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Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry

502 Ferry Rd, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-3146
+1 361-749-2850
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10,000 cruises

I spent 20 years crossing the Ferry daily from Galveston to the bolivar peninsula and home again. I... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Houston, Texas
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Great Ride

The Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry ride was a very enjoyable ride with the dolphins. It is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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502 Ferry Rd, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-3146
+1 361-749-2850
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I spent 20 years crossing the Ferry daily from Galveston to the bolivar peninsula and home again. I enjoyed my job. Now I am enjoying my retirement. I have traveled the ferry 10,000 times. I have seen cars run off into the water, ferries run...More

Thank John2Mary
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry ride was a very enjoyable ride with the dolphins. It is interesting seeing the various freighters and commercial ships waiting and entering the Galveston Harbor. The round trip free ride takes less than an hour. After walking onto the...More

Thank adventurer1234
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wonderful way to get to Galveston. Good views of the Bay. Ferry was stable and safe. Long lines getting on. Could have been managed better.

Thank 755larryr
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Everyone needs to do this once! The ferry was free which surprised me since we are always paying to drive on highways in DFW!

Thank sherrie1112
Reviewed 5 days ago

For a really cheap excursion (free) drive down to the bolivar ferry launch, park in the free lot and walk on to the ferry. It will make a round trip across the bay to Bolivar (about an hour). You will see the Coast Guard Station,...More

1  Thank James H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was one of a kind experience for me!! The wait time was very less for us. We boarded the ferry in our car. There are seagulls and dolphins that can be seen on the way! The view from the top floor is amazing.. we...More

Thank Seema B
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We loved this ferry ride! Gorgeous day, warm breeze, dolphins dancing in the water. Doesn't get any better than that! Only downside is the ride is too short. Was wishing it could be about an hour! So we whipped right around and went back across...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 days ago

We used this ferry to move from Galveston to Port Bolivar. Just 5 minutes leaving Galveston we saw some Dolphins swimming not far from the ferry and also 3 kinds of pelicans, black cormorant, gulls, heron and some others. It's really fun.

Thank Solodam J
Reviewed 6 days ago

great fun free side trip to Bolivar Island and back. This was an unexpected surprise on our visit. We did this twice, once in our car and once on foot. Must do!

Thank Kevin W
Reviewed 6 days ago

I enjoyed the ferry trip to Port Bolivar on my recent trip to Galveston. I spent about half an hour in Port Bolivar, and then returned to Galveston. Going from Galveston to Port Bolivar I didn't have to wait for the boat since it was...More

Thank TallTexWally
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barb m
11 October 2017|
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Response from Regina C | Reviewed this property |
Don’t drive around! It’s way longer. Drive your car onto the ferry. The ride is not that long. About 20 minutes. As a bonus, you can usually see dolphins during the trip. As others have said, the wait time to board the... More
Katelyn B
6 October 2017|
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Response from Weary Travellery | Reviewed this property |
The lighthouse is closed to the public, and to walk to the fort, in the summer heat, well ... I don't advise it.
Ernie N
29 September 2017|
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Response from bridgitf2014 | Reviewed this property |
Hwy 124 comes out of Beaumont towards the Bolivar peninsula, so that may be the way to go for someone coming from south LA from Hwy 10 to 124