Moody Gardens introduces "Journey to New Depths" exhibit with multimillion dollar transformation. (Photo courtesy of Moody Gardens)

Monday mornings can be difficult. To combat that first-day-of-the-week blues, we’ll give you something to anticipate with highlights of what’s upcoming and new in the world of Texas travel.

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‘Journey to New Depths’ at Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid, one of Galveston Island’s top attractions, unveils its $37 million transformation and invites guests to experience its new exhibit, “Journey to New Depths.”

The Aquarium’s 1.5 million-gallon aquarium, representing the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, the South Pacific, the North Pacific, and the Caribbean showcases penguins, seals, stingrays, sharks, jellyfish and more. And, as of May 27, the new underwater experience includes a new 30,000-gallon, two-story Gulf of Mexico Rig exhibit with a diver communication system. That means that, while watching the divers, guests are now able to directly ask the underwater divers questions to learn more about what they see.

To make the most your trip, you also can visit the Rainforest Pyramid, MG 3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater, SpongeBob Subpants Adventure, the Discovery Museum, Ropes Course and Zipline, Palm Beach, and the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat.

Rock out at Fredericksburg’s new music venue

Fredericksburg recently welcomed The Backyard at Fritztown, a new outdoor, live-music venue joining the Fritztown Entertainment district, behind Fritztown Cinema, about 2 miles south of downtown on Highway 87 S.

The 2,000-person venue, which opened April 7, hosts local and national bands, including upcoming shows by Randy Rogers Band, Wade Brown, Josh Abbott Band and Shooter Jennings.

Along with live music, food and drinks, The Backyard will host special movie nights under the stars.

There’s still time to enter a contest to win two Randy Rogers Band VIP tickets plus a hotel room at Fredericksburg Inn & Suites.

Fredericksburg Trolly, which offers tours, also is along the route to get you to and from the venue.

Plan your summer vacation with expert assistance

Get started on planning your summer trips with the help of certified Texas travel counselors at Texas Department of Transportation’s Texas Travel Information Centers across the state. Visit the center in Anthony on June 14 (Flag Day), and you’ll get even more than travel assistance when it hosts a TxDOT Centennial Celebration from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Along with travel counselors, the center will have booths with representatives from area attractions and communities ready to answer traveler questions. TxDOT’s 1896 Liberty Truck, and a fire truck will be on display. The fire truck will hoist the American Flag in honor of Flag Day. Visitors also will also get to meet El Paso’s mascot, the Amigo Man.

Rally on wheels

Austin’s annual influx of motorcyclists kicks off this weekend for The Republic of Texas Biker Rally, the largest motorcycle rally in Texas, set for June 8-11.

Many events are slated for the Travis County Expo Center, including live music and a daredevil show, but street closures are expected for the ROT Rally Parade Friday night. The parade of motorcycles leaves The Travis County Expo Center at 7:45 p.m. and heads for the ROT Rally Street party at Congress and the Colorado River.

Watch for motorcyclists on the road!

Send your kids to writing camp

Summer fun and education fuse with a five-day historical fiction writing camp at The Bryan Museum in Galveston for students beginning grades 4-6.

The Bryan Museum and iWRITE Literacy Organization pair up to use the museum as inspiration for stories of Wild West and Texas history while offering creative writing instruction from children’s author Melissa Williams.

The museum’s history experts aid the experience by creating activities that the campers can use to create their own short stories.

Two camp sessions are set for 9 a.m.–3 p.m. June 26-30 and July 10-14. Registration is $300, but free for Galveston residents, and scholarships are available for qualifying applicants.

From the June 2017 issue

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