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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 800-passenger paddle wheel boat features year ‘round daily hour-long cruises along Offatts Bayou on Galveston Island. There’s a snack bar, full-service bar on the Promenade Deck and gift shop on board for your convenience.

*Dinner Cruises and Sailing subject to change*

Colonel Paddlewheel Boat


Day Cruises

Monday - Friday sails at 1pm
Saturday - Sunday sails 1pm and 3pm

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.

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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​September 30, 2023 - Louisiana Bayou Buffet

October 14, 2023 - Colonel Italian Buffet

November 11, 2023 - Colonel Holiday Buffet

December 9, 2023  - Colonel Holiday Buffet

January 13, 2024 - ​Colonel BBQ Buffet

March 9, 2024  - Colonel Italian Buffet

March 23, 2024 - Colonel Tex-Mex Buffet

April 13, 2024 - ​Colonel BBQ Buffet

April 27, 2024  - Colonel Italian Buffet

May 11, 2024  - Colonel Tex-Mex Buffet

May 25, 2024 - ​Colonel BBQ Buffet

June 8, 2024  - Colonel Italian Buffet

June 22, 2024  - Colonel Tex-Mex Buffet

July 6, 2024 - ​Colonel BBQ Buffet

July 20, 2024  - Colonel Italian Buffet

August 3, 2024  - Colonel Tex-Mex Buffet

August 31, 2024  - ​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.

Special Events on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat 

Boos on the Bayou Cruise

October 28 
Boarding at 8 p.m., Cruise 9 - 11 p.m. 

Join us for a Halloween Costume Cruise, and this one is for adults 21+. Come out dressed to impressed for this haunting two-hour evening cruise aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. The evening is sure to be filled with frights, light hors d'oeuvresspooky treats, music, dancing, and an enchanted view. Prizes will be awarded to selected costume contest winners! Advanced Reservations Required.

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New Year’s Eve Colonel Paddlewheel Boat Cruise

December 31
Boarding at 9 p.m., Cruise 10 p.m. to midnight.

Cruise out of 2023 aboard the Colonel PaddlewheeI Boat with spectacular water views of the Festival of Lights! Guests 21+ will enjoy music, dancing and a delightful hot and cold hors d'oeuvres menu + a champagne toast!

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

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