From a fall foliage hike, to a dip in the lake to cool off during the summer, Conroe has outdoor activities that will make you fall in love with Texas all year round. Here are some of our top seven favorite outdoor activities for fun in every season.
1. Outdoor fun at Margaritaville Lake Resort
Conroe’s Margaritaville Lake Resort is more than just a destination to unwind and sip on margaritas, it is an outdoor lover’s paradise! Resting on 186 acres on the shores of beautiful Lake Conroe, water activities abound at Margaritaville. After you have unpacked at your waterfront cottage, get ready to set sail on Conroe’s Little Palm Yacht. Visitors will enjoy a sunset dinner cruise and take in the sights of Lake Conroe during this unique outdoor experience. Margaritaville also offers boat rentals so you can become captain for the day. Rent anything from stand up paddleboards, tritoon boats, kayaks, and electric paddleboats and experience the water from a new point of view. When the temperature rises, you can cool off in one of Margaritaville’s five pools, splash around at Jolly Mon Waterpark, or cozy up in the heated infinity pool and hot tubs when you need to warm up. You can also practice your swing at the 18-hole golf course, and your backhand at Margaritaville’s tennis and regulation-size pickleball courts.
Spend the day surrounded by nature and embark on a hike through the Texas woods. Less than 30 minutes from Downtown Conroe you will find the “hikers Jewel of Texas,” The Lone Star Hiking Trail. If you are visiting the trail in the springtime, you will discover beautiful magnolia trees in full bloom at the magnolia section of the trail.
A portion of the Lone Star Hiking Trail weaves its way through the Sam Houston National Forest where you can enjoy fishing, hiking, and birdwatching. Aside from hiking through the pine trees, the W. Goodrich Jones State Forest also offers unique trail activities like horseback riding, geocaching opportunities, and two lakes with fishing and room to picnic.
3. Playing at 7 Acre Wood
Exploring Conroe with kiddos or consider yourself a kid at heart? Conroe’s 7 Acre Wood park is sure to ignite childlike wonder! This old-fashioned family fun park has a variety of outdoor activities that the entire family will enjoy. Grab a club and play on the mini-golf course, and then let the kids run wild on the playground with a giant wooden sail-boat, a gigantic sandbox, slides, and more. Don’t forget to mosey on over to the old Western Play Town where you will be transported back to the Wild West. Kids and adults alike will love the 7 Acre Wood petting zoo where you can say hello to animals like donkeys, llamas, deer, and ponies.
4. Adventuring on Lake Conroe
Enjoy Lake Conroe’s beautiful 22,000-acres of sparkling water all year long! Lake Conroe has been deemed one of the best lakes to fish in, so cast your line and real in a catch. Whether you are reeling in hybrid stripers in January or catching catfish in July and August, there are numerous different species to catch every month of the year.
If you are feeling adventurous, Lake Conroe has water activities to get your adrenaline going. Soar up to 25ft above the water on hydro-flight equipment like a jetboard or speed around on a jet ski or boat. There are tranquil ways to adventure on the water like stand up paddleboarding and kayaking if you are looking to relax. However you choose to spend your day on the lake, we are confident that you will make some unforgettable memories.
5. Walking Tour of the Art Benches
Spend a day in Conroe’s historic downtown area and learn about the city’s history through a walking tour of the art benches! 13 beautifully crafted art benches are located throughout the quaint downtown area, each of which tells a unique story of Conroe’s history. While these benches are perfect for a photo-op, when you take a closer look, you can learn about Conroe’s past in the oil and lumber industries, the Crighton Theatre, the music scene, and more. It is “Art you can sit on, and History you can reflect on!”
Seasoned birdwatchers and beginners will appreciate the many birding opportunities in Conroe. Thanks to Conroe’s four national forests and lake, unique bird species can be spotted from fall to summer like the Downy Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, and Yellow-throated Warbler. Head to W. Goodrich Jones State Forest if you are eager to see the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. These birds call the forest and the pine trees home. Request a Conroe birding brochure to discover what birds will be flying around when you visit!
7. Dining Outdoors
Even dinner can be an adventure thanks to Conroe’s unique outdoor dining options. Dock your boat and enjoy dining with a lakeside view at restaurants like Papa’s on the Lake, LandShark Bar & Grill, Wolfie’s, and Fajita Jacks. You can also cheers to an eventful day at one of Conroe’s local wineries and breweries. Sip on a craft brew and play a round of cornhole at B52 Brewing Company, then head over to Southern Star Brewing Company’s 13-acre wooded property for a beer and live music. If a glass of vino is more your taste, Blue Epiphany Vineyards and Bernhardt Winery are ready to serve you in their picturesque outdoor environments all year.