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October 31, 2014
Bolivar Galveston Ferry Texas Department of Highways
Many people say that the best things in life can be had for free, and this is definitely true most of the time. At least, one of the best things that you can do when visiting the Bolivar Peninsula is to take a ride on the Galveston Bolivar Ferry. It is a joy and a pleasure that can be had absolutely for free.

Of all the things there are to do on the Texas Gulf Coast, riding the ferry between the east end of Galveston Island and Port Bolivar is my favorite. I'm not sure what I like the most about it. Maybe its the gulf breezes, even if it has a touch of diesel exhaust mixed with it. Or it might be watching the big freighters coming in and out of the Houston ship channel. Or maybe the occasional bunch of porpoises jumping ahead of the boat, maybe feeding the gulls off the stern of the ferry. Probably all of those and the biggest reason of all.

Riding on a ferry has other advantages. Urban residents, workers, and tourists often find themselves experiencing unexpectedly breathtaking views of magnificent vistas they never knew existed so near to where they live and work. Beauty, too, is part of a livable community and ferryboats help make it happen.

The ferry ride has become known to be one of the most scenic – and even the most romantic – rides on the Texas Coast. What makes the ride so romantic? The ride on board the Ferry boat offers a truly majestic view of the coastline and both Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula, while crossing one of the busiest harbor entries in the world to the Houston Ship Channel.
Galveston Bolivar Ferry

Ferry Loading

Ferry Facts

The ride is 2.7 miles and takes 15-20 minutes to cross over Bolivar Roads at about 12 knots.

Bolivar Roads is the entry way from the Gulf of Mexico to Galveston Bay, the Houston Ship Channel, Port Bolivar and the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Galveston Bolivar Ferry is a 24-hour marine transportation system operated by the Texas Department of Transportation. Both Vehicles and Walk-on passengers are welcome.

The address of the Galveston-Port Bolivar Ferry System is PO Box 381 Galveston Texas 77553. Telephone number is 409-763-2386. The secret number to find out the current ferry situation or wait times is 409-795-2230.

The ferry provides easy access for the Bolivar Peninsula to Galveston's and Houston's big city attractions, while shielding us from the big city issues of noise and crime. 

Galveston Fery Engine
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