Things to do Outdoors in The Woodlands

Amber George

Written by Amber George
On May 27, 2020 at 8:01 AM

  • Art
  • COVID
  • Hiking
  • Kayak
  • Nature

Continuing to practice social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t go outside. There are plenty of things to do and see while you enjoy being outdoors in The Woodlands. These activities are meant to be experienced with your household and not as a meet-up spot with your friends and extended family members.

Please remember to continue to follow social-distancing recommendations by staying at least six feet away from others. Don’t gather in groups, if you see a large number of people in one of the areas suggested, take a short walk or wait away from the area until the group has left or dispersed.

Climb

Enjoy the best part of the outdoors and climb through the trees at Texas TreeVentures, an aerial obstacle course. TreeVentures offers a series of physical challenges and adventure-based aerial elements in a fun environment. There are 72 challenging elements along the course! Every element of the park is inspected daily for safety. You have to be at least six years old to try out TreeVentures. Prices are $35 for ages 6-12 and $40 for those 13 and up. View the complete list of requirements and learn other things to know before you go. The course is open by reservation only beginning June 6, book your climb now at www.texastreeventures.com.

Kayak and Paddle

Get outside and on the water by renting kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, water bikes or swan boats from the Riva Row Boat House. They are only accepting advance reservations, which are limited to one hour, and your time cannot be extended. Prior to making your reservation, be sure to complete an online waiver, staff will confirm that every person in your party has a valid waiver in the system before completing your reservation.

To make reservations, call 281-210-3965:

  • Single Kayaks $15
  • Tandem Kayaks $20
  • Stand-Up Paddleboards $20
  • Swan Pedal Boats $25
  • Water Bikes $25

Reservations will be secured by payment over-the-phone, so please have your debit or credit card handy when calling. View rental procedures and instructions here.

Public Art

The Woodlands is home to one of the most dynamic and growing outdoor art collections in the United States. The largest number of public art pieces in The Woodlands is concentrated around the Town Center area. Visit www.visitthewoodlands.com/art to view maps for different types of art, from sculptures to mosaics and art benches you’ll be able to narrow down what type of art you’d like to venture out to view.

Walking in Nature

Take a hike and enjoy the wide-open spaces! Offering miles of hike and bike trails and exposure to native plants and wildlife the George Mitchell Nature Preserve connects to the adjacent forest known as the Spring Creek Greenway. For extra fun and adventure, bring your mountain bike – but be sure to remain cautious of pedestrians and they will do the same for you. Maps and trail routes can be found on trail markers, scan the QR codes by using your smartphone.

Another area to take in nature is the W.G. Jones State Forest, one of the nation’s largest working urban forests. It’s also home to a population of red-cockaded woodpeckers, a federally listed endangered species. Nesting season for the red-cockaded woodpecker continues until July 15. Many nests are located in close proximity to walking trails making several pathways temporarily closed to help reduce human-caused stress on woodpeckers family groups, please be respectful of those closures. Learn valuable nature tips and wildlife information by following Jones State Forest on Facebook; they often share details about what’s happening in the forest. Horseback riding is also permitted in the forest so you may happen across riders while enjoying your hike. There are two small lakes with limited fishing and picnicking areas, but please remember to pack out what you bring in. Looking for an extra bit of fun? There are many geocaching opportunities in the area!

Insider Tip: Remember to drink plenty of water and dress accordingly. Bring a large hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray to help shield you from the elements as you enjoy the outdoors.

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