Conroe Population- 29,918  Altitude 213

Lake Conroe edged by Sam Houston National ForestSeat of Montgomery County on southern edge of Big Thicket area.  Towering pines, rolling hills, and woodland lakes offer abundant outdoor recreational opportunities; 10 area golf courses, resorts, and marinas on Lake Conroe.  The old (1931) but still-producing, Conroe Oil Field southeast of the city is of interest, and historic locations are marked.   Storied community of Cut 'n Shoot is 5 miles east of Conroe.  Shoppers find bargains at the Conroe Outlet Center at I-45 and League Line Rd.

Crighton Theatre-

Restored vaudeville theatre, built in 1934, is home to a variety of stage plays, music performances, opera, ballet, and special events.  At 234 N. Main.   Call (936) 756-1226 for performance schedule.

Heritage Museum of Montgomery County-

In restored home of a pioneer timber family, permanent exhibit features life of Charles B. Stewart, designer of the Texas Lone Star flag and the Texas state seal; other historical miscellany and traveling exhibits.  Open Thurs., Fri., Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Candy Cane Park, I-45 access road north of Texas 105.

Joe Roughneck Statue-

Commemorating George William Strake, who brought in the 19,000-acre Conroe in 1931 and became Houston's first oil millionaire.  In front of city hall, 505 West Davis St.

Jones State Forest-

Five miles southwest via I-45 and F.M. 1488, birdwatcher's haven with over 150 species identified; boasts highest density of rare red cockade woodpecker.   Sweet Leaf Nature Trail, self-guided tour.



Paddle Wheeler Southern Empress-

Ply the waters of Lake Conroe while dining and dancing.  Dinner cruises offered Thurs. - Sat. Reservations required.  Departs from Lakeview Marine on Texas 105 West, 7.5 miles.  (936) 588-3000.

Scenic Drive-

Texas 105 west through piney woods to Montgomery 15 miles; driving tour of historic homes dating back to the 1850s.

Visitor Center-

A re-created railroad depot serves as tourist information center for city and county attractions.  Also has recreational maps and marina guides; open daily; closed on holidays.  At 1504 I-45 North.

Worldwide Safari-

Drive-through exotic game preserve on 225 acres.  Animals from addax to Zambezi sitatunga; petting zoo and unusual gift shop.  Open Daily 8 a.m - dusk; off I-45 just south of Conroe, at F.M. 1488 exit.  Admission.


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