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Quality of Life

Recreation

Lake Conroe – On the west fork of the San Jacinto River just seven miles west of Conroe, lies a beautiful 22,000-acre lake with water sports, fishing, skiing, sailing, and boating. Three lovely resorts with spectacular views of the sunsets over Lake Conroe include the La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa with 445 all-suite guest rooms, more than 70,000 square feet of meeting space and an on-site ice skating rink are available for family fun or business meetings. A number of inviting local campgrounds and restaurants with views of the water all dot the pristine shores of this vacation haven.

Click Here for a complete list of the Top 10 Things to do in Conroe, as determined by the Conroe Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Outdoor Recreation

Golf

Golf is another favorite activity in the Conroe area. Rolling hills, pine trees, lakes and natural beauty accent the talents of dozens of the country’s top course designers and developers in what is truly a golfers’ paradise. With more than 400 holes of golf in Montgomery County alone, golfers will find one of the most challenging concentrations of golf courses in the nation. Woodforest Golf Club and La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa are public courses located in and around Conroe. Plus there are six country clubs that provide banquet facilities, meeting rooms, restaurants and, of course, golf.

Forests & Birding

Sam Houston National Forest and W.G. Jones State Forest in Montgomery County are home to various wildlife species and offer a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Many have been attracted to both Sam Houston National Forest and Jones State Forest for birding.  One of the most popular sought out observations is that of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, as this endangered bird has been sighted in both forests.

When visiting W.G. Jones State Forest, other features include trails for biking, horseback riding, and walking/hiking.

When visiting Sam Houston National Forest, other features include:

Hiking trails: One a 128-mile trail that gained National Recreation Trail status;

The Big Creek Scenic Area;

Campgrounds: With 48 camping spurs with electricity;

The Double Lake Recreation Area: This area hosts camping units (each unit has: a table, fireplace, tent pad, parking spur, and lantern-holder post), picnic units, a swimming and beach area, and a concession stand with a bathhouse, where canoes and paddleboats can be rented;

The Scotts Ridge Day-Use Area: This area has a boat ramp for Lake Conroe access, a parking area, and picnic shelters;

The Stubblefield Recreation Area: This area has 28 camping units, hot showers, restrooms, fishing, hiking, birding, and  hunting;

The Kelly Pond Recreation Area: This area is close to the multi-use dirt bike, equestrian, and mountain bike trails, has restrooms, picnic tables, and campsites with grills and lantern posts.

Parks

There are over 20 parks in the Greater Conroe area. One of Conroe’s largest parks is the Carl Barton, Jr. park. This park features 204 acres of play structures, picnic tables, pavilions, 6/10 mile walking and/or jogging trails, softball/baseball fields, soccer fields, a fitness course, fishing, a multi-purpose trail that can be used for biking or hiking, public art, public restrooms, and handicap accessibility.

For a complete list of all the parks in the Greater Conroe area and the amenities each has to offer, CLICK HERE.

REC/Aquatic Center

The C.K. Ray Recreation & Conroe Aquatic Center is operated by the City of Conroe. The Conroe Aquatic Center is a kid-friendly facility that hosts 3 pools, two of which are enclosed and heated.  The C.K. Ray Recreation Center has locker rooms, a fitness center, a dance/aerobics room, gymnastics room, game room, two racquetball courts and gymnasium, a cardio fitness room, child care room, weight room, and fitness classes for everyone.

Culture and Entertainment

Fairs, Festivals and Events

The Conroe area hosts a wide variety of traditional and unique festivals, fairs and events throughout the year. Many of these events will bring you together with the Conroe family for fun and entertainment. These events include the: Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo; Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival;  Truck or Treat Halloween Family Food Festival; Bark in the Park Dog Walk; Hou-ATX BBQ Throwdown; and more. (For a complete, up-to-date list of events, please Click Here or visit the Montgomery County Fair Association.)

Each fall, Montgomery County steps back in time as home to the immensely popular Texas Renaissance Festival, depicting the life and times of King Henry VIII.  The festival runs from October to November each year and hosts an abundance of entertainment and camping and can be utilized as a wedding venue.

Fine Arts

CrightonThe Crighton Theatre, a non-profit Performing Arts Center, built in 1934 and restore in 1976, is a historic venue located in the heart of Conroe. The Crighton Community Theatre presents a full season of productions including Willy WonkaA Charlie Brown ChristmasHello, Dolly!, and more. Productions are presented by: Stage Right Productions, Montgomery County Performing Arts Society, and the Sounds of Texas Music series.

Also located in downtown Conroe, offering year-round live performing arts events for production and/or presentation, is the Owen Theatre. The theatre is a soft seat venue housed in a historic building and home to The Players Theatre Company.

Interested in Art? Visit the Conroe Art League.  The Conroe Art League provides
classes and competitions throughout the year and is host to The Conroe Art League
National Invitational Show
and a Fall Art Show.

History

The history of Montgomery County, Birthplace of the Lone Star Flag, is chronicled in the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County featuring permanent and traveling exhibits. For further study, the new Montgomery County Central Library has a large collection of local history books and Texana and holds the 4th largest genealogical section in Texas.

On April 21, 2011 a dedication ceremony was held for the new Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park on what was the 175th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. The 13 flags that were flown during the Texas Revolution are on display as well as the “Texian” statue.

Music, Shopping and More

Symphonies

The Conroe Symphony Orchestra, Conroe Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Friends of the Symphony all make up The Conroe Symphony, a non-profit community orchestra.  The new season will be opening October 30, 2017 and will last through June 30, 2018. The orchestra is made-up of professionals and amateurs.  Founded in 1997, their vision is to “be recognized as one of the outstanding community orchestras in the State of Texas”. 

The Houstony Symphony and Houston Youth Symphony are located 40 miles south of Conroe, in Houston, Texas and offer a variety of subscription package offers.

Professional Sports

Located in Conroe, Texas you will find the Scrap Yard Dawgs (NPF).  In August, 2017, the Scrap Yard Dawgs won the 2017 Cowles Cup.  You can catch a game for the Scrap Yard Dawgs during the summer.

Within an hour’s drive south of Conroe, there are many other teams to be rooted on. These comprise of:

  • Houston Astros (MLB)
  • Houston Texans (NFL)
  • Houston Rockets (NBA)
  • Houston Dynamo (MLS)
  • Houston Dash (NWSL)

Museum District

While in Houston, take a stroll down to the Museum District. Here, you will find many venues including: The Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Zoo, Hermann Park & Hermann Park Golf Course, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Asia Society Texas Center, Children’s Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum, Czech Center Museum, Guided Houston Art Tours, The Health Museum, Holocaust Museum, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and many more.

Local Boutiques

There are many great boutiques in the Conroe area.  Here is a short list of some of the boutique’s you will find in the heart of Conroe:

  • Miss Behavin’ Boutique
  • Hello Beautiful Boutique
  • Mommy & Me Resale Boutique
  • Shades of White Bridal Boutique
  • Debra’s Boutique
  • Rose Tree Cottage Boutique
  • Cowtown Couture
  • Cha Cha’s Boutique
  • & MORE!

Local Flavors

If you love local flavors, Conroe is the place to find a wide variety to satisfy any palate!  Below, you will find a short list of some of the local restaurants located in Conroe:

  • Vero Italian Kitchen
  • Vernon’s Kuntry Katfish
  • Mama Juanita’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Baytown Seafood Restaurant
  • Dosirak Korean Cafe
  • 105 Cafe
  • Red Brick Tavern
  • Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant
  • & MORE!

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, located in Montgomery County, is an outdoor amphitheater that provides Montgomery County and the Greater Houston Region with an array of performing arts and contemporary entertainment in a setting of unparalleled beauty. The Pavilion presents approximately 75 events, ranging in style from rock to classical, jazz to country, and modern opera to contemporary American Ballet.