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Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry

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Address: 502 Ferry Road, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX
Phone Number: 361 749-2850
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I used to live in Galveston and the ferry is something I've missed. I enjoy just riding across and turning around and coming back during SLOW times. The lines can get tedious when... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Bryan, Texas
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Bryan, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

I used to live in Galveston and the ferry is something I've missed. I enjoy just riding across and turning around and coming back during SLOW times. The lines can get tedious when it's busy, but worth the wait. Just parking, walking on and riding back and forth is a great way to waste some time with the kids. I... More 

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Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The free ferry connects the bolivar peninsula to Galveston island. You can ride in your car or park and ride across on the observation deck. You can see the brown pelicans and other sea birds. You can feed the gulls from the back of the boat if you bring bread with you. Most of the time Dolphins follow along beside... More 

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Houston, Texas
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This free ferry ride is one of the best things about a trip to Galveston. Children love the short trip. Most of the time you can watch Dolphins swimming near the ferry. If you have children I would highly recommend taking them on this free ferry ride.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Walk or drive on board and spend the day people and dolphin watching! It's part of the Texas highway system so it's free. Bathrooms are okay. Bring popcorn or bread to feed the gulls off the back of the boat. Upstairs is air conditioned.

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Denison, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Although sometimes the wait to board is long it is so much fun to ride the ferry and feed the seagulls.

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Kansas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Short, comfortable trip from Galveston to Port Bolivar. Everything ran very smoothly and it was fun to be on a car ferry. It cut off a lot of extra driving we would have had to do to get from Galveston over to Beaumont, TX - And it's FREE!!!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Always a fun trip on the Port Boliver Ferry on our way to Crystal Beach! Drive on, park, drive off. Short trip.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We were told at the visitors center that we would more than likely see dolphins. We parked and walked on to ride the ferry over and back. Well didn't see any sign of wild life but it was nice just to be on the water for a little bit.

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Rusk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The Bolivar Ferry is a free service provided by The Texas Department of Transportation, the ferries are capable of carrying 50 plus cars on a about a 3 mile trip between Galveston and the Bolivar peninsula. It's a must do when in Galveston. The trip takes about 25 minutes and crosses Galveston bay. Dolphins are almost always around, but if... More 

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Galveston, Texas, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Love taking the ferry but the summertime and holiday wait times are awful. You would think with it being part of the State Highway System (and free) they would run more ferries when it is peak season.

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