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Moody Gardens  is one of the premier travel destinations in Galveston, featuring three spectacular, giant glass pyramids, and a luxurious hotel and conference center.

Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, white sand beaches and clear blue lagoons, Moody Gardens is a spectacular sight to behold, not to mention a very interesting and extremely fun place to visit.

The centerpiece at Moody's is the Rainforest Pyramid, this spectacular 10-story, 40,000 square-foot glass pyramid houses a tropical rainforest, which includes waterfalls, cliffs, caverns, wetlands, forests and an amazing variety of wildlife.

The Palm Beach attraction area has 3 acres of freshwater lagoons and white sand beaches , spas, wave pool, tower slides, lazy river, and a Splash Pad.

Hidden behind the massive pyramid is an oasis of clear cool water and dancing water fountains, a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Listen to the sounds of laughter, as the kids play in the white sand and the cool waters of  Moody's Palm Beach oasis. This is also where  the Colonial Paddleboat is located, a modern day triple-deck paddle wheeler. This exquisite boat recaptures the romance and culture of 19th Century river steamboats.

 

From the Captain's wheelhouse, to the souvenir gift shop, from the promenade deck for strolling, to the enclosed decks for dining and dancing the Colonel offers a unique setting for a fun-filled cruise.

The day cruise features a narration about Galveston's historic past, as well as information about the boat, the Moody family and moody Gardens.

In the evening, experience the elegance and romance of the paddle wheeler from a bygone era. Plush carpeting, elegant draperies, colorful lightning, and hardwood dance floors offer the perfect venue for a special evening.

 
Day Cruises-7 Days a week.

April 1 through Labor Day
One Hour Cruises depart 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm
After labor Day
One hour cruises depart at 2pm
Minimum 25 passengers to cruise, prices subject to change. Private parties & Group rates available.
For reservations call: 409-740-7797 or
888-740-7797.
Although weather conditions may prohibit departure, dining and entertainment would not be affected.
 
The Garden lobby with it's towering ceilings, white sleek walls, make it the perfect setting for receptions, dinners, for gatherings of large groups or for a party of two. A see through exhibit reveals a waterfall and lagoon filled with birds. Brilliant red flamingos are the most obvious, their bright red feathers seem to glow in the afternoon sun.
Explore the jungles of  the Rain Forest Pyramid, where thousands of animals including mammals, birds, butterflies, exotic fish, flowers and plants intermingle. Home to cotton-top tamarins, two-footed sloth, bats, chevrotains an anteater and an ocelot.
 
 
For intimate dining, the Macademia Room, adjacent to the Garden Restaurant, offers a quiet, elegant hideaway with a view of the bay, and after dusk offer spectacular Dancing Waters light and fountain show.
 

The Aquarium Pyramid is the newest major attraction at Moody, opening in the summer of 1999 it has quickly become a favorite exhibit with visitors.

Showcasing one of the largest and most spectacular aquariums in the world, with over 130,000 square feet of building space and 1.5 million gallons of water.

The largest tank is the Caribbean Sea tank, where you can walk through a glass-encased tunnel, the perfect place to marvel at the huge sharks, colorful  fish, penguins. You must see it to believe it.

 
Other Attractions at Moody's include:

The Discovery Pyramid, where you can experience the mysteries of science and interactive exhibits.

MG 3D Theater, features amazing 3D and 2D films on a giant six story screens.

4D Special FX Theater - 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

RideFilm Theater, Strap yourself in and dive, twist and turn as your seat mirrors every movement on a giant wrap-around screen with six channel surround sound.

The Learning Place, learning is fun through educational outreach programs, field trips, camps and birthday parties with hands on activities and attractions. (not open to the public).
 

 
Hope Therapy, Discover the healing powers of plants, horticulture therapy and vocational programs help rehabilitate persons with physical and emotional disabilities.

The Ice Rink, public skating sessions, private parties and birthday parties make this the coolest place on the island. Seasonal Schedule).

Festival of LightsNovember and December Moody presents one of the Gulf Coast's largest holiday lighting events. Live music, dance troupes, choirs, pictures with Santa and more.

Dining and Gift Shops, Enjoy food and beverages at restaurants and concession areas, as well as a verity of gift shops located throughout the property.

 
Moody Gardens, Galveston Islandís nationally recognized tourist attraction, has been recognized as the Houston areaís Favorite Tourist Attraction by leisure travelers according to a report prepared for the Governorís Economic and Tourism Office by D.K. Shifflett and Associates, Ltd.

The multifaceted Moody Gardens complex contains educational, entertainment, convention, and performing arts facilities, which attract more than 2 million visitors annually to Galveston Island. Moody Gardens is an ever expanding, non-profit and educational destination.

Directions, from Houston take 45 South exit 61th Street to Seawall Boulevard. Turn right on Seawall Boulevard to 81st Street. Turn right on 81st Street to Jones Road. Turn left on Hope Boulevard and follow the signs to Moody gardens.


For More information call: 1-800-582-4673

 
Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center

Located next to the Moody Gardens entertainment center is the luxurious Moody Hotel. Stunning tropical pool, plush king and queen size rooms and outstanding service help make your stay in Galveston an memorable and enjoyable one.
 
 

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