KEMAH, Texas – Kemah Boardwalk is pleased to announce that it opened its newest thrill ride, the Flare looping coaster on Friday, May 9. The 75-foot tall ride, which is opening just in time for summer, will offer a unique experience for Texas Coast thrill seekers. Flare is the only ride of its size in the state and only the third in the world.
The new looping coaster promises to test riders’ courage by combining heart-racing heights at a speed of 27 miles per hour. Guests can let their hair fly as they rock back and forth with suspense before wildly looping seven stories in the air. With back to back seats facing either direction, each ride on Flare is a unique experience with great views of the Galveston Bay and the Kemah Boardwalk.
Complete with 20,000 LED lights, the ride features a dynamic programmed light show that will be visible not only from the Kemah Boardwalk, but also from the Galveston Bay.
“Flare is a seven-story steel looping coaster that will provide an extra bit of thrill to the Boardwalk by sending riders forwards, backwards and head-over-heels in an adrenaline drenched 360° revolution,” said Mark Kane, vice president of Landry’s amusement division. “We know this attraction will quickly become a favorite for all of our visitors.”
Flare is centrally located on the bay side of the Boardwalk next to the Train Station and Drop Zone. Riders must be 48-inches tall to ride. Larson International, based near Lubbock, TX is the ride’s manufacturer.
The Kemah Boardwalk has opened two rides, Flare and Iron Eagle, in the last seven months. The Iron Eagle zip line features a comfortable side-by-side two-seat chair lift where riders experience the sensation of flying at a speed of 30 mph. The Iron Eagle zip line opened fall of 2014.