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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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Dolphins!

This a free ferry to Port Bolivar. So much fun and dolphins to boot! Don't cut in line, because... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
RC K
,
Killeen, Texas
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Free ride

After reading about the free ferry service in Galveston we knew we had to take a ride. We boarded... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
ammomof3
,
Titusville, Florida
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  • Average5%
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“free ride” (158 reviews)
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502 Ferry Rd, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-3146
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This a free ferry to Port Bolivar. So much fun and dolphins to boot! Don't cut in line, because it make people quite angry.

Thank RC K
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Reviewed 4 days ago

After reading about the free ferry service in Galveston we knew we had to take a ride. We boarded as walk-on passengers in Galveston. Parking was very limited. We got the last spot on the day we visited. They board the vehicles first. The kids...More

1  Thank ammomof3
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Reviewed 4 days ago

While in Galveston my friend and I rode the ferry from Galveston to Bolivar. It was really nice to be on the open water and enjoy nature. We even saw a few dolphin swimming next to the boat. Worth going back and forth, even with...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Rode the ferry with our three-year old grandson and family. Length of the ride was perfect! Saw several dolphins on both trips!!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Be sure to take popcorn,. etc. if you want to feed the birds. They will take snacks from your hand at the back of the ferry. Your choice: drive on or walk on.

Thank DougM879
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was great and it is free! It was windy but enjoyed it. We drove our car on the ferry. You can get out of your vehicle once ferry is moving. There are bathrooms upstairs .

Thank Rhoda J
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you don't need to use the ferry to actually get across the ship channel, you can park your car and walk onto the boat just to ride across and back -- for free! Hard to beat a free boat ride on a nice...More

2  Thank EricinTX
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This ferry is FREE! About a 20 minute ride to the Bolivar Peninsula to Crystal Beach where you can drive on the beach and there are several restaurants. It is about a 20 minute trip, we saw two dolphins and on the ride from Galveston...More

Thank Thekeeters
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great Ship\ferry-service! Love the ride. Personnel always friendly and helpful is staff...fun to just ride, or a moment to relax before getting to an appointed destination. Riding the ferry is always a summer favorite with me!!😎

1  Thank RoseMarie0168
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went from Galveston to Bolivar and I have road the ferry several times in my life and this was not standard, As we were heading across the port there was a huge tanker ship coming and I thinking for the safety of all on...More

Thank weeksj2015
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Russell Z
19 April 2018|
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Response from JEP0712 | Reviewed this property |
From their website: Day Schedule "One vessel is in operation 24 hours per day. A second vessel will be placed in service at 6:30 a.m. After this departure, the two vessels will operate based on traffic volumes, and will... More
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Katy T
14 April 2018|
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Patrick D
4 April 2018|
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Response from OldAg65 | Reviewed this property |
The ferry ride is fantastic. If you have the time, the ride to I-10 from the Bolivar Island is interesting. Pressed for time going back towards Houston will be quicker, as noted above. In that case, taking a round trip on... More
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