There is still time to embark on the perfect vacation with your family this summer, and Conroe, Texas is the place to be! From lake adventures on 22,000-acre Lake Conroe to birdwatching and hiking in miles of forest, add these five activities to your itinerary.

Journey to Paradise at Margaritaville Lake Resort

Take you and your family to paradise this summer with a stay at Conroe’s Margaritaville Lake Resort. This Jimmy Buffett inspired getaway combines luxury with family friendly amenities to keep everyone entertained and relaxed all summer vacation long. Located on 186 waterfront acres, begin your vacay by going for a swim in one of the resort’s five pools. The kiddos will love the waterslides and giant water bucket at the Jolly Mon Waterpark, while you perfect your tan at the pool with a tropical drink in hand. Traveling with golfers in your group? Tee up and practice your swing at Margaritaville’s 18-hole golf course. When you want to relax and unwind, head to the St. Somewhere Spa for a day of pampering. Grab dinner lakeside at one of Margariatville’s signature restaurants when you need to refuel for more fun.

Wave Hello to Lake Fun on Lake Conroe

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Experience living the lake life when you adventure on 22,000-acre Lake Conroe. Known as Houston’s aquatic playground, Lake Conroe is ideal for recreational activities and enjoying the stunning naturescapes. Fishing is one of the most popular activities on Lake Conroe. Take the kids out on their first fishing trip and make sure to pack a camera to snap a photo of their impressive catch. No boat? No worries! Whether you are looking for a ski boat or paddleboards, Conroe’s local retailers are eager to rent you the equipment you need to have an amazing time on the water. From inner tubing to jet skiing you can pick your own adventure on Lake Conroe this summer.

Explore a National Forest

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Nature is at the heart of every visitor experience in Conroe. Lace up your hiking boots and set out for an afternoon amidst the trees at Sam Houston National Forest. One of only four national forests in Texas, this outdoor-lovers paradise is full of fishing, hiking, and bird watching opportunities year round. W. Goodrich Jones State Forest is also nearby where you and your family can hunt for geocache treasures and spot endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker in the towering pines. If hiking or birding are not your family’s idea of fun, Conroe offers a variety of other unique outdoor activities to enjoy. Get ready for a good time at 7 Acre Wood, featuring a petting zoo and miniature golf for the family. You can also pick your own blueberries at the oldest “Pick Your Own Blueberries” farm in Texas, featuring 20 varieties on over 20 acres.

Feel Inspired by Local Art

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Whether you are watching a theatrical performance or roaming an art gallery, experience arts and culture in Conroe during your visit. Local artisans are waiting to catch your eye with their exhibits at one of downtown’s three art galleries. Grab a coffee and a decaf treat for the littles and continue with a walking tour of the art benches that line downtown. Don’t forget to stop for a photo op at the Conroe Legend’s mural wall! Theater lovers won’t want to miss a live production at the Historic Crighton Theatre or a play at Owen Theatre. For an educational opportunity, check out The Lone Star Monument & Historical Flag Park to learn the history of our state’s flag and see 13 battle and rally flags flown over Texas.

Walk and Shop Through Downtown Conroe

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Soak in the charm of Historic Downtown Conroe and explore all that this walkable downtown has to offer. From shopping and dining to entertainment and nightly live music, there is a little something for everyone. Shop local and try something new when you stop by the Main Street Market, a farmers and artisan market happening every Saturday downtown. Continue your shopping adventures and pop in the antique shops and boutiques that line the streets. As you are walking around you will likely hear local musicians displaying their talent. Follow the sounds of live music traveling from many of the local eateries waiting to serve you some Conroe cuisine and entertainment.

Whether you spend the entire weekend on the lake, or stay and play at Margaritaville all summer long, a summer family vacation in Conroe will surely be one to reminisce about for years to come.