Summer at Moody Gardens Hotel

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.bremastersbeerfest.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.