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 moodychristmasshow.com 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 www.brewmastersbeerfest.com.

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.

Moody Gardens Hotel is THE Place for Family Fun this Summer!

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Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center is the most family-friendly resort on Galveston Island! From lazy summer days at the pool, celebrating holidays and endless fun with Kids Crew activities, Moody Gardens Hotel is guaranteed to provide endless fun, excitement and entertainment for you and your family.

Spend a beautiful summer day at the pool at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. Children love jumping, splashing and playing underneath the waterfall and adults love the Jacuzzi, swim-up bar, adult lounge areas, cabanas and poolside beds. With all the awesome amenities at the pool, it’s no wonder why it’s the most popular place during the summer. Another popular place is Blossom’s, our poolside snack bar. There you can get casual cuisine, tropical beverages and ice cream.

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Staying at Moody Gardens Hotel during the 4th of July weekend?  You will be treated to the best Independence Day celebration on the Island. We will delight guests with a spectacular fireworks display over Offats Bayou. The fireworks display is part of Bands on the Sand, a summer concert series at Palm Beach. Palm Beach is our private waterpark and admission is included in all guest room stays. At Palm Beach, you can splash at our splash pad, slide down our two 18-foot tower water slides, drift along in our lazy river or ride the waves in our wave pool. Palm Beach is the only place on Galveston Island where you will find white sand beaches.

Parents and children of all ages love staying at Moody Gardens Hotel because of all of the complimentary activities we offer for our youngest guests. Guests checking into the hotel will receive a free kids fun pack at check-in. At Kids Crew, parents are encouraged to participate in the fun that ranges from roasting s’mores, a bounce house, face painting, balloon art, arts & crafts, movie nights, karaoke, scavenger hunts and much more. These activities are a great way to get the family together for some quality time.
Don’t forget that Moody Gardens has a phenomenal Ropes Course and Zip Line. There are more than 30 different ways to complete the ropes course. There is even a course for youngsters that allow adults to walk alongside. Once you reach the top of the Ropes Course, enjoy the five story view as you glide along the zip line. On the return trip, take in the views of Palm Beach and Moody Gardens.

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Aside from the picturesque hotel, you will notice three gorgeous pyramids. They are the Discovery, Aquarium and Rainforest Pyramids. The Discovery Pyramid houses traveling exhibits and is currently showing Speed: Science in Motion exhibit as well as the latest immersive experience with a well-known cartoon character. The Aquarium has more than 1.5 million gallons of water and is teaming with seals, sharks and penguins. The Rainforest treats guests to the climate that is true of a real rainforest. Guests can feel the warmth, moisture and humidity among the free roaming monkeys, birds and butterfly gardens.

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.

Moody Gardens provides everything for a family to have a memorable experience. From poolside fun, live music and fireworks, physical activities and trips to the pyramids, it’s no wonder why Moody Gardens is at the top of everyone’s summer vacation list.

Summer Means Sun, Sand and Fun at Moody Gardens!

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Summer is the time to take advantage of the spectacular weather, mesmerizing views and the phenomenal attractions that makes Moody Gardens so special. From the complimentary Kids Crew activities, hotel amenities, Palm Beach, Bands on the Sand, attractions, spa and golf course, Moody Gardens Hotel is the perfect getaway.

Children staying at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center will receive a free kids fun pack at check-in. The kids fun pack is part of our Kids Crew program. The complimentary activities allow children to participate in hoola-hoop and limbo contests, Wii competitions, face painting, dino digs and s’mores.

Children aren’t the only ones excited to stay at Moody Gardens Hotel. Adults love staying here as well. With our Texas-sized outdoor tropical pool with swim-up bar, adult lounge and cabanas, we have everything to make your stay a memorable one. Play a game of billiards in our Garden Cay Activity Room and watch sports on our mounted flat screen televisions.

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Another place that is sure to be popular all summer long is Palm Beach. Palm Beach passes are included for all hotel patrons. There, guests can play in the white sand, swim in the wave pool, drift along in the lazy river, slide down the two 18-foot tower slides and splash on the splash pad. Palm Beach is open for weekends May 16-June 5 and will open daily starting June 6-August 23.

The sun setting at Palm Beach is just the beginning at Moody Gardens. Starting June 6-August 8, every Friday and Saturday night guests can enjoy Bands on the Sand. The popular concert series showcases local and regional bands capped off with a massive fireworks display over Offats Bayou and the Moody Gardens pyramids.

For those wanting a birds-eye view of Moody Gardens, be sure to visit the Ropes Course and Zip Line. With more than 40 different ways to tackle the ropes course cap off your achievement with a round-trip on our zip line. There is even a ropes course for the little adventurer’s that allows parents to walk beside their child.

Visit the Aquarium Pyramid and get up close with sharks, penguins and hundreds of marine life from the deepest depths of the oceans. Walk to the Rainforest Pyramid and feel the temperature and humidity of a real rainforest. See free roaming animals and learn about conservation. Explore the enhanced Discovery Pyramid and see the latest traveling exhibition, Speed: Science in Motion and go underwater with our new immersive experience that is sure to leave you delighted.

Enjoy a trip to the Spa at Moody Gardens Hotel and let us rub, buff and massage the stress of the day away.  Get a manicure and pedicure or have a special couple’s treatment in our private suite with Hydrotherapy tubs designed to detoxify and massage the body. Visit our full-service salon and get a makeover with a haircut and style and leave looking ready for your close-up.

A popular place known for its great views is the Moody Gardens Golf Course. With 18 holes of championship quality golf, the tropical atmosphere highlighted by the Moody Gardens pyramids creates an amazing setting for a game of golf.

With so much to offer, it’s easy to see why Moody Gardens is the place to be this summer season.

For more information go to www.moodygardenshotel.com or www.moodygardens.com.

Mother’s Day at Moody Gardens

itemImage_331Mother’s Day ought to be memorable and serve as a reminder of the love and appreciation moms need year-round. What better way to create joyful Mother’s Day memories than with a weekend getaway to Moody Gardens on beautiful Galveston Island.

Moody Gardens Hotel is an ideal location for Mother’s Day celebrations. With its wide selection of activities and luxurious accommodations, the resort offers moms a chance to take a well-deserved break from work and responsibility. So what can they enjoy at Moody Gardens over Mother’s Day weekend?

Mother’s Day Treats at Moody Gardens Hotel

As a special treat to all mothers and guests, we are offering complimentary Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Moms eat for free (one mother, per guest room) at our Mother’s Day Buffet. Mothers will also receive a rose. At the buffet, you can indulge in a wide selection of delicious food. These include waffles, salads, berry yogurt parfaits, fresh fruit, and omelets prepared the way she likes. If she loves seafood, she can enjoy chilled Gulf shrimp, roasted Yucatan grouper, and grilled Swordfish with crab served with an apple vinaigrette. Meat dishes range from herb roasted chicken to a smoked prime rib with Worcestershire Jus. She can also help herself to freshly baked breads and an assortment of vegetable side dishes.

Make sure she saves room for dessert. Desserts include chocolate croissants, blueberry muffins, key lime pound cake, rocky road Rice Krispies, and richly flavored offerings from a flambé station.

The chief highlight of Mother’s Day at Moody Gardens is the Sunday buffet, which opens at 11 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. The prices for the buffet are $52.95 for adults, $42.95 for seniors, $24.95 for children ages 4-12 and children 3 and under are free. Be sure to call (409) 683-4466 to schedule your reservation.

Along with the high-quality buffet, Moody Gardens Hotel offers other treats for visiting moms and fitness fans with complimentary yoga. Get ready to release your inner aura and participate in free yoga classes on Saturday and Sunday. The Spa at Moody Gardens Hotel also provides opportunities for rejuvenation and stress relief.

More Moody Gardens Fun on Mother’s Day

Visiting Moody Gardens on Mother’s Day weekend means you get a chance to explore what makes Moody Gardens so special. Moody Gardens is also well-known for its numerous family-friendly activities. Visit the Rainforest Pyramid, where you can see free-roaming monkeys, birds, and snakes up close. The Aquarium Pyramid introduces you to a host of aquatic wildlife, including sharks, penguins and seals. Be sure to enjoy the world-class MG 3D and 4D Special FX theaters, a golf course that gives golfers stunning views of the Moody Gardens Pyramids and a thrilling ropes course and zip line that gives a birds-eye view of Palm Beach.

For more information about planning your Mother’s Day visit at Moody Gardens, be sure to check out our website. With our well-earned Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor, we have a reputation for offering a high-quality vacation experience.

For those who enjoy live music, this Mother’s Day weekend, the resort will host the Red Cat Jazz Festival, which features renowned performers and a special event honoring the mothers of jazz legends.