Galveston’s conservation minded Moody Gardens debuted in the mid 80’s as a stable and hippotherapy riding arena – with a big dream in hand to create an unparalleled island tourist destination. Over the years, the implementation of special programs and gradual addition of new and exciting attractions – three massive interactive “Pyramids” including a world-class Aquarium Pyramid featuring more than 10,000 marine animals and a Tropical Rainforest Pyramid replete with a fascinating host of “native” flora and fauna, the challenging Sky Trail Ropes Course and Zip line, lovely “Palm Beach” with its imported white sands, crystal clear freshwater lagoons, water slides and wave pool, a resort-style, 18-hole seaside golf course, a paddlewheel cruise boat and some of the most technologically advanced theaters in the state of Texas – continued to augment the 228 acre theme park’s offerings, and today, along with providing horticultural therapy, and employment for persons with a wide range of physical and emotional disabilities, it has become one of the premier leisure facilities in the Southwest, certain to appeal to groups on Gulf Coast getaway looking for the ultimate immersive entertainment experience! Bands on the Sand, a popular concert series featuring breathtaking fireworks displays and showcasing the talents of local and regional groups entertains guests Friday and Saturday nights June through August, and for one week mid-Summer magician & Illusionist extraordinaire Curt Miller’s dazzling magic, music, and clean comedy show wows audiences of all ages. November through January, the spectacular Festival of Lights treats merry makers to an extravaganza of more than 100 lighted scenes, outdoor “Winter” activities, amazing ice sculpture displays, live entertainment, Holiday films and photos with Santa at one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the region. Year-round, classic concessions, a cozy café, full-service restaurant and renowned steak and seafood establishment satisfy every appetite, while the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center tenders guests a luxurious, restorative and relaxing stay amongst the complex’s lush tropical gardens and glimmering silhouettes of the towering pyramids.