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Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry

502 Ferry Rd, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-3146
+1 361-749-2850
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Cool ride!

We visited Galveston on a rainy week so there was no wait either way on the ferry. We saw dolphins... read more

Reviewed yesterday
bcole204
via mobile
Reliable transportation

It’s not fast... but the ferry gets you there. Be sure to check TXDOT website before you go to find... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Chris M
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galveston TX, United States
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  • Excellent71%
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  • Average5%
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“free ride” (160 reviews)
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502 Ferry Rd, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-3146
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+1 361-749-2850
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"free dolphin"
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"nice ride"
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"saw dolphins"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited Galveston on a rainy week so there was no wait either way on the ferry. We saw dolphins on both trips so my sons enjoyed it. Lots of seagulls follow the boat to either the entertainment or horror of small children. We overall...More

1  Thank bcole204
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s not fast... but the ferry gets you there. Be sure to check TXDOT website before you go to find out about delays and wait times.

Thank Chris M
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We travel to Galveston from oklahoma every year for cruises and always ride the ferry's. The kids love it and the only downside is long lines but it's to be expected considering it's a ferry

Thank kris A
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Reviewed 3 days ago

we always ride the ferry when visiting galveston,walking on is the easiest as the return trip is quick.its free and dolphins abound.

Thank susan g
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you are vacationing in Galveston, taking the free ferry ride across to the Bolivar peninsula, is a "must"! It's not uncommon to see dolphins swimming right next to the ferry. You also pass the Seawolf park, and can see the submarine that's stationed there,...More

1  Thank Wadester2u
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had a fun ride to the beach in Bolivar. As always the staff on the ferry was professional and watching the porpoises jump beside the ferry is always exciting!

Thank Heather C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Love taking the Ferry! It is so cool to not only see the cargo ships up close, but Dolphins as well!

Thank Nancie L
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were heading to Galveston for a cruise, departing the next day. Having never taken this ferry before, we had no idea what to expect, other than shaving off about one hour driving time. Like everyone else, we waiting line to get on and from...More

Thank jeffreyhG1246YQ
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The boat was clean and it loaded pretty fast. It was fun to watch all the dolphins as we traveled. The ride only takes about 15 mins and you can feed the birds off the back of the ship.

1  Thank Lauravillanueva
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If visiting the Galveston/Bolivar area, make time to travel between the two via the Ferry. With enough time to get out of your car and walk to the bow or stern (front/back in boat speak), or take the stairs for a much better view, kids...More

1  Thank Freefire77
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Linda P
6 June 2018|
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Response from Roger B | Reviewed this property |
I know you can walk onto the ferry. So I'm pretty sure you can bring a dog onto the ship as long as it's properly leashed. The only thing about the back of the boat is that is where the birds follow the boat. Because people... More
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Mary D
2 May 2018|
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Response from Sandy B | Reviewed this property |
You can park your car in the free lot and just ride the ferry.
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Russell Z
19 April 2018|
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Response from JEP0712 | Reviewed this property |
From their website: Day Schedule "One vessel is in operation 24 hours per day. A second vessel will be placed in service at 6:30 a.m. After this departure, the two vessels will operate based on traffic volumes, and will... More
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