If you and your family are looking for a quick day trip or weekend away, Conroe is always a great option. Because it's not too far of a drive (about an hour), it's near other attraction-filled areas like The Woodlands, and it is home to some truly stunning scenery that makes you feel you're much farther away from Houston than you actually are.
Here are our favorite things to do in Conroe with our kids, from the best parks to the best places to catch a show.
1. Take advantage of all there is to offer in and around Lake Conroe:
There is lots of room for outdoor fun at B-52 Brewing/Photo courtesy B-52
2. Choose a spot where both the kids and adults can have fun! Taste the brews and enjoy the relaxed environment at Southern Star Brewery. Sunday is Family Fun day! Crawfish is served when it's in-season (Feb. 18-July 17, 2018), and every second and fourth Sunday of the month you can catch the Artisans Market and Dog Adoption Fair complete with a kids' painting class. B-52 Brewery is another spot you have to try - it's seating area is beautiful and spacious, and there are always events happening you can find on its website.
3. For families with kids ages 10 and up, test your tactical skills at Twisted Paintball or Legends Paintball, the latter of which offers "painless" paintball for kids ages 6 and up.
4. Tour the beautiful Sam Houston National Forest. It is home to the 128-mile Lone Star Hiking Trail system (it has several points of entry, so don't worry - you don't have to walk 128 miles!) as well as several campgrounds, including the new Cagle Recreation Area that sits along the shores of Lake Conroe.
5. Fish, hunt, or just enjoy the peaceful beauty of Little Lake Creek Wilderness. Technically a part of the national forest, the 3,855-acre wildlife haven makes you forget you're just miles away from one of the country's largest metroplexes.
6. Splash and play at the city's mini water park, the Conroe Aquatic Center. It features tons of amenities families will love - shallow pools and play areas, water slides, dump bucket, and an indoor pool next door for bad weather days.
Inside the historic Crighton Theatre/Photo courtesy Crighton Theatre
7. Relax on the lawn at Heritage Place Park as you watch the live entertainment in the amphitheater. The park also features water features for the kids and is the city's popular spot for festivals and concerts.
8. Looking for a great park and playground? Check out Candy Cane Park, a 24-acre space that has two ADA-compliant playgrounds, picnic areas, tennis courts, a basketball court, and it is right next to the aquatic center and recreation center.
9. Candy Cane Park houses another great city attraction - the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County. It includes historic homes and artifacts. It's small, and won't take too much time to tour, so it's a great stop to teach kids about local history without having to set aside several hours of your day.
10. Catch a comedy, musical, children's show and more at the Owen Theatre, home of The Players Theatre Company.
11. Pick some fresh produce and see the animals at Jenkins Sunshine Farm. Make sure you call ahead to make sure the owners are available. You can also purchase natural skin care made by the Jenkins family.
12. Visit the wolf sanctuary. Yes, you read that right - Conroe is home to the incredible Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary, a nonprofit that rescues wolves and wolf dogs from shelters, animal control agencies, and even homes where an individually unsuccessfully tried to keep one as a pet.
13. During blueberry season (typically late May-early July) pick some fresh fruit at Moorhead's Blueberry Farm.
Playing at Twisted Paintball in Conroe/Photo courtesy Twisted Paintball
14. Go roller skating, or catch a roller derby match, at Rainbow Roller Rink.
15. Let the kids flex their artistic muscle and make their own clay creation by hand, and then paint it at Kids Krafty Korner.
16. See a performance at the historic Crighton Theatre. Located in Downtown Conroe, Crighton was built in 1934 and still maintains its beautiful 20th-century aesthetic. Catch family-friendly and seasonal performances all year long.
17. Play on 7 Acre Wood's old-fashioned farm attractions, including swings and putt-putt golf, and let the kids ride a pony or see some animals in the petting zoo. It also offers hay rides, barrel car train rides, and a fun play area called Western Play Town.
18. Go on a horseback ride! There are several organizations and programs to choose from, including the YMCA, Loveland Ranch, and North Houston Race Park.
Top photo courtesy the Conroe Family YMCA