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.
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.
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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