School's out for summer, and The Woodlands is a must for this season's bucket list. There's something for everyone to enjoy when traveling with family, friends, as a couple, or solo. 

"There are so many great things to do in The Woodlands this summer," said Visit The Woodlands' Chairman, Brad Bailey. "If you live in the Greater Houston area or Southeast Texas, The Woodlands makes for a quick overnight destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment." 

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas


There's a great lineup of concerts throughout the summer, including New Kids on the Block on July 13, 2024, Third Eye Blind on August 3, 2024, and Earth, Wind, and Fire with Chicago on August 24, 2024. Concert-goers are allowed to bring personal fans to beat the heat, and at most shows, their own empty water bottle to fill at one of The Pavilion's free water stations. New this year, all Houston Symphony Shows are free admittance for the lawn and seats.

"As part of our nonprofit mission, The Pavilion is proudly announcing that seating at Performing Arts events will now be completely free," said The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's President & Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Young. "The venue is excited to unveil this new opportunity and looks forward to welcoming even more guests for some incredible arts experiences this season." 

The 2024 Performing Arts Season kicks off June 18, 2024 with Bugs Bunny at The Symphony featuring the Houston Symphony. As the “Summer Home” for the Symphony, attendees are guaranteed to be entertained all season by an exciting lineup of orchestra performances including The Music of Pink Floyd on June 26, 2024, the Star-Spangled Salute on July 3, 2024, and Batman (1989) in Concert on July 26, 2024.

For a convenient stay within walking distance, guests have several options: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, the Westin at The Woodlands, Hyatt Centric, Residence Inn Market Street, or Hilton Garden Inn The Woodlands. Even more hotels can be viewed here

The Forest Oasis Lazy River & Water Park at The Woodlands Resort


Soak in the sun with a day in the pool or on The Woodlands Waterway! The Woodlands Resort is one of The Woodlands many hotels with an incredible pool. And they don't have just one - The Forest Oasis Waterpark features two pools, three whirlpools, and an 1,005-foot long lazy river. To top it off, there's a 30-foot tower with a racing slide and waterfalls, perfect for summer fun. 

Outdoor adventurers can also enjoy kayaks, paddle-boards, water-bikes, and more on The Woodlands Waterway. Riva Row Boat House is open throughout the summer from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., every day of the week except Wednesday. 

Luxury Shopping at Market Street


Whether it's for a new swimsuit or complete wardrobe overhaul, there are plenty of places to shop in The Woodlands. Market Street, named the "Best Shopping District in Texas" in 2023, has a variety of stores including Gucci, Lululemon, Everything But Water, Madewell, and more. Just across the street is The Woodlands Mall, where shoppers can enjoy over 120 stores: Anthropologie, Chubbies, Free People, and Ann Taylor, to name a few. 

A weekend of concerts, shopping, and fun on the water is sure to work up an appetite. Fortunately, The Woodlands has highly-acclaimed chefs and a variety of unique restaurants! Click here for a list of local restaurants to try in The Woodlands.

This summer, there's no need to travel far for a change of pace. Plan a quick trip to The Woodlands or a weekend "staycation" in your own backyard to enjoy the R&R you deserve. The atmosphere in The Woodlands is unmatched, balancing modern luxury with natural beauty - Just 45 minutes north of Houston. 

It's not too late to book an overnight getaway at one of The Woodlands' 14 hotels!
Click here to see a full list of places to stay.