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Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry

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Quick fun trip

We lucked out with no wait to board the ferry. It's a great side trip relief from the Galveston... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dallas, Texas
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Free trip with dolphins

We took the return trip as passengers on the ferry and enjoyed both the harbour views and the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Bath, United Kingdom
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502 Ferry Rd, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-3146
+1 361-749-2850
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All reviews free ride crystal beach free fun bring bread free dolphin dolphins swimming sea gulls long wait saw dolphins crackers free entertainment nice ride park your car the upper deck minute ride both ways fun trip
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We lucked out with no wait to board the ferry. It's a great side trip relief from the Galveston tourist traps. We saw more dolphins than we could count. Not much on the Bolivar side except to explore the beaches.

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took the return trip as passengers on the ferry and enjoyed both the harbour views and the dolphins showing off alongside. And we were delighted that it is free! Recommended.

Thank BarrieLV
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Ferry to and from the Island. Both trips were pleasant. The workers were friendly on board. The views were incredible. Our son really enjoyed the ride and seeing the dolphins and pelicans.

Thank Melanie C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Besides providing an actual service this is a great site seeing activity. We like to ride the ferry to watch the dolphins, seagulls and pelicans as well as the big ships and tankers arriving into port. All the staff we have encountered on multiple rides...More

1  Thank Shae M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The trip on the ferry is so well organised. The staff both on the shore and the ferry are brilliant. We watched the dolphins and all this was free

1  Thank Rachael P
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can drive your car on or you can park and ride over. It's free and you can get out of your vehicle and walk around if you want.

1  Thank sprios108
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What can I say? It’s a ferry, it gets you to the other side, but we saw dolphins and lot of birds, so nice trip.

Thank zetep
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We rode over and back and saw a lot of dolphins, and a ton of seagulls and pelicans. We can't believe it's free!!! It's basically a car ferry, and you are hitching a ride. Get on and go up the two sets of stairs. You...More

1  Thank Patti V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a great ferry ride that was free even with a vehicle. Went up to the top deck and enjoyed watching dolphins playing in the Gulf and all kinds of sea bird. Great free trip must do in Galveston.

Thank Rob B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on a Monday morning and walked right on the ferry with no wait, very friendly employees who talked and interacted with our two year old son...fun boat rider there and back ...and plenty of pelicans and dolphins to look at..Best of all it was...More

Thank cubs714fan
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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
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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