Moody Gardens Opens Memorial Day Weekend! Attractions open Saturday, May 23.
• Attractions open Saturday, May 23. Get your tickets
• Moody Gardens Hotel opens May 22. Make your reservation
• Moody Gardens Golf Course now open. Book your tee time here
• Café in the Park opens May 22. Shearn’s Seafood & Prime Steaks accepting dinner reservations on select dates.
Enjoy the Rainforest and Aquarium Pyramids, MG3D Theater and 4D Theaters, 20,000 Leagues Interactive Adventure, Colonel Paddlewheeler, and the new Dinos Alive exhibit
(Palm Beach, Discovery Museum, Ropes Course and Zip Line will remain closed until further notice)
Our Pyramid Promise: Your experience will be Clean, Safe, and Fun, following all the CDC guidelines. Click here to find out more about what we’re doing to keep you safe.
Visit our blog for behind-the-scenes updates, contests, games and the latest from Moody Gardens.
4.18.20 - Spring Bird Migration – Halfway Report
1.25.20 - Moody Gardens predicts winner of Super Bowl LIV with help of harbor seal
1.22.20 - Venture from New York to Virginia and Explore the Country's Largest Estuary with "Expedition Chesapeake: A Journey of Discovery" in the MG3D Theater
12.22.19 - BLOG: Save MORE and Give Back This Holiday Season at Moody Gardens!
10.5.19 - Skeletown!
09.30.19 - Ice Carvers Have Arrived
09.27.19 - Ice Land: Christmas Around the World 2019
08.14.19 - Rhapsody on the Reef
07.30.19 - Shark U Week Returns to Moody Gardens
04.19.19 - Moody Gardens Opens Reefer Lab on 4/20
01.01.19 - The Birds of Moody Gardens - Reflections
Whether it is a corporate event with a catered dinner, a group outing to visit the Moody Gardens attractions, or your child’s sixth birthday party with a surprise visit from a real penguin, the staff at Moody Gardens knows how to make your group event special and memorable. Special packages are available for groups of 20 or more.
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Moody Gardens invites you to Be A Reefer to help save coral reefs. An international effort is underway to increase awareness and combat a disease that is rapidly killing the Florida Reef Tract, the third largest coral reef system in the world. Moody Gardens’ new Coral Rescue Lab will be used to propagate coral as it focuses on species being impacted by this disease.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), selected Moody Gardens to participate in this vital project to help save corals native to the Florida Reef Tract as one of 60 institutions from 21 states and Canada.
“We are excited and honored to be selected as one of the institutions that are being entrusted with the care of these corals,” said Greg Whittaker, Moody Gardens Animal Husbandry Manager.
In 2014, an unidentified coral tissue loss disease was first observed in Miami-Dad County and quickly spread throughout the north areas of the Florida Reef Tract. The disease outbreak continued to persistently spread south of Miami through the Upper and Middle Keys, reaching the Lower Keys by April 2018.
In response to the disease the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS), and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) have formed the Florida Coral Rescue Team to execute the Florida Coral Rescue Plan to save what is left of Florida’s healthy coral stocks. Part of that plan includes the Rescue Team reaching out to institutions to house and maintain corals for gene banking and propagation for potential future restoration activities.
The Rescue Plans has two primary goals: prevent ecological extinction of the most susceptible species along the Florida Reef Tract, and maintain as much genetic diversity as possible among approximately 25 species of coral.
“Corals are animals and are highly impacted by their environment. Through this effort we are helping nature respond to a crisis and recover to once again become a healthy ecosystem,” Whittaker said.
In March the Aquarium Pyramid received 250 pieces of live aquacultured rock in preparation for the live corals for the exhibit. Aquacultured rock is rock used to season coral aquariums and prepare them for holding local corals. On April 17, Moody Gardens received the coral entrusted to us and acclimated it to its temporary home inside an exhibit inside the Aquarium Pyramid.
“We are looking forward to being able to educate our guests about the diversity of Florida’s coral reefs and the importance of maintaining a healthy ecosystem for them to thrive,” Whittaker said, adding that this project fits in perfectly with the cornerstones of Moody Gardens’ mission of conservation, education, rehabilitation and research.
The arrival of the live coral into the Aquarium Pyramid appropriately coincides with Earth Day, being celebrated property-wide at Moody Gardens with presentations and crafts on April 20. As part of the Earth Day festivities, the first 100 people starting at 10 a.m. to visit a new Reef Rescue VR Experience will receive two-for-one admission to the attraction. Reef Rescue VR is an interactive high-capacity virtual reality experience where up to 16 people can pilot their own R.O.V.E.R. to help clean up waters, plant new coral branches and feed the fish, returning the reef to complete health in the process.
Moody Gardens is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.
Jeff talks about his experiences with wildlife growing up in New England, what inspired him to become involved in conservations, and changes we can all make to protect wildlife and our precious natural resources.
Hear Jeff share how his work with conservation led to a career in television and what advice he has for students who are interested in working with nature and the environments around them.
In this episode, Jeff shares about his new film “Expedition Chesapeake,” and what he wants audiences to learn about the country’s largest estuary.
Horticulturist, Donita Brannon, shows how you can start an easy backyard garden with your kids.
Moody Gardens' Animal Husbandry Manager, Greg Whittaker, talks about how you can get outside and watch Spring begin to happen as birds start their northern migration.