When deciding where I want to go on my next vacation, my first two picks are either somewhere quiet and green with places to explore, or by the water where I can relax and have a little fun in the sun. If you’re like me, Conroe TX has an array of things to do to help you build the perfect itinerary on your next Texas getaway that combine the two together! Whether you’re a beach bum at heart, you enjoy the wilderness, or you want to mix it up with a little bit of both, you’re in for a one-of-a-kind vacation. Thankfully for you, we’ve made it easy with this extensive list of things to do in Conroe TX.
Get Outdoors in Conroe TX
Hangar 9 Wake Park is a place that has made it their mission to entertain both experienced wakeboarders and beginners alike. From private lessons for beginners and weekly clinics to one-hour passes and memberships when you get the hang of it. To top it off, their inflatable aqua park has endless opportunities to feel a rush of adrenaline or enjoy a laugh while cooling off during the summer. Check their website for pricing and hours when you’re looking for things to do in Conroe TX. All you have to do is bring your bathing suit and they’ll provide the rest!
Spend the Day at the Park
If you have a few little ones or are looking for an easy way to enjoy the beauty of Conroe by getting outside, Lake Conroe Park has 13-acres of BBQ pits, volleyball courts, softball fields, swimming areas, fishing piers, and picnic areas. No need to plan an extravagant itinerary for you and your family or friend group. Simply plan a morning of fishing and an afternoon picnic. Then cool-off in the water and get some activity in with a game before dinner, all in one place! Admission is just $5 a person, while children 5 and under and seniors over 65 are free.
Have Fun with the Whole Family
Put this destination at the top of your list of things to do in Conroe TX, especially if you have kids in tow. It could very well take you most of the day to experience everything 7-Acre Wood’s old-fashioned family fun park has to offer. There’s a petting zoo, mini golf, weekend pony rides, the children’s playground with activities like horseshoes and a zipline, an old Western play town to cultivate your imagination, and SO MUCH MORE! Check out their website to see all you’ll have access to for just $6.50 per person.
Ride on a Historic Boat
The Southern Empress is an iconic paddle-wheeler that was built in Mississippi in 1983 before it was transported in 27 sections to Lake Conroe. Experience Lake Conroe in a whole new way by booking one of their many different cruises. Choose from dinner cruises, a murder mystery cruise, or celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone. The options are endless for any budget or occasion.
Get Out on the Water
Rent a kayak or a stand-up paddle board, ride the water taxi, or travel via swan boat along the Woodlands Waterway. At any point, you can stop for a bite or stretch your legs with some shopping or exploring the many parks, plazas, and public art nearby. Or, end your day with a sunset stroll, dinner with drinks, and experience the notorious nightlife.
Book a Lake Cruise
I never thought you could cruise in a moving palapa but here were are! This BYOB with Cruisin’ Tikis takes you on a scenic ride across Lake Conroe as it reaches into the nearby town of Montgomery with music playing and wind in your hair. They have so many different cruise options including sunset cruises, mimosa cruises, and swim cruises to an island on Lake Conroe. They also offer private tours perfect for family trips and parties and they have pet-friendly options too!
Hike Through the Forest
W.G. Jones Forest is an iconic East Texas forest with giant pine trees that rise to the sky. This hike in East Texas over beautiful bridges and through picturesque nature will take your breath away. For more outdoor adventures, check out our list of the best state parks to camp in Texas.
Or Cruise Through It
No need to tow your all-terrain vehicles out to Conroe when you visit. Lake Conroe Slingshot Rentals has everything you’ll need to safely explore the W. G. Jones Forest from end-to end. A slingshot is a sleek, two-passenger vehicle (reminiscent of the Batmobile) that will allow you to feel the fresh air and smell the pine trees as you drive along Highway 105, which runs right through this national forest.
Rent a Boat
Book your next boat ride with Just Ride Watercrafts, a Black-owned business, that provides a luxury service on Lake Conroe. All of their boats are equipped with an aftermarket sound system with AUX and bluetooth connections so you can listen to your favorite songs while riding the waves. You can also make your ride more fun with their fantastic add-ons to level up your experience.
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Sample Local Hard Beverages in Conroe TX
Lounge on a Lawn
A little outside of Conroe in Plantersville TX is Bernhardt Winery with beautiful vines that welcome you as you drive in. You can choose from a tasting or a wine tour, or hang out on their lawn with a glass in-hand. In the fall, they have lawn concerts and you can spend a night at their beautiful B&B!
Sip Wine Beneath Pine Trees
Blue Epiphany Winery has two locations: a tasting room in downtown Conroe and the Main Winery in the middle of a grove of pine trees. The Main Winery has an outdoor patio with plenty of seating and makes for a great place to relax in what will feel like the middle of nowhere. With a wide array of events to complement their delicious local wine, like food trucks, live music, and Bingo nights, you’re in for the most unique vineyard experience in Conroe.
Try Hand-Made Liquor
We stopped at Bartlett’s Distillery where they make their own rum and whiskey. They have unique creations like rum using panela instead of molasses and Rhumajus: a mixture of rum and Spanish grapes. They also have a long list of cocktails and the atmosphere is so fun! As soon as we walked in, we were cheerfully met by the locals who spend most weekends here.
The Ferm Meadery specializes in mead, a fermented drink composed of water, honey, and yeast. Take a look at their menu before you go. It’s the only way you’ll really understand the wide variety of ways that mead can be enhanced: with blackberries, hints of oak, jalapeños, vanilla beans from Madagascar, or even with Earl Grey tea! Whether you’re a light beer drinker, wine drinker, or you prefer hops, there’s something for everyone. On top of that, they offer charcuterie boards, flights of 8 gourmet honeys for you to sample and learn about, as well as growlers you can take home with you!
Visit a Microbrewery
Conroe has quite the scene for breweries. Southern Star Brewing Co. houses a Biergarten, a disc golf course, and a stage for live music, plus visiting food trucks, brewery tours, trivia nights, and painting classes for the kiddos. B-52’s Brewing Co. offers outdoor games, food trucks, movie nights, and wine, cider, and mead are also on their menu! At Copperhead Brewery, you can play pool or foosball. All three welcome furry friends, as long as they are kept on a leash, and children of all ages under adult supervision.
Places to Stay in Conroe TX
Book a Room at a Tropical TX Resort
I love that we can escape to Margaritaville right here in Conroe, Texas! Surfboards line the road as you enter, and you’ll find tons of margarita-themed decor. The rooms and resort are so tropical for a fun contrast to the East Texas piney woods. And we can’t forget about all the pools (including an adults-only option), water slides, swim-up bars, the lazy river and more! Margaritaville also has a wide range of activities on site from boat rentals, performances, water games, and other things to keep you entertained without having to leave the resort that you can read all about.
We even went back to Margaritaville to catch a fire show! Every night on the weekends, they have live performances, like hula dancing, that remind me of visiting a tropical resort. Click here to read more about our experience staying at Margaritaville Lake Resort on Lake Conroe.
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Go Country in Conroe TX
P6 Farms hosts seasonal attractions, but fall is where they go all out! You can pick your own pumpkins, sunflowers, and Zinnias. There are rides and plenty of places for photo ops. We loved the apple blasters they had!
Get Out Your Cowboy Boots
Mark March 25th through April 3rd, 2022 in your calendar. The Montgomery County Fair Association will be hosting its 65th annual county fair and rodeo in support of the county’s youth and graduating high school seniors. They’ll be days of livestock shows, food, carnival rides, animal encounters at the petting zoo, rodeo and barrel racing shows, live music, a BBQ cook-off, and endless activities and educational opportunities for the younger crowd and their families.
Moorhead’s Blueberry Farm was the first commercial blueberry farm in Texas with four generations of Moorhead’s caring for these 20 acres of over 20 different types of blueberries during growing season. Picking season is usually during the months of April and May, so check back soon for more information on the 2022 picking season. For just $3.50 a pound (cash or check only), Moorhead’s Blueberry Farm wants nothing more than for you to come indulge in some berry pickin’ when you’re searching for things to do in Conroe.
Learn Conroe TX History
See a Show
The Crighton Theatre was built in 1934 by Conroe’s mayor at the time, Harry M. Crighton. Unfortunately, this beautifully crafted theatre experienced a decline due to the popularity of modern theaters and it was closed in the 60’s. Thankfully for us, the community pulled together to return it to its original condition after the many years it spent deserted. It was reopened in 1979 and instigated the restoration of all of downtown Conroe in 1999. Hosting everything from concerts to musicals, the Crighton Theatre continues to be an integral part of the history, culture, and community of Conroe. Take part in the Conroe tradition of grabbing dinner at Joe’s Pizza and Pasta, or any of the other delicious restaurants in town, before closing the night out with a show at Crighton Theatre when you’re planning things to do in Conroe.
Visit a Museum
The Heritage Museum of Montgomery County was filled with information on the area, including it being the birthplace of the Texas flag. Texas’ history is filled with horrific events and it’s important that we learn about and acknowledge them. While they glossed over many of them, they shared stories that provided insight, such as how the KKK made integration impossible.
One particular story of Jack Johnson, who was born in Galveston and moved to Willis, stood out. Here they share how the heavy weight boxing champion of the world fought against intense hatred as white supremacists searched for “the great white hope” to defeat him, since they couldn’t stand seeing him win. This and other stories give a glimpse beyond the typical textbook, although more is needed.
In addition, this museum has interactive exhibits, an old general store, art, and other artifacts that show how hard life was.
Fly in a B-17 Bomber
Don’t miss out on your chance to fly in a vintage WII B-17 bomber. Or, tour the aircraft at the Montgomery County Airport in Conroe if you prefer to stay on the ground. Check out their website for pricing and when they’ll be offering rides!
Explore Historic Downtown Conroe TX
Eat and Explore
Conroe is filled with so many unique shops and restaurants. Find vintage treasures, Texas-themed goods, your new favorite outfit, and other handcrafted goods from local artisans before sitting down for a meal at one of Conroe’s many foodie treasure troves. Check out our list of places to eat in Conroe for some options!
Shop at Conroe Market Days
Every Saturday, Conroe hosts Conroe Market Days with local vendors selling all sorts of goods from honey to clothing and other items.
Enjoy a Massage
Of course, the perfect way to start any trip is with a relaxing massage to get into that vacation mood. During our stay at Margaritaville Lake Resort, we indulged ourselves in a luxurious Himalayan salt stone massage. Then, we enjoyed the steam room and left feeling fully relaxed.
Things to Do in Conroe TX: Final Thoughts
Home to pine trees, the tropical resort Margaritaville on Lake Conroe, wineries, and a glimpse of country life, the things to do in Conroe TX will offer you the benefits of a quiet vacation in the Midwest with the high energy scene of the beach with all the activities on the water.