Destination guide

Fun for the whole family in Kemah

You won't need to stroll far from the door of your Kemah vacation rental to encounter the buzzing family attractions that make this Texan Gulf town such a hit. All along the famous boardwalk, rollercoasters hump up and screech down, concession stands dazzle with colorful candy floss and ice-cream cones, and carousels twizzle around between pea-gun shooting ranges and quirky souvenir stalls. The resort is a happy-go-lucky ball of carnivalesque fun, while a couple of more attractions lurk nearby too, including the Space Center Houston and the colonial-style villas and pretty beaches of Galveston.

Things to do

Rollercoasters and rocket museums in Kemah

It's easy to navigate your way from the door of your Kemah vacation rentals to the town's main attractions, because you're likely to be able to see the soaring Boardwalk Tower, the swinging Jungle Bounce, the timber-built Boardwalk Bullet, and the loop-de-loop Flare, which all induce screams and gasps from riders, along the shore. Meanwhile, the iconic Space Center Houston and its cosmic exhibits about explorations of our solar system, and the historic mansions of Galveston with their elegant facades, are both just a little further afield.


Wholesome enjoyments abound in Kemah

It's all about bringing the whole family together in Kemah, with adrenaline-pumping rides, immersive rainforest exhibits, marine wildlife shows, rollercoasters, and ad hoc street entertainments all lining up along the town's main waterfront. If you're lucky enough to get Kemah vacation rentals close to the boardwalk, you'll be right in the heart of the action – think mornings of pancake stacks in the diners and afternoons of shopping for pirate-themed trinkets in the bazaars. Meanwhile, there's boating trips in Trinty Bay to enjoy, and oodles of Texan heritage in other nearby destinations.


Kemah gets the sun and the sea breeze

Kemah's known for the billowing winds that caress the city from across Galveston Bay throughout the whole year. They are actually a welcome addition to the climate, offering a soothing, cooling breeze during the hot summer months. Visit between May and August to get the highest temperatures – expect the mercury to crank up to around 90 at its peak. That's also when you can enjoy the bustling city boardwalk when it's in full holiday mode, and the beaches of nearby Galveston at their best.

Natural features

Lakes, creeks, and the Mexican Gulf in Kemah

Kemah boasts an enviable location in the heart of the Clear Lakes region, which means it's surrounded by brackish lagoons and wide bays where boats bob in the occasional marina, and wetlands fade out to meet the winding creeks of southern Texas. To the south, the area's natural piece de resistance comes in the form of the salt-washed boardwalks and white-sand beaches of Galveston Island State Park and the Stewart Beach Park, where the Mexican Gulf crashes against the shore and seabirds roam the undulating dunes.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Kemah

Fly into Houston, TX (EFD-Ellington Field), the closest airport, located 9.7 mi (15.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Houston, TX (HOU-William P. Hobby), which is 17 mi (27.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Kemah?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,072 vacation rentals near Kemah. From 421 Houses to 548 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kemah for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Kemah?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kemah:

  • San Jacinto: 397 vacation rentals
  • Kempner Park: 383 vacation rentals
  • Beachtown: 48 vacation rentals
  • South Central Houston: 614 vacation rentals
  • Silk Stocking District: 172 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kemah?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Kemah. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kemah Boardwalk: 76 vacation rentals
  • Galveston Seawall: 2,505 vacation rentals
  • Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier: 1,487 vacation rentals
  • Seawall Boulevard: 1,604 vacation rentals
  • Galveston Fishing Pier: 2,580 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kemah listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Kemah?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 421 Houses in Kemah. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kemah include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 548 rentals available
  • Cottages: 40 rentals available
  • Cabins: 40 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Boats and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kemah?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 545 vacation rentals with pool available in Kemah. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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