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Port Bolivar Ferry picture in Galveston
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To travel from Galveston Island to the Port Bolivar peninsula – or to simply see the sights along the way, which is what most visitors seem to do – the ferry is the way to go. One of the greatest things about the ferry, which is operated by the Texas Department of Transportation, is that it's free. 

Recent visitors said the less than 30-minute trip is a great activity, as well as mode of transportation, since along the way you might spot dolphins in the water and sea gulls in the sky. Others say that the ferry is prone to long waits in the summer, but they recommend persevering even still. 

The ferry carries both cars and passengers and operates all year, except in unsafe conditions of high winds or tides. For more information, visit Texas's DOT website

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#1 Stewart Beach Stewart Beach is one of the most popular strips of sand in Galveston, and with its host of beachside amenities, it's no wonder. There are lifeguards, restrooms, showers, concession ... Read more » Galveston CVB

#2 The Strand The Strand is a five-block, National Historic Landmark District featuring shops, galleries, bars and restaurants housed in 19th-century buildings in downtown Galveston. As you walk along its strip, you'll ... Read more » Galveston CVB

#3 Bishop's Palace Bishop's Palace – also known as Gresham's Castle – was commissioned by Colonel Walter Gresham, an attorney and entrepreneur, and designed by one of Galveston's famous architects, Nicholas Clayton ... Read more » Galveston CVB

#4 Galveston Island State Park For a dose of natural beauty, visitors should make some time for Galveston Island State Park. Located about 15-some miles down the coast from The Strand, the park offers plenty ... Read more » Dan Thibodeaux / Flickr

#5 Galveston-Port Bolivar Ferry To travel from Galveston Island to the Port Bolivar peninsula – or to simply see the sights along the way, which is what most visitors seem to do – the ferry is ... Read more » MSWD / Getty Images

#6 Moody Mansion Moody Mansion is a 28,000-square-foot estate, which was home to the Moody family, one of the Lone Star State's most eminent entrepreneurs. Visitors can tour 20 rooms across ... Read more » Galveston.com / Flickr

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#8 Pleasure Pier Pleasure Pier is a wharf that juts out from the Texas Gulf Coast. Here you'll find amusement park rides, shops and eateries. Pleasure Pier is also a study in ... Read more » Tim Leviston / EyeEm / Getty Images

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Moody Mansion picture in Galveston
Moody Gardens picture in Galveston
Pleasure Pier picture in Galveston
Stewart Beach picture in Galveston
The Strand picture in Galveston
Bishop's Palace picture in Galveston
Galveston Island State Park  picture in Galveston
Port Bolivar Ferry picture in Galveston
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Stewart Beach receives high praise for its array of amenities, including ample parking, lifeguards and restrooms.  Galveston CVB

The Strand is Galveston's historic boulevard, flanked by Victorian buildings that house shops, galleries, restaurants and bars.  Galveston CVB

The historic Bishop's Palace contains a treasure trove of curios, plus an amazing gift shop in the basement.  Galveston CVB

To get away from the bustling cruise port, visitors can travel less than 30 minutes down the island to the peaceful Galveston Island State Park Dan Thibodeaux / Flickr

This free ferry delivers passengers from Galveston to Port Bolivar and back.  MSWD / Getty Images

The Moody Mansion gives visitors a glimpse at the lives of one of Texas' most influential families.   Galveston.com / Flickr

Galveston.com / Flickr

Pleasure Pier is home to amusement park rides, games and several eateries along its boardwalk.  Tim Leviston / EyeEm / Getty Images

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