Melissa was born and raised in Spring, Texas, and has lived in the Conroe/Willis areas since around 2002. After exploring enough “Small Town America,” Melissa was happy to hang up her hat in Conroe as an Activities Associate at Piney Shores Resort. One of her favorite parts of her job? Those beautiful Lake Conroe views.
If you’re looking for a mix of history and fun, alongside our good ole’ Texas southern charm, I think our little town of Conroe may just tickle your fancy.
We have so much history and things to do in Conroe, Texas, and fortunately, you’ll get to come and see for yourself everything that we have to offer!
As an Activities Associate at Piney Shores Resort, let me just say, I love being here!
Piney Shores Resort at Lake Conroe
I wore a trucker hat for about 16 years before coming here. I feel I’ve been to and seen enough “Small Town America,” taken in all our beautiful country has to offer, and I’m so glad this is where I decided to hang up that hat … for good!
I’m excited to say, I’ve found solid ground here at Piney Shores Resort! Oh, and huge bonus, working right at the southeast edge of Lake Conroe makes for an impeccable view every day!
Whether it’s the gorgeous scenery overlooking Lake Conroe or visiting one of the nation’s largest working urban forests, Jones State Forest, I’m betting you won’t want to leave.
I can’t wait to show you a few of the, in my opinion, best places to visit in our small town, so let’s jump on the “Conroe Connection” and take a little ride!
1. The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park
Photo courtesy of The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park. Photo by Him Nguyen
In 1881, when Captain Isaac Conroe made his mark and established Conroe’s Switch (the name of the town and sawmill), it had a population of 200–300 residents. Present day Conroe now has a population of 96,000+ residents. Not all that little anymore, is it?
To see Conroe’s history, head on over to The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park, where you’ll learn about our State Flag. It was designed by Dr. Charles B. Stewart and made right here in Montgomery County, where our little town resides, in 1836.
Some of the best things to do in Conroe are tucked away, so let’s go exploring! “Conroe Connection” has arrived and we’re headed to our next stop…
2. 7 Acre Wood
Photo courtesy of 7 Acre Wood
I’ve been in the Conroe and Willis areas for quite some time now, and I’ve always wondered what this place called 7 Acre Wood is about. Just always thought it was mostly for children, and since I don’t have children, I never saw a reason to go. Boy, was I wrong!
Now, although a lot of it is catered to the younger crowd, they do have fun things to do for the kid in you as well!
They have a wide variety of animals in their petting zoo, from goats to tortoises. Oh, but I learned recently that if you don’t have food in your hand, they give you the cold shoulder! Almost like you can hear them say, in the cutest little animal voice, “How rude!”
Puppet shows and pony rides are something you don’t hear that much of anymore, so it’s especially awesome when you take a weekend trip here.
The amenities consist of and are absolutely not limited to mini golf, petting zoo, zipline, scooter track, chalk room, giant Lego room, giant chess, checkers and Connect 4
, giant sandbox, Little Tykes Town, horseshoes, ladder ball, basketball, soccer, tetherball, football, a puppet house, playground
and swing set!
They host a ton of events here as well and a lot of them come with free admission.
As one of the best things to do in Conroe, Texas, you won’t be disappointed with 7 Acre Wood!
Off to our next stop, hop on for another trip through town on our “Conroe Connection.”
3. B52 Brewery
Photos courtesy of B52 Brewing Company
I’ve never really been one to try new flavors of beer, but recently a good friend of mine invited me to one of his favorite places here in Conroe, B52 Brewing.
From a dark and stout breakfast blend to a light and sour, the way they meld certain flavors together is incredible!
When you pull up to this park-like setting — with the towering trees overhead and picnic tables placed all around — it has a very familiar feeling. Almost like you’re at a family gathering and you can’t wait to say hi to everyone.
There are games outside, like Ping Pong, Giant Jenga, Cornhole and Ladder ball. But if you’re feeling especially competitive, drop by on Thursdays for trivia nights and challenge your friends for a chance to win big!
They’re kid and pet friendly and very family-oriented, so make a night of it and bring the whole family for game night.
With the night sky and the lights lining the picnic tables, the atmosphere at B52 Brewing makes for a great date night as well, so bring that special someone in your life, sit under the stars and discover flavors you never imagined were possible!
B52 Brewing is definitely on my list of best things to do in Conroe. All aboard “Conroe Connection” for some more real fun!
4. Shankz Mini Golf, Virtual Reality & Arcade
Years ago, when my husband and I were truckin’ along the country, we decided that we were going to start having some fun in our home of Conroe. And one of our most favorite things to do is Putt-Putt®!
So, we snatched up all our nephews and went exploring. I couldn’t believe what we found!
There’s this great place right in between Conroe and The Woodlands, called SHANKZ. It’s the coolest mini golf course I’ve ever seen.
Black lights everywhere and everything glows, from that stain on your shirt that you got from the delicious pizza they sell, all the way to the fillings in your teeth ... smile!
There are dinosaurs, pirates, tigers, elephants and more. Plus, murals all over the walls that all glow beautifully.
With different obstacles to hit your ball through, like a shark’s mouth (reminds me of JAWS), rocks and totem poles, it makes for an awesome and challenging time!
SHANKZ has even been voted Best Black Light Birthday Party Venue around!
They aren’t just mini golf though, they also have Virtual Reality (VR) set-ups, and a large arcade area with old school and new school games. Ones that take me back to my childhood, when all I had was Atari, playing those good ole’ games, like Frogger or Galaga!
SHANKZ Mini Golf Virtual Reality Arcade is 100 percent voted one of my favorite places to visit in this town!
The bus is here, jump on “Conroe Connection” for our next stop: lunch!
5. Honor Café
A late lunch at Honor Café, anyone?
So, guys, check it out. There’s a great little place in downtown Conroe that really takes you back in time. Honor Café is a definite diamond in the rough!
Chris Sadler, a veteran and the owner of this amazing restaurant, decided a little over a year ago that he wanted something … different in his café.
Once you step inside, you’d think you traveled back to the days you were sitting in the mess hall eating chow, sharing stories of home and family with your military brothers and sisters.
At least, that’s the feeling I got, and I’ve never been in any service of the military.
While I was sitting, having a conversation with Chris Grose, the café’s General Manager, he shared a bit of the back story — including their motto, “Where Veterans Day is every day,” and believe me, it’s a motto they live by!
Not only is their history and story amazing, but their service is also great, and their food is plate-licking good!
While Chris had a delicious recommendation of the Pan Seared Ahi Tuna Salad, I was wanting something a little more Mexican with a Texas twist.
I personally recommend their Chillaquilas Rojo, served exactly to your taste, which includes two eggs cooked the way you like (mine is over medium), crispy tortilla triangles tossed in salsa and cheddar cheese, and a deliciously juicy cut of Arrachera Steak cooked to your taste (medium rare for me).
After the first bite, the only thing I could say is, "Mmmmm!”
The prices are great, and the service, food and atmosphere are absolutely outstanding! This lovely, little, unique, gem of a restaurant is a definite must and one of the best places to visit in our not-so-little town of Conroe.
We’re about to head over to one of our last stops, so don’t miss the bus. “Conroe Connection” is leaving the station…
6. Johnny B. Daltons
If you’re looking to experience True Texas Livin’, then it’s time to get them dancin’ boots on and step off the bus to enjoy Conroe’s nightlife! Let’s go dancin’, y’all. Don’t forget your cowboy hat, fellas. Yeehaw!
Head on in and dance the night away in Conroe’s largest dancehall, Johnny B. Daltons, for the most fun you can have with your boots on.
The DJ plays old school and new school country music, alongside newer line dance music and other genres. (He also takes requests!)
This is great for that date night you’ve been looking forward to or going out with a group of friends.
If you’re not a dancer, that’s all right. With three large bars, three dart boards, three pool tables and one long shuffleboard table, there’s still plenty to do.
Hang out with your friends and shoot some pool. Or make new friends and challenge them to a game of darts! I’m not much of a dancer myself, so you know where I’ll be.
7. Piney Shores Resort Fun
Off to our final stop, watch your step, is your home base for all these amazing adventures: Piney Shores Resort.
Situated on the northwest end of Conroe, settled at the southeast edge of Lake Conroe, Piney Shores Resort sits on 123 acres. It’s definitely one of the best places to stay in Conroe, but I might be biased.
With a mix of lakeside views from our large Presidential Villas to the total seclusion in our quaint cabins and lodges, we can accommodate everyone’s needs.
The kitchens at our Holiday Inn Club Vacations® resorts have everything you need to cook up something delicious.
If you enjoy a cooler environment and are a bit crafty, we’ve got fun ideas for you and your little ones.
If you like a bit more action, we have a great arcade set up in our activities center, including an Xbox game pod room. You can even get your Ping Pong on or challenge the staff to a game of pool. (We love playing games, too!)
More of the outdoorsy type? This is definitely the place for you. We’ve got four beautiful pools, two great pavilions for hanging out and grilling, two volleyball courts, a half basketball court, shuffleboard and a tennis court.
Oh, you want to be a little more involved with nature? I’ve got just the thing for you. Take a stroll through our walking trail and see what types of bugs and small creatures are around. Don’t worry, it won’t take too long.
Don’t forget about our Saturday morning tractor-pulled wagon rides, or the seasonal afternoon pumpkin patch excursion up by the stables, where you can pick the best pumpkin to paint.
For all you country guys and gals, make it a family tournament night with a rowdy game of horseshoes or cornhole.
Last, but not least, come Putt-Putt around our 18-hole course and sink that hole in one you’ve been bragging about!
For the over 21 crowd, you can even catch a little piece of Texas history about our town and county while you’re learning how to mix your own drinks during our complimentary mixology classes.
Come out for the day or stay for the week, I promise you’ll love it as much as we do!
I’m so glad that you decided to take a ride with me to see some of the best things to do in Conroe, Texas! I really hope you enjoyed the ride as much as I did.
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