It’s time to get down to the water! With the weather heating up and everyone looking to cool down, Kemah is full of attractions and events to fill your day without breaking the bank. From paddle-boarding to thrift store shopping, there’s something for everyone. Read more below to find our top picks for cheap and free things to do in Kemah.
Get outside! Kemah is full of opportunities to get your feet wet….literally. Swimming and strolling on the beach is always free. A fishing license is needed to fish from the beach but you can get one for as low as $11. If you’re looking for something new, try renting a kayak or go paddle-boarding. Kemah also has a ton of great boating companies to give you your own personal tour. The Boardwalk Beast is just $20 for adults. And don’t forget that you can get discounted passes–nearly 50% off– to Kemah Boardwalk and four other top Houston attractions through Houston CityPASS. Check out our CityPASS review for more info.
For a totally free and outdoorsy afternoon, grab a picnic and head down to any of Kemah’s great public parks. Deep Hole Park has a playground, a gazebo, and a grassy fishing area. James A. Foster Park is also a favorite with the locals.
FOOD & DRINK
Kemah is known for their wide selection of restaurants- from upscale eateries to low-key beach-front patios. Check out T-Bone Tom’s for world-class Texas BBQ, enormous chicken fried steak, and fresh seafood. All is served on their lively outdoor patio which also features live music.
For something a little more upscale, check out Kemah’s our winery. Nestled in the heart of old Kemah, Clear Creek Vineyard offers tours, tastings, picnic lunches, and more.
Kemah should be synonymous with seafood by now but if it isn’t, head over to Rose’s Seafood Market. It’s a large, family owned shop proudly serving the public with an abundance of fresh seafood to choose from.
Kemah Boardwalk is best known for its roller-coasters and rides but did you know that admission is always free? That’s right- no ticket necessary to take in the sites. You can stroll along the pier or get your fix of window shopping at any of their charming stores without spending a dime. The boardwalk also hosts a variety of live performances and festivals with free admission. Weekends regularly feature live music. That’s why the Boardwalk is one of the most popular things to do in Kemah. Remember to get your discounted amusement park ride passes to Kemah Boardwalk and four other amazing Houston attractions for 49% off with Houston CityPASS.
Want the experience of the Aquarium Restaurant without also having to pay for diner? No worry, viewing their aquariums is always free. Even better, feed the stingrays at Stingray Reef for just $7. More programs and special events are hosted throughout the year for nominal fees.
Does homemade fudge sound good to you? How about some people watching? Or a carriage ride at night? Kemah’s Lighthouse District, right next door to the Boardwalk, has all of that and more. Shopping, night life, dance classes- there’s a little something for everyone!
THRIFTS & ANTIQUES
Maybe you’re looking for a deal. Maybe you want to reduce your carbon foot print. Perhaps you just dig vintage. Whatever your reason, Kemah has a few choice thrift and antique shops for you to peruse. Encore Resale Shop has over 2000 square feet and more than 16 vendors for your thrifting pleasure. I Spy…the Perfect Piece Resale Shop is decidedly more choosy with their selection but you can find great pieces without paying full retail price. Boater’s Resale Shop of Texas can cover all of your nautical needs from vintage electronics to canoe accessories. Thrift away!
Like being scared? Why not visit the dark side of reality? Dungeon of Doom is Kemah’s own haunted house and it’s open from September through Halloween. Tickets are $15 per victim or you can visit their sneak peak nights in September for just $5.
Don’t worry- Kemah isn’t out to get you. Plenty of local haunts offer live music. Amadeus offers not only great food but live music every night in their chic, cozy piano bar. Stuttgarden Tavern has not only live music but trivia nights as well. Jackie’s Brickhouse takes on a sports-bar feel with pool, shuffleboard, and live music, and of course, amazing eats and drinks. They’re sure to delight not only your taste-buds but your earbuds as well.
Don’t just take our word for it- Kemah’s attractions and entertainment are world-class. Let us know in the comments about your favorite things to do in Kemah.