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===By Boat===
 
===By Boat===
 
[http://www.kemahboardwalkmarina.com Kemah Harbor Marina] offers transient docking services for $1 per foot.  Slips up to 30' are almost always available, 30-50' boats should call in advance.
 
[http://www.kemahboardwalkmarina.com Kemah Harbor Marina] offers transient docking services for $1 per foot.  Slips up to 30' are almost always available, 30-50' boats should call in advance.
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Don't drink the Water
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Galveston Bay advisory- no animal shall be eaten within a 250 mile proximity of Galveston Bay / Trinity Waterareas.
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San Jacinto Waste Pits- The primary hazardous substances documented at the Site are polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans. Dioxin concentrations as high as 41,300 parts per trillion have been found in soil and sediment samples collected from the Tract’s disposal pit areas and from river sediments near the Tract. Sediments contaminated with high levels of dioxin have been found in the San Jacinto River both up-river and down-river from the Tract. The complete nature and extent of the contamination will be delineated during the Remedial Investigation.
  
 
==Get around==
 
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==Do==
 
==Do==
*<do name="Joe's Boardwalk Beast" url="http://www.boardwalkbeast.com">A fun ride through Galveston Bay, on a big speed boat.  Closed in the winter.</do>
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*<do name="Joe's Boardwalk Beast" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.boardwalkbeast.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A fun ride through Galveston Bay, on a big speed boat.  Closed in the winter.</do>
*<do name="Boardwalk Train">A mini-train that follows a track around the boardwalk.</do>
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*<do name="Boardwalk Train" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A mini-train that follows a track around the boardwalk.</do>
 
*<do name="Murder by Chocolate" address="512 7th St, Kemah" phone="281-535-0623" url="http://www.murderbychocolate.net/" price="$40 per person (includes dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic drinks, tax, and tip)">A family-friendly dinner theater.  Lots of fun.</do>
 
*<do name="Murder by Chocolate" address="512 7th St, Kemah" phone="281-535-0623" url="http://www.murderbychocolate.net/" price="$40 per person (includes dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic drinks, tax, and tip)">A family-friendly dinner theater.  Lots of fun.</do>
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*<do name="Anchor Baptist Church" alt="" address="2020 Anders Ln" directions="" phone="281-334-6611" url="http://www.anchorbaptist.net" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></do>
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===Skate===
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There is one CORE skateshop in the Clear Lake area.  It's right across from the boardwalk in Kemah in the Target shopping plaza, behind the Chili's. 
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*<do name="Flipt Skateshop" address="243 Marina Bay Drive, Suite L" phone="281-334-6506"
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url="http://www.fliptskate.com/"></do>
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===Sail===
 
===Sail===
 
There are several marinas that offer various yachting services.  Consider chartering a sailboat for half a day, or looking into a weekend-long sailing certification course.
 
There are several marinas that offer various yachting services.  Consider chartering a sailboat for half a day, or looking into a weekend-long sailing certification course.
*<do name="Kemah Boardwalk Marina" address="555 Bradford Street" phone="281-334-2284" url="http://www.kemahboardwalkmarina.com/">Can direct you to their resident services, but recommneds you contact providers directly.</do>
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*<do name="Kemah Boardwalk Marina" address="555 Bradford Street" phone="281-334-2284" url="http://www.kemahboardwalkmarina.com/">Can direct you to their resident services, but recommends you contact providers directly.</do>
 
:*<do name="At the Helm Charters and Sailing School" address="" phone="281-334-4101" url=""></do>
 
:*<do name="At the Helm Charters and Sailing School" address="" phone="281-334-4101" url=""></do>
:*<do name="Captain Kidd Charters" address="" phone="281-334-5433" url=""></do>
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:*<do name="Captain Kidd Charters" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="281-334-5433" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></do>
 
:*<do name="Gateway Charters/Southwest Sailing Ventures" address="" phone="281-334-4606" url=""></do>
 
:*<do name="Gateway Charters/Southwest Sailing Ventures" address="" phone="281-334-4606" url=""></do>
 
:*<do name="Houston Yacht Sales Inc." address="" phone="281-334-1400 " url=""></do>
 
:*<do name="Houston Yacht Sales Inc." address="" phone="281-334-1400 " url=""></do>
 
:*<do name="Lighthouse Charters" address="" phone="713-822-0825 " url=""></do>
 
:*<do name="Lighthouse Charters" address="" phone="713-822-0825 " url=""></do>
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===Fish===
 
===Fish===
 
The area is renowned for its fishing.  Red Drum are a popular hunt, as are croaker, flounder, and trout.
 
The area is renowned for its fishing.  Red Drum are a popular hunt, as are croaker, flounder, and trout.
*<do name="Flipt" address="243 Marina Bay Dr" directions="" phone="281-334-6506" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="">Sporting goods, including kayaks and canoes.</do>
 
 
*<do name="Marburgers Sporting Goods" address="1400 Bayport Blvd, Seabrook" directions="north on TX-146, just over the bridge, an orange building on the right side" phone="281-474-3229" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="">Outfit for hunting or fishing.  Knowledgable staff, decent selection.</do>
 
*<do name="Marburgers Sporting Goods" address="1400 Bayport Blvd, Seabrook" directions="north on TX-146, just over the bridge, an orange building on the right side" phone="281-474-3229" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="">Outfit for hunting or fishing.  Knowledgable staff, decent selection.</do>
  
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*<eat name="Coffee House" address="8 Kemah Waterfront St" directions="on the boardwalk" phone="281-334-5351" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$5-$10">Coffee and beignets.  Buffet on weekend mornings.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Coffee House" address="8 Kemah Waterfront St" directions="on the boardwalk" phone="281-334-5351" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$5-$10">Coffee and beignets.  Buffet on weekend mornings.</eat>
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
*<eat name="Saltgrass Steak House" address="215 Kipp Ave, Kemah " directions="on the boardwalk" phone="281-538-5441" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$10-$25">A chain joint, but still decent.  If you can handle a little heat try the trail rattlers (jalapenos stuffed with shrimp and stuffing, deep fried - they're not really that spicy).</eat>
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*<eat name="Saltgrass Steak House" address="215 Kipp Ave, Kemah " directions="on the boardwalk" phone="281-538-5441" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$10-$25">A chain joint, but still decent.  If you can handle a little heat try the range rattlers (jalapenos stuffed with shrimp, Monterrey Jack cheese- they're not really that spicy).</eat>
 
*<eat name="Claudio's" address="700 Kipp Ave" directions="" phone="281-334-7744" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$15-$25">A classy restaurant and piano bar.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Claudio's" address="700 Kipp Ave" directions="" phone="281-334-7744" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$15-$25">A classy restaurant and piano bar.</eat>
 
*<eat name="T-Bone Tom's" address="707 Highway 146 " directions="red building and sign" phone="281-334-2133" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$10-$20">Steaks and country kitchen food.  The burgers carry a good reputation.</eat>
 
*<eat name="T-Bone Tom's" address="707 Highway 146 " directions="red building and sign" phone="281-334-2133" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$10-$20">Steaks and country kitchen food.  The burgers carry a good reputation.</eat>
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*<eat name="Aquarium" address="11 Kemah Waterfront St " directions="on the Boardwalk, at the creek end" phone="281-334-9010" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$20-$35">"An Underwater Dining Adventure", the price is high, and the seafood is not the best, but only locals notice. The whole building is a huge aquarium with sharks, and exotic fish. This is a must, even if you just go to the bar, you have to go in and look.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Aquarium" address="11 Kemah Waterfront St " directions="on the Boardwalk, at the creek end" phone="281-334-9010" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$20-$35">"An Underwater Dining Adventure", the price is high, and the seafood is not the best, but only locals notice. The whole building is a huge aquarium with sharks, and exotic fish. This is a must, even if you just go to the bar, you have to go in and look.</eat>
 
*<eat name="The Flying Dutchman" address="9 Kemah Waterfront St " directions="on the boardwalk, near the middle, can't miss the sign" phone="281-334-7575" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$15-$25">A local favorite, this was the first restaurant on the bay and will probably be the last too. The atmosphere is great, but like everything else on the boardwalk, the price is high.</eat>
 
*<eat name="The Flying Dutchman" address="9 Kemah Waterfront St " directions="on the boardwalk, near the middle, can't miss the sign" phone="281-334-7575" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$15-$25">A local favorite, this was the first restaurant on the bay and will probably be the last too. The atmosphere is great, but like everything else on the boardwalk, the price is high.</eat>
*<eat name="Kemah Crab House" address="3 Kemah Waterfront St" directions="" phone="281-334-3360" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$15-$25">East coast style sea food, with a good bit of local flair.  The avocado crab salad is a little spicy but worth trying.</eat>  
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*<eat name="Kemah Crab House" address="3 Kemah Waterfront St" directions="" phone="281-334-3360" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$15-$25">East coast style sea food, with a good bit of local flair.  The avocado crab salad is a little spicy but worth trying.</eat>
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*<eat name="Landry's Seafood House" address="#1 Kemah Boardwalk" directions="(has a movie theatre-type sign" phone="281-334-2513" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$20-$35">Wide selection of seafood, wine, and desserts.</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
*<drink name="Molly's Pub" address="400 Texas Ave" directions="281-334-2777" phone="" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$2-$4/pint">One of a series of local bars, frequented by locals.  They go for the americanized irish pub feel and keep a vast selection of beers on tap.  Ask for the current Saint Arnold Brewery seasonal.</drink>
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*<drink name="Molly's Pub" address="400 Texas Ave" directions="" phone="281-334-2777" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$2-$4/pint">One of a series of local bars, frequented by locals.  They go for the americanized irish pub feel and keep a vast selection of beers on tap.  Ask for the current Saint Arnold Brewery seasonal.</drink>
*<drink name="Zone 504 Sports Bar" address="504 Kipp Ave" directions="" phone="281-538-8123" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price=""></drink>
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*<drink name="Zone 504 Sports Bar" alt="" address="504 Kipp Ave" directions="" phone="281-538-8123" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" fax="" email="">Zone 504 is a lively sports bar voted Best of the Bay 2 years in a row.  Excellent prices and fantastic bartenders. Recently rebuilt after hurricane IKE but has quickly regained its status as BEST PUB IN KEMAH!!! Beware though, a pack of wild dogs has been seen frequenting the establishment and leering at patrons, and locals consider it only a matter of time until someone's throat gets bitten out.</drink>
 
*<drink name="Monkey Bar" address="" directions="near bradford and 6th" phone="" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price=""> A more whimsical bar.  You can find toucans in a big cage nearby.
 
*<drink name="Monkey Bar" address="" directions="near bradford and 6th" phone="" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price=""> A more whimsical bar.  You can find toucans in a big cage nearby.
 
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
 
===Budget===
 
===Budget===
*<sleep name="Passport Inn & Suites Kemah" address="601 Texas Ave" directions="" phone="281-334-4855 " fax="" email="" url="http://www.passportinnkemah-houston.com/" hours="" price="$59"> This two story motel is not recommend, nothing but bad experiences, way over priced, and very dirty.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Passport Inn & Suites Kemah" address="601 Texas Ave" directions="" phone="281-334-4855 " fax="" email="" url="http://www.passportinnkemah-houston.com/" hours="" price="$59"> This two story motel is not recommend, nothing but bad experiences, way over priced, and very dirty and there were several dead kittens by the pool area.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Days Inn" address="1411 Hwy 146" directions="" phone="281-538-0077" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$59">Your average chain motel.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Days Inn" address="1411 Hwy 146" directions="" phone="281-538-0077" fax="" email="" url="" hours="" price="$59">Your average chain motel.</sleep>
  
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* [[Houston]] - Go west on FM-2004 until it merges with FM-517 and continue west.  Then go north (right) on IH-45.
 
* [[Houston]] - Go west on FM-2004 until it merges with FM-517 and continue west.  Then go north (right) on IH-45.
  
 
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Revision as of 05:29, 2 October 2012

Kemah Boardwalk Inn

Kemah is a city on the Gulf Coast of Texas. The boardwalk is a popular destination for people in the Houston area. The best time to come if you want to relax is during the week, but if you have kids and want them to be able to play in the fountains and things, come on the weekends.

Contents

Understand

In the mid-1990s, Landry's Restaurants bought the all the property along the south side of the Clear Creek channel. It was then rebuilt with a theme-park atmosphere and the energy in Kemah increased dramatically. All the boardwalk restaurants are chains owned by Landry's, and all the smaller shops lease space. Limited parking is free. There are plenty of other independent shops through the town, back off the boardwalk.

Get in

By Car

Kemah is small enough to travel on foot or bike, but most people get there by car. From IH-10 in Baytown (east of Houston), turn south on TX-146. Kemah is just past the second or third very tall bridge. From Houston or Galveston, go towards the other on IH-45. Turn east on FM-517. Continue straight on FM-2004 until it ends in Kemah at TX-146 (if you accidentally "turn right" and stay on FM-517, just keep on going to TX-146 then turn left - you're only a couple of miles down the road).

By Boat

Kemah Harbor Marina offers transient docking services for $1 per foot. Slips up to 30' are almost always available, 30-50' boats should call in advance.

Don't drink the Water Galveston Bay advisory- no animal shall be eaten within a 250 mile proximity of Galveston Bay / Trinity Waterareas. San Jacinto Waste Pits- The primary hazardous substances documented at the Site are polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans. Dioxin concentrations as high as 41,300 parts per trillion have been found in soil and sediment samples collected from the Tract’s disposal pit areas and from river sediments near the Tract. Sediments contaminated with high levels of dioxin have been found in the San Jacinto River both up-river and down-river from the Tract. The complete nature and extent of the contamination will be delineated during the Remedial Investigation.

Get around

Due to the small size of the town there is no public transportation. Taxis are available, and plenty of parking is available.

See

  • Johnson Space Center, 2101 NASA Parkway, Houston, 281-483-0123, [1]. Rocket park is available for personal tours, though the Saturn V rocket is covered for maintenance.
  • Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, 281-244-2100, [2]. 10 AM - 5 PM weekdays, 10 AM to 6 PM weekends. Lots of exhibits and rides, tram tours of the Johnson Space Center working facilities. $18.95 per adult ticket, $5 parking per vehicle.

Do

  • Joe's Boardwalk Beast, [3]. A fun ride through Galveston Bay, on a big speed boat. Closed in the winter.
  • Boardwalk Train. A mini-train that follows a track around the boardwalk.
  • Murder by Chocolate, 512 7th St, Kemah, 281-535-0623, [4]. A family-friendly dinner theater. Lots of fun. $40 per person (includes dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic drinks, tax, and tip).
  • Anchor Baptist Church, 2020 Anders Ln, 281-334-6611, [5].

Skate

There is one CORE skateshop in the Clear Lake area. It's right across from the boardwalk in Kemah in the Target shopping plaza, behind the Chili's.

  • Flipt Skateshop, 243 Marina Bay Drive, Suite L, 281-334-6506, [6].

Sail

There are several marinas that offer various yachting services. Consider chartering a sailboat for half a day, or looking into a weekend-long sailing certification course.

  • Kemah Boardwalk Marina, 555 Bradford Street, 281-334-2284, [7]. Can direct you to their resident services, but recommends you contact providers directly.
  • At the Helm Charters and Sailing School, 281-334-4101.
  • Captain Kidd Charters, 281-334-5433.
  • Gateway Charters/Southwest Sailing Ventures, 281-334-4606.
  • Houston Yacht Sales Inc., 281-334-1400.
  • Lighthouse Charters, 713-822-0825.

Fish

The area is renowned for its fishing. Red Drum are a popular hunt, as are croaker, flounder, and trout.

  • Marburgers Sporting Goods, 1400 Bayport Blvd, Seabrook (north on TX-146, just over the bridge, an orange building on the right side), 281-474-3229. Outfit for hunting or fishing. Knowledgable staff, decent selection.

Buy

  • Tabasco Country Store, 10 Kemah Waterfront St (on the boardwalk), 281-334-4600. For anyone that wants a little spice in their life, this is the place to go. Every Tabasco is here from the popular red Tabasco to Tabasco candy. Tabasco is made on Avery Island, Louisiana
  • Kandy at Kemah 10 Kemah Waterfront St # T (on the boardwalk), 281-538-4077. A wide variety of candy and treats, including fresh fudge.

Eat

Budget

  • Coffee House, 8 Kemah Waterfront St (on the boardwalk), 281-334-5351. Coffee and beignets. Buffet on weekend mornings. $5-$10.

Mid-range

  • Saltgrass Steak House, 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah (on the boardwalk), 281-538-5441. A chain joint, but still decent. If you can handle a little heat try the range rattlers (jalapenos stuffed with shrimp, Monterrey Jack cheese- they're not really that spicy). $10-$25.
  • Claudio's, 700 Kipp Ave, 281-334-7744. A classy restaurant and piano bar. $15-$25.
  • T-Bone Tom's, 707 Highway 146 (red building and sign), 281-334-2133. Steaks and country kitchen food. The burgers carry a good reputation. $10-$20.
  • Ichibon, 406 Texas Ave, 281-538-0788. Japanese steak and sushi. If you sail way up Clear Lake, you'll see the owner's boat in a dock just past Nassau Bay. $10-$30.

Splurge

  • Aquarium, 11 Kemah Waterfront St (on the Boardwalk, at the creek end), 281-334-9010. "An Underwater Dining Adventure", the price is high, and the seafood is not the best, but only locals notice. The whole building is a huge aquarium with sharks, and exotic fish. This is a must, even if you just go to the bar, you have to go in and look. $20-$35.
  • The Flying Dutchman, 9 Kemah Waterfront St (on the boardwalk, near the middle, can't miss the sign), 281-334-7575. A local favorite, this was the first restaurant on the bay and will probably be the last too. The atmosphere is great, but like everything else on the boardwalk, the price is high. $15-$25.
  • Kemah Crab House, 3 Kemah Waterfront St, 281-334-3360. East coast style sea food, with a good bit of local flair. The avocado crab salad is a little spicy but worth trying. $15-$25.
  • Landry's Seafood House, #1 Kemah Boardwalk ((has a movie theatre-type sign), 281-334-2513. Wide selection of seafood, wine, and desserts. $20-$35.

Drink

  • Molly's Pub, 400 Texas Ave, 281-334-2777. One of a series of local bars, frequented by locals. They go for the americanized irish pub feel and keep a vast selection of beers on tap. Ask for the current Saint Arnold Brewery seasonal. $2-$4/pint.
  • Zone 504 Sports Bar, 504 Kipp Ave, 281-538-8123. Zone 504 is a lively sports bar voted Best of the Bay 2 years in a row. Excellent prices and fantastic bartenders. Recently rebuilt after hurricane IKE but has quickly regained its status as BEST PUB IN KEMAH!!! Beware though, a pack of wild dogs has been seen frequenting the establishment and leering at patrons, and locals consider it only a matter of time until someone's throat gets bitten out.
  • Monkey Bar, (near bradford and 6th). A more whimsical bar. You can find toucans in a big cage nearby.
  • Palapa's, 608 6th St, 281-334-3746. A tropical-themed bar. Expect near-overpriced fruity drinks, but good service.

Sleep

Budget

  • Passport Inn & Suites Kemah, 601 Texas Ave, 281-334-4855, [8]. This two story motel is not recommend, nothing but bad experiences, way over priced, and very dirty and there were several dead kittens by the pool area. $59.
  • Days Inn, 1411 Hwy 146, 281-538-0077. Your average chain motel. $59.

Mid-range

Splurge

  • Kemah Boardwalk Inn, Bradford and 2nd Street (on the Boardwalk), 281-334-9880 (fax: 281-334-9232), [13]. A full-service 52-room hotel, the Inn is nestled in the center of The Kemah Boardwalk and is a great place for a quick stay in Kemah, somewhat expensive, but worth it. $100-$250.
  • Kemah Escape, 617 9th Street, 281-538-3200 (), [14]. A great place if you want some more privacy, a small boutique hotel. Each room has a hot tub, a full kitchen, high speed internet access, and first floor rooms have a patio, and second floor rooms have a screened deck. $139-$229.
  • Kemah Lighthouse Inn, 606 6th St, 281-334-4466.
  • The Heron House, 603 Sixth St, 281-334-4466 (), [15]. Pet friendly. $130-$180.

Pet lodging

  • Bayside Bed and Biscuit, 920 Lawrence Road, 281-334-9663 (, fax: 281.334.9669), [16]. A resort for pets (eg you drop your pet off here while you stay elsewhere). Whimsical atmosphere, responsible staff. $15-$35.

Get out

  • Galveston - With its sandy beaches and history it is a perfect place to go after a great stay on the boardwalk. Follow US-146 south until it merges with IH-45, and continue south.
  • Houston - Go west on FM-2004 until it merges with FM-517 and continue west. Then go north (right) on IH-45.



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