Lake Conroe in Montgomery County is one of the most popular boating destinations in Texas. Locals and Houstonians love getting on the lake, fishing, hiking, and visiting some of the best eateries in town yet there’s so much more to do in Conroe than meets the eye. It’s a short hour drive from Houston, which makes visiting Lake Conroe a great thing to do on the weekend.
While you’re in Lake Conroe, there’s plenty of fun to be had, all without breaking your budget! Here’s our list for the best Cheap and Free Things to do in Conroe:
Conroe has plenty of parks and hiking trails to keep active and enjoy nature. Go kayaking on Lake Conroe, go hiking at Sam Houston National Forest, and be sure to see the Lone Star Monument and Historic Flag Park. Check out the public events at the amphitheater at Heritage Park Place.
The Conroe Aquatic Center includes a zero- depth, seasonal leisure pool with play structures, mini water blasters, a water curtain, and more. The Oscar Johnson Jr. Community Center Pool has a water slide and a mushroom spray. Don’t forget to stop by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Splash Pad.
ART & HISTORY
While Lake Conroe isn’t known for its museums, there are a couple in the area that are definitely worth checking out.
For a good, old fashioned history lesson, head to the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County. They offer a Pioneer Camp, a gift shop, and plenty of exhibits.
You’ll also want to bring them to the Conroe Art League. Their gallery is a member of the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance and they’re free to enter. Works are also on sale.
EAT & DRINK
What’s better on a hot day than an ice-cold, locally-made craft beer? For a cold beer, bar games, and a warm atmosphere, check out Southern Star Brewing Company (their Bombshell Blonde is a favorite). At B-52 Brewing, you can bring fido and sit outside.
There are also some great restaurants on Lake Conroe. Fajita jacks, Wolfie’s, Papa’s, and Sam’s Boat have spectacular views and great food.
Take in a show at Owen Theatre. This theater is cozy, owned by the city, and home to the Players Theater Company. Crighton Theatre is a gorgeous historic building and hosts everything from concerts to musicals and more.
If you want to have fun and keep fit, there are plenty of ways to do that in Conroe. Get your groove on at the Rainbow Roller Rink. Admission is just $7- $10. Kids will love the park, petting zoo, pony rides, playground, mini golf, and more at 7 Acre Woods. Admission is $6 plus tax and the weekend has extra activities.
Conroe has tons of farms and farmers markets. Check out the Jenkins Sunshine Farm for produce and skin care. The Isaac Conroe Farmers Market and Moorehead’s Blueberry Farm also have awesome treasures.
For traditional shops, visit Historic Downtown Conroe. You’ll find dining, live music, theater, festivals, Market Days, and shops. For thrifting and vintage, check out Barbara’s Resale and the Conroe-Woodlands Antique Mall.
Did we miss your favorite free and cheap things to do in Conroe? Let us know in the comments: