Next time you’re craving a peaceful stroll on the boardwalk and a damn good plate of snapper, abscond to the tiny town of Kemah, Texas. As our friend Will Shakespeare would say, “Though Kemah be but little, it is fiercely fun.” Located about 35 miles southeast of Houston, Kemah is like an easygoing beach bum neighbor to the big city’s urban cowboys and cowgirls. If you’re any combination of the two, wander on over to where the Galveston and Trinity Bays meet up to bask in the sunshine. Between puttering around in the bay and taking a spin on a waterside Ferris wheel, relax in charming Kemah hotels right on the beach or a short distance from Clear Lake.
Kemah sways to its own waves. For proof-positive, check out the speedboat ride affectionately known as the Boardwalk Beast—it’s quite a brazen beauty. After a wild spin around Galveston Bay on this speedster, you’ll be ready to drip dry on a nearby roller coaster. Not looking to repeat the “Dizzinator Incident of 2014”? Neither are we. Hail a vintage carriage ride and grab some cotton candy for the road. Take a turn down Bradford and Kipp Avenues, south of the Boardwalk. Both are brimming with unique boutiques and delicious seaside dishes. Wine and dine on fresh crustacean sensations then savor sweet dreams in top-shelf hotels in Kemah. But don’t turn in too early. Houston boasts the second-largest theater district in the United States, bested only by New York City. Pick up a handy car rental in Kemah and cruise the highway for a fish fry on your way to the “Big Heart.”
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