13 places to visit in The Woodlands area in 2021

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Glade Cultural Center presents live music and art exhibits in The Woodlands (Courtesy Glade Cultural Center)
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Dave and Buster’s opened in Shenandoah in 2020. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Recreation options in The Woodlands area have adapted since the COVID-19 pandemic brought changes to the way people gather, but as of early 2021, several venues were offering distanced or outdoor activities. This listing is not comprehensive.

The Woodlands

Dosey Doe Big Barn

This live music venue offers performances and dining with COVID-19 precautions in place. As of January, the venue is operating at reduced capacity, and it has focused on featuring local Texas performers during the corona•virus pandemic.

25911 I-45, The Woodlands



Glade Cultural Center

This fine art gallery and performance space also hosts programs from the nonprofit Glade Arts Foundation, which focuses on art education and community projects. The location hosts weekly live music at reduced capacity and with social distancing measures in place.

2000 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands



Market Street

This mixed-use town center located off Six Pines Drive includes more than 100 dining and shopping locations as well as an upgraded central park area where live music performances are held with social distancing measures in place.

9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands



Northshore Park

This The Woodlands Township park hosts several events throughout the year, including YMCA Dragon Boat races and Concert in the Park events, and serves as the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas starting point. The facilities also include barbecue pits, playground and recreation equipment.

2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands



Play Street Museum

Children’s activities, interactive exhibits and educational play are available along with space for parties and crafting events. The space is operating at limited capacity and with COVID-19 precautions in place.••207 East Shore Drive, Ste. 190, The Woodlands



Texas Treeventures

The outdoor climbing and ropes course at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park is operated by The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department.

6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands



The Woodlands Children’s Museum

The educational museum features interactive science, art and cultural exhibits geared for children age 7 and younger. It also hosts a variety of events and activities. Amid COVID-19 restrictions, events are held in block schedules, and social distancing and mask-wearing for adults are required. The museum is closed Mondays.

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




Dave and Buster’s The Woodlands

Newly opened in 2020 as part of the growing Metropark development in Shenandoah, this entertainment venue offers a sports bar environment with arcade games and options for parties and family events. The location follows COVID-19 guidelines by requiring masks, and it also offers takeout and delivery.

8915 Metropark Drive, Shenandoah




Montgomery County Nature Preserve

This 71-acre public preserve offers areas for bird watching and hiking as well as special programs. The site is located behind the recycling facility.

1122 Pruitt Road, Spring



Destinations while distancing

The Woodlands area offers a number of outdoor recreation opportunities.

George Mitchell Nature Preserve

The 1,800-acre nature preserve provides hiking and biking trails on the Spring Creek Greenway, with two hiking trail loops and 3 miles of bike trails.

5171 Flintridge Drive, The Woodlands



Riva Row and Lakes Edge boat houses

Kayaks and other rentals, such as water bikes, are available on Lake Woodlands. Hours and days of operation vary by season.

1201 Riva Row, The Woodlands

1970 Hughes Landing Blvd., The Woodlands



The Woodlands bike trails

The Woodlands features more than 250 miles of paved hike and bike trails throughout the community.



W.G. Jones State Forest

This 1,722-acre forest is operated by the Texas A&M Forest Service. The forest is open to the public and includes small lakes, areas for fishing and picnicking, and 15 mile of trails.

2520 FM 1488, Conroe


By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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