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Texas is filled with amazing outdoor adventures. But, nowhere is the great outdoors more accessible than in The Woodlands, where the line between world-class shopping, top-name performances, and inspired dining blurs with lush green spaces and glistening waterways. Come experience the ease of vacationing in a dazzling urban oasis. The trip you’ve always deserved is closer than you think.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Fresh Music, Fresher Air

Has it been a while since you felt the thrill of a live concert? And with the weather being this nice, why would you choose to see a show in an outdated convention center over enjoying the beautiful evening outdoors at a state-of-the-art music venue?  It’s time to check The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion event calendar. With concerts covering all genres and eras of music, it’s no wonder The Pavilion 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.

Looking for more intimate venues? Add Rock The Row or Waterway Nights to your itinerary! Local and regional bands play a variety of favorites on scenic Lake Woodlands at Hughes Landing on Thursday evenings during Rock The Row. Find family-friendly performers during Waterway Nights, a local favorite outdoor concert series on the iconic Waterway Square. Don’t forget to stop by Restaurant Row to enjoy Happy Hour specials or order meals to-go from The Woodlands’ over 100 local restaurants to picnic and dance the evening away.

Explore The Woodlands on a swan boat

Explore The Woodlands

There’s no need to burn precious vacation time commuting out of town to find your outdoor adventure—in The Woodlands you can get into a kayak or swan boat, or onto a paddleboard right in the heart of town via the Riva Row Boat House, or hop on the free Waterway Trolley to start your excursion on Lake Woodlands by launching from Lakes Edge Boat House. You can glide by patio dining on the glistening Waterway and pick your spot for dinner, or escape into the tranquility found further out in the surrounding nature.

Looking to enjoy the water from a distance? The Woodlands Resort boasts two 18 hole courses ready to host your next golf trip. Here generous fairways are lined with beach-white bunkers, sparkling water, and towering oak trees—creating an experience that’s as picturesque as it is challenging. When you wrap up your round of golf you can rejoin the family at the pool for an afternoon around the resort’s amazing pool facilities that also includes a beautiful lazy river.

Shop on Market Street

Enjoy the Outdoors at Your Own Pace

Whoever said the outdoors has to be active? The Woodlands prides itself on its world class shopping options collected at Market Street, a beautifully designed outdoor shopping complex that will make you feel as if you’re walking the streets of Milan or Paris as you pop in and out of your favorite brands’ shops and curated local boutiques. You can even pop into a cozy coffee shop or cap off your shopping with a glass of wine.

Once you’ve filled your luggage or trunk space with as much as it can handle, you can relax by pool at The Westin at The Woodlands Hotel. Enjoy the view of the emerald tree lined waterway with a selection of cocktails and refreshments on their rooftop pool.

Elevate Your Spring

There’s no better way to elevate your spring plans than to make a trip to The Woodlands. As the days grow longer, and the nights grow warmer, you’ll cherish the natural beauty woven throughout the fabric of this urban oasis. Come take in the public art dotted green spaces, family fun adventures, world class shopping and dining, and experience the tranquil getaway you always knew you needed.

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