the Bolivar Ferry
Ferry service provided by the Texas Department of
is the only way motorists can cross the waterway between Galveston and
Bolivar. The 2.7 mile trip takes approximately 18
minutes to cross one of the busiest waterways in the world.
Selma is a World War I reinforced concrete tanker scuttled
ago off the coast of Galveston. The Selma is still visible today as you
cross the bay on the ferry, and has become an interesting artifact to
be viewed by locals and tourists alike.
Fort Travis Seashore Park
World War I, Fort
Travis garrisoned troops defending the Port of
Galveston. In 1942, the fort was enlarged and 2,500 troops were
stationed there. Now operated by the Galveston County Parks Department,
the park includes a seawall, grassy areas, playgrounds, picnic tables
and BBQ grills.
The North Jetty
North Jetty is located on the Bolivar Peninsula about two miles east of
the Ferry landing. The jetty extends five miles into the Gulf and is a
popular spot for fishing and crabbing. The first quarter-mile or so is
a concrete walk, and after that large granite rocks. For a remarkable
experience, the visitor may walk two miles out on the jetty.
Point Lighthouse was built in 1872 and towers 117 ft. above
level. It guided mariners for 61 years and was retired in 1933. Today,
it is privately owned and not open to the public, but still remains a
popular photo opportunity.
at Rollover Pass
Pass is a two-hundred foot wide channel that joins the Gulf
and Galveston Bay. The pass was constructed in 1956 for the purpose of
improving fishing in the bay, and thousands of local and visiting
anglers have found it highly successful. As the name implies, it
permits fish to swim from the gulf the the bay and vice-versa with the
changing tides. Even if you do not intend to fish, Rollover Pass is a
sight to see.
in the surf is a relaxing, economical and often rewarding experience.
Take your rod and reel, some bait or lure, and toss your line out. Surf
fishing is especially good in the summer when the green water comes all
the way to the beach. The speckled trout are hungry and ready to take a
lure or live shrimp.
Bay offers some of the best saltwater fishing on the Gulf coast.
Bolivar's East Bay is the preferred area of the bay to fish. East Bay
has numerous oyster reefs, shoreline marshes, and offers many areas
with limited wave action due to prevailing southern winds. Several boat
launches are located on the peninsula, or take advantage of a guided
trip with one of the local professional Fishing Guides.
is quite simple and the items needed are minimal; a length of string, a
net, chicken necks and an ice crest for the catch. The prime time to
crab is during a high tide, and the prime location is along a bayside
canal, the rock jetties, or along the intracoastal canal. NOTE: you
need a fishing license to crab.
a Golf Cart
carts are a fun way to drive on the beach. Cruise along the sand and
look for shells or other sea treasures. Rent a 6-seater and take the
whole family. Golf carts are legal on the subdivision roads so you can
drive from your house to the beach. Take advantage of this great way
to explore Bolivar.
Crystal Beach, Fun
Spot Waterslide is one of the oldest water slides on the
coast. For years, young and old have been hurrying to the top the top
of the slide and positioning themselves for the coolest ride down to
the bottom pool of crystal clear water.
the Bird Sanctuaries
Peninsula is one of the top birding destinations in the world, as
enthusiasts from around the world flock to the area for the chance to
view the spring or fall migrations that pass through this part of the
coast. The Houston
Audubon Society manages and maintains several bird
sanctuaries on Bolivar Peninsula and High Island.
Beach Community Golf Course is a 9 hole, par 35 layout. The
course is short enough for the casual golfer, and on windy days, can
challenge even the low handicappers. Cart rental available, so come on
out and play a round.
Range Miniature Golf Course opened in Crystal Beach across
the post office. The custom 18-hole layout is ADA compliant with
wheelchair access on each hole. This is a family fun venue complete
with a practice green in the shape of Texas, of course.
bird’s eye view of the beach is a glorious sight. And now
experience that view right here in Bolivar. Blue
offers tandem sky diving, so you can soar like a bird and
feel the wind zoom by.
Peninsula is home to great festivals. The Texas
Mother's Day weekend offers family fun with lots of music, art, and
crabs. The Texas Frog
Fest on Memorial weekend supports the Lone
Survivor Foundation, and the Jane
Long Festival, held on the second
Saturday of October,
is a tribute to the life of the “Mother of Texas”.
Board the Waves
Bolivar waves are often just right for boogie boarding. Paddle your
board just ahead of a breaking wave and ride it all the way to shore.
This is fun for all ages.
A Sand Castle
a sand castle on the beach can be buckets of fun! This
is your chance to be creative,
you have all the beach and sand you need. Find seashells or sea glass
to or plenty of other treasures lying on the beach to decorate your
sand castle. Your imagination comes to life on the beach.
is small pieces of glass that have been tumbled by the waves and worn
down by the sand. The glass is opaque, and to a beach combers delight
will come in various colors. You can find them in green, blue, all
shades of brown, white and even red or orange if you’re
lucky! Bring them home as reminders of your wonderful experience on
a Shark Tooth
are plenty of shark teeth along the beach, but it takes a trained eye
to spot them. These are actually fossilized teeth from sharks that
lived millions of years ago. The typical color is black, or very dark
gray, and the shape is triangular and pointed. The size can vary, but
most of the shark teeth found along the beach are no more than one-half
inch in length, and many are smaller. If you happen to find one larger,
you have a real treasure.
for a Sand Dollar
dollars are not easy to find these days, but with a little luck you may
be able to find a whole one. Even finding broken segments is a delight
to the average beachcomber. You are most likely to find sand dollars at
low tide, especially after a storm.
whelks and other conch-type shells are frequently found along the
beach. Take a piece of string or twine long enough to drag behind you,
and tie one of these shells to the end. As you walk along, thread the
ones you find on the string and see how long you can make your shell
Bolivar Peninsula, all sorts of shorebirds can be identified.
Immediately you will see pelicans and seagulls flying overhead, or
several species of terns and egrets. Perhaps you will see the beautiful
American Avocet or the colorful Roseate Spoonbill.
soaking up the sun and fun, try a game of volleyball or washers, or
horseshoes, or frisbee toss, all great games on the beach.
in the Surf
can be fun and enjoyable, and is also a great low-impact workout.
Launch in the surf and paddle out past the breaking waves. Relax in the
gentle swells and view the beach from the water side. Then catch a wave
for an exciting ride in. NOTE: Always were a life jacket.
are a great way to relax and enjoy the beach. Buy them at our local
stores and have a blast. The kids will love them! Kites are available
in several shapes, sizes and styles, and there is always a nice breeze
off the Gulf to support kite flying most any time of year.
a Hermit Crab
That shell you just picked up may be somebody’s home! Hermit
crabs are found all along the beach in the shallow waters. Hermit crabs
curl up into a shell and live there. Pick one up, they will pull back
into their shell and protect themselves with their claw. Place the
hermit crab on your open palm and remain still, they will often come
out of their shell and begin to move.
a Sand Casting
the sands of time during your visit to the beach. Using plaster of
paris, you can cast just about any object. Make a mold of your hand or
foot; decorate with shells or seaglass found on the beach. Try a sand
cast of a fish! Use your imagination for a unique beach memory.
hunt with a
fun and rewardable activity on the beach is using a metal detector. All
sorts of treasures are to be found on the Bolivar Peninsula and there
are great opportunities to be a DETECTIVE with your metal detector. So
go out there treasure hunters!
NOTE: Metal Detectors not allowed at Fort Travis Seashore Park.
a great way to start your day, watching the sunrise on the beach. Take
in the beautiful colors. Listen to the waves lapping against the
shoreline. Feel the warmth as the sun slowly crawls above the horizon.
Sunrises are perfect opportunities for taking
of the most memorable times are sitting around a camp fire enjoying
family and friends. Tell tall tales, laugh, and roast marshmallows.
Campfires are allowed on the beach, just check to make sure there is
currently no Burn Ban in effect. And always extinguish your fire before
are allowed on the beach. A few times a year, stands are open selling a
huge variety of pyrotechnics. Set up your own display and enjoy the
dazzling array of colors, or sit back and watch the numerous other
shows going on.
for more information
National Wildlife Refuge is a vast expanse of coastal
prairie bordering Galveston Bay. The 34,000 acre refuge is home to an
abundance of wildlife, from migratory birds, to alligators, to bobcats,
Historic Tour provides daily driving tours of historic Galveston on a
12 passenger electric shuttle. This sight seeing tour gives visitors an
overview of Galveston's history, sights, and attractions.
miss this chance to get a new perspective on Galveston Bay and the
historic Port of Galveston. Knowledgeably narrated tours explore the
wide variety of birds and marine life that teems in the Bay. The human
activity in this busy port can only truly be appreciated from the water.
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family oriented
attractions including rides, midway games, food venues and retail
shops. Some of the rides are over the water, soaring over the Gulf of
Mexico! The Pleasure Pier is located on Galveston Island at 25th
& Seawall Blvd.
36-block Strand Historic District in downtown Galveston holds
everything one could desire:
clothing, factory outlets,
souvenirs, art galleries, antique galleries, and excellent restaurants.
Attractions include: Galveston County Museum, Railroad Museum,
Victorian architecture from the 1800s, horse &
carriage rides through town, and even a giant chess set in Saengerfest
rain forest, IMAX theater, museum, white sand beach, this tropical
destination is ideal for families and groups alike.
shopping, amusements, rides, events throughout the year that appeal to
all ages. The Fun Never Stops.
the world's tallest monument tower and walk the battlefield that gave
birth to the American West!
endless rivers, uphill water coasters, waves for
surfing, splashing and relaxing, plus kid-friendly water playgrounds.
Center Houston houses the history of the space program. It is the only
place on Earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world journey through
human adventures in space. Space Center Houston features a multitude of
permanent exhibits and attractions, and presents an amazing array of
traveling exhibits and astounding events.
of Houston Boat Tour
an unforgettable waterborne voyage through one of the busiest ports in
the world aboard the Port of Houston Authority's FREE
public tour boat! The Houston Ship Channel is recognized as a feat of
civil engineering. It connects Houston to the world and the port
remains the nation’s leading port in terms of foreign
tonnage, and 2nd in overall tonnage.