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Tucked into the towering forests north of Houston sits an urban oasis lined with luxurious amenities and natural beauty. The Woodlands is more than your average vacation destination; it’s been designed to allow visitors to spend more time together. Leave your car in the hotel’s parking lot and enjoy a walk among the trees or the convenience of a free street trolley around this picturesque community. Here in The Woodlands, you’re invited to connect with your senses.

Outdoors at Your Pace

There’s no need to drive to the “edge of town” or pack serious hiking gear when visiting The Woodlands. You’ll find picturesque green spaces, quiet walking trails, and glistening water just steps away from wherever you’re staying in this stunning community. Here, fresh air and rejuvenating green spaces weave throughout the urban oasis, offering visitors seemingly endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors wherever, whenever and however they please. You can rent a kayak or paddle board from Riva Row Boat House or let the Lazy River set your pace at The Woodlands Resort. Battle it out for bragging rights on a championship golf course, or soak in the sun as you enjoy the public art installations in one of the community’s countless green spaces. Whatever your ideal outdoor pace, you’ll connect with natural beauty in The Woodlands.

Elevate your Family Time

The Woodlands offers families an array of activity and options away from subpar pizza at an overstimulating arcade. Leave the buzzers and flashing lights behind, and watch your kids light up as they throw themselves into the adventures around this family-friendly destination. Take them for a paddle on the Waterway in the famous Swan Boats, let them burn off some energy at the Splash Pads, watch them challenge themselves high in the air at Texas TreeVentures, or expand their minds at The Children’s Museum.

Local families love taking advantage of the outdoor events hosted weekly around town. From art festivals to concerts in the park, it’s almost too easy to enjoy family time together in The Woodlands. Grab some food to-go from a nearby restaurant, lay out the blanket, and enjoy some tunes.

World Class Options

Texas is spoiled with amazing food and restaurants worth traveling for. But nowhere in the Lone Star State will you find a more impressive curation of world-class restaurants, exciting concepts, and beautiful patio dining than in The Woodlands. The collection of food styles, dining experiences, and unique atmospheres is unmatched, allowing you and your group to find a new perfect place to eat day after day and night after night. Make it a moveable feast and enjoy happy hour at one spot, dinner at the next, and dessert with a nightcap elsewhere; this walkable community opens the doors for unforgettable experiences you can’t find anywhere else.

Intermixed between the wine bars and steakhouses, coffee shops and confectionaries, you’ll find an enviable collection of local shopping boutiques and world-renowned brands. You can refresh your entire wardrobe, send your kids back to school in style, or finally find that perfect staple piece. Come ready to fall in love with Market Street and The Woodlands Mall, joining the other patrons who have made it an annual pilgrimage, ensuring their closet is full of pieces they can’t wait to wear.

Events Under the Stars

Designed to host the best concerts in Texas, it’s easy to see how The Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion pulls in impressive concert lineups year after year. Why would you see your favorite band at an outdated convention center when you could enjoy watching them at one of the “Top 10 Outdoor Amphitheaters in the World,” according to Pollstar magazine?

Planning your next getaway to revolve around your dream concert doesn’t have to mean sacrificing vacation time and local flavor. Leave the parking garages and concert traffic behind. The Pavilion is located in the heart of The Woodlands, meaning you can stroll along the Waterway or through the beautiful Town Center and enjoy a fantastic dinner at one of the many nearby chef-inspired restaurants before easily continuing your walk—or free trolley ride—to catch your show. Take your next vacation somewhere that encourages you to connect with your senses. Feel the sunlight trickling through the tree canopy as you walk to dinner, enjoy the enveloping flavors and aromas of a dish you’ve never tried, and hear your favorite music live in The Woodlands.

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