EXPLORE the ocean and meet penguins, sharks and more at the Aquarium Pyramid. ENJOY an authentic rainforest adventure and close encounters with free-roaming monkeys, macaws and other endangered animals and plants at the Rainforest Pyramid. LEARN about the mysteries of science at the Discovery Museum or IMMERSE yourself at the MG 3D Theater, and 4D Theater. EMBARK on a Colonel Paddlewheel Boat cruise, HAVE FUN during the summer at the lazy river, wave pool and more at Palm Beach, Galveston's only white sand beach or LIGHT up the holidays with the Festival of Lights. RELAX and indulge in a little island time at the beautiful Moody Gardens Hotel or take on a new CHALLENGE at the Moody Gardens Golf Course.
A multi-phased renovation was completed at the Aquarium Pyramid®, May 27, 2017. Moody Gardens guests can look forward to a fun and awe-inspiring experience wonderfully complemented with conservation messages that underscore the vital importance of the oceans. New exhibits will not only inspire visitor interest and empathy, but also connect visitors to specific ocean habitats. Visitors will travel from the Gulf of Mexico to the South Atlantic, the South Pacific, the North Pacific, and the Caribbean. Each ocean exhibit highlights different marine sanctuaries and different aspects of our relationship to the seas. Upon completion, there will be a variety of new exhibits and surprises, including the addition of jellyfish and tropical penguins.
EXPERIENCE LIFE AS YOU VISIT THE RAINFORESTS OF ASIA, AFRICA AND THE AMERICAS. Enjoy a rare, up-close and interactive experience with endangered plants and animals ranging from Giant Amazon River Otters to Saki Monkeys and Chinese Alligators. See it all in one of the truest replicas of a real rainforest.
Moody Gardens visitors are the first in the world to enjoy a state-of-the-art 3D viewing experience. The Moody Gardens MG 3D Theater, featuring the largest screen in Texas, has the world’s first 4K 3D giant screen 6-Primary laser projection system. Audiences will see films on the 60 by 80 foot white screen nearly three and a half times brighter than normal theaters, with vibrant colors and new 3D glasses technology. Along with the theater’s top-of-the-line 11.1 surround sound system, this laser projection further distinguishes the MG 3D Theater as one of the premier cinema venues, giving viewers the best viewing experience in the world.
4D Special FX Theater
EXPERIENCE LIFE AND ENGAGE ALL OF YOUR SENSES! 3D projection, audio and show control systems along with wind, seat sensors, leg ticklers, scent, misters and snow put you in the action.
Colonel Paddlewheel Boat
EXPERIENCE LIFE WITH A LITTLE DAY CRUISE! Live the high-life on an hour-longcruise aboard a replica of an 1800s paddlewheel boat. Dinner and private cruises are available for groups of 65 or more (Weather permitting).
Discovery Pyramid Museum
EXPERIENCE LIFE THROUGH THE MYSTERIES OF SCIENCE AND INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS. Two Current Exhibitions: SPONGEBOB SUBPANTS ADVENTURE: Internationally recognized as 2016 THEA Award Winner for Outstanding Achievement. Dive into adventure on a submarine voyage along with SpongeBob SquarePants and all your Bikini Bottom friends! On this wild and silly deep-sea expedition, YOU choose the destination and YOU interact with your hapless captain – Patrick Star! Tickets are $18.95 for adults and $16.95 for seniors and children. DA VINCI THE EXHIBITION: Da Vinci: The Exhibition in the Discovery Pyramid is a hands-on examination of da Vinci’s life, research and art featuring more than 60 fully-built, life-size inventions, more than 20 fine art studies and dozens of stunning displays.Guests will learn the complex beginnings and lifetime achievements of da Vinci through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light and more.
Ropes Course & Zip Line
Challenge your agility, balance and strength as you encounter the five-tier Sky Trail® Ropes Course, the tallest steel ropes course on the Gulf Coast! Toddlers and small children can even take on an adventure of a smaller scale on the Sky Tykes™ Ropes Course that is appropriate for those who are 48” and under. Thrill seekers can now take adventure to a whole new level at the Moody Gardens Zip Line. Snap into your harness and step to the edge of the zip line platform and glide over Palm Beach and the Lazy River 50 ft. in the air for a bird’s eye view of the Moody Gardens Pyramids and tropical gardens.
Seasonal Attractions include:
Grab your sunglasses and sink your toes in the white sand. Galveston’s favorite summer hangout, Palm Beach, is now better than ever. Visitors can enjoy the interactive 650-foot lazy river, wave pool and two 18-foot tower slides. Other attractions include beach volleyball on regulation courts and the Aquarium Adventure play area. The Splashpad automated aquatic water feature offers interactive dump buckets, spray arches and fountains for a day of fun at the beach.
Guests are invited to sink their toes in white sand, lounge beneath palm trees and splash amongst a variety of beach attractions. Visitors can even enjoy concerts and fireworks.
Bands on the Sand
LIVE MUSIC & FIREWORKS! Enjoy this popular summer concert series featuring local and regional bands every Friday and Saturday night.
Festival of Lights
As the largest holiday lighting events on the Gulf Coast, the Festival of Lights receives over 125,000 visitors, many of whom have made the festival their own holiday tradition. In addition to over 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment, visitors can strap on a pair of skates and glide across the ice at the area’s only Outdoor Ice Skating Rink. Guests can slide into a thrilling experience with the 100-foot, Texas-sized Arctic Slide. Indoors, guests can take pictures with Santa or enjoy a variety of holiday-themed films at the MG3D Theater and 4D Special FX Theater.