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Kemah Boardwalk

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 ¥24,411
Kemah Boardwalk Inn

Kemah Boardwalk Inn

8 Kemah Waterfront Street, Kemah, TX
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Clear Lake Shores, 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 Center. Space Center Houston and Beacon Lake Golf Course are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Holiday Inn Kemah (Near Boardwalk) ¥9,594
    Holiday Inn Kemah (Near Boardwalk)

    Holiday Inn Kemah (Near Boardwalk)

    805 Harris Ave, Kemah, TX
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Clear Lake Shores, 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.

      Scottish Inns and Suites - Near Kemah Boardwalk ¥9,380
      Scottish Inns and Suites - Near Kemah Boardwalk

      Scottish Inns and Suites - Near Kemah Boardwalk

      601 Texas Ave, Kemah, TX
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Clear Lake Shores, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Kemah Lighthouse District and Kemah Boardwalk. Clear Lake is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

        Captain Inn & Suites ¥5,064
        Captain Inn & Suites

        Captain Inn & Suites

        2901 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook, TX
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Seabrook hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Clear Lake and Bayside Park. Clear Lake Park and Taylor Lake Village Community Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Days Inn by Wyndham Kemah ¥4,984
          Days Inn by Wyndham Kemah

          Days Inn by Wyndham Kemah

          1413 Highway 146, Kemah, TX
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Clear Lake Shores, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kemah Lighthouse District and Kemah Boardwalk. Clear Lake is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

            Spacious Kemah Boardwalk Townhome
            Spacious Kemah Boardwalk Townhome

            Spacious Kemah Boardwalk Townhome

            612 8th St, Kemah, TX
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Clear Lake Shores, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Kemah Lighthouse District and Kemah Boardwalk. Clear Lake is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

              Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake
              Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake

              Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake

              3000 Nasa Pkwy, Houston, TX
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Nassau Bay, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Johnson Space Center - NASA and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Space Center Houston. University of Houston - Clear Lake and Armand Bayou Nature Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Palace Inn Blue Kemah ¥7,461
                Palace Inn Blue Kemah

                Palace Inn Blue Kemah

                1411 Highway 146, Kemah, TX
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Clear Lake Shores, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kemah Lighthouse District and Kemah Boardwalk. Clear Lake is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.