Local Destinations Guide: Get out and about in 2019

The Woodlands area is home to several amenities centered around outdoor fun, shopping and education for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.

Dosey Doe Big Barn

This music venue—a 177-year-old barn from Kentucky—offers live music on a daily basis ranging from country and rock to gospel music and jazz. Well-known for its coffee, the venue first opened in 2006 offering both dinner and a show.

25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands

Glade Arts Foundation

This fine arts center that opened in April features a museum and an art gallery, offers art classes on a weekly basis and hosts live performing arts events throughout the year.

2000 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands

iFly Indoor Skydiving

This facility uses a vertical wind tunnel to offer skydiving experiences for visitors of nearly all ages. iFly also offers education-focused field trips and group events.

26860 I-45 N., Oak Ridge North

Lake Woodlands

This man-made lake runs through The Woodlands Town Center and features two boat houses that offer kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing throughout the year.

2101 Riva Row, The Woodlands

The Recreation Center

The center offers camps, social events and outdoor enrichment activities, and features archery.

6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands

The Woodlands Children’s Museum

This nonprofit organization hosts art, science and musical exhibits and activities for children.

4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands

The Woodlands Waterway

The waterway is home to shopping and dining options as well as public art.

East of I-45 between Lake Woodlands Drive and Timberloch Place

Ice Rink At the Woodlands Town Center

January 15-21
This family-friendly ice rink is only available during the holiday season and features a large ice rink as well as areas for parties and concessions.

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands • 281-419-5630

Off the beaten path
Gadela Winery
This local winery near Creekside Park Village boasts a variety of reds, whites, blends and ice wines, and hosts events throughout the year ranging from wine tastings and karaoke to bottle art and painting classes.

8311 Ginger Drive, Spring

Kanga’s Indoor Playcenter
This 12,000-square-foot play center is open for children ages 1-11 and features a multilevel indoor playground, a rock climbing wall, slides, a mechanical pirate ship ride, a merry-go-round, inflatables, ball pits and a cafe.

26803 Hanna Road, Oak Ridge North

W.G. Jones State Forest
Located off FM 1488, the W.G. Jones State Forest is one of the nation’s largest urban-managed state forests and one of only five state forests in Texas. Managed by the Texas A&M Forest Service, visitors can ride bikes and horses, bring leashed pets, go fishing and hiking, and bring a picnic to the natural amenity. In addition to a variety of plant and wildlife, the forest is also home to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

Middle Lake Trail, Conroe

By Hannah Zedaker

Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


Raveneaux Country Club was one of hundreds of properties that flooded during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. (Courtesy Harris County Flood Control District)
Cagle: Goal of Raveneaux acquisition is not to put an ‘ugly hole in the ground’

“The goal is to create something more along the lines of Kickerillo [Mischer Preserve] with beautiful park amenities—little fishing piers, boat launches and walking trails that go around it,” Cagle said.

wayne gardiner woodlands township board of directors meeting january 15 2020
Officials plan action to address feral hogs plaguing Woodlands neighborhoods

Several dozen residents attended The Woodlands Township board of directors meeting Jan. 15 to voice continuing concerns about feral hogs in the Grogan’s Point neighborhood.

Both cities' candidate filing periods close Feb. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Candidate filing period for May elections begins in Shenandoah, Oak Ridge North

Both cities will have open races for mayor and two city council seats.

The deadline to pay property taxes in Montgomery County is Jan. 31. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County Tax Office to extend hours for property tax deadline

The deadline to pay property taxes in Montgomery County is Jan. 31.

Jonathan Ingram, senior associate with The Novak Consulting Group, presented law enforcement options to The Woodlands Township board of directors Jan. 15. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Woodlands board decides on compromise for incorporation law enforcement scenario

In the last step required before it can determine a maximum tax rate to propose on a ballot for incorporation, The Woodlands Township board of directors decided on a law enforcement model at its Jan. 15 meeting.

(Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo concert tickets go on sale Jan. 16

Lower-level seating options are already very limited.

CVS said its new HealthHub concept will open at stores on Kuykendahl Road and FM 1488 this month. (Courtesy CVS Health)
CVS Health debuts new HealthHub concept at 2 south Montgomery County pharmacy stores

CVS announced the launch of 15 HealthHub locations in January, including two in The Woodlands and Tomball.

The freestanding restaurant is under construction at The Woodlands Mall. Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper
Shake Shack coming to The Woodlands Mall this summer

The Woodlands store will be the national burger and milkshake brand's sixth Greater Houston location.

The John Cooper School
Guide: 26 private schools to check out in The Woodlands and south Montgomery County in 2020

Private schools around The Woodlands offer a variety of specialized instruction, from different religious affiliations to various types of curriculum.

Marini's Pizza is coming to Oak Ridge North in February and will offer carryout and delivery orders. Courtesy Marini's Pizza
Marini's Pizza to open in Oak Ridge North's Robinson Road Center this February

The eatery will offer carry-out and delivery from its location in Space Cadets Collection Collection.

Texas oil and gas industry could see a major slowdown in 2020

The oil and natural gas industry paid a record-setting $16.3 billion in taxes and royalties to local governments and the state in 2019, the Texas Oil and Gas Association announced Tuesday.

The I-45 interchange and overpass connecting Robinson Road and Woodlands Parkway will be the focus of one of Montgomery County Precinct 3's construction projects approved Jan. 14. Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper
$2.4M Robinson Road widening, Woodlands Parkway overpass improvements move forward

Commissioners also approved a $1.3 million widening project on eastern Lake Woodlands Drive.

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