Located on the western shores of Galveston Bay where Clear Lake empties into the bay, the city of Kemah is regarded as one of the region’s major tourist draws. Established around 1898, the town went through several name changes, from Evergreen to Shell Siding, until it was finally renamed as Kemah, which was taken from the Karankawa Indian word that means “the wind in my face.” Originally a fishing community, Kemah evolved through the years, surviving many natural disasters, rebuilding itself and growing stronger all the time. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction, and was ranked as the number one tourist destination within the Greater Houston-Galveston Area in 2012.
Things to Do
The Kemah Boardwalk is undoubtedly the most well-known attraction in the city, and is considered as one of the country’s premier boardwalks. Starting along the mouth of Clear Lake, the boardwalk winds its way towards Galveston Bay, and is home to numerous shops, restaurants, a 56-room boutique hotel, and a 400-slip marina. In addition, there are amusement park rides and attractions, which include the Boardwalk Bullet, a 96-foot tall roller coaster that has the most number of track crossovers ever designed into a wooden coaster – 42 in all – and is currently only one of two wooden roller coasters in the state of Texas; and the Boardwalk Beast, a 25-minute speedboat ride that cruises across Galveston Bay at more than 40 mph.
Kemah Homes for Sale, Rentals and Houston Real Estate
Kemah offers a modest selection of real estate options, which are mostly single-family residences, beach cottages, waterfront homes and estate properties with boat facilities on private and secluded wooded lots along tree-lined streets in older neighborhoods. More contemporary homes such as townhouses and condos on landscaped streets and cul-de-sacs can be found in newer developments and communities like Kemah Village and Kemah Oaks. Vacant land and lots for those who’d prefer to build their dream home are somewhat limited.