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Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry

502 Ferry Road, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX
361 749-2850
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Ranked #2 of 48 Attractions in Galveston
Type: Ferries/ Boats
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Whenever we go to Galveston we always take the ferry and gat out of the car and go to the front of the ferry to watch the dolphins swim just ahead of the ferry!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Easy parking adjacent to the loading area and a short wait time make this a no-brainer for getting a free ferry ride out over the bay. You can do it early or late in the day, but the evening breezes are always satisfying on your cheeks. The stairwell to the upper loft deck viewing from port side or rear is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

What is NOT to like about a ferry ride ? The sea gulls, the smell of the salt water and the destination in the distance all make for a pleasant ride.....

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Taking the ferries to and from Bolivar Island are an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. When we were out we got to see a bunch of dolphins which was fun.

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Illinois City, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Take the ferry ride! Not only is it FREE, but we saw tons of dolphins during our trip across to Bolivar, and we even saw a baby dolphin! Cuteness overload!! They were swimming along side the ferry, almost like they knew we were watching. Bolivar Island is cool to look around. There's a neat light house and some cool photo... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Who says nothing in life is Free, the Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry is just that. an ferry boat ride for free. you can watch Dolphins follow the boat and play around. while most "dolphin viewing rides" are super expensive, this ones free. excellent service offered. Tip - take this ride at sunset, to make the most of it.

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Mansfield, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The whole family had a great time on this ferry. The kids loved feeding the seagulls. Here is the only reason I did NOT give it 5 stars.... We parked in the lot and walked on and I would NOT recommend that. Drive your car, then get out to feed the birds, take a picture with the beautiful sunset etc.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The Galveston Ferry system is awesome! Because it is a service of the Texas Department of Transportation, it's free! You can get out of your car, head to the front of the boat and watch dolphins who hang out mostly in that bay area or check out the cargo ships going in and out of port! You can also take... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I read online that this was a fun thing to do for families that was free, with much skepticism, we decided to give it a try. It was much more fun than we expected! We fed the seagulls that fly around the boat, it must be a norm because they would eat the bread out of your hands. Also, we... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Heard this was great.... Man were they wrong! Free ferry ride was about the only good part. Beach was smelly and awful. Wallet almost got stolen by a shady thief. Lighthouse was cool. Took longer to get on and off ferry than we stayed. Check out the Texas City Dike instead.

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