A Winter Day in Kemah, Texas

Is there ever a bad day to go to the beach?

I guess that it probably depends on the beach, but a winter day in Kemah, Texas, was quite chilly and windy. Not unbearable, but you definitely need a warm jacket.

Kemah is located about 34 miles southeast of downtown Houston in Texas. It’s fairly close to where I currently live and is very close to NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

The first thing I did when I arrived was walk around the boardwalk. The boardwalk wraps around the bay and you can find fishing boats and sailboats coming into the harbor. There are also tons of sea birds like seagulls and pelicans, along with fish that you can feed via a $.25 food dispensary station.



There’s an old pier at the edge of the boardwalk, towards the large wooden rollercoaster, where you can often spot big brown pelicans.


At random spots along the boardwalk, you can use a high-powered telescope to look off into the distance and spot things off the coast (although, I’m not sure how pretty the view is…).

I really being near the water. I find being near the coast quite relaxing and rejuvenating, even though it was chilly.

Kemah is typically known as a fun place to visit in the summertime, especially for 4th of July and its weekend fireworks shows. It has a boardwalk with carnival rides like the wooden rollercoaster “Boardwalk Bullet”…


and carnival games. Of course, it costs to ride the rides and play games. It’s $25 for an all-day pass for adults and $20 for kids 48″ or shorter. Prices for the games depends on the game and how many tickets it costs. Since it was wintertime, the games were almost all closed and many of the rides, like the Boardwalk Bullet, were closed because they were under seasonal construction.


Despite the cold season, nearly all of restaurants that boast about local seafood and steak were open. I’m a vegetarian and found it kind of challenging to find vegetarian options, but most places can usually adapt dishes to exclude meat. I had never been to the Bubba Gump Shrimping Co. restaurant, so I decided to give it a try. It was pretty delicious, especially their Mac ‘n Cheese and berry & pear salad.

After lunch, I meandered towards the harbor to look at the sailboats. There were boats from all over the country – from south in Texas to Florida to Maryland! They were all large, beautiful boats, too, that I can only dream of owning.


My day ended when I got too cold to stay outside any longer, so I headed home. Overall, I thought that Kemah was a fun day trip and am definitely planning on coming back in the summertime, especially to watch the summertime fireworks. If you’re in the area and are looking for a fun day trip that can be as cheap or as expensive as you want, head to the Kemah Boardwalk!


Thank you for reading! Have you ever visited Kemah, Texas? Let me know in the comments below and like this post if you want more like it!




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