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Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry

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I've been on the ferry many times. It is a wonderful ride. Would highly recommend it either by car... read more

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Read the reviews for this about thanksgiving and having to wait. We rode it in Dec when nobody was... read more

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502 Ferry Rd, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-3146
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Reviewed yesterday

I've been on the ferry many times. It is a wonderful ride. Would highly recommend it either by car, or on foot

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sandralea1964
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Read the reviews for this about thanksgiving and having to wait. We rode it in Dec when nobody was around got right on and right off. Nice sunny day calm waters about a 10 minute drive. Best part is it’s FREE and there are dolphins...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JEBtravel2018
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

As a tourist passing through Galveston I decided to drive over to the Bolivar Peninsula. I could either drive inland and around (abt an hours drive) or take the ferry. Abt a 15 min trip. A no brainer. When I arrived I was shocked when...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank spencers965
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a fun ride to the peninsula, you can take the stairs up to the observation level. Even saw a couple of dolphins. Plenty of restrooms. Free! There is not much to do on the peninsula but we had a nice drive. Beware, many...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MLEnger
Reviewed 2 days ago

You can board one of the ferry's at Galveston right next to the Coast Guard Station. Drive on or walk on, the experience is the same. From Galveston, you take about a fifteen minute ride to Bolivar Point. if you drove on, you must disembark...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank K4549WRtomb
Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved the ride! It was very peaceful and got to see several dolphins on the ride over! Also it was a free ride!! Thank you!!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank barnold723
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

These ferries are such a wonderful way to get a boat ride, see dolphins (if you are lucky), experience Bolivar Peninsula, and all for free!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Carol C
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you've never been on a ferry then this is a fun and free thing to do. We didn't see dolphins the day we went, but at other times of the year that would be a great reason to do this. In December we did...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank G7489XBjanetk
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great way to get a free boat ride, see birds and marine life up close, and enjoy unique views of the harbor. We rode the ferry during the off season on a weekday with no lines or wait times. Spent time on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SabRN
Reviewed 1 week ago

My 2.5 year old son loved this trip- it was short enough to maintain his interest and long enough that he remembered it after we got home. The dolphins, close viewing of other large ships and the fact that it was free was fantastic. Some...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Kyle W
23 August 2018|
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Response from GlennaBAustin | Reviewed this property |
You pay only with minutes of your life you will never get back. There is a website where you can see how long the wait is.
Shirley D
20 August 2018|
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Response from Nidia N | Reviewed this property |
The ferry operation consists of multiple boats, each of which can carry approximately 70 vehicles. Vehicles should not exceed 80,000 pounds, may have a maximum length of 65 feet, a maximum height of 13.5 feet and a maximum... More
Αмαr И
12 August 2018|
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Response from Dennis B | Reviewed this property |
The ferry transports you from the Bolivar Peninsula to Galveston Island and back. There is only the one route. Three ferries operate at peak hours, with just one during off peak times. The dolphins are on their own... More