Island Of Galveston
Galveston-Bolivar Ferry

.....Ferry service between Galveston and Port Bolivar was officially established in 1929 by a private company. After a short period, the two ferries were sold to Galveston County. Again after about a year of operation, Galveston County petitioned the state to take over the service. The ferries were sold to the state in 1930, but it wasn't until 1934, when the State of Texas began running the ferries on a regular schedule. The service proved so popular, that a 25¢ toll was charged until 1949. Since then the ferries have run toll-free.

Image by Grogan Photo Co., Danville, Il

Image from Curt Teich Postcard

The old Galveston-Bolivar Ferry

.....Directions: Drive down Seawall to Ferry Road, turn left. If you don't have a destination in Bolivar to go, we suggest driving past the long line of cars and parking at the ferry landing, walking aboard and enjoying the free boat ride without worrying about your vehicle.

.....Feed the seagulls on the back of the boat, and watch for dolphins, pelicans and other wildlife.

Image courtesy of Jake Angelo

For a schedule, go to the Texas Department of Transportation website for the ferry by clicking here.

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