The Aquarium Pyramid is now Open!

After a $37 million renovation, the Aquarium Pyramid is now open!

Guests will have an awe-inspiring underwater experience that includes a new Humboldt Penguin Habitat, a Mangrove Lagoon touch tank that is home to stingrays and sharks and a multi-level 30,000 gallon Oil Rig Tank. Click here for more information.

Guests will journey to new depths this summer, exploring the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, South Pacific, North Pacific and the Caribbean. Each ocean exhibit highlights different marine sanctuaries and relationship aspects to the seas with conservation messages that underscore the vital importance of the oceans.

Meet the new Humboldt penguins
Moody Gardens is thrilled to introduce these unique warm-climate penguins that hail from Southern Hemisphere waters from the Antarctic Pole to the Equator. This is the second penguin exhibit at Moody Gardens and the Humboldts are right next door to the South Atlantic Penguin Habitat, home to the King, Gentoo, Chinstrap, Rockhopper and Macaroni penguins. As part of the recent renovations, the South Atlantic Penguin Habitat is newly enhanced to better benefit guests and the health and livelihood of the penguins within. Click here for more information.

Gulf of Mexico Rig Exhibit
See the balance of technology and nature through this impressive 30,000 gallon, two-story, 23-foot scale model oil production platform aquarium. These manmade islands provide valuable attachment surfaces for a variety of encrusting organisms to create an entire reef ecosystem found throughout the Gulf of Mexico.  This new exhibit includes diver communication for presentations and interaction, further engaging guests in their underwater experience. Click here for more information.


The Caribbean
Journeys to the Caribbean begin with the new Mangrove Lagoon. Touch Cownose Stingrays and Bonnethead Sharks as they swim lazily around the jungle of stilt roots that most of the region’s fish call home. Naturalists are on hand to help guests learn more about these important ecosystems. A second touch tank features small fish, Sea Stars, Hermit Crabs, Pencil Urchins and other invertebrates allowing guests to cross the water/air border. Click here for more information.

Moody Gardens is highlighting a hidden gem from the Gulf of Mexico. The new Flower Garden Banks Exhibit brings attention to the unique tropical coral reef system found just 115 miles offshore.

With help from the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, guests experience the East Flower Garden Bank, West Flower Garden Bank and Stetson Bank up close and personal. The exhibit includes examples of Brain, Star and Elkhorn coral, to name a few, all of which can be seen on the banks. The Flower Garden Banks reef system is one of the healthiest in the Gulf and Caribbean regions.

Guests are completely immersed in the Caribbean Exhibit with breathtaking views as Sharks, Rays and other tropical fish swim overhead while they walk through the tunnel in this one million-gallon exhibit, giving them the sense of diving in the Caribbean.

New to the exhibit is The Pride, a 19th century rum-runner shipwreck replica, loosely based on the vessel sailed by famed Galveston pirate Jean Lafitte. Divers spent a total of 68.5 hours underwater putting together the ship, which arrived in about 75 individual pieces.

Also new are in-water presentations by Moody Gardens divers. With additions to the exhibit, guests are bound to have questions. Divers are now able to take and answers questions while in the exhibit.

 

North Pacific Gallery
This exhibit focuses on the high-energy coastline to the west. Seals and Sea Lions are featured prominently alongside other kelp forest inhabitants including Leopard Sharks and the long-lived Rockfish. Jewel aquariums highlight the coastal surge zone, ingenious Giant Pacific Octopus and the relatively unknown deep water coral communities that act as nursery habitat for many commercial fisheries. Click here for more information.


And, that’s not all
Don’t miss out on the whimsical and colorful array of soft-bodied predators inside the new Jellyfish Gallery. Lights, sounds and textures further enhance the display of these free swimming coral relatives.

There’s also the South Pacific Biome that showcases the tremendous diversity that is found in the epicenter of the coral reef evolution. Colorful corals, invertebrates, fishes and sharks fill the niche habitats highlighted in the large and small aquarium features.

Guests are able to engage with aquarium staff as they perform essential functions in the working conservation lab. Watch and ask questions as they work in the nursery, perform aquarium water quality tests, necropsies, grow algae as a food source and other functions in their daily lab work.

New exhibits will not only inspire visitor interest and empathy, but also connect visitors to specific ocean habitats, further establishing the Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid as the largest and most diverse aquarium in the southwest.

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Show Off Your Skin This Summer!

Get your skin in gear with a trip to the Spa at Moody Gardens. These special treatments are sure to have you glowing just in time for summer fun.

Enjoy a 50 minute Coconut Sunrise Massage. The amazing Swedish massage provides a warm coconut-oil scalp massage. The soft scents of coconut will have you dreaming of palm trees and ocean waves. This service is available for $100.

Soothe your hands and feet with our calming Lavender Delight Mani & Pedi. The manicure consists of a lavender soak and scrub used to soften the skin and leave it smooth to the touch. The pedicure will include a smooth lavender mask and moisturizing treatment. The 2-hour service is available for $90.

Enjoy an anti-stress Lavender Facial! The facial is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin and works wonders for inflammation. It tightens pores and restores skin to its natural glow with it’s amazing peel-off mask. Lavender is not only known to relax but it will also restore and heal the skin. The 50 minute treatment is available for $100.

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These service prices do not include our 20% service charge that we add upon check-out. Please book ahead of time to ensure availability. Cancellations with the spa must be done 24 hours in advance to avoid charges. Call (409) 683-4440 to schedule your next appointment.

Treat Mom To A Special Mother’s Day Weekend

Eat at our Mother’s Day buffet May 14 from 11am to 3pm. Mom’s eat free at the buffet*, held annually in the Moody Ballroom. Enjoy chilled shrimp, roasted beef strip loin, Texas redfish, deserts and much more! Complimentary mimosas and bloody marys will also be served. Prices are $55 for adults, $45 for seniors and $27 for children (4-12). Click here to view the menu. Reservations are strongly requested, call 409-683-4466.

Click here to book your Easter weekend at Moody Gardens Hotel!

*1 mom, per paid hotel room.