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Texas has so many different landscapes to traverse on our roads and highways. It also has a lot to offer if you want to travel on water.

There are over seven thousand lakes, most of which are around Dallas. Only a small percentage of them are naturally occurring, and none offer free boat rides that I know of.

If you want to get on the water but you don't have the cash, the Texas Department Of Transportation has two locations where they will ferry you around on the Gulf Of Mexico, and it's absolutely free.

Being A Driver In Texas Has Ferry Many Benefits

The most awesome thing about this boat ride is that you don't even have to leave your car. You can even ride them in the middle of the night.

The first ferry on the list is in Corpus Christi-Port Aransas. The Port Aransas ferry runs up to six ferries a day and will take you from SH 361 across the Corpus Christi Channel between Aransas Pass, on the mainland, and Port Aransas, on Mustang Island.

The ride is about a quarter of a mile and usually takes less than 10 minutes total on the boat. Your wait time to board a ferry could take longer than the ride itself.

This ferry isn't pet-friendly, and they will have to wait in the car with the engine off.

The Galveston-Port Bolivar Ferry In Texas Is The Best Free Boat Ride

If you are looking for a longer ride with a lot more departures, then the Galveston-Port Bolivar Ferry is for you. I rode this many times as a kid, and it was always fun to get out of the car and go up the stairs to the observation deck.

One vessel is in operation 24 hours a day, so there are lots of chances to ride. During the busy season in the summer, up to 5 ferries will be in operation at the same time. Take SH 87 to go between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula.

The best part about this ride is that it is over 18 minutes between the two points. I think this would be a great option for kids with special needs who can't leave the vehicle to say they rode a boat. You will have to turn the car off, so just wait until it's nice and cool.

Click Here to see wait times and more details about the Galveston-Bolivar Ferry.

Free Ferry Ride In Galveston, Texas

Ride this free ferry provided by TxDot to get from Galveston to Port Bolivar and the Bolivar Peninsula.

Gallery Credit: Dan Patrick

10 Rules and Tips for Boating in Texas

To help keep your friends and family safe on the water make sure you follow these tips.

Gallery Credit: Billy Jenkins

See Inside Amazing Ferry Boat Turned Residence

This vessel would be perfect for living aboard, as a dinner cruiser, or as a vacation rental. There are so many possibilities for this 72-foot piece of history (42 feet wide). She has just over 2300 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, and 2 half baths. There's even more space outside on the deck, it has 2500 square feet - plenty of room to relax and take in the scenery whether cruising or docked - there's even a hot tub on the back deck! 

Gallery Credit: Paul Drake











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