Moody Gardens: Easter in the Gardens & More Fun


Easter is always a big event at Moody Gardens. Enjoy the holiday festivities with the kids, and take in all of the Moody Gardens attractions.

Moody Gardens is located at 1 Hope Blvd. in Galveston. For more info or tickets go to moodygardens.com. Palm Beach is closed for the season and will reopen in May 2019. Upcoming events are:

Easter Weekend Fun

Saturday, April 20th (9am-10:30am): Breakfast with a Bunny – Come get into the Easter spirit and enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny. The festivities will include breakfast, train rides, one Easter treat bag per child, and face painting. Create family memories with Easter Bunny photos, available to purchase ($8 for members, $16 for non-members). The Breakfast is $30 per adult, $20 per child (ages 5-12) for non-members; and $25 per adult, $15 per child (ages 5-12) for members.

Sunday, April 21st (11am-4pm): Easter Buffet at The Garden Restaurant – Come out for a great luxurious buffet! Tickets are $32.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors, and $15.95 for children ages 5-12. Reservations are recommended, but not required. To make a reservation, please call (409)683-4238.

Sunday, April 21st (11am-2:30pm): Easter Buffet at Moody Gardens Hotel – This annual buffet is known around the island for its variety and deliciousness. Tickets are $59 for adults, $49 for seniors, and $29 for children 4-12. Children 3 years and younger eat for free. To make a reservation, please call (409)683-4466.

Sunday, April 21st (varies): Easter in the Gardens – Come out for an epic Easter Egg Hunt that is free to the public. Children 9 years old and younger are invited to explore the Oleander Bowl in pursuit of eggs and treats at the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny will stop by for the fun as kids can also play a variety of games for prizes and visit a petting zoo. In addition to all of the fun and excitement outdoors, Easter Buffet feasts will be available at both the Garden Restaurant and the Moody Gardens Hotel on Easter Sunday for a cost. Egg Hunt #1 is at 11am for ages 2-3; 11:30am for ages 4-5. 12 noon, ages 6-7 can play, and 12:30pm ages 8-9 will have a go at it. Egg Hunt #2 is at 1:30pm for ages 2-3; 2pm for ages 4-5. 2:30pm ages 6-7 can play, and 3pm ages 8-9 will have a go at it.

Photos with the Easter Bunny will be held Sunday, April 21st in the Garden Lobby, 11am-3pm. Easter in the Gardens features a variety of free activities including face painting and a chance to meet and take a photo with the Easter Bunny when he hops by to join in the fun. The My First Easter photo opportunity will also be open to children 1 year old and younger.

Other Events

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 moodygardens.com for scheduled dinner cruises.

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 the 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.

Saturdays and Sundays (1pm): 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. June 1st-August 11th, tours will be at 1pm and 3pm.

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 dolsen@moodygardens.org. Proceeds from animal encounters fund conservation efforts.

The Seal and Penguin Experience Package – 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. Give two weeks’ notice prior to the date of your interest before a reservation can be secured. Please contact (409)683-4102 or e-mail dolsen@moodygardens.org for more information. Cost is $250 per person.

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 otters@moodygardens.org. 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 pkolvig@moodygardens.org. 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.

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.

May 18th-19th, 25th-27th, Daily June 1st-August 18th (9am-6pm): Palm Beach Opens Weekends – Grab your sunglasses and sink your toes in the white sand. Galveston’s favorite summer hangout, Palm Beach, is now better than ever. You and your family will love relaxing on the lazy river, the 18-foot tower slides, and wave pool. Tickets are $23.95 for adults, $18.95 for children 4-12 and seniors, and free for children under 3.

April 20th (11am-3pm): Earth Day – Learn about the planet and what you can do to protect it with special “One Earth, One Choice” activities and presentations. Exhibits throughout the property will showcase some of the issues that pose a threat to the environment and wildlife. Enjoy keeper talks, learn about important environmental issues, and learn how to better protect the planet and all of the residents we share it with.


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