Moody Garden staff says goodbye to our long-time staff member who’s battling cancer. She inspires us all.

Hug, tears and sweet goodbyes.

That was the atmosphere at the goodbye party for Ms.  Joann Trahan.

Joann is battling stage-four cancer, and she’s decided it’s time to step down from her position.

The Viewfinders Terrace sparkled with pinks and golds as hotel staff gathered around.

“Make sure you don’t forget us,” said Hotel General Manager Leon Garrison. “Come back any time.”

Joann began her journey with Moody Gardens in 1997, starting as a banquet server. Now, she’s retiring in a management position.

“If it was up to me I would be here forever, walking out on a cane,” she said.

Joann told the story of how everything changed for her during Hurricane Ike.

“That was when I realized the Moody family’s commitment to their employees,” she said. “The people that worked here did not have to worry about a place to live. They put everyone up. I said then I would never leave this place of employment. I was going to stay here and retire here. They would come and sit and eat in the dark with us. We were one big family. They could’ve left us… not given a hoot. But they stayed here with us.”

She encouraged her co-workers to stay committed to the hospitality industry.

“It’s not easy. Long hours. Clients out of control. But don’t give up.”

Her friends and family stood by her side as she gave her goodbye speech.

“I’ve learned to accept whatever God puts in my path. For me, that’s leaving here. But my heart is full. I’m content.”

Joann’s presence and encouraging spirit will be dearly missed at our hotel.

Up for a world-class pool party? Our pool now ranks top 2% in the world!

Heated pool party, anyone?
We’re excited to announce that we now rank top 2% in the World for hotel pools by Travelmyth.
We actually have two pools on property. Here are some of their amenities:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Hot tub
  • Pool bar
  • Swim up bar
  • Lifesaving equipment
  • Waterfall
Around the pool, we also offer:
  • Cabanas
  • Umbrellas
  • Towels
  • Shop selling swimsuits, goggles etc.
  • Spa facilities
  • Sauna
  • Restrooms
All our pools have accessibility for people with disabilities.
We also have a lazy river and water park access.
Here’s what one travel blogger had to say:
See for yourself! Book your stay today!

We’re Partnering with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch®; Committing to Serve Only Ocean-Friendly Seafood Today

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center is going even more ocean-friendly. We’re partnering with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. We’ll now be serving only seafood caught or farmed in safe ways.

“The last thing we want to do is over-fish,” says Hotel General Manager Leon Garrison. “That’s why we’re making this important change.”

Our seafood choices affect the world’s fish populations. Seafood Watch empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for a healthy ocean. They assess how wild-caught and farmed seafood affect the environment.

“We want to be leaders in this initiative,” says Garrison. “Now, we’re calling others in Galveston and the Houston area to do the same thing. We need to take care of our fisheries so that we have seafood forever.”

For more information on our partnership, contact Miranda Landsman at [email protected]

Moody Gardens Now Welcomes International Journalist Miranda Landsman To Our Team Here At The Hotel.

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center is proud to introduce our new public relations manager, Miranda Landsman. She joins us after spending the last year doing humanitarian aid work in South America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

A Sam Houston State University graduate, she started her TV journalism career in Corpus Christi at an NBC affiliate, then moved to NYC to work for regional network RNN.

For the past two years, she’s contributed to the Gulf Coast Coalition Against Human Trafficking as an International Ambassador. Now, she’ll be handling our communication with both the media and the public.

We’re glad to have her join our impressive team here at Moody Gardens.

Moody Gardens Is Replacing Our Old Print Newsletter. We’re Going Digital Now, And Here’s Why.

To reduce our environmental impact, we’re taking our Garden Chatter Newsletter online. Subscribe now to get interesting, community-minded updates delivered straight to your inbox.

You’ll hear from our staff about new and improved services we’re offering at Moody Gardens Hotel and Spa. You’ll also get specialized stories catered to you and your family. And of course, we’ll send you upcoming events so you can save the date and stay informed.

We always want to hear from you! If you have any blog-worthy ideas, send them to [email protected]



Contact:  Debra Ford, [email protected];




Houston, Texas (June 28, 2018) …Toast to the end of summer at the 9th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival in sunny Galveston Island, Texas.  Named a Top 3 beer event by USA TODAY and revered by beer lovers across the region, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is an immersive multi-day event over Labor Day weekend where visitors can tap into the world of craft beer on island time.  Visitors will flock to Galveston Island August 31 – September 2 in the pursuit of hoppiness and a craft beer experience unlike any other. With hundreds of craft beers, rare “Taste it First” selections, and a Brew-B-Que to boot, this 3-day event offers endless opportunities to learn from the best in the craft beer industry.

Whether you are a craft-loyal drinker looking for a new summer fav, or just a newbie learning the ropes, BrewMasters is the ultimate event for experiencing the distinctive world of craft beer. Clifton McDerby, Executive Director of Food & Vine Time Productions, Inc. explained “we have always focused on craft beer education, making sure that everyone who comes to this event can not only experience the widest selection of craft beers available at any Texas festival, but learn something from the craft masters themselves.  Intimately, we create a learning experience with immersion into the latest trends while attendees get the opportunity to taste and learn at the same time.”

The three-day festival is packed with beer, cheer, and plenty of foam-filled events happening each day over the Labor Day weekend. Friday night, August 31 kicks off at 7 p.m. with the spirited Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting event featuring a range of high-quality tequila-tasting and plenty of salt and nachos for all.

Saturday, September 1 is all about craft beer, and the innovative breweries which make it happen. Want an intimate tasting experience with Texas’ finest? Then, the Texas Brewery Tasting Tour is for you.  This tour provides a rare opportunity to meet some of the most successful and emerging breweries in the


state. Guests will enjoy featured selections with each brewery offering a “Taste it First” selection and small group time with some of the most passionate and skilled brewers and owners in the industry.

Newly formatted this year, the Texas Brewery Tasting Tour is for VIPs starting at 2pm and then general admission will have access to taste these brews after the main doors open.

On Saturday afternoon, the ultimate BrewHaHa Grand Tasting begins with the chance to sample some of the best beer in the world.  Pay attention to the “Taste it First” selections, which offer an exclusive opportunity to sample never-before-tasted craft beers. Not a fan of waiting in line? The BrewHaHa VIP Premium Lounge provides early access to the tasting floor plus an exclusive space to get crafty with light bites, and premium sampling.  The VIP Zone opens at 2 p.m. with the Grand Tasting at 3 p.m.

Don’t miss a wide range of experts on the Beer University Stage including a return of the very popular Women in Craft Beer panel where the women of craft beer talk about the growth of women in the industry.  Meet James Simpson and Chad Pilbeam, hosts of What’s on Tap Radio and many, many, more.

To top off the foam-filled weekend, don’t miss the Brew-B-Que, Sunday September 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. featuring smokin’ hot smokehouse specialties from award-winning Pitmaster, Patrick Feges of Feges BBQ, live music and, of course, plenty of ice cold brews. Make it a destination weekend.  Set in Galveston’s tropical Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, with special events at various venues around the island, BrewMasters breaks out the barrels and serves up foam-filled perfection all weekend long. Tickets range from $25-$85.  For more info on the festivities, visit

Sponsored by: Ben E. Keith, Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, 8th Wonder Brewing, Buffalo Bayou Brewing, Karbach, Infiniti Graphics, and SpeedPro Imaging The Woodlands.


Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks July Features

This July Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks will be featuring some tasty specials. Our Spicy and Tangy Tomato & Seafood Soup with Cilantro Pesto is savory and rich. This soup can be paired with the Watermelon & Baby Kale Salad with Feta Cheese & Mint Vinaigrette. Talk about Fresh and invigorating!  For our seafood lovers we have a Sauteed Shrimp with Texas Sweet Corn Spoon Bread topped with Sweet Pepper Coulis and Lobster Cream. Looking to indulge in a little?  Then try our Slow Smoked Texas Red Waddle Pork Tomahawk Chop with Roasted Carrot Puree with Summer Root Vegetables and Blood Orange Gastrique. Don’t forget dressy attire is required no jeans, shorts, swimwear, cutoffs, tank tops or hats allowed in the dining area.

In addition to these spring features Shearn’s is still offering their Tails and Tenderloins on Tuesdays and Wine Down Wednesdays. This means… every Tuesday you can enjoy the decadent pairing of filet mignon and lobster tail. Our chef has a fresh take on creating the perfect combination of seafood and meat.

Wednesdays are meant for wine. Come enjoy our Wine Down Wednesday special where you can come and unwind for a midweek escape. If you are a wine lover, or simply someone who enjoys a week night out, then Wine Down Wednesday at Shearn’s is for you. Grab your girlfriends for a girl’s night out, a quick mom escape, or date night! You’ll be sure to enjoy a great wine Wednesday at Shearn’s with great views.

Let Us Do The Cooking This Thanksgiving

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!

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.

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.