientation will teach you what you need to know in order to have a successful volunteering experience. The orientations are typically held on Saturdays, so even if you work or attend school, you can still make it.

 

To find out when the next volunteer orientation is, check with Volunteer Services. You can find out more information by emailing the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers@moodygardens.com or calling 1-800-582-4673, ext. 4108. The Volunteer Coordinator would be happy to answer any questions you have about volunteering or the application process.

 

You can also sign up today to help out with the famous Festival of Lights! We have thousands of visitors each day coming to see the millions of lights, drink hot cocoa along the trail, and enjoy the live entertainment, so we need more helping hands!

 

When you aren’t volunteering, be sure to visit Moody Gardens for fun Galveston events. Don’t miss out on the Aquarium Pyramid this season!

A Look at Moody Gardens Golf Course

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Galveston’s premier public golf course is open seven days a week for both residents and island visitors! After undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, the Moody Gardens Golf Course is better than ever, and providing improved holes and better course flow. Read on for more information on some of our special rates, booking a tee time online, and even planning your own tournament.

 

Rates: We currently have a quite a few specials going on at the Moody Gardens Golf Course!

  • 5 for 5: Play 5 holes after 4 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday, Friday or Sunday for only $10, including the cart. (Usually after 5 p.m., but changes seasonally)
  • Senior Rise and Shine Special: Seniors 65 and older can play before 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday for only $20, Including cart
  • $9 for 9 Holes: Play 9 holes starting between 8 and 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday for only $9 including cart
  • Wednesday Ladies Day: Every Wednesday ladies play for only $20 including cart
  • Family Golf Sunday: After 3 p.m. kids 18 and under play FREE with a paid adult round for only $20
  • Limited time offer: Buy a round of golf and get a free cart and bucket of range balls. Claim your offer here

 

Book Your Tee Time Online: Booking your tee time at Moody Gardens Golf Course is now easier than ever! Simply click here and make your reservations. Be sure to book your tee time up to seven days in advance.

 

Plan a Tournament: Plan your own tournament with friends, or create an event for charity! At Moody Gardens Golf Course, we have three great tournament packages for you to choose from including the Rise and Shine Early Bird Package, Player’s Choice Plus Package, and the Grab It and Go Golfing package. The packages are $81-$89 dollars a person. Click here for more information.

 

Book your Moody Gardens Golf Course tee time today, and enjoy a round of golf with the Gulf as your backdrop. Don’t forget to check out the other attractions provided by Moody Gardens such as the 3D Theater and Aquarium Pyramid.

How Can You Use Moody Gardens Hotel?

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The Moody Gardens Hotel is more than just a place to rest your head at night! You can use the Moody Gardens hotel for your next corporate meeting, banquet, vacation, party, or even a wedding!

 

Vacation: The Moody Gardens Hotel offers a variety of quality rooms and suites to stay in while on vacation in Galveston. We offer the finest accommodations on the island with each room designed to mirror the botanical beauty outside the window. Many of our 500-square-foot rooms offer extraordinary views of Galveston Bay. On the third floor, you can stay in one of Jacuzzi suites, which provide guests with an extended living area, marble bathroom, and a separate Jacuzzi area with a balcony overlooking the Galveston Bay and Pyramids.

 

Meeting Space: The Moody Gardens Hotel has over 100,000 square feet of available meeting space that can host anything from large banquets to smaller meetings. We have the space to provide you with an intimate dinner or a convention of up to 2,000 people.

 

Parties: If you’re looking to throw an incredible party or host a local event, we have the space and the catering capacity to take care of your party planning needs. With the help of our Catering Department, you can choose your menu and we can help take care of decorations, and even bring in entertainment.

 

Weddings: Let the talented team of Moody Gardens’ professionals take care of every small detail of your wedding, from catering to floral design, and even entertainment options! For outdoor weddings, you can have the beautiful backdrop of The Rooftop Terrace, Palm Beach, or the Botanical Gardens. We also have thousands of square feet of indoor space to create your perfect day.

 

Come take your family weekend getaway to Texas and stay at the Moody Gardens Hotel. While you’re here for a vacation, meeting, or in town for a wedding, don’t miss out on tee time at the Moody Gardens Golf Course, or a relaxing day at the Spa at Moody Gardens.

 

Moody Gardens Offers Fun For the Whole Family

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Moody Gardens is the perfect place for an entire family vacation, or even just a daylong adventure. Here at Moody Gardens, every member of your family will find something fun and interesting to entertain them.

 

The Moody Gardens Attractions, from the Aquarium Pyramid to the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, provide enough fun for everyone in the family. Kids will love getting up close with the penguins in the Penguin Encounter! For the adventurous family members, don’t miss out on catching a movie and a ride at the Ridefilm Theater. The technology of the Ridefilm Theater literally makes you feel like you are a part of the action!

 

Parents who are looking for a romantic evening on the water should book reservations for the dinner cruise on Colonel Paddlewheel Boat on the second Saturday of each month! Enjoy a delicious dinner and live entertainment while getting some time alone together. Please make your reservation by the Wednesday before the scheduled dinner cruise at 1-800-582-4673, ex. 4419.

 

The whole family will enjoy one of the most authentic rainforest recreations at the Rainforest Pyramid. The walk-in butterfly exhibit is one of Moody Gardens most beloved features, and enjoyable for family members from one to one hundred. Not only are the Aquarium and Rainforest Pyramids entertaining, they also provide educational opportunities by teaching visitors about the nature that lives within the habitats.

 

When the gang gets hungry, there are plenty of dining options here at Moody Gardens. Choose from The Gardens Restaurant, or in the Moody Gardens Hotel there is The Terrace Restaurant, Shearn’s Restaurant, Lobby Bar, Pool Bar, and Blossom. Don’t forget that your kids can eat free at The Terrace Restaurant when you’re staying at the Moody Gardens Hotel!

 

When Mom and Dad are ready to unwind, don’t miss out on our special deals for the Moody Gardens Golf Course and the Spa at Moody Gardens! We look forward to seeing you and the whole family soon!

 

Moody Gardens Offers Live Webcams!

Experience Moody Gardens a little bit before you come visit us! At moodygardens.com, we offer live webcams allowing you to get a real time view of what the animals of Moody Gardens are up to! Our live webcams keep track of the seal exhibit, the penguins, the rainforest watch cam and a pyramid view! Since Moody Gardens is dedicated to the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research, we want you to be able to experience as much of what we do as possible.

 

You can watch the penguins jumping in and out of the water, cuddling up, or gathering around for mealtime. Penguins are always having fun and doing funny things.

 

Catch a glimpse of the beautiful, brightly colored birds perching on trees on the live rainforest watch cam. You never know which rainforest creature you are going to get to see, but it’s always interesting.

 

The large seals are especially fun to watch, especially during their feeding time. They love coming up out of the water to greet the great people who take care of them on a daily basis. Sometimes the seals will disappear for a little bit for a nap, but then pop back on up on the screen swimming around belly-up!

 

Our pyramid view is especially helpful if you want to check the exact weather conditions of the Moody Gardens grounds. The live webcam gives a clear view of the sky, so you can check for dark clouds or beautiful sunny skies.

 

The live webcams at Moody Gardens also give you the opportunity to see firsthand how the animals are cared for. Watching live mealtimes, or just seeing the caretakers interacting with the animals provides an up close look at the daily lives of our favorite animal residents.

 

If you’re looking for a fun place to visit on your Texas weekend family getaways, come see us at Moody Gardens. Explore the Aquarium Pyramid and Rainforest Pyramid and then catch a movie at the Moody Gardens 3D Theater. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Use Moody Gardens’ Website to Send a Postcard!

Sending a postcard has never been easier with Moody Gardens’ online postcard service! You can participate in the vacation tradition of sending everyone back home a postcard without the hassle of buying the postcard, writing it, finding a stamp, and then mailing it out! Also, they will instantly receive your message, so you won’t be sending a postcard that gets back home after you do!

 

The Moody Gardens postcard service is also completely FREE, which is way better than a real postcard. Simply click here and start filling out your postcard. All you need is a valid email address, and the receivers email address!

 

You can write a postcard from the whole family, or let each individual family member send their own postcard. There is no limit!

 

Choose from six postcard images that include the Moody Gardens Pyramids, a picture of a hotel room with the pyramids as the view, a picture of the Moody Gardens Hotel, the Spa at Moody Gardens, the Moody Gardens entrance, and the hotel pool! You can send a postcard with each image, talking about your experience at each place.

 

Each postcard allows you to write a brief message, and you don’t have to worry about messing up or running out of space like on regular postcards. Online postcards are the way to go.

 

If you’re looking for family friendly hotels with world-class service and incredible amenities, then look no further than Moody Gardens Hotel. We would love to accommodate you and your family on your next family weekend getaway to Texas, or for a weeklong vacation! You won’t run out of things to do with so many Moody Gardens Attractions to choose from, and with all the places to explore around Galveston. We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Festival of Lights “Find the Duck” Contest

QUACK! There’s a loose duck at Moody Gardens and we need you to help us find him!  The duck will be hiding on the Festival of Lights trail, posing as a lighted display. Keep your eyes open, and if you happen to spot the duck, take a picture and submit it to us with the date of your visit in one of these ways:

The duck will move daily around the trail, so make sure you visit our Facebook/Twitter for hints on his location. Every time you submit a picture of the duck in his hiding place, you will be entered into our weekly drawings. Prizes for the winners of the weekly drawings include four (4) tickets to either the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid or the Discovery Museum.

We will accept photo submissions up until the end of the day on Jan. 6, 2013. We will also do a grand prize drawing on Jan. 7, 2013 from all of the submissions. Winners of the Grand Prize drawing will include a family four pack to all of the attractions.

Watch the video above to see what the duck looks like and happy duck finding!

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Shop at Moody Gardens!

Once you’re done exploring all the beauty and entertainment that Moody Gardens has to offer, be sure to take home some great souvenirs. Moody Gardens’ souvenirs and paraphernalia also make fantastic gifts, which is important to keep in mind during the holiday season. Moody Gardens offers a few different shopping options for your retail fix!

 

The Shops at Moody Gardens: There are two different gift shops in Moody Gardens. One can be found in the Aquarium Pyramid and the other one is located in the Visitors’ Center. These shops offer unique and high-quality apparel and souvenirs for visitors to take home with them and remind them of the memories they created at Moody Gardens. Some of the popular items featured in the gift shops include:

  • T-Shirts
  • Souvenirs
  • Tropical plushies
  • Games
  • Educational toys
  • Scientific toys

 

Boutique Le Fluer: This high-quality Moody Gardens Hotel Gift Shop is the perfect place to shop for items that capture the memories of your stay. The shop is located next to the registration lobby and carries a variety of keepsakes for sale. Shop for: eclectic souvenirs; Moody Garden logo items such as sweaters or key chains, jewelry, swimwear, resort fashion apparel, and regional treasures.

 

Shopping Shuttle: Moody Gardens Hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle to the Historic Shopping District in Galveston on the weekends. The Shops at Seawall and Strand are the best places to get in a little retail therapy while you stay in Galveston, which we wouldn’t want you to miss out on!

 

If you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel in Texas, then look no further than the Moody Gardens Hotel! Moody Gardens is the perfect place for your next family getaway in Texas. Soak up the sun along the coast of the Gulf, and enjoy the educational entertainment of the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, or Discovery Museum.