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    Kemah Boardwalk

    by Basaic Written Mar 17, 2014

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    The Kemah Boardwalk is the main tourist attraction in Kemah. Most of the best attractions are here including some great rides like a 96 foot tall wooden rollercoaster with a 92 foot drop that reaches speeds of over 50 miles per hour, "The Drop Zone" a 65 foot Ferris Wheel, and more. There are also fine restaurants here along with views of Galveston Bay. There is a 50,000 gallon aquarium here, various boat tours, and the Rainforest Exhibit (which has piranhas, snakes and tarantulas). You can even pet a Stingray if you want. Hours are around 11 AM to 10 or 11 PM, daily; closed Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. There is no admission fee to enter; but of course the rides, attractions, etc cost money!

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    Kemah Lighthouse District

    by Basaic Written Mar 17, 2014

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    The Kemah Lighthouse District is a mixture of old and newer buildings housing a collection of restaurants, bars, and shops. There are also several attractions in here ranging from fun to do stops to tourist traps. It kind of depends on your budget and your taste. Well worth at least walking through and soaking up the atmosphere.

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    Kemah and the Visitors' Center

    by Basaic Written Mar 17, 2014

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    Kemah is a town of about 1900 (down 19% since 2000) located along Texas Highway 146 in GalvestonCounty in the Gulf Coast part of Southeast Texas.Kemah is between Houston and Galveston. A town was established here in 1824 by one of the original colonists under Stephen F. Austin, Michael Gouldrich. In 1898, the town of Evergreen was established here when the Texas and New Orleans Railroad built a lone through the area. The town was pretty much totally destroyed by a hurricane in 1900; but was rebuilt in 1901. It was then renamed Kemah (aKarankawa Indian word meaning "facing the wind" or "wind in the face"), in 1907. Commercial fishing is an important industry here and tourism brings millions of visitors to this neat little town. The best place to begin your visit to Kemah is the Kemah Visitors Center which is located in the old Kemah School at the entrance to the Kemah Lighthouse District and the turn to Kemah Boardwalk. The school was built in the early 1900s and was in use until 1969. This is a great place to get information to help you plan your trip along with maps and brochures and stuff like that. There is a museum display about the school inside. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday and 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday. Admission to the museum is free.

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    Kemah Boardwalk

    by WBeall Written Feb 15, 2013

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    The Boardwalk has many restaurants situated on the water with lovely views while you eat. The restaurants are all on the pricey side but you will not find one that has bad food. There are many events on the boardwalk all throughout the year. Here is the website http://www.kemahboardwalk.com/ before you visit check out the site and see what is going on. May through August they have rock the dock every Thursday night which usually has a pretty good crowd with lots of people dancing and playing in the water. It is alot of fun especially on a cloudless night. There is a dancing fountain in the middle of it all, you will find kids and adults running through it trying not to get caught by the water. Along the boardwalk there are lots of different types of games and shops. The rides are great for all ages but the best of all is the roller coaster. I could ride it over and over again without ever stopping. If you have any other questions about the boardwalk, feel free to ask. I am sure I forgot something on here and I am always willing to help.

    Parking... There is a free parking lot near the resturants by hwy 146 if you see swamp shack and murphy's bar then keep driving past those and you will see a free parking lot. There is a small boat that will take you across the water. It is fun but if you are going during a busy time you may be waiting in a line. During the week all the parking is free.

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    Kemah Boardwalk

    by msbrandysue Written Jun 16, 2008

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    Kemah Boardwalk is about an hour from Houston (including traffic). It is a miniature version, however, so if you are expecting the works don't get that excited. However, for a day/night away from the city it's a great solution. There are rides for children (even a new roller coaster), fun restaurants, shopping, and all while listening to (and smelling) the gulf. Most of the restaurants have live music, too, on the weekends. Kemah also have a few hotels available if you want to make a weekend trip out of it!

    I would definitely recommend it for a family trip!

    I would also recommend looking at their calendar of events on the website while planning your trip to Houston because they often have celebrations (usually towards each holiday), concerts, and special occassions which you can have fun with. Most are centered towards kids but others focus on guys (Houston Texans, race car days, etc).

    *When you first find your way there you will see some cheap parking prices. My advice would be to go directly to Kemah's parking. It is free and we have always been able to park there. Some people assume there aren't any paces and then end up paying $5-$10USD when they could have parked a whole lot closer and cheaper. Save that money for a pina colada! :)

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    Take In The Boardwalk

    by VeronicaG Updated Mar 7, 2007

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    Boardwalks are popular destinations, especially for families. The Kemah Boardwalk offers restaurants, shops and rides for the kids! Try the Ferris Wheel or take the train; jump onto the Crazy Submarine or try your skill on the Climbing Wall. My favorite ride has always been the Carousel, because it's not something that spins or careens seemingly out-of-control. Midway games are also here to challenge you.

    Kemah holds many special events throughout the year. Some of these events are:

    The Yachty Gras Weekend (Feb.)

    Blues on the Boardwalk (Mar.)

    Polynesian Weekend, (April)

    Rock the Dock Concert Series (May-summer)

    Fireworks Friday(beginning June)

    Krazy Kid Monday (features 1/2 price tickets in July)

    Laser Show Spectacular (August nights after 9:30 pm)

    Zydeco Festival (Sept.)

    Boo on the Boardwalk (Oct.)

    Nutcracker Ballet Vignette (November)

    Annual Christmas Boat Parade (December).

    **The Kemah boardwalk was constructed in 2001 by Landry's Restaurants, Inc.

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    Birdwatching

    by VeronicaG Updated Mar 7, 2007

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    Pelican at Kemah Waterfront

    Since we're from the Northeast United States, Texas has many birds we've never seen, but only heard of through the years. The pelican is one of these birds.

    I was thrilled to catch sight of this Brown Pelican in flight while we were visiting the waterfront area in Kemah. Brown Pelicans are most always seen near salt water and inhabit both coasts. They have light-colored heads and brownish/gray bodies. I don't ever remember seeing one while living in New Jersey, but perhaps they visited that area on occasion.

    According to my bird book, Brown Pelicans fly with their heads drawn back to the shoulder and they rarely soar, often flying inches above the water. They are considered semi-tame because they have been known to beg for food on fishing piers.

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    Take A Boat Ride On The Beast

    by VeronicaG Updated Mar 7, 2007

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    The Beast Boat Ride

    As we approached the waterfront, a large, colorful vessel loaded with passengers revved it's motor and took off from the dock. It was the BEAST. As it departed, music blared over the sound system and in no time at all it was just a dot on the horizon.

    The Beast takes you on a twenty minute tour of the bay and leaves regularly from the boardwalk Friday-Sunday. You'll speed atop the waves at 40 mph! Tickets are $12.00 for adults; $9.00 for children. Since we visited in the Fall, their after dark cruises were at 7:15 and 8:00 pm on Saturdays and at 7:15 pm on Sundays. These cruises are said to be slower and more relaxing.

    See the ticket booth at Joe's Crab Shack and behind The Crab House. Cruises depart when the weather is permitting. Soft drinks, bottled water, beer and wine are available.

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    Visit The Kemah Marina

    by VeronicaG Updated Mar 7, 2007

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    Boats Moored Along Galveston Bay

    We miss being just a few miles from the ocean, so we cherished the opportunity to breathe in a few lungfuls of salt-laden air.

    Kemah is known as the Boating Capital of Texas and is officially the third largest recreational boat region in the entire United States. It's only 45 minutes from the city of Houston and is situated along Clear Creek and Galveston Bay. Pirate Jean Lafitte called this place home in the 1800's! It is rumored that some of his treasure was used as 'seed money' to promote gambling in this area in the 1940's and '50's.

    A slow walk around the marina with time to sit and enjoy the boats sailing or motoring by gave us former New Jersey residents a boost--our spirits were revived!

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    Art

    by Basaic Written Mar 17, 2014

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    Mermaid Statue

    I kinda liked this statue of a mermaid and always like meeting the locals but she was not real talkative.

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    Feed the fish and ducks

    by shargurl Written Jun 9, 2008

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    Along the boardwalk there are 25 cent dispensers where you can buy food to feed the fish and ducks. When you throw the food in, the will actually go on a feeding frenzy. Quite a sight to see!

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