The Woodlands, Texas is a fun place to spend a weekend with lots of options for things to do including excellent golf, upscale shopping, lakes and boating, kayaking, biking, and much more. Along I-45 just north of Houston, The Woodlands is easy to get to from just about anywhere in Texas. The weekend is focused on staying and playing at or near The Woodlands Mall.

For accommodations for a weekend at The Woodlands, consider staying on the Woodlands Waterway. You can park your car when you arrive and never need it again – walk out your door and within a minute or so you can be enjoying the music at Mitchell Pavilion, shopping, jogging on biking on the trails, jumping on water taxi, or sitting on the waterway sipping a cold beer and munching on some good appetizers. If you’re traveling in your RV or want to stay in a small cabin, check out Rayford Crossing – it is also very close to The Woodlands and one of the best RV parks in Texas – read our review of Rayford Crossing RV Resort.

Here is a list of some of the things to see and do when you visit The Woodlands:

Hit The Links

Play any of the several excellent golf courses in the area – some of our favorites include: Panther Trails, Augusta Pines, Tour 18, and High Meadow Ranch. Find some choices and read reviews on The Woodlands Golf Map.

Spend Some Money

The Woodlands Mall is a shopper’s heaven with plenty of upscale places to spend your money or head down to Old Town Spring to browse the over 150 unique shops selling merchandise from around the world.

Enjoy the Nightlife & Restaurants

In The Woodland’s Mall and nearby you’ll find cuisines from around the world (BBQ to Vietnamese) and several places to hangout until the wee hours, some of our favorites include: Dosey Doe for live music in an 150 year old barn from Kentucky, Brio for Italian, Pho Be for Vietnamese noodles & soup, Cheesecake Factory for way to much food, Rockfish for Seafood, and the The Goose’s Acre Bistro & Irish Pub for nightlife and sitting outside along the waterway.

One of the 150 unique shops in Old Town Spring
Panther Trail Golf Course at the Woodlands Resort
Riding the miles of trails at The Woodlands
Cheesecake Factory & PF Chaings at The Woodlands Mall

Get Some Exercise

After an evening of eating and partying, you need to go biking, jogging, or running on any of the many miles of paved trails meandering through The Woodlands. We enjoy riding bikes on the waterway trail and then down to Lake Woodlands and around the area – a flat, paved, easy trail. Or rent a one or two person kayak and paddle from The Woodlands Mall to the Lake Woodlands and back – you can rent kayaks at the Riva Row Boat House which is at the end of The Woodlands waterway.

Have Some Family Fun

Just a short trip west of out town, there’s something for everybody at Jellystone Park . From mini golf to fishing, water parks and live events, you can come stay and play all in one location. Jellystone Parks are known for being the most fun you can have on a local vacation trip, and the Waller location is no exception.

Water Taxi At The Woodlands Mall
Kayaking on The Woodlands  waterway
Home along the shore on Lake Conroe
Woodlands Mall Waterway and trail

Play Tourist

Pay the money and treat the kids to a ride on the water taxi – one price covers rides all day. Or take the kids to nearby Splashtown to play in the water park – they’ll love you forever and will be on their best behavior for at least a couple hours to say thanks! There is also a water feature and water spouts for the kids to play in along the waterway near the Marriott.

Listen to Music & More

Schedule your trip around an event at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on the waterway – a fantastic outdoor venue with plays, concerts, and more.

Go Boating

Zip over to nearby Lake Conroe and rent a waverunner, ski boat, or pontoon boat and spend some time cruising by the beautiful homes, swimming, bar hopping, skiing/boarding/tubing, or fishing. Our Lake Conroe Map has fishing guides, boat rentals, restaurants, and more.

Enjoy some or all of the above and you’ll drive home saying, “that was a fun, action packed weekend, what are we doing next weekend to replicate it?”

Mike Sharp
Author: Mike Sharp

I have a passion for travel and outdoor activities, and now I'm enjoying retired life. I will continue my traveling, golfing, boating, and enjoying life all across the great state of Texas.

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