Guide To Kemah Boardwalk

May 24, 2014 7:00 AM

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With the loss of Astroworld nearly 10 years ago, Houstonians still have a place to play. The Kemah Boardwalk has filled in some of the gaps for those looking for fast rides, fun games and fair foods all in one location. From Kemah, you also have easy access to several area restaurants and the waterfront. Be sure to check the calendar to see the latest events happening on the Boardwalk that add to the fun of a day trip there.
Kemah Boardwalk
215 Kipp Ave.
Kemah, TX 77565
(281) 535-8100

The Kemah Boardwalk has rides and attractions like a country fair, but there are also modern thrills like the Boardwalk Beast speedboat tour of Galveston Bay or the Iron Eagle super zip line ride. The Boardwalk has several rides designed with children in mind. These include the double-decker carousel, the Red Baron, the Balloon Wheel and the C.P. Huntington train. If you prefer bigger thrills, check out the only roller coaster on the Boardwalk, the Boardwalk Bullet. You can also ride the Pharaoh’s Fury, Drop Zone or Wipeout. An observation ride and Ferris wheel are attractions the whole family can enjoy together.

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Other Attractions

If you’re not interested in rides, you can visit the other attractions at the Boardwalk. Stingray Reef and the Aquarium exhibit are where you can interact with living stingrays and see an interesting animal exhibit showcasing creatures such as piranhas, turtles, snakes and many more. For smaller children who want more than just the rides or are scared to go on them, there is a playground available, but all children must have a parent with them at all times on the playground. During the summer, you will appreciate the dancing water fountains in the plaza. Children are permitted to play in the fountains while wearing bathing suits, but adults must be properly dressed while supervising their children. An arcade and games of skill and chance round out the activities on the Kemah Boardwalk.


If you want to experience most of the attractions on the Boardwalk for a flat fee, buy an All Day Pass. It only costs $17.99 for those under 48 inches and $21.99 for those who are taller. The cost of the Boardwalk Beast, games and the Stingray Reef are not included in this price. Tickets for those attractions must be purchased separately. Individual ride tickets range in price from $3.50 for most kids’ rides to $17 for the Boardwalk Beast speedboat ride. Parking is available at the Boardwalk for $6 in the surface lots and $7 if you choose the parking garage.


The Kemah Boardwalk hours for restaurants vary depending on the eatery. The rides and other attractions have seasonal hours of 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.


The rules of the Boardwalk dictate that no outside food may be brought in, but there are several restaurants to fulfill your hunger as you work up an appetite at the various attractions. The restaurants at Kemah Boardwalk include Lighthouse Buffet, RED Hibachi and Sushi, The Pizza Oven, Saltgrass Steakhouse, Sweet Scoops ice cream and The Flying Dutchman, Landry’s Seafood, Bubba Gump and Aquarium, which all serve seafood. If you need your coffee fix, a Starbucks is also on the Boardwalk to serve you.


8 Kemah Waterfront St.
Kemah, TX 77565
(281) 334-9880

If you want to make an entire weekend out of your trip to the Kemah Boardwalk, you can stay at the Boardwalk Inn, which is next to the attractions. Ask about the Just for Fun package that includes four All Day Passes to the Kemah Boardwalk in addition to free Wi-Fi and parking, priority seating at an area restaurant and a room with a view of the plaza. As with all hotels, pricing is seasonal, so call ahead to the hotel for more information.

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Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at

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