Looking for island fun? Work or play, this tropical destination is ideal for families and groups alike.
Delve into the oceans depths at the Aquarium Pyramid to see penguins, sharks and thousands of tropical fish. Explore the mysteries of science at the Discovery Museum or experience the action of the 3D, 4D or Ridefilm theaters. Cruise aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat or enjoy beautiful white sand beaches and blue lagoons at Palm Beach.
And, whether itís a weekend retreat or an extended stay, the spectacular Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center has the accommodations and service for an ideal getaway.
You can even check out the beautiful new Moody Gardens Golf Course.
Finally, every summer and for special occasions throughout the year, Island Star Performances presents a smorgasbord of shows, musical performances, and events with professional entertainers you're sure to enjoy.
Experience Life at the Moody Gardens attractions!
Aquarium Pyramid: The towering blue pyramid – the largest of three – houses a diverse display of life from four distinct ocean environments. The chilly South Atlantic exhibit showcases five species of penguins and the North Pacific houses playful fur seals and Squirt, the famous blind sea lion. The South Pacific exhibit features beautiful coral reefs and an array of colorful fishes. The Caribbean, the largest exhibit in the Aquarium Pyramid®, has sharks, sea turtles, eels and thousands of beautiful tropical fish that swim overhead as you navigate through an underwater tunnel completely surrounded by the exhibit’s over one-million gallons of water.
The Aquarium Pyramid also offers guests the opportunity to interact with ocean life, including group educational opportunities in underwater classrooms, touch tanks and the chance to meet a penguin up close with the Pengin Encounter.
Rainforest Pyramid: The 10-story glass pyramid is now open after a major enhancement project that enables you to see the Rainforests of the World in a whole new way. In addition to a new entry overlooking a new giant Amazon River otter exhibit, a tree-top path leads you through the canopy level of the pyramid where you can explore the exhibit from a new vantage point to see the monkeys, sloths and the other free-roaming tree dwellers closer than ever before. The canopy walkway also features a butterfly exhibit that immerses you among several beautiful species of butterflies.
The lower level of the exhibit puts you in the center of Asian, African and American rainforests, where you are joined by some new friends. Come experience life at this unique, interactive exhibit in an authentic rainforest environment, found only at Moody Gardens.
MG 3D Theater - Enjoy larger-than-life films that fill your peripheral vision combined with superb sound to provide you with the best seat in the house. Slip on your 3D glasses to see incredible realistic three-dimensional images as they are projected onto a giant six-story screen – the largest in Texas – so lifelike that you’ll want reach out to grab them.
Ridefilm – Strap on your seatbelt and hold on for an incredible experience! Ridefilm technology offers the ultimate in high-impact, immersive simulation. Each 18-passenger ride is surrounded by a seamless 180° wraparound screen that fully encompasses each viewer's peripheral vision. High quality images and awesome sound combine to make you a part of the action.
4D Special FX Theater – See, hear, feel and smell the action! Hi-def digital 3D projection, audio and show control systems combined with special effects, such as wind, smoke, mist, leg ticklers, seat buzzers and SFX lighting and DTS surround sound system immerse you in a unique short-film theater experience that is a thrill for all ages.
Colonel Paddlewheel Boat – Enjoy gulf breezes on a 45-minute cruise around Offats Bayou on this 800-passenger authentic 1800’s replica paddlewheel boat. The Colonel Paddlewheel Boat sails daily from the Moody Gardens® dock and hosts weekend dinner cruises.
Discovery Museum – Come explore the extraordinary world of science at the Discovery Pyramid. Spectacular traveling exhibits from around the country provide interactive demonstrations showcasing the world of science that surrounds you.
Palm Beach - Now you can delight in the major enhancements that have been made to Galveston'sonly white sand beach! You and your family will love the lazy river,18-foot tower slides, wave pool, and educational Kon-Tiki theme.