Located in Galveston, Texas, Moody Gardens focuses on connecting visitors to nature through conservation, education, research, and recreation. Visitors will find a huge variety of activities to enjoy including an aquarium, world-class theaters, a paddlewheel boat, a museum, and even zipline courses. There are also many educational and recreational programs available year-round for visitors of all ages.

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Founded in 1986, Moody Gardens was originally meant to be used as an equestrian center with a focus on developing a riding program for people who have suffered head injuries. The center quickly evolved into one of the most premier recreational and educational facilities in the southern United States.

From its humble beginnings, many additions were made over the years including the opening of the Rainforest Pyramid in 1993, the opening of the Discovery Pyramid in 1997, the opening of the on-site hotel and spa in 1998, and the opening of the Aquarium Pyramid in 1999. Most recently, Moody Gardens added a golf course and a conference center.


Aquarium Pyramid: This exhibit contains more than 10,000 marine animals on display in a variety of sanctuaries. The exhibit features species from the South Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and the North and South Pacific. The goal of this exhibit is to engage and inspire visitors to connect with the sea and protect its delicate and endangered ecosystems.

There are many new additions to the aquarium including a Gulf of Mexico Rig, a Jellyfish gallery, the Mangrove Lagoon, and the Flower Garden Banks. Visitors can also witness penguins playing in their habitat and walk through a glass tunnel surrounded by hundreds of sharks and sting rays.

Rainforest Pyramid: This exhibit features hundreds of birds, towering trees, and blooming flowers that visitors can get up-close-and-personal with as they learn all about their natural habitats and habits.

Theaters: Moody Gardens features two world-class theaters for visitors to enjoy, an MG 3D theater and a 4D special effects theater. There are a variety of educational and entertaining shows for visitors of all ages. Prices and show times vary – visit the website for more information.

Colonel Paddlewheel Boat: This paddlewheel boat is an exact replica of the ones from the 1800s. Visitors can enjoy an hour-long cruise complete with dinner, drinks, and dancing. Tickets and cruise times will vary, reservations are required.

Spongebob Subpants Adventure: This exhibit, located in the Discovery Pyramid, is special for the younger visitors to enjoy. Young sea captains will be immersed in a 3D film complete with special effects and all kinds of surprises! The best part? The adventure and interactions are different every time! Ticket prices for this family fun adventure vary.

Discovery Museum: Moody Gardens is proud to feature a world class museum with rotating exhibits. Visitors will be immersed in educational exhibits featuring engineering, art, flight, music, hydraulics, light, and much more.

Ropes Course & Zipline: This exciting area allows visitors to test their agility, strength, and balance. A 5-tier ropes course positioned high above the ground is even complete with a zip line! This exhibit is open daily during the summer months.

Palm Beach: This area is a great place to take a relaxing trip around the lazy river, enjoy a water slide, or play in the wave pool. This area is open daily throughout the summer months and is sure to entertain members of the whole family.

Upcoming Events:

There are a wide variety of educational end exciting vents hosted year-round at Moody Gardens, some upcoming events include the Gardens’ Giants Pre-K Camp on July 22, the Boy Scout Merit Badge Day on July 26, and the weekly summer event Bands on the Sand. Be sure to check out the Moody Gardens event calendar for more information on all upcoming events.

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Educational Programs:

There are many educational programs available at Moody Gardens including a kid’s camp during the summer, an overnight camp, workshops, scour programs, and a variety of resources for educators. There are home school programs, special curriculum resources, and an annual open house for educators.

Visitors are encouraged to get involved with conservation programs, volunteering, and internships. There are also a variety of outreach programs, field trips, and various activities hosted year-round including scavenger hunts and animal shows / experiences.

The website is filled with resources including a webcam of the animals, a blog about their past events, and an upcoming events calendar.

Additional Information:

Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554, Phone: 800-582-4673

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