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Summer Guide: Kemah Boardwalk

Brooke Lewis
Posted on June 22   |   Updated on June 28
Enjoy rock music every Thursday night at Kemah Boardwalk this summer. (Kemah Boardwalk/Facebook)

Enjoy rock music every Thursday night at Kemah Boardwalk this summer. (Kemah Boardwalk/Facebook)

This summer, I’m sharing some iconic spots to check off your bucket list. Kemah Boardwalk is just 20 miles from downtown Houston and once you’re there, you’ll find endless food, games, shops and fun. Below are some highlights of the famous boardwalk for the adventurers, foodies, shopaholics, and music lovers.

The Thrill Seekers

The best part about Kemah Boardwalk is that you won’t run out of activities to keep you entertained. If you love adventure and want to get your adrenaline pumping, then buy an all-day ride pass to enjoy rides like The Boardwalk Bullet, Aviator, and Century Wheel. You can also check out their arcade and games.

The Foodies

While you’re there, grab a bite at one of the waterfront restaurants. The Aquarium is a must-see because you get to dine around a 50,000 gallon aquarium featuring more than 100 species of tropical fish. For burger lovers, head to hamburger institution Tookie’s, which has been open since 1975 and has some of the best burgers in the state. At this new family-owned Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Boardwalk, they’re offering two specialty drinks for only $8.

The Shoppers

After you have your meal at The Aquarium, stop by the Treasure Chest gift shop to pick up toys, home decor, or another souvenir. Then, grab some of your favorite candy to take home and savor at The Candy Box on Kipp Avenue. Kemah Outfitters on Waterfront street is the perfect place to buy beach and surf apparel that you can use at Galveston and Surfside Beach.

The Music Lovers

Enjoy free live music on Kemah Boardwalk on Thursday nights until mid-August, featuring a range of rock artists, including Escape, Dude Ranch HTX and Green Daze, Velcro Pygmies, and more. Also, check out their free Tejano night concert series every Sunday evening through July, where you can dance the night away to artists such as John Lopez and Silverado Band, Tony Ybarra, and Senzzible.

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