Get Ready to Discover the Ice Age at Moody Gardens!


Explore the ancient wonders of nature at this unique resort hotel

Located in the bay area of Galveston, TX, Moody Gardens Hotel is a unique resort that features more than just your standard amenities. Its 242 landscaped acres house everything from an enclosed rainforest to a Giant Screen 3D theatre. The Discovery Pyramid plays host to a multitude of interesting exhibits. This year, Moody Gardens welcomes you and your family to Discover the Ice Age.

Exhibit Attractions

Designed to be an immersive experience, the Ice Age exhibit features life-size animatronic Megafauna—animals that lived during this unique period in history. You’ll see mammoths, saber-toothed cats, giant birds, bears and more along with cast skeletons to give you an idea of just how “mega” these creatures were.

Ice Age also includes information about Neanderthals, Cro Magnons and other “Ice People” that are theorized to have lived during this time. A Tar Pits gallery as well as a collection of extinction theories are also featured so you and your family get a full picture of what the Ice Age was like. Lifelike scenery contributes to the realism of the exhibit.

Inspiration and Design

Created by Imagine Exhibitions and Aurea Productions, the Ice Age exhibit owes its accuracy to Dr. Gregory M. Erickson. Professor Erickson is a leading expert on extinct mammalian biology and acted as both curator and advisor for the exhibit.

Making the Most of the Experience

To see Ice Age for yourself, head to the Galveston area and book a room at Moody. Make the exhibit the focus of at least one day of your stay. Walk through each gallery and pay attention to the information presented as you marvel at the stunning landscapes. Experience stages of the period in chronological order and be sure to ask your kids questions as you go. Spend some time in the Ice Return Gallery musing over the possibility of another age of ice descending on the world. Most of all, though, have fun!

At $14.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors and $8.95 for kids, Ice Age is an affordable way to mix a little education into your next vacation.

When you’re ready to start your Ice Age experience, visit the Moody Gardens Hotel website to find just the right room for you and your family. If you need more information, feel free to give us a call and we’ll answer any questions you may have about the exhibit, hotel accommodations or the unique amenities we offer.

Moody Gardens Launches First Institutional Giant Screen 6P Laser Theater

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The laser theater experience comes to this unique resort hotel in Galveston

Moody Gardens is known for a number of attractions spanning our 242-acre campus. To add to the lure, we’re about to launch the first-ever institutional giant screen 6P laser projection theater system.

In partnership with D3D Cinema, Christie Digital Systems, MDI and Infitec GmbH, Moody Gardens is proud to present this stunning new technology that will change the way you enjoy movies.

Laser Theater Technology

Thanks to advances in home theater systems, more people are beginning to enjoy the cinema experience at home rather than going to a movie theater. In response, the movie industry is looking for new ways to wow audiences. Laser projection is the latest development in the fast-growing world of cinema technology. Optimized for 3D films, laser projectors are meant to deliver a clearer, crisper picture that makes the movie experience more immersive and exciting.

The Laser Experience at Moody Gardens

Using a 6P laser illuminated 4K 3D dual projector provided by Christie Digital Systems, the Moody Gardens theater will show films on an 80-foot by 60-foot 1.4 gain premium white screen made by MDI. The equipment includes 4k laser projection heads and a 6P modular light farm with fiber-optic delivery to give filmgoers the ultimate cinema experience. 4k 3D high-bitrate IMBs and 90% efficient 6P glasses from Infitec add to the package. Together, the theater’s components deliver movies in a way that goes beyond the industry standards for “ultra-bright” screens. The result is unlike anything that can be found in a standard movie theater, even those with modern laser projectors.

The Future of Film?

This type of laser theater is new ground for the movies, but Moody Gardens is no stranger to testing out the latest technology. For years, the Galveston hotel has been working with D3D to present the latest in projection imagery. Though you’ll find laser projectors in other theaters, the 6P system at Moody is cutting edge. Even industry professionals are beginning to recognize the projector’s superiority for delivering an unforgettable movie experience.

To see this spectacular laser theater for yourself the next time you’re in the Galveston area, contact Moody Gardens for a reservation. Not only will you be able to experience movies with crystal-clear laser projection as you’ve never seen them before, but you’ll also have access to a wide array of other attractions found only at Moody Gardens. From the Aquarium Pyramid to the Moody Gardens Golf Course, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Get Ready for a Magical Christmas Show at Moody Gardens

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Make Moody Gardens Your Choice for Christmas Fun This Year

Do you have any holiday plans? If you’ll be in our neck of the woods this Christmas season, we invite you to take part in one of the most highly anticipated holiday events on the Texas Gulf Coast: A Magical Christmas 2014. This family-friendly event has everything you could possibly want in a holiday show—and then some.

What Is A Magical Christmas 2014?

A Magical Christmas 2014 is a dinner show that includes a very special guest list: master illusionist Curt Miller and his supporting cast of friends. The 2014 iteration of this annual show will feature an all-new slate of illusions and magic acts with ample opportunity for audience participation and enjoyment. The show is offered at competitive prices and runs from December 18 to December 27 – the peak of the Christmas season. Let’s take a closer look at what past audiences have experienced and what this year’s attendees can expect from Mr. Miller and his friends.

History of the Show

This is the third year of A Magical Christmas at Moody Gardens, and the entire cast and crew are excited to build on their past successes. Since its inception, the show has been attended by more than 15,000 people and has received praise from some of the most critical media outlets in the region. Mr. Miller specializes in disappearing acts and other high-stakes illusions, promising mind-bending fun for even the most skeptical of adult attendees.

What Will You Find at This Year’s Show?

This year, Island Star Productions is pleased to announce a completely revamped show that includes all-new illusions and a re-energized score. At A Magical Christmas 2014, you can expect:
•    An all-new magic show with an impressive cast and crew
•    A holiday buffet organized by award-winning chef Robbin Murphy
•    Admission to Moody Gardens Festival of Lights
•    Powerful music and all-around holiday cheer
Depending on seating section, adult tickets range in price from $55 to $85. Kids’ tickets range from $15 to $75. For groups of 20 or more, adult and child tickets come with respective costs of $45 and $29.

Plan Your Holiday Getaway at Our Beautiful Galveston Hotel

Even if you can’t make it to A Magic Christmas 2014, we hope you’re convinced that the holiday season is the absolute best time to visit Moody Gardens. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful Galveston hotel soon and ensuring that you have an experience that lasts a lifetime. To learn more about our amenities, room availability and more, give us a call at (888) 388-8484 or visit our online booking portal.

Be Dazzled By The Festival of Lights

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The Special Shine of a Holiday Spectacular

All the stars over Galveston Bay can’t hold a candle to the glorious glow that lights up every holiday season here at Moody Gardens. From now through January 3, make your plans to crest the causeway into this island city just as the sun starts to set. You’ll be greeted with a dazzling display that’s become a beloved Gulf Coast holiday getaway for happy natives and enchanted guests.


Lights Along Galveston Bay

Starting every year in mid-November, Moody Gardens puts a special shine in the holiday season with our spectacular Festival of Lights, which features the biggest, most beautiful lighting display on the Texas coast. That’s not bragging because this trail glows with more than 1 million lights, 100 animated displays, live entertainment every night and more. From the tops of our towering glass pyramids to pathways bathed in twinkling magic, this is the family holiday experience of a lifetime.

The Coolest Ice in Texas

For more than 10 years, we’ve lovingly tended this brilliant presentation with new additions for your holiday pleasure. This season premiers ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants. A team of 31 world-renowned ice sculptors created this fantasy world from more than 900 tons of ice. The Festival of Lights gets bigger and better every year, and ICE LAND promises to deliver some of the coolest fun Galveston Bay has ever enjoyed.

Non-Stop Holiday Entertainment

Be sure to pack your ice skates when you come to visit because the festival includes a beautiful outdoor rink. You can always rent a pair of blades if you need them, and Santa doesn’t mind waiting. He’s available for perfect holiday pictures, and you’ll want to bring the camera to catch all the action on our Arctic Ice Slide too. Relax with a movie at one of our three special theaters, enjoy dining at the Garden Restaurant, and sail Galveston Bay on our private paddlewheel called the Colonel. A shimmering mile of twinkling lights and holiday entertainment are all yours during our unforgettable Festival of Lights.

This holiday season, swing on down to Galveston, and let us put the stars in your eyes and a smile on your face. You’re cordially invited to gather up family memories that will shine brightly for years to come. Contact our friendly staff here at Moody Gardens Hotel for all the delightful details, and plan on a dazzling getaway. It’s time to make the Gulf Coast a part of your favorite holiday traditions.

Welcome New Executive Chef Robbin Murphy to Moody Gardens Hotel

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Dining With Us Stays Delicious

Just in time for your holiday feasting pleasure, Executive Chef Robbin Murphy joins our family. We’re very proud to welcome him to Moody Gardens here on Galveston Bay. We extend a most cordial invitation to you and your family for our sparkling seasonal celebrations, and we especially hope you’ll join us for Chef Murphy’s lavish Thanksgiving buffet.

Culinary Inspiration at Your Service

We bid a fond farewell to Executive Chef Urs Schmid and wish him the best in retirement after 16 wonderful years. As we salute his sterling service, we applaud the arrival of Executive Chef Robbin Murphy and the 20 years of kitchen mastery that he brings to our resort. He has proudly served the finest hotels in New York City, Boca Raton, Denver, San Antonio, Austin and Houston. Chef Murphy’s culinary talents include preparing dishes with his special grilling and smoking techniques, and he’s deeply committed to working with our local fresh seafood and craft suppliers.

Thanksgiving Feasting by the Bay

Put away that baster and let us do the cooking this year while you relax and fill your plate with Chef Murphy’s bountiful offerings. Tender, roasted Tom Turkey stars in our elegant extravaganza, and he shares the banquet stage with an array of entrees including the freshest jumbo Gulf shrimp and divine prime rib. From creamy Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and giblet gravy to divinely decadent desserts, all your favorites grace our Thanksgiving buffet. Our beautiful ballroom is your backdrop for all this delicious dining from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. on November 27.

Celebrations Through the Season

As long as you’re here for our Thanksgiving feast, stay awhile, and enjoy our seasonal fun. Indulge your shopping talents at our Home for the Holidays Gift Market right here at our spacious convention center. More than 150 unique vendors offer delightful home decor, hand-crafted jewelry, home-baked goodies and more on November 28 and 29. Spend an evening strolling through our fabulous Festival of Lights from November 15 through January 3, and take time out to spoil yourself with a Pamper Me Peppermint facial or Peace on Earth Swedish massage at our lovely spa.

This season, we invite you to celebrate with our family here at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center on beautiful Galveston Bay. From our crystal pyramids to Chef Murphy’s delicious dishes, it all awaits your arrival. Give us a call, and book your reservations today. We look forward to making your holidays truly memorable this year.

Have a Magical Holiday in the Gardens

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‘Tis the season for fanciful feasts, dazzling lights, enchanting events & wonderful memories!

ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants
November 15 – January 4

A skilled team of 20 professional ice carvers from Harbin, China will take 900 tons of
ice and transform them into majestic marvels. 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.
Adults: $26.96, Seniors: $21.95, Child: $15.95, Advance Groups (20+): $15.95
(non-peak dates and peak dates before 4pm).

Festival of Lights
November 15 – January 3

Brighten up the holidays with a tradition for families and groups alike. A mile-long trail
with more than one million lights and 100 illuminated scenes takes you around the
Moody Gardens property with spectacular views of the Galveston Bay. Enjoy the area’s
only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday
buffets, live entertainment and more. Admission: $8.95. Other attractions just $7 each
with Festival ticket: Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Pyramid,
MG 3D and 4D Special FX theaters, Artie Ice Slide, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Ice
Skate Rental. For tickets or info: or (800) 582.4673.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet
November 27

Sit down to a bountiful feast with family and friends as Moody Gardens Hotel hosts its
annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet from llam – 3pm in the Moody Ballroom.
Adults: $44.95, Seniors: $34.95, Children (4,12): $19.95, Children 3 & under are free.
Reservations required, call (409) 741.8484 ext. 4465.

Home for the Holidays Gift Market
November 28 – 29

Shop till you drop Thanksgiving weekend at the Moody Gardens Convention Center
featuring more than 150 of the region’s most unique gift vendors.
Hours: 11/28: 2pm-9pm, 11/29: 10am-9pm
General Admission: $5, VIP Lounge with hors d’oeuvres and beverages: $30.00

A Magical Christmas 2014 Dinner & Show
December 18 – 27

Master Illusionist Curt Miller and his talented friends are back to introduce a new
production, featuring new magic, music and fun. Witness people appearing and
disappearing right before your eyes! Enjoy many of your favorite Christmas songs
wonderfully performed by spectacular singers and dancers. Includes: Show ticket,
Chef Robbin’s Holiday Buffet Dinner and Festival of Lights. Taxes and gratuities are
included. Admission: Adults $55 ‘ $85, Child (3,12 years) $39, $75, Infants $15 ‘ $75,
Group Rates for 20+

Midnight in the Gardens New Years Eve Gala
December 31, 7:30pm-1am

Ring in the New Year in grand style. The New Year’s Eve party will feature non-stop
entertainment by the bands Commercial Art and Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute
band, an open bar, elaborate food stations, deluxe party favors, a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Event tickets are $425.00+ tax per couple or $225.00+ tax
per single person. Hotel accommodations for gala guests start at $109.00+ tax/night.
For reservations: (888) 388-8484.

Aquarium, Rainforest, Palm Beach, MG 3D & 4D Theaters, Theaters,
Discovery Museum, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat

Skip the Cooking! Enjoy Our Thanksgiving Buffet at Moody Gardens Hotel

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Why Cook When Our Talented Kitchen Staff Will Do It for You?

Picture this. It’s 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving and you’re still frantically preparing your turkey before it goes in the oven. Your guests are already going a little heavy on the wine. Your kids are running around the house or yard, wondering when dinner is going to be ready.

We’ve all been there. In a scenario like this, we’d certainly understand if you threw in the towel and hid under the covers. That’s why we’re making it easy for you to ditch the kitchen this Thanksgiving and enjoy a hearty buffet.

The Thanksgiving Buffet at Moody Gardens Hotel

We’re proud to announce that we’ve set the date and time for our 2014 Thanksgiving buffet. On November 27, we’d love to see you in the Moody Ballroom for a hearty spread that features favorites such as:

•    Tom turkey with giblet gravy, a Moody Gardens specialty
•    Red and yellow tomatoes with mozzarella
•    Cold boiled jumbo Gulf shrimp, a local delicacy
•    Smoked Norwegian salmon
•    Fixings including cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, cornbread and roasted Brussels sprouts
•    Carrot salad with pineapple and raisins
•    Toppings such as pecans and dried cranberries
•    Candied sweet potatoes
•    Homemade desserts, including pies, pastries and other creations for folks with a sweet tooth
•    And more!

That’s quite a list! Our kitchen staff will be hard at work to bring you a Thanksgiving dinner that’s every bit as hearty as the home-cooked variety. We’d be honored to have you at our table.

Other Upcoming Holiday Events at Moody Gardens Hotel

If you won’t be in town this Thanksgiving, don’t despair. Moody Gardens proudly sponsors a variety of other holiday activities, including:

•    A Magical Christmas 2014, a family-friendly dinner show that’s headlined by Master Illusionist Curt Miller
•    Midnight in the Gardens New Year’s Eve Gala, an all-out party to help ring in the new year
•    Festival of Lights, one of the region’s largest holiday celebrations

Plan Your Next Stay at the Premier Hotel/Resort in Galveston

Whether you’re certain you’re spending this Thanksgiving in Galveston or want to plan an island getaway at your earliest convenience, you can count on the friendly folks at Moody Gardens to give you the quintessential Galveston experience. If you’re ready to book your next stay, visit us online to reserve your rooms and plan your family’s trip. We’ll leave the door open for you!

Island Paddle’s 2nd Annual Galveston Bay Paddle Race

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Enjoy Some Fun in the Sun on Beautiful Galveston Island

Who’s up for some paddling fun in the sun? We know you are. That’s why we’re so excited to announce that we’ll be returning as the host of Island Paddle’s Galveston Bay Paddle Race—the second annual event—this year. We’d love for you to join us on beautiful Galveston Bay for a memorable day of friendly competition and old-fashioned fun. Best of all, the Galveston Bay Paddle Race benefits a great cause.

When and Where

The second annual Galveston Bay Paddle Race will take place on September 27. The festivities will happen right here at Moody Gardens, so you won’t have to travel far from your room to participate. The event begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m., but you’re welcome to get there even earlier to watch the crew set up and linger afterwards on the grounds of our beautiful hotel-resort.

Three Races, One Ticket and One Great Cause

The first race is a 5K stand-up paddle race that covers a pre-defined course and comes with a cash prize for the winner. The second is a kayak/canoe race that covers the same 5K course and also comes with a cash prize. For both races, you and your team are welcome to go as hard as you’d like or hang back and finish the course at your own pace. Note that the stand-up paddle event is divided into men’s and women’s categories.

But wait – there’s more! Everyone who enters the first two races is automatically entered into the “K6 Dash for Cash,” a 200-year sprint on a straight course. The winner doesn’t win anything other than a feeling of accomplishment, but we’re confident that that’ll be enough.

All for a Good Cause

Registration for the second annual Galveston Bay Paddle Race costs $45 for the first race and $70 for both. All proceeds benefit the Mauli Ola Foundation, an organization that connects cystic fibrosis patients with surfing opportunities. Other sponsors include the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program and its Be the Match Registry, a critical resource for those who live with blood cancers. We hope to see you out in support of these great organizations!

Discover Galveston’s Premier Hotel-Resort This Holiday Season

Whether you’re able to make it to Island Paddle’s second annual Galveston Bay Paddle Race or simply wish to get away one weekend soon, Moody Gardens is proud to offer a range of lodging options for your whole family. When you book your stay here in Galveston, we’re proud to put you at the center of it all. To book a stay with us, visit

Track Progress with Our Ice Land Web Cam!

You’re going to be impressed with what you’ll find here at Moody Gardens during this year’s holiday season! In just a few weeks, 42 truckloads of colorful ice blocks will be delivered to the grounds, where they will be used to create our much-anticipated Ice Land attraction. We recently installed a webcam (click here) and aimed it right at the exhibit, so you can keep an eye on the progress all the way up until opening day on November 15th.

Moody Gardens’ Winter Festivities Get an Upgrade in 2014!

If you’ve visited Moody Gardens during the holidays in years past, you already know how impressive the setup is. Last year alone, more than 130,000 people came through to check out the Festival of Lights, which features more than 1 million colorful, sparkling lights. As in years past, 2014′s festivities will include a holiday dinner show hosted by a first-rate illusionist, an Arctic Ice Slide and an outdoor ice rink.

What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a stay at the beautiful Moody Gardens Hotel? We’re ground zero for premium holiday excitement.

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Moody Gardens: Coolest Holiday Destination in the Southwest

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November 15 – January 4
• ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants
• Festival of Lights
• Spectacular Entertainment, Attractions and Hotel

Moody Gardens will transform into the premier holiday destination with the debut of ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants! As 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 complement the Festival of Lights, holiday films, ice skating, Arctic Ice Slide, holiday dinner and shows, and newly renovated four-diamond hotel to become the largest holiday destination in the Southwest.

ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants

A skilled team of 20 internationally-acclaimed professional ice carvers from Harbin, China will dive into 900 tons of ice and transform them into majestic marvels featuring holiday scenes with the beloved Bikini Bottom inhabitants from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. Chilled and held at a temperature of 9 degrees, you can witness these works of art as Galveston makes its holiday transformation into a Winter Wonder Island. Visit for peak, non-peak and group blackout dates.

• Adult: $26.95 • Senior: $21.95 • Child: $15.95
Advance Groups (20+):
$15.95 (non-peak dates and peak dates before 4pm)
Hotel Packages Available

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Festival of Lights

Brighten up the holidays with a tradition for families and groups alike. A mile-long trail with more than one million lights, and a 100 lighted scenes takes you around the Moody Gardens property with spectacular views of the Galveston Bay. Enjoy the area’s only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday buffets, live entertainment and more.
Admission: $8.95. Group Rates for 20+
Other attractions just $7 each with Festival ticket: Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Pyramid, MG 3D Theater, 4D Theater, Artic Ice Slide, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Ice Skate Rental
Hotel Packages Available

Moody Gardens Presents A Magical Christmas 2014

Dinner & Show starring Master Illusionist Curt Miller and Friends
December 18 – 27
Join us for Curt Miller’s new holiday production featuring magic, music and fun! Witness people appearing and disappearing right before your eyes!  Enjoy many of your favorite Christmas songs wonderfully performed by spectacular singers and dancers.
• Adults $55 – $85 • Child (3-12 years) $39 – $75 • Infants $15 – $75 • Group Rates for 20+
Includes:  Show ticket, Chef Urs’s Holiday Buffet Dinner and Festival of Lights. Taxes and gratuities are included.
Hotel Packages available