THE WOODLANDS

 

As one of the country’s first master-planned communities, the Woodlands has long been a sought-after destination for families and anyone looking to settle among the trees that fill the area. The natural setting of the Woodlands includes over 200 miles of hike-and-bike trails, more than 120 forested parks and 6,000 acres of protected green space. It is home to the George Mitchell Nature Preserve.

The Woodlands is located about 30 miles north of Houston along I-45 and is mainly in Montgomery County with a small part in Harris County. Named one of “America’s 25 Best Places to Move” by Forbes.com, the Woodlands is served by three highly rated school districts – Conroe, Tomball and Magnolia. There are numerous public and private schools of all grade levels spread out around the community.

With over 10 million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment venues, it is easy to see why the Woodlands was chosen as the “Best U.S. City for Shopping” by Forbes.  The oasis of shopping includes the high-end Market Street, the one-million-square-foot Woodlands Mall and numerous other shopping centers. Residential neighborhoods are served by handily located neighborhood village centers which include supermarkets, restaurants and other services.

Offering a host of options from classical to rock, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is a world renowned performing arts amphitheater nestled amidst the beautiful forests of the Woodlands.  In addition to the many musical groups and artists who perform there, the Houston Symphony makes its “summer home” there.   

The community is host to the annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival which is held in the spring and showcases the work of over 200 artists.  Not long ago the festival was rated Texas’ number one art festival. Two annual events marking the beginning of the holiday season are International Winter on the Waterway (iWOW) and the Lighting of the Doves.