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Bolivar Ferry or Colonel Paddlewheel - or both?

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Bolivar Ferry or Colonel Paddlewheel - or both?

We will be visiting Galveston next week, hoping for good weather. Our main object of attraction is the Bodies Revealed exhibit at Moody Gardens. We've already seen the other Moody Gardens attractions on other visits except for the Paddle Wheel tour ride.

While planning our trip I came across the Bolivar Ferry too. Now I'm wondering if doing both will be too much? Im thinking so since they are both about an hour each. Besides cost, if you've done both, which would you recommend? We are two adults and 2 boys (teenager and a pre-teen.)

I am kind of leaning toward the Paddle Wheel as it might be a bit more attractive as far as walking around the boat. Not sure if there is anything to do on it. THANKS!

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1. Re: Bolivar Ferry or Colonel Paddlewheel - or both?

Not sure if one is better than the other. The ferry is free and often times you are able to see dolphins and feed seagulls. It's been a long time since I rode on the paddlewheel but I don't remember it being that impressive

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2. Re: Bolivar Ferry or Colonel Paddlewheel - or both?

Ferry for sure as it is free. The actual ferry ride is about 15 mts each way but actual time to get in will depend on how busy it is. I have done several paddlewheel trips in different places over the years and the last time (in New Orleans) I said never ever. To me it is just expensive and not all that great now - but I did enjoy it back in the days.

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3. Re: Bolivar Ferry or Colonel Paddlewheel - or both?

You can also walk around on the ferry, from the front to back, as well as on the upper deck.

Plus, you see the big freighters going by and other boats. If you choose to drive onto the ferry and drive around Bolivar Peninsula, you will see the destruction from Hurricane Ike and explore the remains of Fort Travis.

Something else your boy's may enjoy, a visit to Seawolf Park.

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4. Re: Bolivar Ferry or Colonel Paddlewheel - or both?

Do both if you have the time. The ferry is free and crosses the Bolivar Road which is the shipping lane coming into Galveston Bay to the Bolivar Peninsula. You see different things on the two trips.

The Colonel goes around the Bay itself, and not out into the shipping channel. Both are interesting, but one is free!

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5. Re: Bolivar Ferry or Colonel Paddlewheel - or both?

The Colonel Paddlewheel is fun if you want to sit and relax and take in the views of this little part of the bay. I like taking the ferry over to Boliver. Keep in mind that Hurricane Ike damaged it bad. It looked like the moon afterwards and many houses and slabs were completely gone. Many homes have been rebuilt and Crystal Beach is coming back. Drive down to Stingaree Marina for some awesome seafood and to watch the boats go by on the Intercoastal! Take bread and feed the seagulls off the BACK of the ferry.Have a blast! …citysearch.com/profile/10036538/crystal_bea…

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