Out and about in 2018: Things to do in The Woodlands

From taking a stroll in one of many parks and trails in The Woodlands to listening to a local band play live, this guide is meant to introduce residents to some of the amenities the area has to offer.

Get active outdoors

Riva Row Boat House

In addition to single and tandem kayaks, Riva Row Boat House offers stand-up paddleboards for children and adults. Row from the boat house to Northshore Park and hang a right to paddle toward the CB&I building or hang a left to get to Southshore Park near Woodlands Parkway.

1201 Riva Row, The Woodlands
Hours: Thu.-Mon. 9 a.m.-sunset, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

YMCA at Shadowbend

The YMCA at Shadowbend offers a variety of amenities for an active lifestyle including group exercise classes, swim lessons,  a gymnasium, an outdoor pool, personal training and strength and cardio equipment.

6145 Shadowbend Place,

The Woodlands
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 4:45 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 1-7 p.m.

Bike trails

The Woodlands features more than 250 miles of paved hike and bike trails, most of which connect at points throughout the community, such as school, parks and shopping centers, to create a nearly endless loop of travel.


See local art

Glade Gallery

The gallery brings the work of established, contemporary European artists to The Woodlands Waterway.

24 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands
Hours: Tue.-Wed. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon.

South Woodlands Art Gallery

The gallery features work by artists who are  well-known locally and worldwide.

27562 Robinson Road, Oak Ridge North
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Saturdays and Sundays

Glade Arts Foundation

The nonprofit will feature a permanent collection from sculptor and painter David Adickes, in addition to temporary exhibits by local artists and traveling exhibits from other museums and galleries.

2000 Woodlands Parkway,
The Woodlands
Hours: TBA, opening in late January

Spotlight on the Art Gallery

Located in The Woodlands Mall, the gallery is a collaborative effort of many local artists and organizations.

1201 Lake Woodlands Drive (second floor), The Woodlands
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m.

Get the kids out of the house

Kanga’s Indoor Playcenter

Designed for children ages 1-11, this indoor play center features a multilevel indoor playground, a merry-go-round, an inflatable bouncy attraction, ball pools, an area for toddlers and a cafe.

26803 Hanna Road, Stes. 601-604, Oak Ridge North
Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum

The museum features more than 15 interactive science, art and cultural exhibits geared for children age 7 and younger. It also hosts a variety of events and activities.

4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m., closed Mondays

Obstacle Warrior Kids

Inspired by the NBC series “American Ninja Warrior,” the indoor gym features obstacle courses for all ages as well as classes and private parties.

27329 Spectrum Way, Oak Ridge North
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Listen to live music

Dosey Doe Big Barn

The music venue hosts various local and national musical acts year-round and also offers house brand coffee. Upcoming  musical artists in 2018 include John Anderson and David Archuleta.

25911 I-45 N., Spring

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion hosts more than 50 concerts annually. Upcoming musical artists in 2018 include Kesha and Macklemore, Niall Horan and Maren Morris, and Eric Church.

2005 Lake Robbins Drive,
The Woodlands

Hughes Landing

Enjoy live music Thursday evenings at Hughes Landing with the Rock the Row concert series, which features local bands playing a variety of favorites during the summer and fall.

Hughes Landing Blvd., The Woodlands

Northshore Park

The Concert in the Park Series at Northshore Park features free concerts held seasonally on Sunday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands

Walk the dog

Bear Branch Dog Park

This park offers shaded areas, a large dog section for dogs larger than 25 pounds and a small dog section for dogs smaller than 25 pounds. There is water available in both sections as well as benches, dog waste bags and waste containers.

5200 Research Forest Drive,
The Woodlands

WG Jones State Forest

This 1,722-acre forest was acquired in 1926 by the Texas A&M Forest Service. Visitors today can enjoy two small lakes with limited fishing and picnic options and nearly 15 miles of trails and pathways for horseback riding, outdoor exercise and dog walking.

2520 FM 1488, Conroe

Cattail Park

The park features sections for both large and small dogs. While there is a water source for dogs, owners are encouraged to bring their own drinking containers. This park also features a jogging track, picnic tables and a pavilion.

9323 Cochran’s Crossing Drive, The Woodlands

Tamarac Park

This park features a shaded, fenced dog park located next to a playground. A pavilion, picnic tables and a wheelchair-friendly area are also offered at the park.

1300 N. Millbend Drive, The Woodlands

See a movie

Cinemark 17 and XD

1600 Lake Robbins Drive,
The Woodlands

Cinemark at Market Street

9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands

The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park

The Woodlands Township offers family-friendly movie events throughout the year. Dates, hours and times vary.

6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands

Beat the heat

Rob Fleming Aquatic Center

6535 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands
Hours: TBA

Mary Pat Case Municipal Pool

1619 Wellman Road, Shenandoah
Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Oak Ridge North City Pool
26531 Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North
Hours: TBA

Get creative with crafts

Over the Top Cake Supplies

The baking supply store offers classes and private parties to teach bakers about decorating techniques, including cookie decorating and creating seasonal designs.

453 Sawdust Road, The Woodlands
Hours: Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mondays

Painting with a Twist

The studio provides paint, brushes, canvas and wine glasses for clients age 21 and older to sip wine while painting an art project with the help of an instructor. Private parties are available, and hours vary by day. Beverages are BYOB, and reservations are required.

570 Sawdust Road, The Woodlands

Pinot’s Palette

Clients can purchase or bring their own wine, beer or soft drinks to enjoy while painting a piece of custom art with the help of an instructor. Reservations are required. Hours vary by day.

3091 College Park Drive, Ste. 123, The Woodlands

Potteryland Studio

The studio offers ceramics and canvas painting classes where customers can pick from hundreds of pieces, such as teapots, bowls and piggy banks to paint to create a custom look. Workshops, parties and private events are available.

1027 Sawdust Road, The Woodlands
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.,
Sun. 1-6 p.m.

By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.


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