Conroe

The city is the seat of Montgomery County and is known as the "Birthplace of the Lone Star Flag." In 1839, the state Legislature adopted the flag--designed by resident Dr. Charles B. Stewart--as the official state flag.

The centerpiece of the area, the 22,000-acre Lake Conroe, is home to a variety of wildlife and great fishing. Resorts, campgrounds and marinas dot the shore. Lake activities include jet skiing, kayaking, canoeing and boating.

Conroe has eight public golf courses with more than 162 challenging holes. Downtown offers live entertainment, plays, arts and restaurants. Shoppers find bargains at nearby antique and resale shops or visit the Outlets at Conroe.

The summer concert series and other events are held at the Heritage Place Outdoor Theater (936/522-3804). The 1940s Owen Theatre was renovated into a state-of-the-art facility, hosting live performances (936/539-4090).

Events include the Montgomery County Fair & Rodeo, Lonestar Throwdown, Golden Needles Quilt Show, Texas 10 Race Series and Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival.

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