All About the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat

colonelNext time you visit Moody Gardens, don’t miss out on taking an hour-long cruise around the Offatts Bayou in an authentic replica of an 1800s-style paddlewheel! The paddlewheel holds up to 800 passengers and offers cruises year-round.


You can catch an hour-long cruise across the beautiful Offatts Bayou throughout the week.



Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Closed on Monday



Adults: $10.95

Children/Seniors: $8.95


Have a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion to celebrate? Then make your reservations for the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat Dinner Cruise! They are scheduled the second Saturday of each month, and allow guests to enjoy the beautiful views of Offatts Bayou while also enjoying a delicious dinner buffet, dancing, and a cash bar.


The charming paddlewheel boat offers a variety of menus for our dinner cruises, from cocktail parties to full dinners. We also like switching up the entertainment, such as Dixieland jazz bands, dance bands, pianist, strolling violins, banjos, and much more.


Upcoming Dinner Cruises:

March 9, 2013

April 13, 2013

May 11, 2013


Reservations must be made by the Wednesday before the scheduled dinner cruise. Call 1-800-582-4673, ext.4419 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for reservations and more information. If you want to bring your whole family or a group of friends, we also offer group rates.


The Colonel Paddlewheel Boat offers two luxurious private party rooms, The Texas Room and The Galveston Room. Private parties are available during the regularly scheduled dinner cruises in our climate-controlled rooms. Each room has a large dance floor and bar facilities to get the party started. There is an additional bar on the Promenade Deck. Both private party rooms are installed with stereo music and a sound system to cater to your entertainment needs. You can invite up to 240 guests in The Texas Room and 200 in The Galveston Room!


We look forward to seeing you at the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat on your next family weekend getaway to Texas! Be sure to rest your head at the Moody Gardens Hotel, one of the best places to stay in Galveston.


  1. Irritated Forced Photoee

    Why is it required for our photo to be taken to board. I hate photo sales gimmicks, but even more so when they will not let you come on without a photo. You can’t tell me a boat around this small water area is a terrorist risk.

  2. MoodyGardens

    Hi there,
    The requirement to take a photo when boarding the Colonel is an integral part of our Security Plan. The Coast Guard legally requires us to have a plan that meets their safety standards and protocol. Without this plan, we would not be allowed to operate the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. We appreciate you expressing your concern and have forwarded your comments to our General Manager.

  3. Jess

    Where I can find the photo ,that you take me before boarding the colonel?

  4. Renee Zamora

    How can I order pic before boarding colonel?

  5. Anne

    Where can I find the photo that you took of us before boarding the Colonel???

  6. Moody Gardens

    Hi there,
    Please visit our website at to see your picture.

  7. ana


    Can you take your own drinks/snacks on board or is there a spot that sells drinks (including alcohol) on the boat?

  8. Shawn Currie

    How do I get more information about the ship itself? Interested in what powers the ship? When it was built and any other interesting facts about her.

  9. Fang Yang

    I showed the membership and did not get a tag. How can I see photos

  10. Beckie Green

    I lost my ticket for the photo that was taken. Is there anyway to get the ticket number? I really wanted that memory.

  11. Ian

    And do the duck boats tours take a picture, do the fishing charters take a photo ……..

  12. Alicia K Koernke

    Why does this site say ride is 10.95 and moody gardens site says tickets are 16

  13. Moody Gardens

    Hi Alicia, that post was made in 2013 and does not reflect current pricing.

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