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Kemah Boardwalk

Galveston Bay’s old-school boardwalk is lined with great shopping and dining, plus amusement park rides and arcades.

A visit to vibrant, lively Kemah Boardwalk is like stepping back in time. The amusement park comes complete with old-fashioned arcade games, traditional carousels and a charming wooden roller coaster. The Boardwalk is a popular evening destination for those looking to sample some classic Texas BBQ food, and a number of the bars and restaurants host live music performances when the sun goes down.

Overlooking Galveston Bay and just a short drive south of Houston, Kemah Boardwalk was built in the 1990s and covers 17 hectares. The complex is filled with plenty of great boutique shops and independent restaurants, as well as plenty of theme park rides with names like “Fireball” and “The Inverter”. Children will love the traditional Ferris wheel, double-decker carousel and charming miniature train ride. The Dancing Water Fountains shoot up water from holes in the ground and provide entertaining relief from the hot Texan sun. The boardwalk itself is a peaceful promenade that offers breath-taking views over the water.

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the range of restaurants available, but the speciality cuisine here is definitely seafood—don’t miss the delicious crab cakes or Cajun-style shrimp. Shopaholics will find a wide selection of shops selling everything from clothes to homeware, gifts and accessories.

The Kemah Boardwalk is popular with both visitors and residents, and can get quite busy at weekends. Although there are fewer people during the week, visiting during the weekend means you can experience the exciting carnival atmosphere as musicians and street performers fill the boardwalk until late in the evening.

Located 32 kilometres south of Houston, you can drive to the Kemah Boardwalk and leave your car in one of the reasonably priced car parks.

Popular Activities at Kemah Boardwalk

Get the most out of your visit to Kemah Boardwalk. Here is a list of the best things to do:

Want to know what activities you can do at this popular attraction? Our suggestion would be purchasing a Houston CityPASS: 5 Must-See Museums & Attractions.

Check out our Kemah things to do page to learn about even more activities while you're here.


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Kemah Boardwalk Inn AU$223
Kemah Boardwalk Inn

Kemah Boardwalk Inn

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

    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 Center. Space Center Houston and Beacon Lake Golf Course are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Holiday Inn Kemah (Near Boardwalk) AU$178
    Holiday Inn Kemah (Near Boardwalk)

    Holiday Inn Kemah (Near Boardwalk)

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

      Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kemah Lighthouse District and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Clear Lake. Kemah School House and Kemah Lighthouse are also within 10 minutes.

      Days Inn by Wyndham Kemah AU$89
      Days Inn by Wyndham Kemah

      Days Inn by Wyndham Kemah

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

        Situated in Kemah, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Kemah Lighthouse District and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Clear Lake. Kemah Lighthouse and Kemah School House are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Palace Inn Blue Kemah AU$128
        Palace Inn Blue Kemah

        Palace Inn Blue Kemah

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

          Situated in Kemah, this motel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Kemah Lighthouse District and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Clear Lake. Kemah School House and Kemah Lighthouse are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Quality Inn & Suites Seabrook - NASA - Kemah AU$116
          Quality Inn & Suites Seabrook - NASA - Kemah

          Quality Inn & Suites Seabrook - NASA - Kemah

          2720 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, TX
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Seabrook, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bayside Park and Clear Lake. Kemah Lighthouse District and Clear Lake Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Scottish Inns and Suites - Near Kemah Boardwalk
            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

              Situated in Kemah, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kemah Lighthouse District and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Clear Lake. Kemah School House and Kemah Lighthouse are also within 5 minutes.

              Spacious Kemah Boardwalk Townhome
              Spacious Kemah Boardwalk Townhome

              Spacious Kemah Boardwalk Townhome

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

                Situated in the entertainment district, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kemah Lighthouse District and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Clear Lake. Kemah School House and Kemah Lighthouse are also within 5 minutes.

                SpringHill Suites Houston NASA/Seabrook AU$164
                SpringHill Suites Houston NASA/Seabrook

                SpringHill Suites Houston NASA/Seabrook

                2120 Nasa Pkwy, Seabrook, TX
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Seabrook, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bayside Park and Clear Lake. Kemah Lighthouse District and Kemah School House are also within 3 mi (5 km).