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Kemah Boardwalk

The Kemah Boardwalk is a hotel and restaurant destination in Kemah, Texas, USA. The main attractions of the 42-acre (170,000 m2) complex, which opened in 2001, are its many restaurants overlooking Galveston Bay. The area was developed by Landry's Restaurants, which owns all of the restaurants on the boardwalk. Activities include shopping and midway games, as well as a miniature train that traverses the entire area. Additional attractions include a 36-foot (11 m) carousel, a 65-foot (20 m) Ferris wheel, and a new wooden roller coaster (the Boardwalk Bullet).

 

Since the closing of Six Flags Astroworld in nearby Houston, this is now the nearest recreational and entertainment park in the Houston area.

 

The South End Historic District of the Kemah Boardwalk features many local, family owned businesses. The businesses range from bed and breakfasts to shopping. The Clipper House Inn has several cottages to choose from. Shopping attractions include Boardwalk Fudge, Berdans, The Enchanted Christmas Cottage and Kemah Candles and Soaps. The Boardwalk also has Kemah Bella Spa and Reyna's Salon.

 

The boardwalk was among many Houston destinations devastated by the storm surge of Hurricane Ike in September 2008. Most of the rides were completely destroyed aside from the Boardwalk Bullet Roller Coaster but have all been repaired and reopened. Two new rides, the 140-foot (43 m) Drop Zone, and Wipeout, were added during the rebuilding.

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Taken on August 26, 2012