The Mitchell Energy and Development Corporation instigated this planned community in 1972. In 1974, the first homes were ready for purchase. Growth of the community was spurred by the tremendous growth of nearby Houston. Today, approximately one-quarter of the 28,000 acres is designated for use as green spaces, parks and protected reserves to help retain the natural beauty of the forest. Find 162 miles of hike-and-bike trails and 110 parks, including a 200-acre lake complete with a dragon.
Surrounded by lush, green forest, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, a 16,550-seat outdoor performing arts center, offers live performances. 281/363-3300. www.woodlandscenter.org.
Use the The Woodlands Waterway Cruisers & Trolley to travel through The Woodlands Town Center. 281/363-2447. Charters: 281/363-9750. www.thewoodlandswaterwaycruisers.com.
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