Eat, Drink and be Merry with Family and Friends at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

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Thanksgiving is this week! Do you have your turkey, pies and sides ready? If you don’t, we’ve got you covered at the Thanksgiving Buffet at Moody Gardens. Enjoy traditional Thanksgiving foods such as Tom Turkey with Gravy, Prime Rib au Jus with Horseradish Sauce, Crispy Crusted Tilapia over Vegetable Juliennes, Cornbread and Chestnut Dressing, Pumpkin Soup with Herbed Croutons, an assortment of homemade desserts including Pumpkin Pie and Jack Daniels Chocolate Chip Pie, and complimentary bloody mary’s and mimosas. Call 409-683-4466 and make your reservation now! Buffet seating will be available beginning starting at 11:30 a.m. and will continue every half hour through the last seating at 3:00 p.m. Prices are $52.95 for adults, $42.95 for seniors, $24.95 for children (4-12).

After “stuffing” yourself with yummy foods, walk off your meal at our Festival of Lights. The mile-long outdoor walking trail is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. On the trail, you’ll see various lighted displays set to music. You can also skate around on the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink (bring your own skates or rentals available for $7), try out our Arctic Ice Slide or take pictures with Santa. Festival admission is $10.95 (includes ice skate admission).

Every Thursday at Festival of Lights is Food Drive Thursdays. Food Drive Thursdays offer the opportunity to enjoy the Festival of Lights and get a special discount to help those in need this holiday season. Bring a non-perishable food item every Thursday throughout the Festival and receive a two-for-one Festival admission. The food will be donated to the Galveston County and Houston Food Bank.

Enjoy the excitement of the holiday shopping season at our Home for the Holidays Gift Market. On Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28, browse more than 150 vendors with items ranging from clothing, candles, soaps, jewelry, home décor and more. Admission is $6.00 per ticket and when you buy one, you’ll get one free. Hotel guests will receive complimentary admission. Teachers get in free both days (with id), Admission to Festival of Lights is $5.95 with a Home for the Holidays Gift Market ticket.

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Want to see what winter feels like in other parts of the country? Visit Ice Land Ice Sculptures and see 2 million pounds of ice transformed into majestic marvels. The 30 feet tall sculptures are housed in our insulated tent and kept at 9 degrees. Don’t worry, all guests will receive parkas to keep warm. Adults are $26.95 and seniors (65+) and children (4-12) are $21.95.

Keep Calm & Let It Snow…Let It Snow…Let It Snow!!!

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This holiday season, get pampered at the Spa at Moody Gardens. We offer facials, pedicures, manicures and more. We have created these wonderful specials designed to keep you in a festive mood.

Enjoy the Baby it’s COLD outside treatment. The 50 minute deep tissue massage with a Biofreeze upgrade is comforting to sore muscles and muscle sprains. It eases back, shoulder and neck pain and reduces ankle, knee, hip and elbow pain and helps lessen the effects of muscular strains. This treatment is available for $103.

Relax with a silk snow hydrotherapy and feel like a Melted Snowman. The water is set to a temperature of 120 degrees with a silk soft soak that looks like Frosty melted away. The hydrotherapy has massaging jets that will move from toes to shoulders. The use of water therapy is to reduce pain and muscle aches. This 20 minute package is available for $40.

Get all snug in the bed and let sugar plums dance away in your head. Let the thermal Frosty Facial make your holiday stress melt away. This facial has many benefits such as tightening of the ligaments which reduces signs of aging. It has Vitamin C to help protect the face against environmental impurities and helps regenerate and relax the skin! This 60 minute treatment is available for $99.3907 Moody Gardens_MoodyGardensInteriors

Soak your toes into snow… it’s not really snow, but this soak will soften the skin and the chocolate peppermint scrub will have you thinking of the North Pole. Our Mistle-Toes treatment has peppermint to purify and exfoliate the feet and the senses. After the nail grooming, a vanilla bean and sugar cane lotion will have you ready for Santa and all the holiday festivities. This 60 minute is available for $54.

During the holiday season all guests will receive complimentary hot cocoa with a peppermint stick, marshmallows and whip cream. These service prices do not include our 20% service charge that we add upon check out. Please book ahead of time to ensure availability, and remember our 24 hour cancellation policy. You must cancel with the Spa 24 hours in advance to avoid any and all charges. Call 409- 683-4440 to schedule your next appointment.

Black Friday Takes Over The Moody Gardens Convention Center

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Black Friday is synonymous with holiday shopping. This November 27 and 28, come out to the Moody Gardens Convention Center and browse more than 150 unique gift vendors. Shop clothing, home decor, jewelry and more.

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The Home for the Holidays Gift Market hours are 12pm-8pm on November 27 and 10am-8pm on November 28. General admission is $6 per person. When guests purchase one admission, they will get one free. All teachers will receive free admission when they present their school employment identification badge. Those with a Festival of Lights ticket will receive free admission into the gift market. Guests with a Home for the Holidays Gift Market ticket will get admission into the Festival of Lights for $5.95.

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Let Us Do The Cooking This Thanksgiving

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Give thanks on Thanksgiving Day and enjoy a bountiful feast with family and friends as Moody Gardens Hotel hosts its annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet prepared by Executive Chef Robbin Murphy.

On November 26, the buffet will be held in the magnificent Frances Anne Moody Ballroom from 11am- 3pm. The mouthwatering menu prepared by Chef Murphy highlights classic favorites and specialties guaranteed to satisfy all appetites. The menu will feature a delightful selection of offerings such as roasted Tom Turkey with Pan an Jus and Giblet Gravy, dressing, glazed ham, harvest salad, candied sweet potatoes, braised brisket, roasted butternut squash, freshly baked breads and an assortment of homemade desserts such as pumpkin, chocolate and coconut cream pies. Complimentary Bloody Marys and mimosas will also be available.

Seating times are available every half hour beginning at 11am with the last seating at 3pm. Prices are $52.95 for adults, $42.95 seniors, $24.95 for children (ages four-12) and free for children three and under.

For reservations, call 409-683-4466  .

Ho Ho Ho! The Holidays Have Arrived At Moody Gardens!

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We are days away from the start of the holidays and the excitement is building throughout Moody Gardens. During the holiday season, come see why Moody Gardens is the top destination to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.

On November 14, come help kick off the holiday season with the grand opening of Festival of Lights. Throughout the day, live music and dance troupes will keep crowds entertained. This event is capped off with Santa Claus parachuting in from above (weather permitting) to flip the switch, illuminating more than 1 million Christmas lights. Admission is $10.95. Other attractions (Rainforest, Discovery and Aquarium) are just $7 each with your festival ticket. Festival of Lights runs November 14- January 10.

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Also opening on November 14, is Ice Land Ice Sculptures. A skilled team of professional ice carvers will take 900 tons of ice and transform them into majestic marvels. Admission is $26.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors and $15.95 for children. Special prices are available for groups of 20 or more. Ice Land Ice Sculptures run November 14-January 10.

In December, enjoy A Magical Christmas 2015 Dinner and Show. Master Illusionist Curt Miller and his talented friends will put on a phenomenal production with new music, magic and fun. Doors open at 6:30pm for guests to enjoy a succulent holiday buffet dinner prepared by renowned Executive Chef Robbin Murphy. The 70-minute spectacular show starts at 8pm.


Each ticket to A Magical Christmas 2015 includes one admission to the show, a holiday buffet dinner, admission to the Festival of Lights – the Gulf Coast’s largest holiday lighting event, complimentary parking and all taxes and gratuities. The show runs from December 17-27. Prices range from $59-$95 for adults, $44-$85 for children (3-12) and $15-$75 for infants. For tickets, go to or call 409-683-4186.

Say farewell to 2015 and hello to 2016 at the Midnight in the Gardens New Year’s Eve Gala. On December 31, from 7:30pm to 1:00am, put on your finest black-tie attire and celebrate the new year. Enjoy live music, an open bar, deluxe party favors, lavish buffet, Champagne toast and midnight balloon drop. Tickets are $470+tax per couple or $240+tax per single person. Hotel accommodations for gala guests start at $109+tax/night. For tickets and reservations, call 888-388-8484.

Celebrate Fall and Welcome Winter at Moody Gardens!

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Moody Gardens is the perfect place to indulge in shrieks and treats and bask in the warm glow of holiday lights. With so much planned in October, November and December, guests will have a plethora of events to choose from during the holiday months.

On October 25, bring the ghosts and zombies to Ghostly Gardens. The spooktacular event offers costume contests, creepy crafts and trick-or-treating stands at various locations across the property.

On November 14, Festival of Lights kicks off the holiday season on the island with Santa parachuting into Moody Gardens. Go snow tubing on the Arctic Ice Slide or take a walk through the winter wonderland and see more than one million lights brightening up holiday spirits.

ICE LAND also opens on November 14. See more than 2 million pounds of ice carved and colored to celebrate the holidays. Admission to the exhibition is $26.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors and $15.95 for children.

holiday events galvestonFood Drive Fridays offer the opportunity to enjoy the Festival of Lights and get a special discount to help those in need this holiday season. Bring a non-perishable food item every Friday throughout the Festival and receive a two-for-one Festival admission. The food will be donated to the Galveston County and Houston Food Banks.

Festival of Lights is open every day starting November 14 – January 10. Admission is $10.95.

Tickets to other attractions are available for just $7.00 each with a FOL ticket. Special rates are available for groups of 20 or more.

Catch the Last Bits of Summer at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center!

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Relish in the warm summer days and long nights at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. With the start of school underway, a getaway to Moody Gardens Hotel is sure to delight families, couples and those wanting an escape.

Our full-service spa is perfect for couples wanting to reconnect. Indulge in a couples massage or soak while taking advantage of our featured Island Dreaming spa specials. Get into the tropical theme with a Coconut Sunset treatment. The 50 minute Swedish massage and a warm coconut scalp massage will have you dreaming of palm trees and ocean waves. The Coconut Sunset package is available for $100.

Soothe your hands and feet with calming lavender. Our lavender Escape Manicure includes a lavender soak to soften the skin and leave a scent of sweet escape. The lavender Escape Pedicure includes a lavender soak, sweet lavender scrub, as well as a smooth lavender mask and moisturizing treatment (nail grooming and polish). The two hour treatment is available for $90.

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Wake up with our Orange Blossom Sunrise. The citrus scrub will wash away dead skin and leave your body feeling nourished and awake. This will include the body sugar scrub, hydrotherapy bath to wash away product and a moisturizing treatment. The 50 minute treatment is available for $89.

Blissfully relax in a hydrotherapy soak with our Island Waters treatment. Star fruit scent will ease the mind and the massage jets will ease the muscles making you feel as if the ocean is all around you! The 20 minute procedure is available for $40.

Another popular place year-round is our outdoor heated tropical pool. Guests love lounging by the pool and relaxing in the hot tub. Our adult lounge area with cabanas is great for adults to spend quality time together.

A great place for water-related fun is our Palm Beach Water Park. Admission to Palm Beach is included in your hotel stay. Palm Beach Water Park offers a lazy river, wave pool, two tower slides and a splash pad. Admission for adults is $23.95, $17.95 for children and seniors 65+ and older. Palm Beach Water Park is open every Saturday and Sunday starting August 24-September 12.

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Did you know that Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks is part of Houston Restaurant Weeks 2015? From now until September 7, visit Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks and enjoy a special $45 3-course menu. All proceeds benefit the Houston Food Bank. Choose from watermelon salads, lobster bisque, pan sautéed gulf snapper, petite filet mignon, lamb chops, fresh berries, crème brulee, chocolate cake and more.

So hurry up and relish in the last few days of summer at Moody Gardens Hotel, before the hustle and bustle of everyday life gives way to shorter days and cold nights.

Get Crafty with Brews, Suds and Sun at Moody Gardens Hotel this Labor Day Weekend!


Make plans now to attend the 6th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival. The festival, tapped as a fan-favorite by ThrillList, also remains a favorite of the industry where brewers regularly unveil never before tasted brews. Join fellow craft beer lovers and supporters as they gather Labor Day weekend to celebrate and sample more than 400 specialty and hard-to-find brews. This foamtastic celebration takes place at Moody Gardens Friday, September 4 through Sunday September 6, 2015.

The three-day celebration will showcase two signature events: BrewHaHa Grand Tasting and BrewLicious Brews and Foods Pairing. There are a host of related events like the BrewMasters PubCrawl and Texas Brewery Tasting Tour. Featured activities include: Beach, Brews and Bands live musical performances and fireworks, educational events, a slew of Brew Brains and industry experts, including award-winning BrewMasters and home brewing masters.


Festivities begin on Friday, September 4 with the BrewMasters Pub Crawl at 8 p.m. Hop on board this festive party bus departing from Moody Gardens with a tour to some of Galveston’s trendiest bars. Meet featured Brew Brains at each stop. Tickets are $25 in advance.

If you are Texas beer fan, and who isn’t, make your first stop of the day on Saturday, September 5, at the Texas Brewery Tasting Tour. You’ll have a rare opportunity to take a tasting tour in a small group and intimate environment to enjoy featured Texas brewed selections. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and always sell out.

Then it’s time for the grand tasting.  Saturday, September 5, sample some of the best brews in the world made available to beer lovers at the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting held in the Moody Gardens Convention Center. The Grand Tasting will feature over 400 craft and specialty brews as well as a Wine Escape with wine samplings. Admission to BrewHaHa is $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $85 for a VIP ticket, or choose a multi-event Hopper Pass. The BrewHaHa Grand Tasting will run from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and includes access to multiple beer seminars for all who take pride in their beer and want to expand their knowledge of craft beers.

Thirsty for more? This year Brewlicious Brews & Foods Pairing moves to Sunday to give foodies time to get to the island. This spectacular event, where everyone is a VIP, is for the serious beer and culinary enthusiast. Every featured beer will be paired with food with a focus on high-end, premium, unique beer paired with just the perfect culinary accompaniment. BrewLicious Brews and Foods will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $75.

What would Labor Day be without a concert on the beach? On Saturday and Sunday from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. get ready to have some fun in the sun as Moody Gardens rolls out a beach blast. Beach, Brews & Bands features live music in the sand followed by fireworks at Palm Beach. Tickets are $12 at the gate. $6 online as an add-on to any BrewMasters ticket purchase. Or $6 at the gate with a BrewMasters wrist band or ticket receipt. Tickets include all activities at Palm Beach plus the concert and fireworks. Admission to Palm Beach is included in your hotel stay.

Driving responsibly is always a must so all BrewMasters events also have a designated driver ticket.  Designated drivers cannot sample any beer.

Summertime is for Children at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

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Summer is in full swing at Moody Gardens Hotel and while it’s easy to be enamored with the billiards in the Garden Cay, adult lounge area and swim-up bar at the outdoor pool and fine dining at Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks, it’s often the littlest ones that remind us what summer vacation is all about… playtime and carefree days.

Being a guest at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, we go the extra mile to make sure children have an experience of a lifetime. One way we delight the youngest visitors is with our complimentary program, Kids Crew.

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Kids Crew offers supervised activities designed for children such as arts and crafts, scavenger hunts around the hotel, dino digs, bounce houses, kite flying, face painting, karaoke, video games, movie nights, s’mores and much more.

Parents must be present throughout the duration of their child’s involvement of the program. Children with special needs are welcome to participate in the Kids Crew program. Let our counselors know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate their needs.

Another popular place that children will love is our new Ropes Course and Zip Line. While the adults can climb on the 5 story structure, there is a ropes course for youngsters. Children between the ages of 2 through 7 love the Sky Tykes Ropes Course. The open course design allows for easy parent participation for any level of assistance needed. Parents are able to walk alongside their child or simply step back and watch them tackle the course independently.

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As always, our Rainforest, Aquarium and Discovery Pyramids provide endless entertainment for children and adults. From watching the free roaming monkeys and birds fluttering throughout the temperate climate of the Rainforest Pyramid, to the penguins swimming, seals jumping and sharks gliding majestically throughout 1.5 million gallons of water. A trip to our Discovery Pyramid is sure to leave audiences delighted as they dive in the deep blue sea in the latest immersive experience featuring a world-known cartoon character.

A visit to Moody Gardens will leave the entire family delighted. Want to schedule your family vacation now? Contact us and receive a $50 resort credit on your two night stay. Cannot be combined with groups or other discounts.

Celebrate Summer, 4th of July, Labor Day and BrewMasters

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Summer is in full swing at Galveston’s family-friendly vacation destination. The lobby at Moody Gardens is bustling with excited guests, the outdoor tropical pool is packed with children splashing and the adult area and swim-up bar is buzzing with excitement that’s insurmountable during the summer months. Just a few steps away, the smell of roasted marshmallows and the sounds of laughter fill the air at the Kids Crew Pad. Summer is about adventure, recharging and reconnecting and families continue to do all three while at Moody Gardens Hotel.

This summer, visit the famous pyramids that make Moody Gardens so special. The Aquarium Pyramid is teaming with aquatic life and the always-popular penguins. You can even meet a penguin. The Moody Gardens Public Penguin Encounter is a 45-minute program designed to allow guests to get up close to one of the penguins from the Aquarium Pyramid South Atlantic Exhibit. Led by a Moody Gardens biologist, the experience starts at the front of the exhibit and takes guests behind the scenes to the penguin food preparation kitchen and the back of the chilly penguin exhibit while discussing penguin biology, conservation, training, enrichment and care. Participants will experience the cool climate, sounds and even smells of the exhibit and witness a penguin create a work of art as part of an enrichment activity for the animal.

Visit the Rainforest Pyramid and feel the temperate climate of a real rainforest. There, you can stroll the canopies among the free roaming monkeys and birds. You can also view snakes, spiders and other creepy-crawlies that are sure to excite and delight.

A trip to the Discovery Pyramid is sure to be a hit for the whole family. Visit our latest immersive experience featuring a world famous cartoon character and go underwater. The 3D journey is packed with special effects and encourages audience interaction. Visit Speed: Science in Motion and learn about the science of Formula 1 racing. See a real race car and work in a real pit lane.

This 4th of July, celebrate Independence Day at Moody Gardens. Visit Palm Beach (admission is included in your hotel stay) and listen to the awesome sounds of Rat Ranch perform at Bands on the Sand, an annual summer concert series. Bands on the Sand highlights local and regional bands every Friday and Saturday night. Each performance is capped off with an awesome firework show over Offats Bayou and the Moody Gardens Pyramids.

Labor Day is the perfect time to discover all things beer at the 6th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival. The three-day festival showcases more than 400 specialty and hard-to-find brews. Guests are treated to the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting and the BrewLicious Brews and Food Pairing, BrewMasters Pub Crawl, Texas Brewery Tasting Tour as well as Beach, Brews and Bands. For those wanting to stay at Moody Gardens during the BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival, we are offering 20% off rooms and a $50 resort credit on a two night stay. For complete BrewMasters pricing, go to

Love sailing on Offats Bayou? Bring your boat to Moody Gardens and dock it at our marina. For guests who want to bring their boat, Moody Gardens has a 16 slip marina. 12 slips can accommodate boats up to 42 feet and 4 slips that can accommodate 60 feet or more.  We charge $1.50 per foot Sunday – Thursday and $2.50 per foot on Fridays – Saturdays. Also booking a marina slip gives you full access to Palm Beach as well as the fitness center located in the Spa. Call 1-888-388-8484 to reserve your slip.