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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Date: Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 Time: 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Price: $25 per person in advance Location: Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center Lobby
Remember those bar hopping nights? Well now it’s an official event. Grab your buddies and hop on the bus. With a free 2012 t-shirt and koozie, the ride will take you to different places to purchase special feature selections at Pub Crawl Stops.
And if you want something to make you feel real special, then check out the Taste It First selections. That’s right, be the first to taste new brews from Cedar Creek, Fort Bend Brewing, No Label and Southern Star before they hit the store shelves. From the makers of Texas Backyard Blonde, Lawn Ranger Cream Ale, El Hefe and Pine Belt Pale, these guys are brewing up their next fan favorite!
From brightly colored macaws to lounging lizards, more than 200 animal species have made a home in the Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens. And as of yesterday, Moody Gardens has the second prehensile tailed porcupine born onsite since the Rainforest Pyramid’s grand re-opening.
The reddish orange baby was born on the same exact date as its older sibling last year. A quill was sent for DNA testing to determine the gender and after, a name will be chosen. Weighing at 480 grams, the newborn is on exhibit inside the nocturnal gallery of the Rainforest Pyramid.
Although the newborn looks as soft as a puppy, the quills will harden within a few weeks. Sharing an exhibit with the mother, Bobby-Sue, the new baby is climbing the trees and exploring the area. Bobby-Sue and the father, Bono, have been together since 2007 and this is their second baby since their introduction into the newly enhanced pyramid.
Prehensile Tailed porcupines are found in the wild in Central and South America. These vegetarian, tree-dwelling rodents usually weigh between four and eleven pounds and their tails are almost as long as their whole body. They are covered in short, thick spines and their body color runs from yellowish to orange to brown. One of their defining characteristics is a small head with a round, bulbous nose which is covered by short and fine hair. They also have whiskers on the face and feet that help in maneuvering around at night.This species is named for their unique tail, which is used a fifth hand to help hold onto branches as they climb throughout the canopy. The last 1/3 of the tail is spineless, enabling the animal to get a better grip on the tree branches. The front and hind feet are modified for grasping, which makes them excellent climbers. One thing they cannot do however is jump.Porcupines have a built-in defense. While most of their body is covered in sharp quills, they are incapable of throwing them, which is a common misconception. These quills will detach easily when touched and imbed into the skin of an enemy. They have also been known to hit and bite their attackers and curl up into a ball when caught. When provoked, they will stomp their hind feet, sit on their haunches, shake their quills and emit deep growls and high pitched cries. These defenses are so formidable that Prehensile Tailed porcupines have the luxury of a longer lifespan and slower reproductive rate than most rodents.
Corpse Flower, “Morticia” Intrigues Guests with Two-Day Bloom and Powerful Stench.
Galveston Island, TX (June 14, 2012) — The odor of rotting flesh has never smelled so sweet as “Morticia,” the Giant Corpse Flower officially started to bloom in the evening June 13 at the Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid. With a short blooming period of 2 to 4 days, visitors have the rare opportunity to see and smell the Amorphophallus titanum. Native only to Sumatra, Indonesia, it is not only rare in its native habitat, it is extremely rare in cultivation. Fewer than 85 Corpse Flowers have ever bloomed in the United States. Measuring in at 56 inches tall and 40 inches in circumference, this bloom is only the fourth in the state of Texas. Visitors can expect to have their breath taken away in more ways than one.
“The stench and beauty of this plant are equally amazing,” said Donnita Brannon, horticulture exhibit manager at Moody Gardens; who added the staff has been anxiously waiting for the big blooming event to occur since the plant first broke dormancy May 1. “She is even more beautiful than I expected. We are celebrating and invite guests to hurry out to the Rainforest Pyramid to share this experience with us.”
The common name, Corpse Flower, originates from the unpleasant odor the plant emits during flowering. The strong smell that is similar to rotting flesh attracts its pollinators, carrion beetles and sweat flies. It is considered the largest flowering plant in the world, often reaching heights of over 10 feet tall. Technically, it is the largest unbranched inflorescence, containing both male & female flowers.
The plant has a very unpredictable blooming schedule. There is no bloom season and flowers can be produced at any time of year. The Corpse Flower grows from an underground tuber which can weigh up to 200 pounds. A single large leaf that resembles a small tree emerges from this tuber that can grow to more than 20 feet tall. During this vegetative state, the tuber gains energy to produce the massive bloom. The plant then goes into a dormant period for approximately three months. The tuber will then either produce another leaf or a flower as it has at Moody Gardens. Once the tuber breaks dormancy and begins to send up a flower spike, the plant will usually bloom within four to six weeks as it did at Moody Gardens. There are six other Corpse Flower tubers in the Rainforest Pyramid. Brannon hopes to see some of these plants bloom in the future.
The Corpse Flower was first discovered in 1878 by an Italian plant explorer Odoardo Beccari. Upon initial discovery, the plant struck fear into Beccari’s team due to the plant’s tremendous size and smell. It was believed to be a man-eating plant. Beccari took seeds back to the botanical gardens in Florence, Italy and later sent seedlings to The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London, England. The first recorded bloom of the Corpse Flower took place at Kew in 1889. Police had to be called in to control the crowds of people who came to see it.
The first bloom ever recorded in the United States took place at New York Botanic Garden in 1937 where it created a similar response. The same plant bloomed again in 1939. In May 1998, the University of Missouri at St. Louis had a bloom and was the first in this country in nearly 60 years. Due to the plant’s peculiarity, popularity and incredible appeal to growers and collectors in the botanical community, the Corpse Flower began to gain attention in again the 1990s and early 2000s. Since May 1998, there have been 84 recorded blooms in the U.S. at arboretums, botanic gardens, zoos and universities.
Rainforest Pyramid®: Special Hours of Operation
Thursday, June 14: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, June 15: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, June 16: 9 a.m. – 10p.m.