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

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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.
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