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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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Ferry was ok

Not much you can say about a ferry really. So yeah a real yawn fest here. No need to do this... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mark P
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Ferry Ride

When I was a kid, my family rode the ferries over to Bolivar and back, and now we take our boys... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kristi S
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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

Not much you can say about a ferry really. So yeah a real yawn fest here. No need to do this attraction unless you have never ridden a ferry.

Thank Mark P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When I was a kid, my family rode the ferries over to Bolivar and back, and now we take our boys. There are several ferries named after colleges in Texas decked colleges colors. You can park and ride, or drive over. The ride is free....More

Thank Kristi S
Reviewed 2 days ago

the ferry tries to run every 30 min...... but something happen this morning and we had to wait over 45 min just to see a boat...

Thank Diane L
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is always a fun thing to do. After all, how often is it that you get to drive your car on to a boat. (You can walk on if you like but you would need a car on the other side). You can get...More

Thank TexasTxtraveler
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We always love riding the ferry the people operating it are the best. The the ride to and from the island is like a carnival ride you just really enjoy

Thank Dolores M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Drove and parked free. Got right on the ferry and went to the top, front. Saw 50+ dolphins on the ride to and fro. Nothing fancy, but a great activity that was free and all of us enjoyed!

1  Thank omahajg
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You can park your car and ride the ferry or drive your car on to the ferry! Take bread to feed the seagulls... only at the back of the ship! Watch for dolphins and Pelican Island Park. If you don't want to visit Bolivar .....More

Thank cissioloomi
Reviewed 3 days ago

The State of Texas runs the ferry service from Galveston Island to the Bolivar Peninsula. The ferry is free and generally the wait time is very reasonable. The loading crews are courteous but generally disinterested in their duties. We had some losers who insisted on...More

Thank hcarnaby
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Except for busy weekends, we prefer the Galveston/Bolivar Peninsular route from Winnie versus the highway route via Houston or Kemah. Kids enjoy the views from upper deck, feeding sea gulls from aft end, and the clean restrooms. Tip: Check website for wait times each way...More

Thank Roy J
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Free, easy to walk on, lots of dolphins. Clean restrooms. Great views. Everyone loved it. Visited on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, minimal wait, not crowded.

Thank Dani U
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Steven H
I'll be crossing southbound to Galveston this Sunday afternoon, does it fill up, causing folks to have to wait for the next crossing?
24 June 2017|
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Response from dorenelenz | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I just saw this. Yes, it can be a long wait (45 min.), especially during weekends. I went during the week and there was no waiting at all. There are several ferries running.
How long is the round trip?
11 June 2017|
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Response from DallasKJG | Reviewed this property |
It's about twenty minutes each way, plus loading time. If you just want to take a ride, park and walk on the ferry, to save having to drive off and then get back into the line. All vehicles have to get off, and you go to the... More
Can ashes be scattered while riding the ferry?
14 May 2017|
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Response from Chris S | Reviewed this property |
The federal Clean Water Act requires that cremated remains be scattered at least three nautical miles from land. Like state law, federal rules require that nonbiodegradable containers be disposed of separately. The EPA does... More