Riding the ferry at Galveston is a tradition! The Texas Department of Transportation operates a 24 hour free ferry between Galveston and the Port Bolivar Penisula. We always walk on for the hour long roundtrip voyage. Great views and dolphin spotting make this a must-do when in Galveston!
For more info: http://www.galveston.com/galvestonferry/
Walk-ons ride on the upper deck but we checked out the views from the vehicle deck as well. The ferries are always full. I wonder if they are full at 3:00 in the morning!
Interesting to watch the docking and loading/unloading of vehicles. The crew directs all the vehicles 'just so' to balance out the weight.
Dolphins frolicked all around the ferry for the whole trip. We had a blast spotting them. Dolphins are very fast so this is the only shot I got. An old man told us that the prevalence of dolphins meant a clean healthy ecosystem with plenty of food. Didn't think the gulf was particularly clean with all the refineries and factories along the coast. I don't remember seeing dolphins back in the 80s so maybe it is getting cleaner.Pin It