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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 not just a premier destination for entertainment, it is a public, non-profit educational destination that aims to utilize nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research. With our lush tropical gardens, captivating wildlife exhibits, and thrilling attractions, we offer an extraordinary experience for visitors of all ages. Discover the immersive 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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BODY WORLDS RX at the Discovery Museum

*NEW EXHIBIT* BODY WORLDS RX: Prescriptions for Healthy Living

Now Open at the Discovery Museum

The newest exhibition coming to the Moody Gardens Discovery Museum this May will take visitors on an eye-opening journey under the skin. BODY WORLDS RX offers visitors the unique opportunity to dive deep and explore the intricate biology and physiology of human health along with the dramatic effects of disease through a journey into the human body.

From organs to muscles to the nervous system and skeletal structures, BODY WORLDS RX gives an unprecedented look inside the world's most sophisticated mechanism: the human body.

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Palm Beach Summer 2024 Opening

Palm Beach Open Weekends in May
Open Daily Starting June 1

Grab your flip flops and sunglasses and join us for a fun-filled, splashy season! Palm Beach awaits with palm trees, a private beach with white sand, lazy river, tower slides, delicious food and drinks at the Shoreline Grill and and more. You can book your own cabana and hotel packages that include this for a great island getaway. Mark your calendar as Beats on the Beach will return with live music and fireworks on Saturday nights starting June 15!

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Galveston Island Wine Festival August 30 to September 1 at Moody Gardens

Limited Time Offer - Book Now for Your Best Early Bird Deals!

Food and wine lovers, join us on Galveston Island Labor Day Weekend for the event of the season featuring celebrity chef David Cordua and a line-up of some of the area's top culinary talents ... and NOW is the time to get your best deal on hotel packages and tickets.  

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Colonel Paddlewheel Dinner Cruise

Saturday, May 25
Sundown on the Seas aboard a Paddlewheel

Here's your chance to sail aboard an authentic replica of an 1800s Paddlewheeler. Enjoy beautiful views of Offatts Bayou, plus a dinner buffet and cash bar with dinner cruises. Boarding starts at 6:30pm to 7:00pm. Cruise will start at 7:00pm and return to port at 9:00pm. Reserve your spot today to experience this rare and unique opportunity.


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Shearn's Seafood & Prime Steaks Restaurant at the Moody Gardens Hotel

Shearn's Seafood & Prime Steaks Restaurant

Now Open on Sundays

Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks stands as Galveston's premier fine dining destination, boasting stunning floor-to-ceiling views of the Gulf waters. Executive Chef Bobby Ross masterfully creates signature Gulf dishes such as Shrimp Dejong and Lobster Bisque, delighting discerning palates. Shearn’s Lounge offers breathtaking vistas of the Moody Gardens Pyramids and mesmerizing sunsets over Galveston Bay, perfect for a refined evening out.

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Pyramid Kids Summer Camp 2024

Pyramid Kids Summer Camp 2024

Great for all kids entering grades K-8th
Starting in June until August
From 9am to 5pm

Camp includes up to 3 attraction experiences per day (weather dependent); with different program activities, games, crafts, animal presentations and experiments making every camp week unique! Parents will need to register at the grade level your camper will be entering for the Fall 2024 school year. Get the parent camp guide below which includes detailed information regarding registration, payment, drop off / pick up, weather policies, maps as well as necessary release forms for medical, photography policy and more!

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Beats on the Beach on Saturdays for Summer 2024

Beats On the Beach

Saturdays from June 15 to August 3

The line-ups are ready and the fireworks are getting primed for Beats on the Beach! Visit Palm Beach on Saturdays to experience this fun-filled extravaganza from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Don't miss the fireworks special starting at 9:15pm every Saturday night from June 15 to August 3. Book a room at the Moody Gardens Hotel will allow you to bring five of your friends into Palm Beach at no additional cost of admission to join in the fun!

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Summer Dinner Buffets at the Pelican Grille on the Moody Gardens Golf Course

Summer Dinner Buffets

Every Friday starting June 7 to August 9
Pelican Grille

The summer dinner buffets have returned to Pelican Grille at the Moody Gardens Golf Course. Each week will feature a rotating cast of specially parepared menu items from Blackened Salmon, Beef & Chicken Fajitas, Grilled Shrimp, Fettuccini Alfredo and much more! Enjoy a dinner buffet at one of the best top ten golf courses in the state with a one of a kind view! Reservations recommended but not required.

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Moody Gardens Car Show

Moody Gardens Car Show

Saturday, Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 8
Moody Gardens Convention Center

Join us at Moody Gardens for an exhilarating car show showcasing a dazzling array of vehicles. Immerse yourself in the world of automobiles, explore diverse vendors, and take advanage of exclusive hotel packages for an unforgettable experience. Tickets and hotel packages available.


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View of Pyramids

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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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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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.

Important Notices

The Pyramid Promise



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.


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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