Plan Your Holiday Itinerary!

Plan Your Escape for Festive Fun at Moody Gardens!
Moody Gardens has the ideal holiday adventure for you and your family. There is so much to do, you make a weekend of it and make the most of your vacation time with friends and family. Don’t know where to start? We have taken the livery of creating a sample itinerary to ensure you don’t miss a thing!

Day 1 of Fun

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Breakfast at Café in the Park at the Moody Gardens Hotel
Located at the Moody Gardens Hotel, this restaurant features a wide variety of breakfast options from tasty omelets to a sweet assortment of pastries. The lush greenery and vibrant colors make dining at the café like a festive outdoor picnic. Check out the menu here.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Festive Photo Opp
Strike a pose at the beautiful Poinsettia Tree in the Visitor Center Garden Lobby and share your photo with us on the Moody Gardens Facebook page.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Rainforest Pyramid
Immerse yourself in our 10-story glass pyramid that is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and animals. You will experience rainforest life from around the world and encounter free-roaming animals such as, monkeys and tropical birds.

11:45 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures, A Caribbean Christmas
Explore the only ice attraction on the Gulf Coast as you take an underwater journey from the shores of Galveston Island through the Gulf of Mexico to arrive at the ultimate Caribbean Christmas destination. Walk through a 28,000 square foot exhibit area set at a chilly temperature of nine degrees and encounter towering aquatic sculptures made completely of ice! There is even an opportunity to enjoy some festive holiday spirits inside of ICE LAND at Shivers Ice Bar.

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch at the Garden Restaurant in the Visitor’s Center
Partake in a festive holiday buffet which includes Pecan Crusted Chicken, Parmesan Potatoes, sautéed vegetables and more!

2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Nature’s Wonders Gift Shop in the Visitor Center
Take home a reminder of your Moody Gardens experience by checking out an array of holiday ornaments, animal plush toys, unique jewelry sets and more.

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Moody Gardens Hotel Spa and Salon
Escape to a world of revitalizing fragrances and botanical oils as you are treated with a nourishing facial or a Swedish massage. Make your holidays merry by selecting one of the various holiday packages being offered for the season. More information.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. SpongeBob SubPants Adventure
Dive into adventure! On this wild and silly deep-sea submarine voyage, YOU choose the destination and YOU interact with your hapless captain — Patrick Star! Plunge into a world of immersive 3D media, a torrent of special effects and a nonstop whirlwind of surprises! With an improvised, real time interaction with Patrick Star, and varying destinations, your adventure is never the same twice.

5:15 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D in the Special FX 4D Theater
Experience the latest 3D technology with a twist! Feel the rumble in your seat or snow fall into your lap as you join Rudolph, Santa and their misfit toy friends on their thrilling journey to save Christmas!

5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Drinks at Shearns Lounge
Admire breathtaking property views of the Moody Gardens Pyramids or a beautiful sunset over Galveston Bay. Savor premium cocktails at one of the best views of holiday lights around.

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner and Show (December 16 – 25 only)
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind Holiday show that includes amazing acrobats and aerialists, mesmerizing illusions, hilarious comedy and much more. All of this coupled with a superb Holiday Buffet Dinner prepared by renowned Moody Gardens Executive Chef Felipe Gonzalez. Click here for holiday hotel packages! Admission also includes a ticket to the Festival of Lights.

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Festival of Lights
Take a stroll through the largest light attraction on the Gulf Coast. This one-mile trail features over 100 lighting displays such as, Santa Claus, various animals and even a narrated nativity scene! You can also glide on over to the area’s only outdoor skating rink as it is included in the Festival of Lights admission.

Day 2 of Fun

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Moody Brews in the Moody Gardens Hotel
Get your day started by grabbing a quick breakfast with a delicious brew at the Moody Gardens Hotel coffee shop. Take advantage of the sweet pastries and free hotel wifi.

8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tee Time at the Moody Gardens Golf Course
Take a swing on the lush greens of one of the top ranked golf courses in Texas. Enjoy spectacular views of beautiful palm trees and Galveston Bay.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch at the Pelican Grill at the Moody Gardens Golf Course
Savor great food and a great bargain while taking in the lush tropical scenery of the Moody Gardens Golf Course and Offatts Bayou.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Aquarium Pyramid
Visit four distinct ocean environments in the infamous blue pyramid that houses seals, sharks, penguins and thousands of tropical fish.

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Ropes Course & Zip Line
Satisfy your inner thrill-seeker as you soar 30 feet above Moody Gardens’ Palm Beach. Relish in the awesome property views as well as city glimpses from Offatts Bayou!

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Jerusalem 3D in the MG 3D Theater
Immerse yourself into one of the world’s most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home.

5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Dinner at Shearns Fine Dining Restaurant

Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks is the premier destination for fine dining in Galveston. Delight in floor-to-ceiling views of the Galveston Bay and also amazing views of the Moody Gardens’ Pyramids.

7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Night Cruise on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat

Relax on a beautiful nightly cruise through Offatts Bayou on the Moody Gardens’ 1800s paddlewheel boat. Overlooking the deck you will view a festive panorama of Christmas lights and displays from the 15th Annual Festival of Lights trail!

Here’s Your 2014 Holiday Itinerary:

PLAN YOUR GETAWAY AT THE COOLEST HOLIDAY DESTINATION IN THE SOUTHWEST

With the opening of ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants and the return of the annual Festival of Lights, Moody Gardens has officially become the coolest holiday destination in the Southwest.

With so many attractions to enjoy, the Moody Gardens Value Passes have been a popular choice among guests. For just $59.95, visitors get entry into ICE LAND, Festival of Lights, Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Museum, MG 3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. Those wanting to make a weekend visit can also purchase a Two-Day Value Pass for $79.95 and get unlimited entry to everything Moody Gardens has to offer.

So what’s the best schedule if you are planning a vacation to Moody Gardens? Here is a sample itinerary to make sure you don’t miss a thing:

DAY 1

» 9-9:45 a.m. Breakfast at Moody Brews
Located in the main lobby of the hotel, Moody Brews offers a full line of Starbucks beverages, grab-and-go menu items, retail products, free WiFi, laptop work stations and comfortable seating.

» 10-11 a.m. Rainforest Pyramid
Take a tour of the 10-story glass pyramid that is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and animals. You will experience rainforest life from around the world and encounter free-roaming animals, like the cotton-top tamarins and saki monkeys.

» 11:05-11:35 a.m. Discover the Ice Age
Travel back in time to discover a frigid world, covered in ice and occupied by mammoths, saber-toothed cats, cave people and more. The exhibit features life-sized animatronic animals and real fossils within the Discovery Pyramid.

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» 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch at Café in the Park at the Moody Gardens Hotel

» 1:30-2 p.m. ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants
Enjoy the coolest new attraction to date when you visit ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants. Being the only holiday ice exhibition on the Gulf Coast, this is a vast and amazing display of 900 tons of towering SpongeBob SquarePants-themed ice creations.

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» 2:15-4:30 p.m. Deep Tissue Massage at the Spa and 9 Holes at the Moody Gardens Golf Course
Send the little ones to a Kid’s Crew activity provided throughout the weekend by the Moody Gardens Hotel and relax at The Spa or play a round of golf at the Moody Gardens Golf Course.

» 5-6 p.m. Festival of Lights Buffet at the Garden Restaurant for Dinner

» 6-6:15 p.m. Pictures with Santa
Be sure to stop by Santa’s Village in the Visitor’s Center lobby and get your picture with Santa Claus!

» 6:15-6:45 p.m. Gingerbread Gardens
Build your own Gingerbread House with the family inside the Visitor’s Center lobby.

» 7-8 p.m. Festival of Lights
Enjoy the mile-long trail of over one million lights and 100 animated displays that winds through the beautiful Moody Gardens property. This is a holiday tradition you won’t want to miss!

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» 8-8:30 p.m. Ice Rink
Grab some rental skates and enjoy the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink.

Day 2

» 8:45-9:45 a.m. Breakfast at Café in the Park

» 10-10:50 a.m. Aquarium Pyramid
Visit four distinct ocean environments in the largest Moody Gardens Pyramid that includes seals, sea lions, sharks, thousands of fish and more than 90 penguins.

» 11-11:45 a.m. Penguin Encounter
Get up close and personal with a penguin during this 45-minute program that takes guests behind the scenes.

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» 12-12:45 p.m. Lunch at the Aquarium Pyramid Food Court

» 1-2 p.m. Colonel Paddlewheel Boat
Take a cruise around Offatts Bayou on this 1800s-style paddlewheel boat.

» 2:30-3 p.m. 4D Special FX Theater
Engage your senses in this theater as you encounter a 20-minute adaptation of Rio 4D or Polar Express 4D.

» 3:15-3:45 p.m. Arctic Ice Slide
Take a slide down this Texas-sized ice slide located outside the Visitor’s Center.

» 4-4:45 p.m. Sky Trail® Explorer Ropes Course
Challenge your agility, balance and strength as you encounter the new five-tier Ropes Course. Children 48 inches and under can also take on an adventure of a smaller scale on the Sky Tykes™ Ropes Course.

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» 4:45-5 p.m. Moody Gardens Zip Line
Snap into the harness, step to the edge of the zip line platform and glide over Palm Beach and the Lazy River 60 feet in the air for a bird’s eye view of the Moody Gardens Pyramids and tropical gardens.

» 5:15-6:15 p.m. Dinner at Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks

» 6:40-8 p.m. MG 3D Theater
Finish out the day watching some holiday favorites, such as Light Before Christmas 3D and Santa vs. Snowman 3D, in the newly enhanced MG 3D Theater featuring the world’s first giant screen 6p laser projector and the largest screen in Texas.

Moody Gardens Hotel Renovations- Part One

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The Moody Gardens Hotel is dedicated to remaining a first-class hotel destination. They believe in providing the best experience for all of their guests, and this includes top-notch accommodations. They are soon to be embarking on the most extensive and expensive renovation since the hotel first opened in 1999.

Over the next three years the Moody Gardens Hotel will be undergoing a $20 million renovation to make it even better for their valued guests. All upgrades have been carefully planned with the comfort and satisfaction of guests in mind.

If you’ve stayed with them recently you may have already noticed a difference in the bedding. The new bedding includes new Sealy plush Euro-Top mattresses, crisp white duvets, and fresh fluffy pillows. However, with the new renovations all guest rooms will be getting a complete makeover.  Rooms will be designed with a modern design palette that incorporates new colors, luxe fabrics, and natural stone and wood furniture accents. Bathrooms will feature custom granite vanities, new tile, and new fixtures. Suites will be designed with each one featuring their own unique theme.

The Spa at Moody Gardens will also be receiving a complete makeover with new colors and seating in the waiting area. The treatment rooms will receive new artwork, seating, flooring, and fixtures. The Spa’s Couple Suite will have new decorative wall coverings, freshly upholstered furniture, and a freestanding water feature.

These renovations are just a few of the areas that Moody Gardens will be upgrading! There will also be renovations in the banquet rooms, restaurants, and hotel public spaces! Check back to our blog to learn more about our exciting renovations. These new renovations are just one of the reasons Moody Gardens Hotel remains one of the best places to stay in Galveston! Our resort is not only luxurious; it is also one of the most family friendly hotels in Texas.

Springtime at the Spa at Moody Gardens

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The warm weather is upon us and spring is just around the corner! It’s time to start shedding layers and donning lighter clothes for the higher temperatures. Get your mind and body ready for the spring with a visit to the Spa at Moody Gardens.

We currently have a few Spring specials going on at the spa! Save on services such as the Spring Clean Facial, Sweet Feet and Palm Springs Manicure and Pedicure, or the To the Rescue Body Wrap.

Spring Clean: Get your spring glow with a nourishing facial paired with a paraffin dip for your hands. Revive dry winter skin and get ready for spring. 1 hour | $110

Sweet Feet and Palm Springs: Show off your nails this spring with a manicure and pedicure that features the sweet smell of Honeysuckle & Pink Grapefruit. Also includes a paraffin dip for your feet to help you get sandal ready. 2 hours | $90

Calming Passion Flower: Pure passion hydrotherapy bath pairedwith a 25 minute green tea Swedish massage is sure to wash your worries away. 1 hour | $100

Click here for more information

Call 409-683-4440 to schedule your next appointment.

Take advantage of our special spa services and deals while staying at the Moody Gardens Hotel for your spring break. Our hotel is one of the best places to stay in Galveston, and the spa is just as luxurious.

A Look at Moody Gardens Ballrooms

ballroomMoody Gardens is the premiere place to hold your large event, no matter what kind of occasion it is. We have over 103,000 square feet of event space, and included in this space is a few humongous and beautiful ballrooms. Moody Gardens’ ballrooms could be the next location of your company’s large party or a memorable wedding location.

 

The Frances Anne Ballroom boasts 15,180 square feet! This huge ballroom can be divided into eight separate rooms for a custom space for your party, event, or convention. The space gives off an elegant vibe with its soaring ceilings that are lined with beautiful chandeliers. The décor and grand size of the Frances Anne Ballroom make it the perfect spot for elegant soirees.

 

The Floral Ballroom is a 9,100 square foot space that overlooks the breathtaking Offats Bayou. The ballroom can be divided into twelve smaller rooms if the occasion calls for it. The Floral Ballroom is located on the second floor of the convention center, so you won’t have to worry about the general public wandering in and crashing your party! The Floral Hall makes for the perfect pre-function area that is great for receptions, breaks, and tabletop exhibits. The ballroom is decorated in an artsy, fun, and refreshing theme.

 

The Moody Gardens Ballroom’s elegance and décor are accentuated by the 242 acres of lush, tropical beauty. If you’re interested in holding an event, such as a wedding or a grand party, at Moody Gardens we would love to talk to you about what our professional staff can help you accomplish! Visit this link to start planning your ballroom-sized event!

 

For a place to rest your head at night in luxury, be sure to check out the Moody Gardens Hotel.  Our four-diamond full service resort is one of the best places to stay in Galveston. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Moody Gardens Teaching Teachers: Educator Programs Part 1

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.

Why Moody Gardens Makes a Great Romantic Getaway

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Looking to get away with your significant other? Moody Gardens is the perfect place to visit if you want a memorable romantic getaway.

Moody Gardens Hotel Suites: Our king Jacuzzi suite features an expanded living area, green marble bathroom, balcony overhanging the Pyramids or Galveston Bay, and best of all, a separate Jacuzzi area! What’s more romantic than a luxurious private suite with a large Jacuzzi! Light the candles and enjoy your romantic space.

Shearn’s Restaurant: Shearn’s Restaurant is the most exquisite restaurant in Galveston. Locals come here for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Share a romantic dinner, with fine cuisine prepared by Galveston’s most celebrated chef, Executive Chef Urs Schmid. Dressy casual attire is required, so dress up and expect to have a wonderful evening together.

Spa at Moody Gardens: The Spa at Moody Gardens would love to accommodate your romantic getaway with a little pampering. Indulge in couple’s massages and find time to relax together.  The spa also offers hydrotherapy for couples. Enjoy our Belvedere Hydrotherapy tub with 147 jets designed to detoxify and massage your body.

Galveston Beaches: Galveston offers over thirty miles of beautiful sandy beaches for you and your loved one to enjoy. Spend a day (or more) soaking up the sun, swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, and playing in the sand together. There are also plenty of shops and boutiques along the beach on the Seawall, or in Galveston’s famous historic district, The Strand.

Book your romantic getaway with Moody Gardens today! Click here to get started.

Don’t forget to also check out the other attractions at Moody Gardens, such as the Aquarium Pyramid and Rainforest Pyramid, while you’re here. We also provide stellar room service if you decide you want to spend most of your time together in your suite.

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.

Relax at the Spa at Moody Gardens

Life can be a little hectic, even when you’re on vacation. Treat yourself with a visit to the Spa at Moody Gardens! Our professional and caring staff can liven your senses, restore your body, and ease your mind with tropical fragrances and ocean elixirs. You can’t help but feel relaxed among the enchanting pyramids and botanical beauty.

 

The Spa at Moody Gardens offers a wide variety of ways to pamper yourself, from couple’s massages to skin care and hair services. Choose from:

  • Packages
  • Bridal Packages
  • Massage Therapy
  • Skin Care
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Body Exfoliation
  • Body Wraps
  • Waxing Services
  • Nail Care
  • Hair Services
  • Makeup

 

Whether you are choosing a gift for a friend or taking a little time for yourself, we have something for everyone! We suggest you try our hydrotherapy! The belvedere hydrotherapy tub has 147 jets that are designated to systematically detoxify and massage your body. You can choose from four different exciting hydrotherapy options.

  • Coconut Milk Bath Soak: A calming milk bath that both hydrates your skin and calms your mind.
  • Pure Passionflower Bubble Bath: Immerse yourself in the pure scent of passionflowers.
  • Seaweed Splash: This special bath is infused with three types of seaweed to detoxify, re-mineralize, and soothe your skin.
  • Couples Hydrotherapy Bath: Enjoy a romantic spa treatment in our private couple’s suite hydrotherapy tub.

 

One of our most popular spa services is massage therapy. For a limited time, when you buy one Swedish massage, you’ll get a second one free! Enjoy two fifty-minute sessions of the relaxing full-body massage for the price of one! You can also choose from three of our massage therapy upgrades:

  • Aromatherapy: An aroma of your choice is mixed into the massage cream for a relaxing scent experience.
  • Warmed Tropical Oil Scalp Massage: A wonderful addition to any massage.
  • Aromatherapy Paraffin Dip: Leaves your hands and feet feeling extra smooth.

 

 

To learn more about the Spa At Moody Gardens, visit the Moody Gardens Hotel online at www.moodygardenshotel.com. And don’t miss out on our limited time spa offer!

Tee Off on the Tropical Golf Course

Golf with us at Galveston’s premier golf course! The Moody Gardens Golf Course features a $16 million renovation by the renowned golf course architects of Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design. New turf grass, elevations, drainage, irrigation, green complexes, and cart paths were all included in the renovation. The clubhouse also had a full makeover!

 

The playing surfaces are kept in top condition with a new irrigation system and water treatment system. The high quality water makes for a high quality course. Along the 18 holes, golfers will experience lowland native areas, natural wetlands, and over 500 palm trees, creating the famous tropical feel.

 

This first-class public golf course is open seven days a week for local residents and visitors to the island. Not only are the course and clubhouse renovated but other new amenities include a larger driving range, a new golf cart fleet, and a remodeled pro shop. After a nice round of golf, guests can enjoy a meal on The Pelican Grille’s clubhouse patio.

 

The Moody Gardens Golf Course is a great way to spend your vacation by the water without having to worry about the hassles of getting to the beach. You won’t encounter crowded beaches, kids running around, or have to worry about the temperature of the water. Swing your club, feel the cool sea breeze, and enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Coast. Tee time at the Tropical Golf Course is the perfect addition to any vacation.

 

Don’t miss out on our special offer at the Moody Gardens Golf Course. For a limited time you can receive a free cart and bucket of range balls with the purchase of a round of golf! Make your next weekend trip to Moody Gardens, and enjoy a round of golf in Galveston. When you aren’t swinging clubs on the course, take advantage of our special deal at the Spa at Moody Gardens in the Moody Gardens Hotel. When you buy one Swedish massage, you’ll get one free!