East Texas

East Texas Travel Guide

Locals take water taxis to get around the Woodlands—the 1.4 mile corridor links restaurants, hotels, offices and shops—but it’s also a fun way to explore the area.

Set up a picnic blanket for complimentary music performances, ranging from country music bands to sing-a-longs, on Sunday nights (late spring through early fall) at the central Northshore Park on bank of Lake Woodlands.

This local theater, approaching its 20th anniversary, is surprisingly first rate thanks to its two stages and recruited talent: You’ll often see actors and directors from big theater markets like Houston and Dallas.

Pick up sweet Sunday dresses by Peaches n’ Cream or Baily Boy’s fun play wear at this grandmother-owned children’s clothing store. Need to keep the kids’ names straight? You can also get items monogrammed.

While the stunning Simon Theatre, an old movie house and ballroom built in 1925 by Texas architect, is currently going through a painstaking restoration—preservationists are meticulously restoring the performance space—patrons should still stop in for a tour of the Beaux Arts classical-revival-st

This elegant shop, owned by California native Maryanne Flaherty, is a welcome find in downtown Brenham. Look out for Peacock Alley towels, Italian-designed Lombaggi scarves, and exclusive Arte Pura linens.

Dress up as pirates or princesses, make puppets, and learn about countries around the world in workshops at this quirky museum. There are also hands-on exhibits like sandboxes and faux rivers with mechanical fish.

The Vibe: This is not the place for bikini-clad car models. The genteel annual showcase (it may be in Texas, but it’s still a yacht club) attracts 200 classic and exotic cars as well as 60 vintage wooden boats.