Quiet Woodlands Charm
The Woodlands is just a half hour outside of Houston
, so many people think of it as a suburb—but thanks to smart urban planning, it’s a distinct community with a lake, well-designed green spaces, and miles of hike and bike trails. It’s also a favorite zip code for growing families, and travelers will also enjoy the plethora of kid-friendly activities. There’s the Woodlands Children’s Museum where children can make puppets, play dress up, or join hands-on exhibits like sandboxes and faux rivers with mechanical fish. Families can also throw down a picnic blanket for complimentary music performances, ranging from country music bands to sing-a-longs, on Sunday nights (late spring through early fall) at the central Northshore Park on the banks of Lake Woodlands.