1. Hit the Water with Lake Conroe Boat Rentals
Water fun tops the list of things to do in Lake Conroe and you can enjoy all types of boating — even if you don’t own a boat! Many area boat rental businesses cater to weekenders and vacationers.
Here are a few to try out:
- Freedom Boat Club Lake Conroe and Nautical Boat Club: These membership boating clubs give you reservation access to a wide variety of boats without the hassle of ownership.
- Nauti-Dayz and Jet-Ski Lake Conroe: Rent all types of boats and jet skis on a daily basis.
- North Lake Conroe Paddling Co.: Rents kayaks and offers guided tours and wildlife-spotting trips along the remote northern shores of Lake Conroe
2. Tour Lake Conroe Wineries and Tasting Rooms
The Lake Conroe region is home to several award-winning wineries. Some have tasting rooms in the area’s old-town districts, while others have tasting rooms, event venues, and winemaking facilities that you can tour on their beautiful vineyard properties.
You’ll also find several wine bars throughout the Lake Conroe region. These pair a full range of local and Texas wines with curated selections from around the world – plus offer great food, music, and more.
Most tasting rooms are open in the afternoons, evenings, and on weekends. Several also have live music and other events worth checking out. See the links below for locations, hours, and event calendars.
- Wineries In Conroe, Tx: B|E Blue Epiphany Winery, pictured above, has a vineyard winery just north of town plus a tasting room in Old Town Conroe
- Wineries in Montgomery, Tx: Whitley Vineyards and H Wines have winery tasting rooms in Old Town Montgomery. Both craft 100% Texas wines, plus H Wines also offers a curated selection of French imports. The Rancher’s Daughter wine bar features a huge selection of Texas wines. The Cozy Grape wine bar and Restaurant offers a complete list of popular and unique wines.
- Wineries in New Waverly, Tx: Golden Oak Micro Cellar and Tosca Winery both have onsite tasting rooms surrounded by beautiful acreages and vineyards.
- Wineries in nearby areas: Located on 360 acres just north of the lake, West Sandy Creek Winery is a beautiful place to while away an afternoon. One of the area’s founding wineries, Bernhardt Winery, offers a beautiful Tuscan-meets-Texan setting about 10 minutes west of Old-Town Montgomery. Bernhardt offers tasting rooms, meeting areas, gorgeous outdoor spaces, and holds many musical and market events.
3. Grab a Pint at Lake Conroe Breweries
The Lake Conroe region is home to a star-studded lineup of award-winning local craft breweries. Stop in for a pint while touring the area or check the links below for live music and other special events.
- Breweries in Conroe, Tx: Southern Star Brewing is the original craft brewery in the Lake Conroe region. Fun fact! Southern Star is the first craft brewery in Texas to can craft beer — largely to help lake-goers comply with Lake Conroe’s glass bottle restrictions. Copperhead Brewery is north of Old Town Conroe, and B-52 Brewing is just south of the Lake Conroe Dam, off of Highway 105 — look for the blue sign.
- Breweries in Montgomery, Tx: Cycler’s Brewing is tucked among the tall pines of the National Forest, a short drive north of Old Town Montgomery. Frankenboltzzzz Brewing Co. is a short drive west of Old Town Montgomery.
4. Soak Up Some Old-Town Charm
The Lake Conroe region is home to two historic Old Town districts; Old Town Conroe, to the east of the lake, and Old Town Montgomery, to the west. Be sure to put one — or both — on your list of things to do in Lake Conroe.
- Old Town Conroe: The City of Conroe is the county seat for Montgomery Co. and Old Town Conroe‘s historic courthouse square – pictured above – is home to shops, restaurants, music venues, community theatres, art galleries, wineries, and much more.
- Old Town Montgomery: The City of Montgomery is the official birthplace of the Texas flag and Old Town Montgomery offers quaint dining, shopping, entertainment venues, and local wineries. You can also tour two unique museums, Fernland Historical Park’s living frontier town and the NH Davis Pioneer Museum.
5. Enjoy Lakeside Dining at Restaurants on Lake Conroe
Great fare and fabulous views of the lake… what’s not to love? Lakeside dining is a must-do while you’re in the area. You can Google “restaurants on Lake Conroe” to see the complete list, or start with a few of our team’s personal faves, below.
- GuadalaHARRY’s: One of the BEST views on Lake Conroe, especially at sunset – pictured above! Located on FM 1097, this kicked-back restaurant combines a variety of terrific dishes with great service, and is worth mentioning again — that top-deck sunset VIEW!
- Hwy. 105 restaurants on Lake Conroe: The Waterpoint Marina complex offers lakeside dining at Fajita Jack’s for Mexican fare (great house margaritas!), Monty’s Lighthouse for seafood, and Akashi for sushi and Japanese cuisine. Papa’s on the Lake is another local fave for lakeside dining and hanging out.
- Walden’s Lakeview Dining: Located in the Walden Subdivision on Lake Conroe, this club-style restaurant is open to the public and has terrific dining with a spectacular 180-degree view of the lake. Walden’s Sunday Brunch is a must-do if you’re in the area on a Sunday.
- The Wave: Located off FM 830 in the Seven Coves Subdivision, The Wave offers a sweeping view of the lake along with a tasty menu.
- LandShark at Margaritaville: This is one of six dining options at the Margaritaville Resort and is one that’s always open to the public. A few are open only to resort guests and club members. LandShark offers lakeside dining alongside a view of all of the fun happening at Margaritaville.
6. Hike & Bike the Sam Houston National Forest on Lake Conroe
The Sam Houston National Forest spans Lake Conroe’s northern shores and is home to towering pines and plenty of maintained trails for hiking, biking, and wildlife watching, along with horseback riding and dirt biking trails.
Visit the Sam Houston National Forest website for information about the forest’s recreational areas.
For details on hiking trails in the forest, check out The Hiking Project’s detailed trail maps.
7. Spend a Day at Margaritaville’s Fun-Filled Resort and Spa
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Resort is a destination in itself. Resort guests have access to the pool bars and waterpark amenities, spa services, fitness center, and lakeside fun like boat rentals, party boat excursions, golf, and local winery/brewery tours.
Do you live locally or come up to Lake Conroe often? You can also enjoy Margaritaville’s attractions whenever you like as a Margaritaville club member.
8. Tee Up on Lake Conroe Golf Courses
The shores of Lake Conroe are dotted with golf courses nestled among the tall pines of the region and offering play with beautiful views of the lake.
Some courses are limited to club members and their guests but two offer non-member/public tee times – Walden Golf Club, pictured here, and The Golf Club at Margaritaville (Formerly Del Lago Golf Club).
9. Book a Weekend, Week-long (or Longer) Lake Conroe Getaway
Looking to book a vacation stay so you can check out some (or all) of these great things to do in Lake Conroe? You’ve got plenty of options when it comes to lodging — from vacation cabins and campgrounds to high-end VRBOs and luxury resorts, the choice is yours! Here are a few vacation lodging options to check out:
- Vacation Rental Websites: Both VRBO and Air BnB offer an assortment of Lake Conroe vacation rentals from both private owners and rental groups.
- Hotel and Resort Vacation Lodging on Lake Conroe: Margaritaville Resort, The Landing at Severn Coves, and the Holiday Inn Vacation Club at Piney Shores offer hotel-style lakeside lodging; Piney Shores provides cottage options, too.
- Lake Conroe Cabin Rentals: Stowaway Marina on the north side of Lake Conroe offers cabin & cottage rentals off the beaten path. Fisherman’s Cove Cabins is a lakeside rental option featuring tiny home cabin setups with beautiful views. Thousand Trails RV and Camping Resort offers cabin rentals, too. Margaritaville also has cabana-style cabin lodging on the lakefront.
- Lake Conroe Campgrounds: Several private campgrounds line the lake’s shores – a quick Google Map search will give you a complete list. Plus, you can make camping reservations in the Cagle Recreation Area in the National Forest.
10. Explore Some Scenic Drives
There are many scenic byway drives throughout the Houston Hill Country surrounding the Lake Conroe region. Rolling hills, tall pine forests, and miles of wide-open farm and ranch land define the region.
It’s easy to find yourself driving along winding roads with towering pines one minute, and wide-open vistas the next.
Explore scenic day trips by starting in Old Town Montgomery and winding through the hills and forests towards Anderson, Navasota, Huntsville, and Livingston. Google maps will show you the way!
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