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