12 Hours in The Woodlands

The Woodlands is a tree-filled suburb just 40 minutes north of Houston. Whether you’re looking to spend all your time outdoors, shop till your cards are maxed out, or hop between a dozen new restaurants each week, this planned community offers something for everyone. To experience every side of The Woodlands in just one day, follow this tour through one of America’s fastest growing cities.

Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen
4526 Research Forest Drive
For breakfast, go to Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen for classy benedicts, build-your-own omelets, or a platter of chicken and waffles. Their recipes use only local, free-range eggs and farm-fresh vegetables, and everything is made daily from scratch. The selection of upscale comfort food combined with a casual setting makes Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen the best place in town for breakfast. Brunch is also served on weekends.

Lake Woodlands
Rentals at 2101 Riva Row
Take things outside for a while and rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard on Lake Woodlands. Race your friends to the dragon statue at the far end of the lake—this friendly green creature is practically a mascot of the town, so be sure to snap a picture with him too! If the sun is sweltering, paddle towards one of the large fountains sprinkled around the lake and float through the waterfalls to cool down. For other outdoor activities, check out the George Mitchell Nature Preserve or one of 110 community parks!

Ruggles Green
2501 Research Forest Drive
As The Woodlands grows more into the foodie scene, more health-conscious restaurants are opening. Ruggles Green is a local favorite for blackened shrimp salad, quinoa linguini, all-natural buffalo burgers, and spicy fish tacos. The open, airy environment is just a plus to your fresh and organic meal. Don’t miss out on the award-winning white chocolate bread pudding either!

Market Street
9595 Six Pines Drive
Be sure to visit Market Street for the best shopping experience in town. This outdoor mall not only offers the best storefronts—Brooks Brothers, Tiffany & Co., and Madewell, to name a few—but also includes a park square, movie theater, and restaurants. Market Street is also full of seasonal treats such as the Spring Concert Series and an annual Christmas tree lighting.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
20 Waterway Ave
Next to Market Street is The Waterway, where the canals of Lake Woodlands snake through the downtown area. The Waterway is home to dozens of restaurants, but for thin, crispy, New York-style pizza, go to Grimaldi’s. This pizzeria is located right on Waterway Square, where musical fountain shows draw crowds each night. Grab a seat on Grimaldi’s patio to enjoy the shows with a cheesy pie or calzone.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
End your night with a world-class show at The Woodlands’ premier concert venue, which has seen the likes of Elton John, Drake, Tim McGraw, and the Backstreet Boys. Special events such as symphonies and ballets are also hosted here, so check out the events schedule to see what festivities you can be a part of. Buy lawn tickets and bring a picnic blanket to lounge on the grass during shows!


–By Kristen Olson
Photo by Diane Jones

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