Ferry service provided by the Texas Department of
is the only way motorists can cross the waterway between
Bolivar. The 2.7 mile trip takes approximately 18
minutes to cross one of the busiest waterways in the
Selma is a World War I reinforced concrete tanker
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.
Travis Seashore Park
War I, Fort
Travis garrisoned troops defending the Port of
Galveston. In 1942, the fort was enlarged and 2,500
stationed there. Now operated by the Galveston County
the park includes a seawall, grassy areas, playgrounds,
and BBQ grills.
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
experience, the visitor may walk two miles out on the
Point Lighthouse was built in 1872 and towers 117
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.
Pass is a two-hundred foot wide channel that joins
and Galveston Bay. The pass was constructed in 1956 for
the purpose of
improving fishing in the bay, and thousands of local and
anglers have found it highly successful. As the name
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.
the surf is a relaxing, economical and often rewarding
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.
offers some of the best saltwater fishing on the Gulf
Bolivar's East Bay is the preferred area of the bay to
fish. East Bay
has numerous oyster reefs, shoreline marshes, and offers
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.
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.
are a fun way to drive on the beach. Cruise along the
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.
Waterslide is one of the oldest water slides on
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.
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
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.
Miniature Golf Course opened in Crystal Beach
the post office. The custom 18-hole layout is ADA
wheelchair access on each hole. This is a family fun
with a practice green in the shape of Texas, of course.
bird’s eye view of the beach is a glorious sight. And
experience that view right here in Bolivar. Blue
offers tandem sky diving, so you can soar like a bird
feel the wind zoom by.
is home to great festivals. The Texas
Mother's Day weekend offers family fun with lots of
music, art, and
crabs. The Texas
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”.
waves are often just right for boogie boarding. Paddle
board just ahead of a breaking wave and ride it all the
way to shore.
This is fun for all ages.
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
sand castle. Your imagination comes to life on the
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
will come in various colors. You can find them in green,
shades of brown, white and even red or orange if you’re
lucky! Bring them home as reminders of your wonderful
plenty of shark teeth along the beach, but it takes a
to spot them. These are actually fossilized teeth from
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.
a Sand Dollar
are not easy to find these days, but with a little luck
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.
and other conch-type shells are frequently found along
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
Peninsula, all sorts of shorebirds can be identified.
Immediately you will see pelicans and seagulls flying
several species of terns and egrets. Perhaps you will
see the beautiful
American Avocet or the colorful Roseate Spoonbill.
up the sun and fun, try a game of volleyball or washers,
horseshoes, or frisbee toss, all great games on the
be fun and enjoyable, and is also a great low-impact
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
a great way to relax and enjoy the beach. Buy them at
stores and have a blast. The kids will love them! Kites
in several shapes, sizes and styles, and there is always
a nice breeze
off the Gulf to support kite flying most any time of
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.
hermit crab on your open palm and remain still, they
will often come
out of their shell and begin to move.
sands of time during your visit to the beach. Using
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
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
great way to start your day, watching the sunrise on the
in the beautiful colors. Listen to the waves lapping
shoreline. Feel the warmth as the sun slowly crawls
above the horizon.
Sunrises are perfect opportunities for taking
the most memorable times are sitting around a camp fire
family and friends. Tell tall tales, laugh, and roast
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
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
shows going on.
for more information
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,
Tour provides daily driving tours of historic Galveston
12 passenger electric shuttle. This sight seeing tour
gives visitors an
overview of Galveston's history, sights, and
this chance to get a new perspective on Galveston Bay
historic Port of Galveston. Knowledgeably narrated tours
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.
Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family oriented
attractions including rides, midway games, food venues
shops. Some of the rides are over the water, soaring
over the Gulf of
Mexico! The Pleasure Pier is located on Galveston Island
& Seawall Blvd.
Strand Historic District in downtown Galveston holds
everything one could desire:
clothing, factory outlets,
souvenirs, art galleries, antique galleries, and
Attractions include: Galveston County Museum,
Victorian architecture from the 1800s, horse &
carriage rides through town, and even a giant chess set
forest, IMAX theater, museum, white sand beach, this
destination is ideal for families and groups alike.
amusements, rides, events throughout the year that
all ages. The Fun Never Stops.
world's tallest monument tower and walk the battlefield
birth to the American West!
endless rivers, uphill water coasters, waves for
surfing, splashing and relaxing, plus kid-friendly water
Houston houses the history of the space program. It is
place on Earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world
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.
Houston Boat Tour
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
remains the nation’s leading port in terms of foreign
tonnage, and 2nd in overall tonnage.