The Woodlands Waterway
It is possible to regard the Woodlands Waterway as the city’s lifeblood. It winds through the middle of The Township, overflowing into Lake Woodlands and sharing its course with all the attractions. Kayak along its waters, dine at its edge, and watch the sunset from its banks. Vibrant nightlife, performing arts, dining, hotels, and outdoor green space is provided by this district.
Along The Waterway, you can find some of the top attractions in The Woodlands. Attend a concert at one of America’s finest amphitheaters, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, and browse before you drop off at The Woodlands Mall.
At The Woodlands Waterway Square, which is also a perfect starting point to see the many mosaics in the area, let the children cool off on the splash pad. For a relaxing afternoon on the river, hire kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and swan boats at Riva Row Boat House. Visit the sculptures and join Town Green Park’s several activities during the year. With some of the best patios in the region, restaurants on The Waterway in The Woodlands range from seafood and steaks to Mexican and Italian. Brunches on weekends, frequent happy hours, live music, and award-winning chefs add energy to these restaurants.
Many of The Woodlands’ most popular annual activities, such as The Woodlands Waterway Art Festival, Waterway Nights concerts, and Doves Illumination, take place along the Waterway.
Seven days a week the Woodlands Waterway Trolley travels along the waterway and stops at big tourist areas. Your free trip to see all the highlights of the district is the trolley. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center and The Westin at The Woodlands make it convenient to relax at the several hotels along The Woodlands Waterway. visitthewoodlands.com- The Waterway
Play & Explore
Cinemark– At this plush cinema, witness the newest blockbuster or indie flick.
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion– One of the finest gems of the Woodlands is this outdoor amphitheater. Look for a lineup of concerts from the greatest stars of rock, plus family-friendly shows and festivals, Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, and Houston Grand Opera shows comedy plays and more.
The Ice Rink at Woodlands Town Center– Hit the ice rink, open from November through January
Market Street & Central Park– Market Street’s Central Park hosts fun activities during the year, from ladies’ nights, goat yoga, and art shows to concert series, seasonal happenings, and fun races, in addition to the plethora of designer shops, department outlets, and bars and restaurants lining this picturesque town center. See online for the entire calendar.
Millennium Mew Park Koi Garden– The best spot to experience a moment of Zen is this koi pond and Asia-inspired garden.
Riva Row Boathouse– Come and get a kayak view of the waterway within walking distance of both Market Street and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
Town Green Park– This four-acre green space hosts activities all year long, rocking a children’s maze, stage, amphitheater, and main lawn that is almost two football fields long. You might also be able to listen to a performance at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion nearby.
Waterway Square Park– A rare water amenities and tree-shaded green area shakes this one-acre public plaza. In view of the fun lighted fountains, take a selfie, jump on a trolley or check out a waterway cruiser.
Eat & Beverage
1252 Tapas Bar & Kitchen – Locals head to this Market Street eatery to nosh on an eclectic blend of traditional and modern tapas, from pan tomato and Serrano croquettes to bacon-wrapped scallops and cider-glazed chorizo. Tackle greens, tacos, paella, and a couple of craft cocktails.
Baker St. Bar & Grill – Just off the Waterway, this nearby watering spot rocks live music, happy hour, and classic pub food.
Bar Louie – This location in Waterway Square welcomes everybody to eat, drink, and be comfortable. Get bar snacks from Bavarian pretzel sticks and potstickers to whiskey burgers and alcoholic fish and chips.
Berryhill Baja Grill – The Market Street outpost of this nearby mini-chain has fresh Baja-style Mexican fare. Get frozen margs, dunk chips in guacamole, and load up on tacos, tamales, fajitas, and more.
The Counter – Build your own burgers on buns and in bowls at this fast-casual Market Street joint. Then tack on some shoestring fries and a chocolate shake.
Cru Food & Wine Bar – Chill and unwind at the Market Street branch of Cru, which just so happens to boast an outstanding happy hour filled with $4 to 6 shareable plates (think calamari, goat cheese beignets, and margarita pizza), and $3-off glasses and flights.
Crush Wine Lounge – The rooftop deck at this Waterway wine lounge is still rocking.
The Goose’s Acre – A popular Waterway watering hole, The Goose’s Acre adds an Irish pub-style to the Woodlands. The bistro pumps out bar classics—think sliders, wings, pizzas, and burgers—along with Irish-kissed dishes, from shepherd’s pie to potato nachos and corned beef croquettes.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria – Tucked into the center of the Waterway Neighborhood, Grimaldi’s is your go-to place for thin and scorched brick oven pizza.
Hubbell & Hudson – Located off Lake Robbins and Waterway Ave, this bistro, bar, and casual tasting restaurant provides exquisite Modern American fare. In the Bistro, share house-brined pork belly dishes, Vietnamese cauliflower, and jumbo lump crab cakes, and then taste local salads, dry steaks, and crab and truffle pasta. Get weekend breakfast and weekend brunch in the most relaxed kitchen, make your own salads, visit the soup bar, eat Angus beef burgers, home-made lasagna, and oak-grilled salmon BLTs. At Cureight, participate in the impressive, forward-thinking, and playful tasting menu of Chef Austin Simmons.
Jasper’s – Taste the South at this Market Street “gourmet backyard” restaurant. You can also enjoy smoked Texas peach bruschetta, grilled wood ribeye, and cedar-smoked salmon. There are happy hour and breakfast in real southern fashion too.
Morton’s Grille – Morton’s on the waterway delivers high quality and charming steakhouse experience. Start with the jumbo lump crab, Korean bbq quail, and mid-cut blue cheese iceberg, and then indulge in 44 Farmers beef, Midwest Prime, and Snake River Farms with foie gras-cognac, or bourbon au Poivre.
Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen – take you through Market Street to the French Quarter. This elegant restaurant, which is influenced by New Orleans and specializes in Creole and Cajun eats and features classics such as a smoked crawfish dip, shrimp gumbo, Duck St. Charles, and scampi jambalaya.
Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar – Stopping for lunch, dinner, or happy hour at this Market Street restaurant and bar. The menu contains all items ranging from Ahi tuna bag and blue crab bisque to all American burgers and new fish and chips.
Uni Sushi – Get your sushi fix or head to this standby on Market Street for bento sets, yaki udon, and firecrackers.
Market Street Shops – Hit popular stores like Lululemon, J Crew, Club Monaco, Charming Charlie, Bath & Body Works, Lush, Sur La Table, Z Gallery, Brooks Brothers, Kate Spade, Kendra Scott, Tiffany & Co, and Vineyard Vines. 365thingsinhouston.com/-Woodlands Waterway