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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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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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119 reviews 119 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Kids love it! You can feed the seagulls on back of the ferry. 2 story-great view! You can park your car & walk on to ride for fun. Look for dolphin, we spotted 5. Fun experience!

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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is the best free thing you can do anywhere...walk on or take your car...feed the seagulls or look for dolphins...also check on the beaches on the Port Bolivar side...rough around the edges but naturally beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you have some time to kill, take the ferry ride. It's fun even if you take it to Bolivar and turn around and take it back. Great view of the harbor, ships and even dolphins, and it's free.

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Houston
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We greatly enjoyed our visit to drive onto Chrystal Beach. Relatively little seaweed. Plenty of people, but not too many, having fun. The kids absolutely loved playing in the sand and getting in the water.

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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The ferry was very clean! The ride was great and there was not a long wait to travel back and forth between the peninsula and land. Our toddlers loved watching the dolphins jumping along the ferry as we crossed!

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8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Hard to find but worth it. Park your car at the ferry terminal and walk on to the ferry. Walk up to the observation level and see the sights on the trip including the Seawolf submarine, Pelican Island, the Galveston harbor, the WW1 sunken concrete ship, the Houston ship channel, the Bolivar lighthouse, the dolphins frolicking near the ferry, and... More

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Houston, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Just waited 1-1/2 hours to board the Bolivar Ferry. This is not a tourist attraction!! People like me just need to get from Bolivar to Galveston. I can't believe the chamber of commerce and Texas DOT advertise this as "free" sightseeing activity. Keep the ferry if you want a tourist attraction but build a bridge!!!

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Tomball, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

My grandchildren had never been on a big "boat" and were very impressed with the ride. Watching the vehicles load was exciting to the 3 year old twins. There were quite a few shrimpers in the area so the kids were able to see a dolphin show. That was very exciting for them. We even saw a pelican and a... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This is fun, especially for people who have never been out on the open water before, or whom have never seen dolphins! The best part is it is free!

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Goddard, Kansas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The ferry is nice and relaxing and is free. We rode the ferry toward sunset on a Monday night. Parking was free and available. You have the option to walk on or drive your car on. If you drive on, you have to drive your car off on the other side. If you just want to ride the ferry, I... More

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