The Garden Guide

Moody Gardens

A garden specialising in tropical and subtropical plants, with a 10-story Rain Forest Pyramid. The Trustees asked Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe to prepare a design for the garden. It was the culminating work of his design career but has not, as yet, been implemented. We live in hope.

Head Gardener's Comment

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. Step into the Rainforest Pyramid® that features a diverse collection of exotic tropical plants and animals. Explore the mysteries of science at the Discovery Museum or experience the action of the IMAX® 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 it’s 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.

Photograph © Karl Gercens
Photograph © Karl Gercens


How We Began

Moody Gardens® began in the mid '80s with only a horse barn and riding arena. The purpose was to begin a hippotherapy riding program for people with head injuries. Today Moody Gardens® is one of the premier educational/recreational facilities in the Southwest. It also provides horticultural therapy, education and employment for persons with a wide range of physical and emotional disabilities.

How We Grew

Since its inception in 1983 and adoption of an eight phase master plan in 1985, Moody Gardens® has illustrated through its various attractions numerous innovative and creative programs - resulting in a visitation count of approximately 2 million visitors annually.

1 Hope Boulevard, Galveston Island, Texas, USA, TX 77554

All year (except Christmas and New Year). Daily. Open 10am to 6pm (8pm weekends).

Entrance fee

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