Hotel Announcement: Renovations Are Now Complete!

Moody Gardens is back and better than ever

In case you haven’t already heard the long-awaited news, our renovations are now officially complete. It’s been a long journey, but we’re confident that we’ve created the finest hotel in Galveston—and one of the finest places of lodging anywhere in the state of Texas. At the same time, we’ve remained committed to taking care of the details and ensuring that our guests have a seamless, unforgettable experience.

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Our Renovation Project by the Numbers

Our recent renovation project was among the largest that the Texas Gulf Coast has seen this decade. If you’re keeping track, some key figures include:

•    24 months from start to finish
•    About $20 million invested
•    428 individual room renovations and decor upgrades
•    One upgraded restaurant and one completely redesigned restaurant

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New Highlights

While the headline numbers are impressive enough, they only begin to tell the story of our renovation. Before they even enter our doors, arriving guests come face-to-face with a beautiful “living wall” and stunning signage. Inside the lobby, new floors, furniture, lighting, televisions and water features foster a luxurious atmosphere. We adhered to a “bring the outside in” theme throughout, adding natural-colored carpeting and fixtures. We also created a completely new restaurant concept called Cafe in the Park. Since its March debut, the eatery has earned nothing but rave reviews.

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Old Favorites

Of course, we’re big proponents of sticking with what works. To that end, we’ve kept many of the features that made Moody Garden a standout among Galveston Hotels. Our 242-acre tropical garden remains intact and will be periodically upgraded with new plants and exhibits. Our huge pool, including a massive swim-up bar, remains just as it was before the renovation. We still offer best-in-class amenities like 24-hour room service, a fitness center, three pyramids with family-friendly attractions and an award-winning golf course. Simply put, you can find everything you crave—and much more—at Moody Gardens.

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Discover Why Moody Gardens Stands Apart From Other Galveston Hotels

We wouldn’t have undertaken this massive renovation project if we weren’t serious about giving our guests every opportunity to enjoy their stay. Now that we’ve got a fresh new look and exciting new amenities, we feel confident enough to say that you won’t find a better experience at any other Galveston resorts. Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it. Visit our reservations page or call us directly at (888) 388-8484 to book an unforgettable stay in the heart of the Texas Gulf Coast.

Moody Gardens is the Coolest Holiday Destination in the Southwest with Ice Sculptures Event Featuring SpongeBob SquarePants

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Moody Gardens will transform into the premier holiday destination with the debut of ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures featuring Christmas with SpongeBob SquarePants on November 15. Being the only holiday ice exhibition on the Gulf Coast, this vast and amazing display of magnificent ice creations will add a frosty new addition to the Festival of Lights and other holiday attractions this year.

A skilled team of 20 professional ice carvers from Harbin, China will take 900 tons of ice and transform them into majestic marvels ranging from holiday-themed sculptures to a wide range of scenes featuring the beloved underwater characters from SpongeBob SquarePants.

Chilled and held at a temperature of 9 degrees, you can witness these works of art within a 28,000 sq. ft. insulated tent structure located on the property. This holiday treat for the whole family will be open through January 4 as Galveston makes its holiday transition into a Winter Wonder Island.

“We are very excited to bring such a unique experience to south Texas,” said John Zendt, Moody Gardens President and CEO, who added that carving giant ice sculpture scenes and holding them at 9 degrees outside on a sub-tropical island is a significant logistical challenge. “Our guests are in for a special surprise. There is no other venue in the Southwest that offers such a diverse range of activities and amenities for a complete holiday experience.”

Admission to the exhibition is $26.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors and $15.95 for children. For a list of peak, non-peak and group blackout dates, please click here.

Once you return your courtesy parkas from ICE LAND, you can enjoy Moody Gardens 13th annual Festival of Lights packed with holiday magic. Beginning November 15 through January 3, start a tradition with the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast with more than one million lights, the area’s only outdoor skating rink and the thrilling Arctic Ice Slide.

Admission to the Festival of Lights is $8.95. With the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket, tickets to the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Pyramid, holiday MG 3D film, holiday 4D Film, Artic Ice Slide and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat can be purchased for only $7 each.  Ice skates are available to rent for $7 or guests can bring their own. Special holiday packages are also available at the Moody Gardens Hotel, including the Christmas Dinner and Show with Master Illusionist Curt Miller Dec. 18-27.

For more information, please call 800-582-4673 or visit

Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.