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Fun and sun for everyone

There’s nothing better than making memories with family. But finding a vacation destination that fits everyone’s interests can be a real challenge. Instead of settling on a single amusement park or destination—why not explore an entire city? Whether you’re planning for adults, teenagers, young kids or all of the above—we’ve got the good stuff to keep everyone entertained.

Showing a little girl on a carousel.
Image Courtesy of Kemah Boardwalk

Explore the iconic boardwalk

Since 1997, Kemah Boardwalk has been a must-see destination for food and fun along the Texas coast. Parents love the family-friendly restaurants that satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. And, of course, kids of all ages love the rides.

For younger visitors and those seeking a more relaxed experience, we recommend the Ferris wheel, carousel and train ride. Have thrill seekers in your family? Then rollercoasters like the Flare and Boardwalk Bullet are right up your alley. If you’ve got a need for speed, strap in for the Boardwalk Beast speedboat ride.

And a final family favorite can be found in the immersive, educational wonder of the Stingray Reef & Rainforest Exhibit.

Showing the Boardwalk Beast docked at the marina.
Image courtesy of the Boardwalk Beast

A great escape!

Sure, it’s great to relax on vacation. But some minds (and bodies) just don’t slow down—and this is the perfect way to burn some energy!

For kids 10 and over, pump up the problem-solving at Escape Kemah. Can you put together all the clues to escape the room in 60 minutes or less? Find out in one of four escape rooms filled with clues and mind-bending puzzles.

Calling all space explorers

Space Center Houston is one small trip from Kemah, but one giant leap for your vacation experience. Here, you can get an inside look at the exciting history of NASA Johnson Space Center. But it’s not all looking backward: this is the home of an active training base and working mission control center. With tours, exhibits and even live presentations, you’ll find plenty of ways to bring the past, present and future of space exploration down to earth for your little astronauts-in-training.

Showing a space capsule on display at Space Center Houston
Image courtesy of Space Center Houston

Learning on the go

Wait—learning? On a vacation? That’s right, and it doesn’t have to be boring with Kemah’s surprising range of nearby museums. All aboard for the Dickinson Railroad Museum, where participants can see the inner workings of a historic railroad station. And if you’ve got your head in the clouds, you’re in luck! The Lone Star Flight Museum features classic aircrafts that visitors can see up close and in person—and you can even schedule a flight!