Take a Last-Minute Staycation

The Woodlands Resort Offers Family Fun Close to Home

Article by Erica Hernandez

Photography by Banavenue Photography & Woodlands Resort

Originally published in Cypress Lifestyle

Alley Leto is a mom of three who knows a thing or two about traveling with kids. When planning a family vacation, she considers things like travel time, kid entertainment options and amenities. 

She found the right balance of all three just 45 minutes away. Her recent family trip to the Woodlands Resort proved to be every bit the vacation she hoped for without the hassle of extended travel. 

“If you’re just looking for a mini staycation or a little break with your family—even if you wanted to stay longer than just the weekend—it’s just a great option,” she says.

The resort offers a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Situated on 28,000 acres of lush piney woods, the resort boasts a host of watersports, biking and walking trails and two golf courses. The crown jewel of the resort’s kid-centric outdoor entertainment spots is the Forest Oasis Waterpark, a colossal water playground with a 30-foot water tower and 1,005-foot lazy river. The park was a smash hit with Alley and her family, who spent the day lounging poolside. 

Families can even rent an intimate luxury cabana complete with cable TV, a small fridge and private food service. The nearby Cool Water Cafe offers light meals and summertime cocktails.    

For those who prefer air-conditioned entertainment, the resort offers indoor pampering at its spa. Schedule a massage, facial or body treatment at the spa, or head to the 24-hour fitness center for a workout. The resort even programs a jam-packed daily schedule of summertime activities such as face painting, sand art and s'mores roasting—enough events to fill up your summer scrapbook with tons of memories. 

“They’re always trying to invest in their kids' programs and make it the best experience for families,” Alley says.

2301 North Millbend Drive, The Woodlands, Texas

800.433.2624, WoodlandsResort.com

Book a Package Deal  

Headed to the resort for a special occasion? Book a package deal to take advantage of the resort your way. 

  • Kids Rule Package – Feast with the family using a $50 dining credit. Kids get a cookie decorating activity and a backpack filled with goodies. 

  • Pampered Pup Package – Recieve dog toys and treats when you and your furry friend arrive along with a dog bed and collapsible keepsake bowl. This package includes a $10 donation to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter in your name. 

  • Tame Your Game Golf Package – Enjoy a breakfast buffet at The Woodlands Dining Room before your big game. Then try out your swing on the 18 holes of golf on Panther Trail or The Oaks Courses. Receive unlimited access to practice facilities and range balls. 

  • Bed & Breakfast Package – Indulge in a full breakfast for two in The Woodlands Dining Room.

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