Moody Gardens is set to reopen and begin welcoming guests in time for Memorial Day. Guests can begin visiting on Friday, May 22. With COVID-19 in mind, there will be some new practices in place to promote cleanliness and safety.
Some new policies include PPE (personal protective equipment) for staff. Masks and gloves will also be made available for guests.
Most attractions, including the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, MG3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: An Interactive Adventure, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, and the new Dinos Alive exhibit, will be open. Capacity restrictions will be in place in accordance with the state’s Phase Two guidelines.
“This experience has impacted absolutely everyone,” said Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt, who added that the timing for families to venture out for activities will be a personal choice based on individual circumstances. “We are delighted to welcome our guests back as we open our doors again. We are also very grateful for all of the sacrifices that everyone has made by staying home, social distancing and other practices to help in this COVID-19 recovery now and moving forward.”
In recent weeks, Moody Gardens staff has been ensuring the grounds were well maintained and sanitized during the shutdown.
“During the weeks that Moody Gardens was closed, biologists and other key essential staff continued to report to work to ensure the animals and grounds were cared for. This time was also used to develop a comprehensive Health and Safety Program with extensive sanitization protocols and training in place for the well-being of all staff and guests. The Pyramid Promise also offers guests an experience that is clean, safe and fun,” a statement reads.
The Moody Gardens golf course has been open since May 4. Current guidelines restrict golf cart use to one person per golf cart. Additional cleaning practices and staff training are also taking place. The Pelican Grille restaurant will be opening but only operating at 25% capacity.
The tourist hot spot was shuttered in March when Galveston ordered all entertainment venues to close in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
For more information on the reopening, including ticket options and more, visit MoodyGardens.org.