Shenandoah, Texas -- Fun times and relaxation

06/05/2011  | 
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An award-winning, upscale city, Shenandoah, Texas is located along the I-45 corridor, just 35 miles north of Houston and 20 minutes from Bush Intercontinental Airport. Shenandoah offers visitors more than 40 restaurants, seven hotels and a variety of retail shopping locations. The city is also home to local businesses, physician offices, the acclaimed Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and 3,200 residents. Shenandoah is a city with so much to offer its visitors. Opportunities abound for fun times or just some rest and relaxation.

Shenandoah is close to a variety of entertainment options including The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in nearby The Woodlands. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion hosts popular concerts and symphony performances in its 16,500 capacity outdoor amphitheater from March through November. The historic Crighton Theatre, built in 1934 in nearby downtown Conroe hosts a variety of events from theatrical plays to concerts. Located in Shenandoah, Main Event Entertainment is a great place for family fun that includes bowling, laser tag, billiards, an arcade, a full-service bar and a café all under one roof.
A military exhibit in the museum honors Montgomery County’s men and women in the armed services and features interviews with them as they recount their first hand experiences. 

For outdoor fun, Shenandoah is just a short drive from beautiful Lake Conroe, where visitors can water ski, rent jet skis, take the family out on a pontoon boat or just enjoy a leisurely fishing trip. Visitors can take the family to enjoy a sunny day at Splashtown in Spring or play a round of golf at one of the nearby courses in The Woodlands, Magnolia or Conroe. The Woodforest Golf Club offers a free round of golf for members of the military with their military ID. The Steve Elkington designed course boasts 27 holes in the beautiful piney woods.

Shenandoah has an array of shopping opportunities for its visitors, including Portofino Shopping Center and the Sam Moon Center. The Portofino Shopping Center offers a variety of retail shopping including Old Navy, Steinmart, Bath & Body Works and many other high-quality retail stores. The Sam Moon Center is host to the ever-popular Sam Moon Trading Co. Neighboring The Woodlands has an additional 5 million square feet of retail shopping locations and The Galleria in Houston is just a short drive away. Visitors can also shop nearby in Old Town Spring, a 1900s railroad town that features antiques, collectibles, restaurants and a Civil War Museum.

Visitors can enjoy more than 40 restaurants within Shenandoah’s city limits. They can savor a juicy steak from Saltgrass Steakhouse, enjoy crawfish etouffee from Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen or enjoy the weather on the patio at Chuy’s. With everything from fast food to elegant dining, there is sure to be something for everyone at one of Shenandoah’s many restaurants.

Several sports and recreational facilities also call Shenandoah home, including Woodforest Stadium and the world-class CISD Natatorium. The CISD Natatorium will be host to the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving National Championships. The CISD Natatorium has also recently been host to the 2011 Southwestern Collegiate Athletic Conference regional qualifying event for the national championship, the USA Water Polo 14 and Under National Championships, as well as TISCA diving meets and The Woodlands Swim Team meets.

Shenandoah has seven hotels conveniently located throughout the city. Shenandoah hotels offer visitors a home away from home – convenient to all the area has to offer and easy access to I-45. Many of the area’s hotels also offer military discounts.

To share all that Shenandoah has to offer as well as its rich history, Shenandoah recently opened a new free-standing visitors center & museum in 2010. The 3,700 square feet facility provides maps and information about Shenandoah in addition to other Texas cities. The new center also showcases the area’s history through its Footprints in Courage Museum, featuring David the Bubble Boy.

A native of Shenandoah, young David Vetter was born with an immunological disorder that forced him to live inside a sterile environment from the moment he was born in 1972 until he died in 1984.  His legacy is memorialized with the naming of a wing at the Texas Children’s Hospital, a street in his hometown and the only school in the country named after a child – David Elementary in nearby The Woodlands.

The museum also recounts the rich history of South Montgomery County and the sawmill industry. Exhibits illustrate how lumber from the forests of South Montgomery County built much of Houston and Galveston.

The new Shenandoah Visitors Center is open seven days a week from 9 am to 6 pm.

For more information about Shenandoah, please call 281.292.5953 or visit www.shenandoahtxcvb.com
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