Kemah TX Real Estate and Homes for Sale in Kemah TX

Known as the “Gateway to the Bay,” the city of Kemah derived its name from a Karankawan phrase which means “facing the winds.” Sure enough, residents and tourists can definitely feel the breeze here in this delightful coastal city situated on Clear Lake and Galveston Bay. Kemah’s 1,700 residents also enjoy its close proximity to Houston, Galveston, and the celebrated NASA/Johnson Space Center, as well as the fact that it’s served by the award-winning Clear Creek Independent School District.

The boating capital of Texas has seen its fair share of interesting characters throughout the course of its history. Kemah’s original inhabitants were the Native American Karankawa tribes and due to its location pirates like the infamous Jean Lafitte were known to have offloaded some of their looted treasure in and around Kemah.

Today, Kemah is a magnet for visitors. With its restaurants, festivals, and numerous attractions, it’s no wonder The Houston Business Journal has ranked Kemah as the leading tourist destination in the Greater Houston-Galveston Area in 2012.


Great shopping finds and plenty of dining options are housed within the mélange of old and new buildings in the Kemah Lighthouse District. As the district is believed to be haunted, believers and skeptics alike love to go on the district’s popular Ghost Tour. The tour includes a reenactment of various Karankawa rituals and investigations of alleged paranormal sightings throughout the area. The Kemah Visitor Center and the Kemah Historic Museum are also found within the Kemah Lighthouse District.

Of course, when in Kemah, one shouldn’t miss the famous Kemah Boardwalk. Located approximately 20 miles away from Houston, the boardwalk boasts some of the best waterfront restaurants and amusements in Galveston Bay. Adults and kids alike will surely enjoy its assortment of fun amusement rides, seaside shows, and seasonal events.