things to do in the woodlands

If you are unfamiliar with the area, The Woodlands is often known for their extravagant shopping mall and large outdoor concert venue, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. However, hidden underneath the tall, shady trees of the wooded city, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do in The Woodlands every weekend that fit your budget.

Here are our 5 favorite things to do in The Woodlands without breaking the bank.


1. The Waterway

Home to office buildings, restaurants (such as Grimaldi’s, Yucatan Taco Stand, Cyclone Anaya’s, and more), bars, shops, entertainment venues, and outdoor green spaces, the Waterway Square district is one of the Woodlands attractions. You can spend a day exploring the area with your family and not run out of stuff to do. The Waterway connects The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (where you can see the biggest concerts and productions), the mall, and the Woodlands Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. While there used to be the option to ride Waterway Cruisers and explore the area on a water taxi, the Cruisers aren’t currently running. However, the city hopes to have them in service again in the future.


2. George Mitchell Nature Preserve

Opened in 2007, The Mitchell Preserve covers nearly 1,700 acres. The park includes a two-mile main hiking trail loop and three miles of bike trails. If you’re looking to get out of the city and spend some time out in nature, this is the perfect spot for you. And of course, there is no cost to enter the preserve.


3. Glade Cultural Center

Opened only this past April, the Cultural Center aims to play a leading role in modern art in the community. For example, The Museum at the Glade Arts Foundation is the first museum in the Woodlands for contemporary art, film, and visual culture. The museum features a comprehensive permanent collection and will add frequently changing exhibits from contemporary local and international fine artists. The Center will also serve as a performing arts and event venue.


4. The Woodlands Children’s Museum

If you have younger kids, get their curiosity going at the Woodlands Children’s Museum. For only $6 per person, you can get a day pass to explore more than 15 interactive exhibits. Science, art, and culture are the core of the educational exhibits. It’s also a great way to get your kids to meet other children and get their social skills running.


5. Rob Fleming Aquatic Center

Out of the many pools that can be found in the Woodlands, Rob Fleming Aquatic Center takes the cake. Here, kids can take a swim in the lazy river, get a rush from the water slides, and splash around in the fountains. For parents, there’s plenty of seating area, shade structures, and a concession stand. Visitors can get tickets for $8 for those 48-inches and under and $10 for everyone else.


What are your favorite things to do in the Woodlands? Let us know in the comment section below!