The Bolivar Peninsula and the 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


Opened in 1930, the Bolivar Ferry is a free highway department ferry boat fleet. The shortest route by land from point to point is about 140 miles, but the ferry has only about 2 miles to go. Dolphins sometimes accompany the 588-ton ferries on that two mile crossing. Ocean-going ships are often seen on their way to or from the docks at Galveston, Texas City or Houston.

Passengers 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 service, with one leaving about every twenty minutes.
  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.

If you look closely, you can see the Lighthouse in the upper right quadrant of the photo, a black spindle beside the white highway.