Family fun abounds in this green community.

By Travel & Leisure
April 17, 2014
Learning Adventures in the Woodlands, Texas
Credit: Photo by The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center via

Some think of the Woodlands as a suburb of Houston—is just a half an hour outside of the metropolis—but it is a distinct community anchored by a lake surrounded by green spaces and miles of hike and bike trails through forested landscapes. Families are known to congregate here, so kid-friendly activities—indoors and out—include jungle gyms, an amphitheater with children’s shows, and museums filled with exhibits geared towards the 12-and-under crowd.

Concerts in the Park

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.

Waterway Cruisers

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. Stop by the four-acre Town Green Park and make your way through the children’s literary labyrinth filled with life-size Aesop's fables characters.

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center

It’s hard not to have fun at this well-appointed resort on 28,000 acres. There’s a water park and 180 miles of nature trails as well as seasonal activities such as dive-in movies and build your own s’mores. Parents are also well taken care of as well thanks to a full service spa and 36 holes of golf. Comfortable rooms have king beds, flat-screen TVs and complimentary WiFi.

Teacups and Tadpoles

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.

The Woodlands Children's Museum

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.