Animal Experiences

The Moody Gardens Public Penguin Encounter is a 45-minute program designed to allow guests to get up close to one of the penguins from the Aquarium Pyramid South Atlantic Exhibit.Led by a Moody Gardens biologist, the experience starts at the front of the exhibit and takes guests behind the scenes to the penguin food preparation kitchen and the back of the chilly penguin exhibit while discussing penguin biology, conservation, training, enrichment and care. Participants will experience the cool climate, sounds and even smells of the exhibit and witness a penguin create a work of art as part of an enrichment activity for the animal.


  • November 14 and 15 – 1:00
  • November 21 – 26 – 1:00
  • November 27 and 28 – 1:00 and 3:00
  • November 29 – December 18 – 1:00
  • December 19 – Jan 3 – 1:00 and 3:00

Please note there will not be any penguin encounters betwen January 3 and spring break due to renovations taking place.

*Tickets must be purchased at least 20 minutes before encounter

Public Penguin Encounter

$50 per person, 3 year old and under free

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Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets must be purchased at least 20 minutes before encounter. Participants must also purchase admission to the Aquarium Pyramid. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Late entry is not allowed once the encounter begins.

Private Penguin Encounter Program Package

$350 per group of up to (1-4) four people

Guests can schedule a private penguin encounter at their convenience based on availability. This 45-minute encounter includes a piece of penguin art for each participant and admission to the Aquarium Pyramid. Reservations must be made at least one week prior to the encounter date. To schedule an appointment, please call Diane Olsen between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at 1-800-582-4673 ext. 4102 or email at

The Seal and Penguin Experience Package

*PLEASE NOTE: The Seal & Penguin Experience will not be available starting January 3, 2016 due to the penguin exhibit undergoing construction.  We apologize for this inconvenience.

$250 per person

Experience what it’s like to be a keeper at the South Atlantic and North Pacific exhibits for a day. Participants will experience what it is like to take care of the penguins and seals that call Moody Gardens their home in this 4-hour behind the scenes adventure. The morning will be spent assisting the biologists cleaning the penguin exhibit, preparing their diet, watching training sessions and meeting a seal, feeding the penguins and creating a piece of penguin art for you to remember your experience with. Lunch with the Biologist is included. Maximum three participants (must be 16 years or older) are allowed per session. Please wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes. We require 2 weeks’ notice prior to the date of your interest before a reservation can be secured. Please contact Diane Olsen at 1-800-582-4673 ext.4102 or e-mail for more information.

*Please Note: Because these are special, behind-the-scenes experience, and participants are allowed in staff-only areas, it is not wheel-chair accessible.