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Ride the Galveston-Bolivar Ferry
The Bolivar Peninsula is a thirty mile long sandy strip of land separating the Gulf of Mexico from the waters of East Galveston Bay. This is a popular vacation spot and is home to many year round residents as well.

TxDOT Ferry Operations, Ferry Wait Times, Bolivar-Galveston Ferry Schedule, Alternate Route - to Avoid Ferry, New Boat on the way, Ferry Camera - see how long the line is,
  • TxDOT Ferry Operations
  • Ferry Wait Time
  • Bolivar-Galveston Ferry Schedule
  • Alternate Route - to Avoid Ferry
  • Ferry Camera - see how long the line is
  • "The Greatest Free Ride in Texas"
  • "Bolivar Ferry" song by Ezra Charles

  • THE GALVESTON-BOLIVAR FERRY - FREE RIDE (Opened in 1930)

    Approaching the Bolivar Peninsula from Galveston Island, the visitor will be delighted to find the bay crossing will be accomplished by driving onto a free highway department ferry boat.

    Dolphins often accompany the 588 ton ferries on their three mile crossing. Often ocean-going ships may be seen on their way to or from the wharfs at Galveston, Texas City or Houston.

    Looking toward the left, the passenger will see a large concrete structure sticking out of the water which is the remains of a concrete ship, the Selma. She was built as an experimental vessel during World War I. The ship sank in 1922.

    Passengers may enjoy feeding the sea gulls from the back of the boat and the view from the observation deck is magnificent.

    There are five ferry boats in the fleet. The two smaller ferries carry an average of sixty-nine cars. The larger boats, the Gibb Gilchrist, Robert Lanier, and Greer accommodate eighty-five cars.

    This thirteen minute mini cruise always provides a thrill for children and a pleasant experience for adults. Bring your camera.



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