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All-Inclusive Family Fun at Houston's Kemah Boardwalk

By Elisha Neubauer

Just shy of twenty miles from Houston, Texas, you'll find the Kemah Boardwalk: a stunning 60-acre waterfront property boasting an all-inclusive entertainment complex filled with restaurants, amusement rides, midway games, weekend festivals and complete with a full-scale hotel and marina. Winner of the 2014 Local's Choice Award for Best Attraction and Best Place to Take A Visitor, Kemah Boardwalk is a great location to spend a day (and night) when you're on the hunt for something new and adventurous.

In order to stay ahead of the vacationers' curve, Kemah works hard to cater their rides to all ages, ensuring there is something for everyone in your party. These rides include such great feats as the FLARE, which is a 73-foot tall looping coaster; and the Iron Eagle Zip-line, which flies nearly 100 feet over the Boardwalk at a speed of 30 mph. For the little ones, rides such as the Wonder Wheel, a small scale Ferris wheel, and the Double Decker Carousel are available. And if rides aren't quite the experience you're looking for, you can check out the one of a kind touch tank in Stingray Reef, where guests can get up close and personal with a live population of Stingrays.

Amusement rides aren't the only large selection available at Kemah Boardwalk. The dining options are equally as inclusive, offering a large variety of options to guests of the Boardwalk. You can choose from small snacks and coffee eateries such as Starbucks and Sweet Scoops or enjoy full waterfront dining at establishments like The Flying Dutchman, Landry's Seafood, Red Sushi, Saltgrass Steakhouse, or Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. If you're in the market for something uniquely different, the themed restaurant Aquarium is available, hosting floor to ceiling aquarium tanks and a menu with a tropical flair.

"The Kemah Boardwalk hosts special seasonal events, festivals, live entertainment and firework displays throughout the year," says Hayden Rome, PR Rep for Kemah Boardwalk. "Most of which are free and open to the community and cater to our three million annual visitors."

The Boardwalk plays home to community charity events such as the AHA Bay Area Heart Walk, the MS Society Walk, and the Toughest 10K: a local 10K run that benefits the Bridge Over Trouble Waters organization. Just for fun events such as the Blues, Brews, and BBQs and the Mustang Car Show decorate the yearly schedule for those guests who just want to kick back and enjoy a good time; and family events like the New Year's Eve Family Celebration and the Great Outdoors Event make up the remainder of the calendar.

When it comes to event planning, holidays are a big deal on the Boardwalk. February brings the Seaside Sweethearts event, where guests can enjoy a complimentary train ride with any dining purchase and Easter brings a multitude of events, such as the Bunny Hop Egg Hunt and the Easter SONrise Service.

"Throughout the holiday season, we host a variety of events such as Jingle on the Boardwalk which includes a variety of events every Saturday and Sunday in December, in addition to a New Year's Eve Family Celebration with fireworks and live entertainment," Rome tells us. "Make sure to check out our dynamic calendar of events for 2016, which has already been set for the year!"

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