Moody Gardens Discount Days, Penguins & Giant River Otter Experiences


Moody Gardens is located at 1 Hope Blvd. in Galveston. For more info or tickets go to Upcoming events are:

Reef Rescue Virtual Reality Experience Now Open

Reef Rescue is an interactive high-capacity virtual reality (HCVR) experience that is opening just in time for Spring Break. Up to 15 guests at a time can take a virtual dive into a beautiful 360° coral reef environment. Remotely piloting their own R.O.V.E.R. (Remotely Operated Vehicles for Exploring Reefs), their mission is to help restore the undersea home of the fish that live at The Great Barrier Reef. Admission is $7 per guest and $1 from every ticket sold will go toward conservation efforts.

March 2nd-3rd, 9th-17th (Spring Break): Penguin Encounter – 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 to the back of the chilly penguin exhibit while discussing penguin biology, conservation, training, enrichment, and care. Tickets are Monday-Friday $55 per person, and Saturday-Sunday $75 per person. Participants must also purchase admission to the Aquarium Pyramid. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Private Penguin Encounters – 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 9am-4pm Mondays-Fridays at (409)683-4102 or email at Proceeds from animal encounters fund conservation efforts.

Every Saturday-Sunday (1:30pm): Great River Otter Experience – Join an otter biologist as they take you behind the scenes of the otter exhibit for the rare opportunity to meet our Giant River Otters. Learn about otter biology, conservation and how these amazing animals are cared for in their private interior exhibit area. You may also get an opportunity to participate in a training and enrichment session with the otters. After this 45 minute encounter behind the scenes, you can then join the biologist on the training platform during the 2:30pm “You Otter Know” public presentation. Don’t forget on your way out to visit Nature’s Wonders gift shop to pick up your photo of you and an otter taken during the encounter by the Moody Gardens photographer. For more information, contact Tickets are $75 per person. The Otter Encounter is limited to a maximum of 6 people. Reservations must be made two days before the scheduled encounter.

Private Giant River Otter Encounter – Guests can schedule a private otter encounter at their convenience based on availability. This 45-minute encounter includes an otter painting for each participant and admission to the Rainforest Pyramid. Reservations must be made at least one week prior to the encounter date. To schedule an appointment please email Paula Kolvig at Tickets are Monday-Friday $375 per group, Saturday-Sunday $425 per group. Groups are 1-4 people. If more, it is $65 per additional person with a maximum of six per encounter. Proceeds from animal encounters fund conservation efforts.

Every Monday (10am-10pm): Military Monday – Active Military members can visit Moody Gardens with half-off of the Value Pass every Monday. Tickets are just $30 (regular price $69.95).

Senior Tuesdays (10am-10pm): Senior Tuesday – Seniors 65 years old and above get half off a Value Pass to experience all of the great attractions like the Rainforest and Aquarium Pyramid.

Every Wednesday (10am-10pm): Mommy (or Daddy) Wednesday at Moody Gardens – Come and enjoy #MommyWednesday, where Moms or Dads can bring their toddlers 4-5 years old and enjoy all of our exhibits for half-off per person. Children three and under are free every day. Explore the depth of the Aquarium Pyramid, see if you can find both sloths in the Rainforest Pyramid, and enjoy a 3D and 4D movie.

April 2nd, May 7th (10am): Growing Together – Moody Gardens has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide an educational program offered to individuals with early onset Alzheimer’s and one family member or caretaker. Growing Together at Moody Gardens is a hands-on, interactive learning experience using arts and crafts, exotic animal experiences, tours through sections of exhibits and attractions, Moody Gardens staff presentations, and much more! By participating in Growing Together at Moody Gardens, caretakers and family members can use these monthly programs as a fun and exciting topic to reflect back on and discuss in their spare time. Admission is dependent on the program each month.

Daily (2pm): Colonel Paddlewheel Boat – Live the high-life on an hour-long cruise aboard a replica of an 1800s paddlewheel boat. Dinner and private cruises are available for groups of 65 or more. Cruise times subject to change due to weather conditions. Please call (409)683-4200 to check schedule status.

Dinner Cruises Aboard Colonel Paddlewheel Boat – Enjoy beautiful views of Offatts Bayou, plus dinner buffet, dancing and cash bar. Boarding begins at 7pm and cruise departs at 8pm. Cost is $65 per person and $55 for kids ages 4-12. Reservations are required by Wednesday prior to the scheduled cruise date at (409)683-4419. Go to for scheduled dinner cruises.

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