For the second year in a row, the Texas Travel Awards has designated The Woodlands as an award-winning destination. The Woodlands was selected as a Texas Travel Award winner in three categories.


Aerial of The Woodlands Waterway and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Texas Travel Awards shine a spotlight on the most exciting, innovative, and inviting places around the state. According to the Texas Travel Awards, the 2024 winners represent uniquely Texas places and experiences worthy of any traveler's itinerary. Winners were scored by a panel of judges that included travel industry professionals, travel journalists, and a touring musician. 

Last year, The Woodlands received a Texas Travel Award for Market Street as Best Shopping District (Statewide) and The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival as Best Art Festival (Big Market). 

"It's a huge honor to be selected as a Texas Travel Award winner two years in a row," said Nick Wolda, President of Visit The Woodlands. "Our excellent partners that were recognized in these awards truly make The Woodlands a must-visit destination. We're grateful to help them gain recognition on a statewide level." 

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion has welcomed many talented artists to its stage since it first opened in 1990, from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers to Sting and James Taylor. One of the things that makes this venue so unique is the way it gives back to the community. The Pavilion is owned and operated by The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a 501(c)3 non-profit. Revenue from popular concert’s ticket sales, along with contributions from donors, are used to provide free art events for the community. Performing Arts shows, which include performances from The Houston Ballet and Houston Symphony, are always free to attend. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion also provides arts scholarships, arts training, and free arts education events for children.

Read more about The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's designation as the Best Live Music Venue in Texas (Big Market). 

Couple enjoying cocktail by Lake Harrison at The Woodlands Resort in The Woodlands, Texas

Bedroom at The Woodlands Resort in The Woodlands, Texas


The Woodlands Resort has been a staple in The Woodlands for many years. The award-winning, newly-renovated resort is a true oasis nestled in the Piney Woods. In 2022, it was named one of the best resorts in Texas by Travel + Leisure. Since then, the property has completed a $26 million renovation that cements the property’s ranking as one of the best in the state. The resort features multiple dining outlets, 400 spacious guest rooms with amazing views, a water park featuring a 1,005-foot-long lazy river, two championship golf courses, kayak and paddleboard rentals, tennis courts, and more. Everything you need to unwind can be found at The Woodlands Resort, including a complimentary shuttle to The Woodlands Town Center if you find yourself wanting to visit The Woodlands Waterway, Market Street, or The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. 

Read more about The Woodlands Resort's designation as the Best Resort in Texas (Statewide).

Couple sitting at an art bench with fall leaves in the background

You Are Loved art bench at Town Green Park in The Woodlands, Texas


There are over 30 Art Benches and Art Bike Racks in The Woodlands, adding a unique element to the public arts scene. The Art Bench (and now Art Bike Rack) project, which was created by The Woodlands Arts Council, is comprised of unique art pieces that can be used as a seat or a way to prop up your bike after a long ride. It’s functional art – beautiful pieces created by local, regional, and internationally acclaimed artists that viewers can admire and use. Underwriters for the art benches and art bike racks work closely with artists to tell a story through their pieces. All of the art benches are within walking distance from one another, making it easy for art enthusiasts to go on a stroll around Lake Woodlands or along The Woodlands Waterway and enjoy (and interact with) multiple pieces of eye-catching art.

Read more about The Woodlands' Art Benches and Art Bike Rach Project's designation as "Best Public Art in Texas" (Statewide). 


The Texas Travel Awards (presented by the publishers of Austin Monthly, San Antonio Magazine, and Texas Music) recognizes and celebrates top travel destinations and attractions across the Lone Star State. Learn more about the Texas Travel Awards and view other 2024 winners here