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Kemah Boardwalk
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Kemah Boardwalk which includes rides, a garden and tropical scenes

This old-school boardwalk on Galveston Bay is a dining, shopping and amusement park paradise.

Kemah Boardwalk is a bustling destination with a charming yesteryear atmosphere. Hop aboard an old-fashioned wooden roller coasters or carousels, and then check out the many arcade games. Both tourists and locals come here at night to take in the Texas BBQ and a wide selection of other cuisines. There are live bands both in the bars and restaurants as well as on an outdoor stage. All of this overlooks Galveston Bay, just a short drive south of Houston.

Constructed in the 1990s, the 42-acre (17-hectare) complex is full of trendy restaurants and boutique shopping, and a broad variety of rides. Thrill seekers will want to try The Inverter, Fireball and Drop Zone. For families, there’s a Ferris wheel, miniature train, airplane ride and double-decker carousel. Cool off under the Dancing Water Fountains where dozens of holes in the ground randomly shoot up water. When you’re ready to take a breather, stroll along the peaceful waterfront walkway and take in the view.

There are restaurants of all kinds, but the specialty here is seafood, including crab cakes and fresh Cajun-style shrimp. A strip of shops provides everything from beachwear to a year-round Christmas store.

This idyllic waterfront setting is a popular tourist destination. Weekdays tend to be less crowded, which can be a plus for families with small children. But there’s an exciting carnival atmosphere on weekends, particularly in the evenings, when the boardwalk fills with families and young people, and street performers fill the air with live music.

The Kemah Boardwalk is 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Houston. There is parking available nearby with a free shuttle boat transfer, or there are lots nearby with reasonably priced parking.

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Kemah Boardwalk Inn
Kemah Boardwalk Inn
3 out of 5
8 Kemah Waterfront Street, Kemah, TX
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Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kemah Boardwalk and within 9 mi (15 km) of Johnson Space Center - NASA and Armand Bayou Nature ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (954 reviews)
"Very peaceful and close to restaurants! We walked there , ate, listened to music and back to hotel!"

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

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Holiday Inn Kemah (Near Boardwalk), an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Kemah (Near Boardwalk), an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
805 Harris Ave, Kemah, TX
The price is $129 per night from May 12 to May 12
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kemah Lighthouse District and Kemah Boardwalk. Clear Lake is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.
4.5/5Wonderful! (895 reviews)
"WALKING DISTANCE TO THE BOARDWALK. EASY PARKING. PRICED RIGHT. THERE WAS SOME RENOVATIONS GOING ON, BUT FOR THE MOST PART IT DID NOT BOTHER US AT ALL"

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Holiday Inn Kemah (Near Boardwalk), an IHG Hotel
South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center
South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
2500 S Shore Blvd, League City, TX
The price is $114 per night from May 25 to May 25
Situated in League City, this golf hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Clear Lake, Nassau Bay Peninsula Wildlife Park, and Butler Longhorn Museum. Deep Hole Park ...
4.3/5Excellent! (959 reviews)
"Very nice place to stay and close to our marina. Nice staff and great views. Hotel of choice when we are in Kemah."

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center
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3 out of 5
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