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Colonel Paddlewheel Boat

Blue skies, calm seas and picture-perfect sunsets create a gorgeous backdrop for the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, an authentic replica of an 1800’s style Paddlewheeler. This charming 500-passenger paddle wheel boat features year-round daily 45-minute cruises along Offatts Bayou on Galveston Island. There’s a snack bar, full-service bar, and gift shop on board for your convenience.

*Dinner Cruises and Sailing are subject to change*

Colonel Paddlewheel Boat

Day Cruises

Live the high-life on a 45-minute cruise aboard a replica of an 1800s paddlewheel boat. (Weather and wind permitting. Please call 409-683-4200 to check schedule status.)

Please note: boarding begins 30 mins prior to sail, gates closing 10 mins prior to sail.

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Dinner Cruise Details

$85/child ages 12 and under, seniors 65 and older
$85/Moody Gardens Members (discount only applies to individual members with valid Membership ID)

Boarding 6:30 – 7pm, Dinner 7 – 8pm, Sail 7 – 9pm

In the event that weather or wind conditions prevent the Colonel from sailing, dinner will be served dockside and refunds will not be granted.  Cancellations and rescheduling requests must be received by email at  by 5pm on Wednesday prior to the cruise date.

All purchases are final after 5:00pm on Wednesday prior to the scheduled cruise date.

All pricing, dates, and menus are subject to change.

Call 409-683-4558 or email for more information.

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Elevate your experience with an overnight getaway, featuring a dinner cruise and a luxurious stay at the Moody Gardens Hotel.

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June 22, 2024  - Colonel Tex-Mex Buffet

July 6, 2024 - â€‹Colonel BBQ Buffet

July 20, 2024  - Colonel Italian Buffet

August 3, 2024  - Colonel Tex-Mex Buffet

August 31, 2024  - â€‹Colonel BBQ Buffet

September 14, 2024  - Colonel Italian Buffet

September 28, 2024  - Colonel Tex-Mex Buffet

Colonel Boat Dining

Groups & Events

Interested in hosting a group or event? The Colonel Paddlewheel Boat is the perfect setting with a wide array of menus for cocktail parties or full dinners. 

The Texas Deck is available for private parties during our regularly scheduled cruises. Each climate-controlled room has bar facilities in addition to the bar on the Promenade Deck. 

*Reservations required in advance.

Call 409-683-4558 or email for more information.

Please note: Moody Gardens reserves the right to cancel any program due to minimum enrollment, inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

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