Kemah Boardwalk Bulletcoaster: Why It Is a Suicide Run

October 4, 2013

The fact that I was the only one on the Kemah Boardwalk Bulletcoaster would have been a red flag to most people.  But I love roller coasters… how bad could it be?  It was one of those wooden, old-school types, not the sleek high-drop kind that leaves your stomach in your mouth.

But within seconds of the start, I knew I was in trouble.  Following the slow, drawn-out, crickety climb to the top, the drop was disappointing.  Not very fast and certainly didn’t give me the butterflies in my stomach that I’d grown to love.  But I had little time to lament as my car whipped around the corner, throwing me hard against the left side of the wooden car.  Oweeeeeeee!  If my left ribs did not crack, they were at least bruised.  The rest of the ride was a combination of whiplash and more punishing smashes against the side.  Where were the butterflies in my stomach I was so looking forward to?

Not to worry, I found them on the Drop Zone free-fall ride.  A free-fall or drop tower is a type of amusement ride incorporating a  tower where passengers are taken to the top and then released to free-fall down the tower. Brakes activate to slow the enclosure as it approaches the bottom of the ride.

Freefall Kemah Boardwalk Houston TX

The Kemah Boardwalk is a very nice amusement/entertainment just outside of Houston, along Galveston Bay.  It offers a variety of rides at different levels, although nothing like the Six Flags type so older teenagers would probably not be interested.

Kemah Boardwalk TX


The boardwalk along the bay is picturesque and breezy, and there are several shops, a stingray discovery experience, a dozen restaurants and bars offering different dining experiences, and even an inn overlooking the bay.


Just outside the boardwalk is a marina and blocks of additional tourist attractions, ice cream shops, and restaurants.

All in all, the Kemah Boardwalk has all the elements for a very fun day!

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  1. Comment by Patti

    Patti Reply May 5, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Oh my! You’re a brave woman! I’m a wimpy coaster rider, but looks as if you had a great time!

    • Comment by Patti Morrow

      Patti Morrow Reply May 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      I love adrenaline rides! The higher they climb, the faster they fall, the better I like it!

  2. Comment by Michelle

    Michelle Reply May 5, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    You are very brave! I love roller coasters too, but I avoid the older wooden ones. I’ve gotten knocked around on them too many times. I think I would enjoy this park as well!

    • Comment by Patti Morrow

      Patti Morrow Reply May 5, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      I agree, Michelle! No more wooden roller coasters for me! It my ribs more than 2 months to heal. I’ll stick with the high-tech ones!

  3. Comment by Irene S. Levine

    Irene S. Levine Reply May 6, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Your opening line grabbed me! Loved it~

  4. Comment by Suzanne Fluhr

    Suzanne Fluhr Reply May 6, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Oh dear. I have not enjoyed amusement parks my entire life. I used to get carsick as a child, so roller coasters and even merry-go-rounds were something I learned to avoid early on. To be a good mother, I had to do more amusement riding than I would have liked. Your photos (as well done as they are) were enough to bring back some bad memories.

  5. Comment by Donna Janke

    Donna Janke Reply May 6, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I don’t ride roller coasters. They terrify me. But it looks like you enjoyed it.

  6. Comment by Anita @ No Particular Place To Go

    Anita @ No Particular Place To Go Reply May 6, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Almost everyone in my family but me loves amusement park rides and roller coaster rides in particular. The last picture of me that was taken on a ride shows me with my eyes squinched shut and white-knuckled! You’re so brave!

  7. Comment by Beston

    Beston Reply June 30, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Wow! These rides are so thrilling!
    If I am on these rides, I will be scared to be die! But I love these rides!
    Thanks for great share! 🙂

  8. Comment by Sheli naqvi

    Sheli naqvi Reply June 22, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Have you ever stood back and watched that roller coaster as the car comes by and whips around the corner the whole structure shifts and moves and sways I would not let any of my loved ones right that roller coaster.

  9. Comment by Cindy

    Cindy Reply August 29, 2018 at 4:21 am

    Wow, you really so brave, i only tried once on the roller coaster, little afraid of the fast speed and height.

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