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Moody Gardens Teaching Teachers: Educator Programs Part 1

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

teachers part 1 On February 2, 2013, Moody Gardens will be hosting our 16th Annual Educator Open House. At the open house, you can learn what Moody Gardens and other Galveston-area attractions have to offer educators and their students.

 

All educators and school support staff are invited and encouraged to participate in the fun and informational event. You can join us just for the excitement and knowledge, but also have the option to earn up to 4 State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) hours.

 

This year, you must pre-register for the event, which you can easily do here.

 

By registering and participating in the 16th Annual Educator Open House, you will:

  • Receive free admission into all Moody Gardens attractions with your school ID
  • Be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a variety of door prizes, field trips, and workshops
  • Receive a tote bag and a free box lunch if you are one of the first 1,000 participants
  • Learn more about the volunteer programs and opportunities at Moody Gardens
  • Gather free educational materials while they last
  • Receive activity ideas to use in your own classroom
  • Learn about other educational programs available from other Galveston-area attractions

 

If your family members want to join in on they fun, they can purchase a day pass for only $21.00 a person.

 

Be sure to sign up for our Pyramid Educator Newsletter to receive information and updates on new programs and special educator events. Simply email pswiftbrooks@moodygardens.com to sign up.

 

When registering, be sure to provide school employment identification. For any more questions, call 409-683-4231 or email at pswiftbrooks@moodygardens.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon and seeing you at the 16th Annual Educator Open House.

 

Be sure to check out the Aquarium Pyramid and Rainforest Pyramid during your visit. If you need a place to stay, check out the Moody Gardens Hotel, one of the best places to stay in Galveston.

Galveston Area Attractions

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

dv801006Obviously, the most popular attraction in Galveston is Moody Gardens. Our Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Golf Course, and more have been attracting locals and island visitors for years. However, while we are proud of Moody Gardens there are other great attractions to visit while vacationing (or living) in Galveston.

 

Galveston Island Ferry: The ferry is one of Galveston’s most popular attractions. The ferry is on Highway 87, and visitors can park and ride the ferry or drive their cars aboard. The ferries are free and run about every fifteen to twenty minutes.

 

Pier 21 Theater: Want to learn more about Galveston’s rich history, or the historical hurricane in 1900? The Great Storm is a multimedia presentation that gives visitors a look at the devastating storm through a multi-image documentary. The 27-minute film shows the story through actual accounts from diaries and letters of survivors.

 

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier: The famous pier is the perfect spot to take your family for a fun-filled day while you’re in Galveston. The pier has been transformed into an amusement park, with tons of rides that soar over the Gulf of Mexico. There are also plenty of shops and famous restaurants, such as Bubba Gump Shrimp.

 

Seawolf Park: This historic park is a memorial to the USS Seawolf, which was a United States Navy submarine mistakenly sunk by U.S. Navy Forces during World War II. The park also has a popular picnic area, and you and your family can fish off of the well-maintained pier.

 

These attractions are only a handful of the fun experiences you can have in Galveston. Don’t forget to spend a day on the beaches, hang out along the Seawall, or go shopping in the Strand. To learn more about Galveston and what it has to offer visit www.galveston.com.

 

If you’re looking for family weekend getaways in Texas, then look no further than Galveston Island. Moody Gardens Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Galveston, and one of the best places for entertainment! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Galveston’s “Beach Nourishment Project”

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

71031838Moody Gardens is excited about Galveston’s commitment to keeping its beaches beautiful! Galveston Island’s beaches recently received a makeover with the Beach Nourishment Project, allowing residents and island visitors to bury their toes in the beautiful new sand!

 

The Beach Nourishment Project was a $6-million investment that added over 500,000 cubic feet of new sand to the Galveston beaches between 10th Street and 61st street.

 

The goal of the project was to be done in time for the Kemp Ridley turtle nesting season! The Kemp Ridley turtles are the rarest sea turtles and are critically endangered. Just like Moody Gardens, the city of Galveston is committed to rehabilitating and conserving nature.

 

On top of helping out Mother Nature, the Beach Nourishment Project was created to make the beaches more appealing for residents and island visitors. The city worked day and night to complete the project, which added over fifty feet of beach along the Seawall, creating an even more exciting and fulfilling beach experience!

 

This holiday season, come to Galveston and check out the beautiful beaches, shops, and restaurants along the Seawall. While you’re here appreciating our beaches, rest your head at the Moody Gardens Hotel, one of the best places to stay in Galveston.

 

In the summer season, when you don’t want to go to far from the hotel, we have our own beach right here on the grounds. Palm Beach is Galveston’s only white sand beach. Palm Beach also includes a Lazy River, Wave Pool, Tower Slides, Splashpad, and an Aquarium Adventure. While you’re at Moody Gardens’ own white sand beach, you’ll be surrounded by the lush botanical landscaping, and be near the famous Aquarium Pyramid and Rainforest Pyramid.

 

Come visit Galveston and Moody Gardens for your family weekend getaways in Texas. We look forward to sharing our beaches and accommodations with you soon.

Rooms and Suites Offered at Moody Gardens Hotel

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

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If you’re looking for family-friendly hotels in Texas, then book your next vacation here at the Moody Gardens Hotel! Our hotel is one of the best places to stay in Galveston, and we have the finest rooms and suites in the area to accommodate our valued guests.

King and Queen Accommodations

Each room is a reflection of the botanical beauty of the Moody Gardens. The interior design of each hotel room combines both style and tropical ambiance to create the best guest room accommodations on the island. Each room provides 500 square feet of space, and a variety of views, such as the Pyramids, Galveston Bay, and marinas.  Choose from rooms with either a king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds. Expect unbeatable amenities, such as complimentary high-speed Internet, mini fridges, plush bathrobes, lighted vanities, full-length mirrors, extra pillows, and more.

King Jacuzzi Suites

All the great amenities from the king and queen accommodations are a part of the king Jacuzzi suites, but they offer even more. Located on the third floor, these luxury suites feature an expanded living area, a balcony overlooking the Pyramids and Galveston Bay, and of course, a separate Jacuzzi area.

One and Two Bedroom Suites

Looking for even more luxury? Stay in one of our sumptuous one- or two-bedroom suites individually designed with stunning views of Moody Gardens and Galveston. Expansive living and dining areas, wet bars, and complimentary wireless Internet connectivity are all a part of these suites. Choose from a one-bedroom with a king-sized bed and connection parlor, or a two-bedroom suite with a king-sized bed and a room with two queen beds.

Book your next vacation to Galveston with us! While you’re staying in the Moody Gardens Hotel, be sure to check out the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, and other surrounding attractions.

Moody Gardens Special Holiday Offers

Friday, December 28th, 2012

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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.

 

A Look at Moody Gardens Golf Course

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

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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.

The History of Moody Gardens

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Moody Gardens began as an extraordinary vision to create an island tourist destination. It has grown to become one of the premier education and leisure facilities in the Southwest, with approximately two million visitors annually.

 

1986: Moody Gardens began as a horse barn with a riding arena that provided a hippotherapy riding program for people with head injuries. The Hope Arena convention center was established, which later expanded and became the Moody Gardens Convention Center.

 

1988: White Florida sand was brought across the Gulf of Mexico to create Palm Beach. Seaside Safari opened and is now The Learning Place, home of our educational programs.

 

1990: The production area opened, which included two greenhouses used to propagate most of the plants seen on the ground for our Medicinal Plant Program.

 

1993: The famous Rainforest Pyramid opened its doors, featuring over 1,700 exotic plant and animal species from all over the world. The Garden Restaurant also started serving delicious food to our customers this year, and America’s first IMAX 3D Theater started showing films in the MG 3D Theater Complex.

 

1997: The Discovery Pyramid debuted with NASA-inspired exhibits.

 

1999: The family friendly accommodations and tranquil services of the Moody Gardens Hotel and Spa opened. The hotel is an architectural masterpiece featuring 428 rooms and over 22,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, dining, and a full service salon and spa. The 1.5 million-gallon Aquarium Pyramid opened as one of the largest aquariums in the world.

 

2004: The hotel gained a brand new 125-room wing, and the Exhibit Hall grew by 60,000 square feet.

 

2005: The 4D Special FX Theater opened, creating a totally new way to experience the movies.

 

2008: After a $16 million renovation to the Galveston Municipal Golf Course, the Moody Gardens Golf Course opened, becoming the premier golf course of Galveston.

 

2011: The Rainforest Pyramid and Palm Beach reopened after extensive enhancement projects, making Moody Gardens better than ever.

 

If you’re looking for a fun place to visit on your family weekend getaways in Texas, don’t skip the Moody Gardens. Our family friendly Moody Gardens Hotel gives you a luxurious place to rest your head at night, while the Moody Gardens Golf Course and attractions will keep the entire family entertained all day.

 

Moody Gardens Memberships

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Moody Gardens is one of the best destinations in Texas, no matter what time of the year it is. If you’ve visited Moody Gardens before, you know there’s something for everyone. For those first-timers, we’ve got everything from 3D Theaters to a Discovery Museum. There are many reasons why you should consider investing in a Moody Gardens Membership. What does a Moody Garden Membership offer? Keep reading to find out!

 

General Memberships

Whether you use Moody Gardens as a family getaway or for a weekend on your own, we have just the membership for you. Moody Gardens offers both a Family Membership (for up to five individuals) and an Individual Membership. Both memberships last one year and offer unlimited admission to all attractions, including the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, MG 3D Theater, and much more! You can also enjoy member-only events and previews of new exhibits and films before they’re open to the public. With your year-long subscription to the Pyramid Press Newsletter, you’ll always have the inside scoop into everything that’s happening at Moody Gardens. If you like to shop, a membership offers you a 15% discount in the gift shops at the Visitor Center, Discovery Pyramid, and Aquarium Pyramid. And if you like to eat, you’ll love our 15% discount from 2 p.m. to close at the Garden Restaurant or Terrace Restaurant. Finally, finish the day with our discount on Hotel Rack Rate and Single Spa Service at the Moody Gardens Hotel.

 

Holiday Membership Benefits

We love providing great Galveston and Houston holiday events. If you love the Moody Gardens holiday events, remember your membership includes admission into the Festival of Lights trail. As a member, you’ll also receive a discount on Ice Skate Rentals and the brand new Ice Slide.

 

Moody Gardens is one of the best family weekend getaways in Texas. For more information on our membership options, visit us here.

Moody Garden’s Festival of Lights

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

If you’re only going to go to one holiday festival this season, make sure it’s the Moody Garden’s Festival of Lights. This holiday celebration is one of the largest in the area. The entertainment is nonstop, making Festival of Lights a holiday tradition for many families.

 

At the Festival of Lights you can enjoy:

-One million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated displays

-Live entertainment each night

-The area’s ONLY outdoor skating rink

-Pictures with Santa Claus

-Holiday films at the Moody Gardens 3D, 4D Special FX, or Ridefilm theaters

 

Experience even more holiday fun this year with the addition of snow tubing! Ride down a 100-ft ice slide set up in the Gardens. Snow tubing is open from noon to 10 pm on Saturdays, November 10 through December 15, and daily December 22-January 5. Admission is $12.00.

On Friday nights, if you bring a non-perishable food item, you’ll get 2 for 1 admission to the Festival of Lights. The food drive proceeds go to the Galveston County Food Bank. So while you’re enjoying the holiday entertainment, you’ll also be spreading the cheer throughout the community.

Dive into a holiday feast at the  Festival of Lights Holiday Buffet in The Garden Restaurant. The buffet has options for the whole family, including a special “Kid’s Favorites” section. The buffet is served on nights the Festival of Lights is open.

Master Illusionist Curt Miller and friends bring A Magical Christmas Dinner and Show to the Moody Gardens during the Festival of Lights. The dinner and show are held in the Moody Gardens Convention Center on December 17-20 and the 20-27. The admission price includes a buffet dinner, performance, Festival of Lights ticket, tax, gratuity, and parking.  You don’t want to miss this fun family friendly event! Get your tickets today!

The holiday lights and Houston holiday events at Moody Gardens are the best way to spend your family vacation this year! Don’t miss out on these events in Galveston and our special holiday deal, a Festival of Lights Arctic Package for only $17! Moody Gardens is the place to be this year for Christmas events in Texas!

Brews, Boots & BBQ

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012


Brews, Boots & BBQ

Date:
Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Price: $10 per person cover charge
Location: Moody Gardens Convention Center

Dust off the old cowboy boots and take it for a night to remember. With a special performance by Horizon, the country band sets the perfect scene for a two-stepping kind of night. Come for the craft beers brewed right here in the great state of Texas and cheer on Sparky Sparks’ Live Armadillo Races.

Get your tickets here