The Kemah Boardwalk offers beautiful views, wonderful breezes, amusement and dining of all flavors. Sunrises and sunsets will bring you in for a boardwalk stroll while enjoying the busy boat traffic along Clear Creek Channel. It’s relaxing to admire sailboats, yachts and the local working shrimp boats which once flourished in this area. Kemah is a Karankawa Indian word meaning “Wind in my face” very fitting for this bayside boardwalk.
Since 1824 the Boardwalk property has seen its days as a farmer/stock raisers heaven and originally the the town was known as “Evergreen,” which had to be changed once they learned there was already another town by that name. The established post office was opened in 1907 under the newly named town Kemah, Texas. In the 1920’s -1950s Kemah was a tourist destination due to the Maceo crime syndicate bringing in a Casio District and introducing the boardwalk.
Since 1990’s Landry’s Restaurants expanded and opened up a family friendly boardwalk with their specialty owned eateries, hotel, marina and an amusement park for all ages. The Boardwalk Inn offers rooms with spectacular views and location for you to stay right in the action of the Kemah Boardwalk. Holidays here are celebrated with elaborate decorations, fireworks and yacht parades full of music as the boats glide by the boardwalk railing that hugs the Clear Creek Channel into West Galveston Bay.
The most enjoyable outdoor restaurant seating can be found here located between Galveston Bay and Clear Lake. Dining at the fine Landry affiliated restaurants Cadillac Bar Mexican Restaurant, Landry’s Seafood, Aquarium Restaurant, Flying Dutchman, Red Sushi Hibachi Grill, Lighthouse Buffet, Saltgrass Steak House, BaySide Grille, The Pizza Oven, Sweet Scoops and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. will take you on a vacation themselves with their eclectic menus.
Happy Hour hopping on the boardwalk provides a multiple choice of cocktails and appetizer experiences. Restaurant locations provide you with the convenience to choose one or more dining experiences in one trip since they are located so close to each other on the property. Each restaurant’s Happy Hour provides its own signature appetizers and cocktails reflecting the theme of the restaurant. At the Aquarium restaurant, the underwater vibe is mesmerizing with large saltwater tanks displaying live eels, stingrays and a goliath grouper. Happy hour shrimp tacos are deliciously paired with one of their specialty martinis.
The Kemah Boardwalk offers the most in romantic evenings, friendly gatherings or family dinning followed by a beautiful sunset. A neat adventure is to have an appetizer at one restaurant and dinner at another one while choosing to have desert or an after dinner cocktail at another location on the boardwalk. There are no limits your boardwalk dining pleasures here.
I always let my waiter/waitress know when I’ve never dinned at the restaurant before and ask if they could they help me look for something I would enjoy. I asked for something sweet, spicy and tangy to enjoy with a cocktail that will not over power my dish. Accomplished “pairing” at Landry’s, sitting waterfront I was perfectly served with a Mango Mojito and Stuffed Shrimp Enbrochette fulfilling my getaway experience.
The amusement park of the boardwalk has its own combined traveling carnival or state fair charm from the rides to the side show games like tossing a ball to knock the bottles down, ring toss and Boardwalk Bullet the wooden roller coaster. A two story merry-go-round, swings that fly and a rocking ship that takes you higher with each sway of back and forth motion. A high spinning look-out ride lets you enjoy a 360 degree view of Galveston Bay to Clear lake and all the surrounding towns.
If you’re looking for more high adventure rides, you’ll enjoy the likes of Flare, the looping coaster, Zip Lining at 30mph and a ride called Drop Zone taking you 140 feet up releasing you for a free fall. There are just enough rides and package deals to keep everyone at the boardwalk thrilled. Boat rides can be found from dining on a yacht cruise aboard Landry’s Boardwalk FantaSea to a full throttle extra large cigar boat named “Boardwalk Beast.”
Shopping is a breeze with collectables, shirts, art and things you would want to normally purchase as souvenirs. The Daq Shack was my kind of souvenir shop serving up a margarita and a strawberry margarita swirled together like Christmas in a long plastic funnel glass you get to keep. The Boardwalk Inn plaza offers a dancing water fountain with seating around this peaceful area where you can just relax to the tranquil water displays.
The Plaza comes to life in the evening with nightly entertainment and outdoor vendors serve up the cool ice cream or tangy bar-b-que sandwiches from the adorable train smoker pit.
The Kemah Boardwalk has changed over the years with the flowing times but its bayside charm has this spot marked as a fast fed tourist spot. The Houstonites have used this area as a quick getaway with minimal drive time to escape the concrete jungle of downtown Houston. Clearly everyone can enjoy the 35 acres of the onsite amenities and its wonderful convenience of a parking garage to help you enjoy your weekend break.
This is one of the most relaxing yet thrilling weekenders offering with so many choices to relax or indulge yourself. Its all about “location, location” on the waterfront serving you up a memorable getaway at the Kemah Boardwalk.