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.
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.
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).
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.
Johnson Space Center, 2101 NASA Parkway, Houston, ☎ 281-483-0123, . Rocket park is available for personal tours, though the Saturn V rocket is covered for maintenance. edit
Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, ☎ 281-244-2100, . 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. edit
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.edit
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.
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. edit
Claudio's, 700 Kipp Ave, ☎ 281-334-7744. A classy restaurant and piano bar.$15-$25. edit
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. edit
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. edit
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. edit
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. edit
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. edit
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. edit
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. edit
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.edit
Monkey Bar, (near bradford and 6th). A more whimsical bar. You can find toucans in a big cage nearby. edit
Palapa's, 608 6th St, ☎ 281-334-3746. A tropical-themed bar. Expect near-overpriced fruity drinks, but good service.edit
Passport Inn & Suites Kemah, 601 Texas Ave, ☎ 281-334-4855, . This two story motel is not recommend, nothing but bad experiences, way over priced, and very dirty and there were several dead kittens and bodies by the pool area.$59. edit
Days Inn, 1411 Hwy 146, ☎ 281-538-0077. Your average chain motel.$59. edit
Clipper House Inn, 710 Bradford Ave, ☎ 281-334-2517 (email@example.com, fax: 281-957-5263), . Cottages named after clipper ships of renown, including the local favorite Elissa.$89-$229. edit
John Kipp House, 707 7th St, ☎ 281-334-3636 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 888-328-6288), . The former home of the founders of Kemah. Golf carts and private pier.$95-$195. edit
Kemah Boardwalk Inn, Bradford and 2nd Street (on the Boardwalk), ☎ 281-334-9880 (fax: 281-334-9232), . 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. edit
Kemah Escape, 617 9th Street, ☎ 281-538-3200 (email@example.com), . 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. edit
Bayside Bed and Biscuit, 920 Lawrence Road, ☎ 281-334-9663 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 281.334.9669), . A resort for pets (eg you drop your pet off here while you stay elsewhere). Whimsical atmosphere, responsible staff.$15-$35. edit
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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