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“Ferry Fun”

Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry
Ranked #1 of 109 things to do in Galveston
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

Off season ferry Loading was quick and efficient. The crossing only takes about 15 minutes but saw many species of sea birds and some dolphins. Take stuff to feed the gulls but beware.

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Even if you don't have a destination or places on the other side, take a ride. I suggest early in the day or leave the car and walk on as lines and wait time can get really long. Go to the front to watch the dolphins or the back to feed the seagulls. 20 minute ride each way.

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

We had driven down to the Bolivar Peninsular completely unaware that we would have to board a ferry to get to our planned stay on Galveston. (Ok, it's the free spirit lack of forward planning. I admit it!)
The first sign was the appearance of a strange, previously unseen, boat icon on our SatNav which was programmed to our hotel in Galveston. What can that possibly mean?
We had no idea that we would be boarding a ferry from Bolivar to Galveston but what a fantastic surprise it was!
There was a short queue for the ferry and as you board, there are officers there who will ask to look in the boot/trunk of your car. We didn't have whatever they were looking for so were pleasantly invited to drive onto the ferry.
The trip itself lasts about 20 minutes but you can get out of your car and go upstairs to take in the views and wildlife.
There is a wealth of things to see from historic areas to large ships but the most amazing thing about the crossing is the wildlife.
The ferry is followed by many dolphins and these are easily seen from onboard.
There are also a variety of gulls which swoop and sail effortlessly with the boat.
Also, to the great delight of we British, there were the wonderful graceful Brown Pelicans which are plentiful on Galveston. For me, they were a magical sight and the whole ferry trip was something of a highlight on our 4000 mile US road trip.
If we ever go to Galveston again, and we'd love to, we will definitely be taking the free ferry across to Bolivar.
A fantastic trip and heartily recommended to everyone, young and old!

4  Thank youkillemwechillem
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

There's something about boarding the ferry and sailing across: the various birds; dolphins jumping; wind in your hair; excitement building; seeing the island buildings approaching - that majestic Moody structure.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We always take the ferry when visiting Galveston. This year we had relatives who never visited Galveston with us and it was great seeing their reactions to the ferry. We took some bread with us to feed the seagulls on the back of the ferry, this makes for great pictures. We saw several large ships coming into and leaving port. And saw many dolphins. I think the dolphin population in the Galveston Bay has increased over the years. It is great to spot the dolphins jumping in and out of the water.

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