Kemah Boardwalk

Since the closing of Six Flags Astroworld several years ago, Houstonians have been making the trek out to the Kemah Boardwalk to satisfy their hunger for wild rides. Then in 2008, the unthinkable happened: Kemah was virtually destroyed by Hurricane Ike.

But now, the cherished attractions at Kemah are back and better than ever. And this summer, a trip to Kemah is a great way to spend a summer day in Texas.

Kemah is a whimsical place that makes you think Jersey Shore without the bad tans. This charming water-front wonderland has everything you need to fill an entire day. It’s great for kids and adults, so everybody’s happy. There are awesome rides, and even a few new ones since the rebuilding. There’s games, food, and shopping.

The best ride is definitely the Boardwalk Beast. This 140-passenger speed boat takes a full deck out into the Galveston bay for a 25-minute thrill ride at break-neck speeds. This alone is worth the trip.

The Kemah Boardwalk also has some of the best restaurants in southeast Texas. Some of the best names in dining are represented there, including an Aquarium location and a Landry’s location. The Flying Dutchman is a cherished upscale spot. And if you’re in flip flops and a tank top, which you probably will be, you can always head for Joe’s Crab Shack.

The boardwalk marina draws a crowd of local boat-enthusiasts. You can rent boats as well as dock space for your own with easy access to the bay.

The Kemah Boardwalk has long been a popular destinations for students on prom night, Valentine’s day couples, and families looking for entertainment for everyone. The boardwalk at night is perfect for a romantic date or even a night out with a group of friends. Kemah is a bit of a drive from Houston proper. But when you live in Texas, 45 minutes goes by in a blink.

You can find everything you want to know about planning a trip to Kemah at their website.

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