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Spring thrives in The Woodlands, where the beauty of nature, art, and culture weave effortlessly throughout the community. Here, green spaces are dotted with art installations and trimmed with walking paths. Pine-lined trails hum with the sound of bicycles. Waterways sparkle with the soft wakes of paddle boards and kayaks. It’s no wonder that The Woodlands’ event calendar is filled with marathons, gatherings of outdoor enthusiasts, and music and art festivals.

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A Run Through The Pines

Do you have your eye set on the Boston Marathon, or looking to challenge yourself with a half marathon? The Woodlands Marathon is set for early March and has historically qualified close to 11% of its registered runners for the Boston Marathon. The flat course winds through the streets of Town Center and finishes on the scenic Woodlands Waterway—giving every runner a photo-worthy finish. Have a runner in the family? There’s no better place to be a spectator than The Woodlands, find a nice tree to picnic under, or a coffee shop to enjoy to cheer on your hero as they run by.

Speaking of heroes, The Woodlands is proud to host the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas every April. The notoriously grueling race consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run has never looked this tranquil. Athletes get to experience every inch of The Woodlands’ beautiful community. The race kicks off with the swim across Lake Woodlands, and ends with a run along the picturesque Woodlands Waterway across from The Waterway Avenue Bridge.

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An Event You Can’t Miss

Set in Town Green Park, along the scenic banks of the waterway, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival features artwork from nearly 200 juried artists from across the country. This April event—which has been named one of the top five art festivals in the world—offers so much more than beautiful art and a scenic setting. Along with shopping for fine art while enjoying live music, local food, beer and wine, a collection of children’s art activities make The Woodlands Waterway Art Festival a whole-family affair.

Has it been a while since you felt the thrill of a live concert? It’s time to check The Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavillion event calendar! With concerts covering all genres and eras of music, it’s no wonder The Pavillion has been named one of the “Top 10 Outdoor Amphitheaters in the World,” according to Pollstar magazine. Whatever your taste in music, there’s a perfect concert waiting for you in The Woodlands. 

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Go Your Own Pace

Adventure is never far away in The Woodlands, and you have countless options to choose from to determine what adventure means to you. It can be as laid back as hopping into a swan-shaped pedal boat for a laughter-filled photo-op, or a quiet morning run along nature-lined paths. You can paddleboard or kayak past restaurants, deciding which of The Woodlands’ chef-driven restaurants you’d like to try next, or escape into nature further south and see the Loch Ness Monster art installation along the banks of Lake Woodlands.

Looking for adventure on dry land? The Woodlands Resort offers two 18-hole courses, featuring rolling fairways lined with towering pines, white sand traps, and sparkling lakes, ready to challenge golfers of every skill level. Leaving the clubs at home? The Woodlands boasts several disc golf courses that offer families a great stroll through nature’s beauty while competing, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company.

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Get Out There In The Woodlands

With the weather warming up, and the days lengthening, there’s no better time than spring to escape to The Woodlands. You may know this destination for its world-class shopping and dining options, but it’s what’s in between all of those places that set it apart from other cities around Texas. Nature’s beauty isn’t pushed to the outskirts of town, it’s woven through every part of The Woodlands.

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