Midnight in the Gardens

If you’re looking for holiday events in Texas, visit Galveston! Moody Gardens offers some of the finest holiday events around. One of our most extravagant events is our New Year’s Eve Gala, which has become known as one of the best places to be during New Year’s Eve in the Houston and Galveston area. This New Year’s Eve, the Moody Gardens Convention Center will be transformed into a modern winter wonderland fit for only the most lavish affair.


This year’s Gala will once again feature Commercial Art, one of Houston’s most popular party bands. Commercial Art is sought after by all of Houston because of their eclectic mix of music. They offer everything from vintage rock and 40’s swing to classic soul and modern hits. With the great entertainment on hand, this New Year’s Eve Gala will be quite the party.


However, if you’re also looking for a romantic night for two, the Gala’s sophisticated setting is the perfect place. Moody Gardens will be offering an elaborate array of food, and of course an open bar. For added extravagance, don’t forget to take part in our champagne toast. Finally, ring in 2013 with our midnight balloon drop.


Tickets are on sale for $425 per couple or $225 per single. Don’t forget to make your reservations at the Moody Gardens Hotel; accommodations begin at $109 plus tax per night, with the purchase of a Gala ticket. For reservations, call 888-388-8484. Call now so you don’t miss out on the party of the year!


If you can’t make it for our New Year’s celebration, be sure to check out our other Galveston and Houston holiday events. We offer a Festival of Lights that offers more than 1 million lights in 100 animated light displays. While there, be sure to stop by our Festival of Lights Buffet. For more family fun, visit our Magical Christmas Dinner and Show starring Master Illusionist Curt Miller and Friends. Get your tickets here. Finally don’t forget to take advantage of our outdoor ice skating rink and visits with Santa! At Moody Gardens, there’s holiday fun awaiting the whole family!

All About the Moody Gardens 3D Theater

Are you looking for family weekend getaways in Texas? Come experience the best that Galveston has to offer at Moody Gardens! We give you a piece of paradise and the opportunity to experience all that nature has to offer. Start planning your visit now, including a trip to the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Museum, and Festival of Lights. If you want to experience nature on film, in 3D, you can’t miss the Moody Gardens 3D Theater!


What is the MG 3D Theater?

Our theater offers a larger-than-life picture on a six-story screen and incredible surround sound. At our 3D theater, every seat is the best seat in the house. Your 3D glasses will provide you with incredibly realistic images that you want to reach out and grab. If you love nature, we offer movies about everything from the ocean to the rainforest.


What Do We Offer?

Our shows reach into the depths of nature in a way no theater has achieved before. In our 3D theater, you become part of the action while images fill your peripheral vision. While watching, you literally feel like you’re deep in the rainforest or the depths of the ocean. This is an experience of a lifetime. Also, you and your family can enjoy this amazing experience for a great price:

Adults: $10.95

Children (4–12): $8.95

Seniors (65+): $8.95

We’re open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., so put us on your list next time you visit the Moody Gardens!


The Moody Gardens is an educational destination that will allow you and your family to reach out to nature. We offer year-round attractions and seasonal events. At Moody Gardens, there’s something for everyone! Start planning your next family vacation today! For more information, check out our website: www.moodygardens.com.

Why You Can’t Skip a Visit to Moody Gardens During Your Trip to Galveston

Moody Gardens is the perfect place to visit on your family weekend getaways in Texas. There is so much to do at Moody Gardens that it’s impossible to fit all the fun into one day! Not only are the year-round attractions incredible, but we also have seasonal fun depending on what time of the year you visit. You can’t skip visiting the Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, 3D Theater, and more!


Aquarium Pyramid: The Aquarium Pyramid is the largest pyramid at Moody Gardens. It houses four distinct ocean environments. When wandering through this big blue pyramid, you and your family will be entertained and entranced by the five species of penguins, the furry seals, and the famous Squirt, our blind sea lion. The colorful fish and coral reefs are nature’s art at its finest. Watch the sharks, sea turtles, eels, and tropical fish swim all around you as you walk through an underwater tunnel!


Rainforest Pyramid: A major enhancement project has allowed guests to experience the Rainforest Pyramid in a whole new way! You can now walk through an entry that overlooks a new Amazon River otter exhibit. A new treetop path leads you through the canopy level of the pyramid, allowing you to explore and see the monkeys, sloths, and other tree-dwellers closer than ever. Don’t forget to surround yourself with beautiful butterfly species in the butterfly exhibit. There are ten stories of rainforest magic to explore!


Moody Gardens Theaters. Choose from three different theaters, giving you three different experiences. At the MG 3D Theater you can enjoy larger-than-life images projected onto the largest movie screen in Texas. The Ridefilm combines both ride and a film, and the 4D Special FX Theater allows you to see, hear, feel, and smell the action with special effects such as wind, smoke, mist, leg ticklers, and seat buzzers!


The Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, and the theaters at Moody Gardens are just a few of the reasons you can’t miss out on this famous tourist attraction. Learn more by visiting www.moodygardens.com. Don’t miss the Festival of Lights this holiday season if you are looking for Christmas events in Texas. We also have a special holiday offer going on!

Why You Should Have Your Kid’s Birthday Party at Moody Gardens

Want to throw your kid an awesome birthday party? Do you not have enough time to plan and organize the party? Then Moody Gardens is perfect for you! We do the planning, setup, and cleanup! All you have to worry about is your kid having a fantastic time!


Each birthday party package includes a birthday cake, punch, paper goods, a party favor for each guest, twenty-four invitations, and a visit to one attraction. On top of all this great birthday fun, you choose from four exciting themes.


Wild Things: Aquarium. This package includes entry for your guests into the Aquarium Pyramid. Party guests get to dive into an ocean adventure and have a fun-filled animal encounter on your child’s special day.


Wild Things: Rainforest. Take the birthday party to the rainforest! Party guests get to meet the animals of the rainforest in a special animal presentation. The package includes entry into the Rainforest Pyramid for all your guests.


Beach Bash (seasonal). For summer parties, soak up the sun as your guests spend the day floating along the lazy river at Palm Beach. Entry into Palm Beach for your guests is included in the package.


Festival of Lights (seasonal). Celebrate your child’s birthday among the millions of lights at the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights. This package includes entry to the Festival of Lights and is only available at 6:00 p.m. because the sparkling lights can’t be appreciated in the daylight!


Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance, and packages are available for children turning a maximum of twelve years old. Parties are limited to two hours; however, visits to the designated attraction may extend beyond party time. Parties are available daily at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. for a maximum of thirty-two guests.


Party Package Prices are for up to twenty-four guests, including adults. However, you may have additional guests for $8.00 a person.


Saturday and Sunday

Non-members: $300.00

Members: $255.00


Monday through Friday

Non-members: $275.00

Members: $233.75


To start planning your party, call 1-800-582-4673, ext 4325 or e-mail education@moodygardens.com.

Moody Gardens to develop collaborative conservation project in the Philippines

Earlier this month, members of the Moody Gardens animal care team traveled to the Philippines to begin a conservation partnership with a marine aquarium facility in Subic Bay.

The project partners Moody Gardens with a nonprofit organization known as Wildlife In Need (WIN). This project pairs resources with conservation needs in one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet.

WIN is the nonprofit arm of Ocean Adventure, Southeast Asia’s only open water marine park. It is nestled between one of Luzon’s only remaining intact primary growth rainforests and a marine-protected area that includes two small bays on the southern shore of the mouth of Subic Bay.

There are three primary goals for the trip – to formalize a Memorandum of Understanding, develop a coral reef conservation program, and explore terrestrial conservation opportunities.

The Moody Gardens team is working with additional field conservation partners including the California Academy of Science, the Florida Aquarium and SECORE.org to design a land-based coral nursery lab, and begin long term coral reef habitat monitoring as the first step towards active restoration work.

Following the trip, Moody Gardens’ staff will provide direct and in-kind support, as well as technical assistance, in building the coral nursery lab. Their ultimate goal is to establish a facility similar to the SECORE lab at the Curacao Sea Aquarium. It will support technical workshops and regional reef restoration efforts at the same time that it serves a public education role as an aquarium exhibit.

Please refer back to the Moody Gardens blog  for updates from the field.


Moody Gardens Giving Back: Festival of Lights Food Drive

Do you love charity and the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights? You’re in luck! Every Friday night, if you bring a non-perishable food item, you can get 2 for the price of 1 admission! Moody Gardens is teaming up with the Galveston County Food Bank to provide for those who have fallen on hard times this holiday season.


The Galveston County Food Bank is an interfaith community-based organization established to receive surplus food from generous institutions willing to provide for those less fortunate than themselves. Their program is called Gleanings From the Harvest, which is a food procurement and distribution network. It provides food to those who most need it; this includes the destitute and the families in Galveston County who are considered the “working poor”.


Moody Gardens loves charity and would like your help in feeding those in need around the Galveston area. Please consider stopping by our Festival of Lights Friday Food Drive to be a part of this great charity. We promise you won’t be disappointed! Not only will you feel like you’ve contributed to something great, but you’ll also be able to enjoy our famous Festival of Lights at a discounted rate!


Our Festival of Lights is a great Houston holiday event for those looking for a family weekend getaway in Texas. We offer more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays. But that’s not all! We also offer live entertainment every night, a delicious Festival of Lights Buffet that you just can’t miss, and the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink. While you’re visiting, take a picture with Santa or watch a holiday film in one of our theaters. If you’ve visited Moody Gardens before, we’ve added something new this year! Enjoy snow tubing down the Arctic Slide. All of these attractions are open every night the Festival of Lights is open. Don’t forget, you can make a weekend of it! We offer one of the best family friendly hotels in Texas.


So put Moody Gardens Festival of Lights Friday Food Drive on your calendar. We promise you won’t be disappointed! For more information on our Holiday Events, visit us here.

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!

Cool Fun at Moody Gardens: Penguin Encounter

Get to know the penguin residents at Moody Gardens. With the Penguin Encounter program, you will get the opportunity to get up close with the penguins and see what goes on behind the scenes! Here are valuable facts about the Penguin Encounter:


  • The program lasts for 45 minutes
  •  Guests start at the front of the exhibit and move on to see the back of the exhibit and the penguin food preparation kitchen
  •  A Moody Gardens biologist will teach you about penguin biology, training, enrichment, and care
  •  Guests get to watch a penguin create art as part of an enrichment activity
  •  Tickets are $50 a person
  •  Children 3 and under are free
  •  Tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis
  •  Guests must also purchase admission to the *Aquarium Pyramid
  •  Children 12 and under must be with an adult
  •  The program is at 1 pm on Saturdays and Sundays
  •  Depending on the mood of the penguin, you may be able to touch them!
  •  It’s about 45 degrees in the Penguin Encounter area, so dress accordingly
  •  The penguins love to pose for your pictures


Private Penguin Encounters are also available for up to four people. Private encounters can be scheduled based upon guest’s convenience and availability. Admission is $350 per group and includes admission to the Aquarium Pyramid, and a unique piece of penguin art.


The Seal and Penguin Experience shows guests what it’s like to be a South Atlantic and North Pacific exhibit keeper for a day. The experience is six hours long and allows various activities such as feeding penguins, and helping out the biologists. The $175 (per person) package includes admission to the Aquarium Pyramid, lunch, a photograph, and a unique piece of penguin art. Participants must be 16 years or older and a maximum of three participants. Be sure to wear closed toe shoes, comfortable clothes, and reserve your package two weeks in advance.


Moody Gardens is the number one place this season for holiday events in Galveston. Join us for more kids activities and family fun. Be sure to keep up with our Moody Gardens blog to learn more about Houston holiday events, the Moody Gardens Hotel, and the Moody Gardens Golf Course!

Arctic Fun at Moody Gardens: Ice Skating

Always dreamed of tying up your skates and gliding around with the stars above you and the winter chill in the air? Then you realize you’re in Texas, and you can’t ice skate outside! There’s rarely snow or ice, especially along the Gulf Coast. Moody Gardens has solved your problem. We have the ONLY outdoor ice skating rink in the region!


Pull on your warm sweaters, slip on your mittens, and head out to the rink.  This popular winter activity is fun for the entire family. Don’t worry if you don’t have a pair of skates. We have plenty of sizes available to rent.


Ice skating outside with the Festival of Lights surrounding you is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Whether you’re a veteran ice skater or it’s your first time, everyone is welcome on the Moody Gardens Ice Rink. It’s okay if you slip and fall a few times, no one at Moody Gardens will be laughing at you. We can’t say the same for your friends and family though!


Ice skating is a great way to get all those relatives in town for the holidays out of your house, and making memories together. The outdoor ice rink could be a new family tradition that everyone looks forward to each year.  You can also take pictures with Santa while you’re here.


If you’re going to come check out the outdoor ice skating rink, then don’t miss out on our special holiday offer! For a limited time, you can get the Festival of Lights Arctic Package for only $17. The package includes admission to the Festival of Lights, the Aquarium Pyramid, and the To The Arctic 3D documentary. It’s the perfect way to get the whole Moody Gardens holiday experience.

Moody Gardens features the best Houston holiday events and events in Galveston. The family entertainment is non-stop this season.

Why You Should Throw Your Holiday Party at Moody Gardens Golf Course

Planning to throw a fantastic holiday party this season? Want it to be one that people can’t forget? Would you prefer someone else to do the decorating, cooking, and cleaning? Then you should throw your holiday party at Moody Gardens! The Moody Gardens Golf Course banquet room is perfect for creating the ultimate holiday party. We can bring the holiday spirit to all of your guests! Read on to find out why you should throw your party with us:


Choose from two different holiday party packages at Moody Gardens Golf Course:

Texas Two-Step Celebration: This party package includes a BBQ buffet featuring sliced brisket and sausage, baked beans, potato salad, and Texas toast. Price is $35 per guest.

Yuletide Fiesta: Upgrade to a beef and chicken fajita buffet featuring southwest pinto beans, Spanish rice, peppers and onions, flour tortillas, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole. The Yuletide Fiesta package is $40 a person.

Each buffet includes cookies for dessert; iced tea, water, and 2 drink tickets for beer, wine, and soft drinks.

We cater and provide a full bar service for your parties. Our experienced and professional event staff will take care of all your needs from set-up to clean up. Our banquet room can seat up to 80 people and there is on site free parking. Talk about stress-free party planning!

All prices are inclusive, and there is a 20-person minimum. For more information contact Anja Borski at 409.683.1200 or aborski@moodygardensgolf.com.

Moody Gardens Hotel and Attraction is the perfect holiday destination for events in Galveston with our holiday lights festival. Start planning your holiday party with us today, and hurry, because rooms will get booked quickly.

Don’t miss out on our special holiday offer. Receive a Festival of Lights Arctic Package for only $17. We also have special holiday deals going on at the Moody Gardens Golf Course and the Spa at Moody Gardens!