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Galveston Island Hotel & Attractions

Open 365 days a year, Moody Gardens invites you to escape into a world of enchantment and exploration. Nestled on the beautiful Galveston Island in Texas, Moody Gardens is a premier destination that seamlessly blends entertainment, education, and conservation. With our lush tropical gardens, captivating wildlife exhibits, and thrilling attractions, we offer an extraordinary experience for visitors of all ages. Discover the magic of our iconic pyramids, home to mesmerizing marine life, magnificent rainforests, and even an otherworldly discovery center. Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature, learn about conservation efforts, and embark on unforgettable adventures. Whether you're seeking family fun, educational experiences, or simply a tranquil retreat, Moody Gardens is your gateway to a world where curiosity knows no bounds. 

 

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Dinner Cruise on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat

September 30

Enjoy scenic views and an amazing dinner while cruising down the bayou on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat!
Boarding begins at 6:30 pm with the cruise being 7-9 pm.

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Yoga Retreat Weekend with Doug Keller

October 13 - 15

Experience a transformative and rejuvenating journey of self-discovery and wellness at the Moody Gardens Yoga Retreat, featuring the esteemed instructor Doug Keller. Held from October 13 to 15, 2023, in the serene coastal setting of Galveston, Texas, this retreat offers a unique opportunity to deepen your yoga practice and find inner harmony. Hotel Packages and individual tickets are available!

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Boos on the Bayou Cruise

October 28 | 9 - 11 p.m. 

 Come out dressed to impressed for this haunting two-hour evening cruise aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. The evening is sure to be filled with frights, light hors d'oeuvresspooky treats, music, dancing, and an enchanted view. Prizes will be awarded to selected costume contest winners! Reservations required, adults 21 and up.

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Fall and Winter 2023 Pyramid Kids Camps

Great for all kids entering grades K-8!

Camp programs include different attraction experiences, activities, games, crafts and experiments making every camp day unique! Daily camps are a great option for the kids during school break or a fun day for all the kids visiting during the holidays! Register for one day or multiple days.

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Holiday in the Gardens

November 18 - January 6

Ice Land · Festival of Lights · Ice Skating · Hotel Packages · Holiday 3D Films · Rudolph 4D ·  Arctic Slide · Train Rides · Pictures with Santa · Nightly Fireside S'mores and more!

Holiday cheer comes ahead of schedule as Moody Gardens is delighted to announce the return of ICE LAND and the Ice Slide for the 2023 holiday season. Imagine the North Pole within the lush environment of the rainforest as Moody Gardens presents ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday.

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Holiday Dining

Thanksgiving · Christmas Eve and Christmas Day · Breakfast with Santa  · Nightly Holiday Buffets and more!

Leave the cooking and cleaning to Moody Gardens this holiday season and enjoy a delicious meal with your loved ones. 

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A Christmas Wish: Holiday Spectacular

December 22 - 30 | Moody Gardens Hotel 

Embark on a journey like no other at Moody Gardens' “A Christmas Wish: Holiday Spectacular." This spellbinding dinner show combines the artistry of Broadway-style song and dance with mesmerizing acrobatics and more. With spirited characters, stunning visuals, and electrifying performances, this show is a heartwarming spectacle that will reignite your holiday joy! 

 

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New Year's Celebrations

December 31 - January 2

Ring in the New Year in style at Moody Gardens! Join us for an unforgettable New Year's celebration with a range of exciting events and packages to choose from including New Year's Palooza, NYE Silver Celebration at the Moody Gardens Hotel, and New Year’s Eve Colonel Paddlewheel Boat Cruise! Hotel packages and tickets are available!

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Purchase single day or value passes for our attractions and learn more about gift cards and membership passes.

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Stay at Moody Gardens Hotel and enjoy nearby attractions like the Moody Gardens Attractions and Moody Gardens Golf Course.

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With its stunning views, green fairways and gulf breeze, the Moody Gardens Golf Course has become one of the most popular golf courses in Texas.

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Golf Course

Experience the Rainforests of the World, Journey to New Depths in the newly renovated Aquarium Pyramid, Explore new worlds in the MG 3D and 4D Special Effects Theater, dive deep in 20,000 Leagues:An Interactive Adventure and more.

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Enjoy Moody Gardens all year long with an Individual or Seasonal Membership. Your membership includes unlimited admission to most Moody Gardens attractions and other fantastic benefits.

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Penguin

Educational efforts at Moody Gardens strive to provide learning experiences through Field Trips, Teacher Workshops, Birthday parties and more for our guests that will instill enthusiasm, appreciation and stewardship for the natural world and its inhabitants.

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Enjoy some of the great events happening at Moody Gardens all year long including Beats on the Beach, Holiday in the Gardens, Colonel Paddlewheel Dinner Cruises, Air, Car and Boat Show and more! 

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We Are A Cashless Property

  • Moody Gardens® has implemented a cashless transaction policy property-wide and currently ONLY accepts credit cards.

The Pyramid Promise

YOUR VISIT WILL BE CLEAN, SAFE AND FUN.

 

Special Notice: We encourage you to purchase your tickets online.

Cashless Transaction Policy Propertywide: We now have a cashless transaction policy and we accept credit cards only property wide to further reduce physical contact. Cash payment and checks cannot be accepted.

   

What They're Saying

A Variety of Fun and Educational Things To Do

We enjoyed our visit to Moody Gardens and left feeling like there were still more things to do. The aquarium has some excellent exhibits; we especially enjoyed watching feeding time for the penguins and the seals. The rain forest was amazing, with free-flying birds and free-roaming monkeys, as well as a gorgeous collection of tropical plants. There was a selection of 3D and 4D films; we saw the 3D film about sharks. We also took the paddle boat tour. Being on the boat was enjoyable, although the bayou on which it sails is very developed and not very scenic. I didn't have the chance to visit the "discovery" pyramid, but my daughter did and liked that as well. We ate at the Garden Cafe, with a pleasant view of the water and plentiful good food. We definitely could have spent a lot more time at Moody Gardens if our itinerary had allowed. (Note: the beach and waterpark were closed for the season when we visited, so call ahead for seasonal hours if that's something you'd like to do.)

Trip Advisor

Took visiting family to MG and had a blast! It's very big and we got there in the afternoon, so couldn't see all of it. We saw the Aquarium & Rain Forest pyramids, spent some time in the Lazy River and saw a 3D movie about Coral Reefs. Plus - We hit the food court for a yummy lunch. Not sure who had more fun, us or the kid! :-) Will be back soon to see the rest.

Yelp

I want to compliment you on your excellent customer service. Your responses to all my questions and concerns were very much appreciated. You are an asset to Moody Gardens, they are fortunate to have a representative like you. Also, want to tell you how impressed we were with the Thanksgiving dinner, the attention for safety precautions, the many stations and food selections were incredible.  The beautiful room, decorations & personal table attention were also appreciated. We enjoyed it all and plan to make it our new Thanksgiving tradition. The night was perfect, we also enjoyed the Festival of Lights. 

Trip Advisor

It was exceptional! All the staff were professional, polite and attentive. Hand sanitizer is located throughout the property, everyone wears masks and socially distancing is practiced. 

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