On the Bolivar Peninsula, this area offers miles of sandy beaches and many recreational activities. This is a world-class birding area, particularly during the spring and fall migrations, and many northern species winter here. The old Bolivar Lighthouse still stands near Texas 87. Although not open to the public, it is a symbol of coastal history. Free Texas Department of Transportation ferries operate every 20 minutes between Galveston and Port Bolivar, Texas 87.