Moody Gardens Galveston

Moody Gardens Galveston is the island’s premier educational amusement park. Open 365 days a year, this complex is made up of three large pyramids, each highlighting a different scientific topic, and three multimedia theaters offering educational films incorporated with an unforgettable sensory experience.

Moody Gardens Attractions

Moody Gardens Attractions
Moody Gardens Attractions

Moody Gardens Galveston is made up primarily of three pyramids. The blue Aquarium Pyramid is home to approximately 8,000 species of sea life. Reaching 12 stories high, it is one of the largest aquariums in the world. Next door, the 10-story Rainforest Pyramid transports visitors to a tropical jungle. 1,000 species of exotic plants coexist with tropical animals, some endangered. Finally, the Discovery Pyramid houses various touring exhibits, currently home to the fascinating Bodies Revealed exhibit until September 2012.

The three pyramids of Moody Gardens are surrounded by several other attractions. Several years ago, Moody Gardens undertook a massive renovation of the former municipal golf course of Galveston, resulting in one of Moody Gardens’ most popular attractions. Opened in June 2008, Moody Gardens Golf Course boasts a par 72 course that measures 6,900 yards from the back tees.

Moody Gardens Palm Beach is one of the most popular Galveston beaches, as it is the city’s only white sand beach. Cool off from the Texas heat in the 650-foot long Lazy River, 6,100 square foot Wave Pool, 18-foot Tower Slides or the dump buckets in the Splashpad and Aquarium Adventure. Palm Beach also offers cabana rentals, regulation volleyball courts and concession stands.

Moody Gardens Entertainment & Dining

Moody Gardens Entertainment & Dining
Moody Gardens Entertainment & Dining

Moody Gardens has three different theaters offering three different movie platforms. The 3D Theater regularly shows educational films on a screen six stories high. The 4D Special FX Theater combines state of the art audio and visual equipment with special effects such as wind and lighting to transport viewers into their films. Inside the Discovery Pyramid, Ridefilm Theater shows exciting films on its 180-degree screen designed to fully encompass the peripheral vision of each of its viewers.

During summer months, Moody Gardens hosts Bands on the Sand concert series, offering live music on Palm Beach. Each concert concludes with a fireworks display over Offats Bayou. During the holidays, the park transforms into the Festival of Lights. Guests meander along a mile-long outdoor display of lights and holiday music. There is also an outdoor ice rink.

There are many dining options throughout Moody Gardens Galveston. In addition to concession stands throughout the park, there are several restaurants offering unique dining experiences. On the second Saturday of each month, guests can book an hour-long dinner cruise on the park’s 19th-century style paddlewheel boat in Offatt’s Bayou. This 800-passenger boat can also be booked for private parties, including dinners. Located inside Moody Gardens Hotel, Shearn’s Restaurant offers fine dining, while The Terrace Restaurant offers regional cuisine in a more casual setting.

Lodging Near Moody Gardens

Lodging Near Moody Gardens
Lodging Near Moody Gardens

There are many Galveston hotels near Moody Gardens, but the most popular and convenient is Moody Gardens Hotel. Room amenities include bathrobes, cable television, and complimentary wireless Internet access. If the standard rooms don’t fit a guest’s needs, the hotel offers one and two bedroom suites, including a king suite with a jetted tub.

Moody Gardens Coupons & Discounts

Moody Gardens Coupons & Discounts
Moody Gardens Coupons & Discounts

Moody Gardens offers several standard discounts. With a valid report card, current honor students through grade 12 will receive a free admission. Every Tuesday, seniors over 65 will gain entrance for a bargain rate of only about five dollars. Local families can save money by purchasing an annual membership. Also, some Galveston hotels have coupons to save visitors an amount on each admission ticket.

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