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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Top Hotels Close to Kemah Boardwalk

Days Inn by Wyndham Kemah
Days Inn by Wyndham Kemah
2 out of 5
1413 Highway 146, Kemah, TX
The price is ¥5,317 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Situated in Kemah, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kemah Lighthouse District, Kemah School House, and Kemah Lighthouse. Kemah Boardwalk and Deep Hole Park ...
3.6/5 Good! (831 reviews)
"Traffic was horrible. It was close to all restaurants but no eating in motel. No breakfast. People above me walked so heavy I thought they were going to fall in my room. Rooms were not quiet. You could hear other people talking or the tv."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Days Inn by Wyndham Kemah
Kemah Boardwalk Inn
Kemah Boardwalk Inn
3 out of 5
8 Kemah Waterfront Street, Kemah, TX
The price is ¥14,642 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (968 reviews)
"I enjoyed my stay in Kemah staff was great facilities was location is awesome. The room was great only wish it had a microwave. The wallpaper in the restroom in my rom could use a little attention but otherwise I enjoyed it and will be back."

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

Kemah Boardwalk Inn
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 ¥12,398 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (946 reviews)
"Great location and super staff and nice rooms"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Kemah Boardwalk


Best Lodging Options Near Kemah Boardwalk

Days Inn by Wyndham Kemah
Days Inn by Wyndham Kemah
2 out of 5
1413 Highway 146, Kemah, TX
The price is ¥5,317 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Days Inn by Wyndham Kemah
Kemah Boardwalk Inn
Kemah Boardwalk Inn
3 out of 5
8 Kemah Waterfront Street, Kemah, TX
The price is ¥14,642 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
Kemah Boardwalk Inn
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 ¥12,398 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center
Scottish Inns and Suites - Near Kemah Boardwalk
Scottish Inns and Suites - Near Kemah Boardwalk
2 out of 5
601 Texas Ave, Kemah, TX
The price is ¥12,510 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Scottish Inns and Suites - Near Kemah Boardwalk
Kemah Dozen Palms Bay Retreat - Waterfront, steps from Kemah Boardwalk
Kemah Dozen Palms Bay Retreat - Waterfront, steps from Kemah Boardwalk
Kemah, TX
Kemah Dozen Palms Bay Retreat - Waterfront, steps from Kemah Boardwalk
Clipper House Inn Cottage
Clipper House Inn Cottage
Kemah, TX
Clipper House Inn Cottage
The Romance!
The Romance!
Kemah, TX
The price is ¥25,592 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
The Romance!
Boardwalk Bungalow | Walk to Kemah Boardwalk | Outdoor Oasis with Firepit!
Boardwalk Bungalow | Walk to Kemah Boardwalk | Outdoor Oasis with Firepit!
Kemah, TX
The price is ¥22,748 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Boardwalk Bungalow | Walk to Kemah Boardwalk | Outdoor Oasis with Firepit!
Blue Ivory 2D
Blue Ivory 2D
Kemah, TX
Blue Ivory 2D
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.