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Posted on: June 23, 2023

Shenandoah is an excellent Houston area “Staycation Destination”


If you are looking for fun and excitement for your staycation this year, well……. let me tell you…. Shenandoah is just a short hop, skip and jump away from Houston. The city provides great value for families and guests with a number of small-town hospitality and convenience combined with big-town shopping, dining, and entertainment. Base your family in Shenandoah and find yourself closer to more staycation fun than you ever dreamed of.

Here are our “Food, Fun & Family” suggestions for your staycation in small, but spectacular Shenandoah:

Overnight Stays

Shenandoah is currently home to twelve, well-reviewed quality hotels that offer travelers great overnight stay values for family, and fun. With a variety of options, price points, and service levels, Shenandoah can exceed your staycation expectations. We are a great place to base your family while discovering beautiful Shenandoah and our local area. You will be pleasantly surprised by the proximity of our hotels to the exciting activities and places that await you in our surrounding Montgomery and North Harris counties.

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With nearly 60 restaurants covering a variety of cuisines, Shenandoah has a breadth of dining options that’s extraordinary for a city of our size. We’ve got a compelling mix of establishments that include everything from fast casual to fine dining, with twice-nominated James Beard Chef/Owners like Levi Goode and Ronnie Killen. Whether you need something quick and easy, or are looking for a great restaurant for a special occasion, Shenandoah has you covered.

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Shenandoah is packed with a variety of entertainment options for your family’s staycation. From indoor rock wall climbing, trampolines and ziplining, to arcades and virtual-reality games, billiards, bowling, laser tag and IMAX movies, Shenandoah is an exhilarating place to play.

AMC Metropark Square 10 with IMAX

The first new AMC Theatres cinema to open in the greater Houston area in more than 20 years, this state-of-the-art cineplex allows both movie lovers and cinephiles to experience premium formats that provide superior acoustics, richer imagery, and a choice between Dolby Cinema and IMAX technologies.

Dave & Buster's

At Dave and Buster’s, their mission is to create their guest’s first choice for frequent fun through the best combination of the latest and greatest games, ultimate sports-viewing, extraordinary food, and remarkable drinks.

Main Event

Every occasion is a celebration when you visit Main Event Shenandoah, your headquarters for family fun and entertainment.  Our Shenandoah location features an arcade, laser tag, billiards, and a bowling alley with 28 lanes.

Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park

If you’re looking for the best year-round indoor amusements in Shenandoah and The Woodlands areas, Urban Air Adventure Park is the perfect place! With new adventures behind every corner, they are the ultimate indoor playground for your entire family, and features a number of activities, including trampolines, rock climbing wall, and an indoor zipline.

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There are so many places to shop in Shenandoah you might forget that you are in a small town. From sports-focused stores like the PGA Tour Superstore, and specialty shops like Precision Camera & Video to upscale resale shops, a home décor store, and everything in-between. You may need to staycation in Shenandoah multiple times to visit all the shops we offer.

Metropark Square

Owned by the Sam Moon Group, Metropark Square is an upscale, mixed-use development in the City of Shenandoah. Anchoring this development is a state-of-the-art AMC Metropark Square with IMAX cineplex, a new Dave & Buster’s, along with an exciting mix of new restaurants, retailers, service businesses, and the Hyatt House hotel.

Portofino Shopping Center

The city’s Portofino Shopping Center, with its distinctive Venetian architecture, has more than 40 restaurants and stores.

Research Forest Shopping Center

This retail center is home to several restaurants, salons, shops, and service businesses.

Research Plaza Shopping Center

This center is home to a number of restaurants, a salon, several boutiques and shops, and service businesses.

Sam Moon Shopping Center

Sam Moon Center is home to the eponymous Sam Moon Trading Company, a store that specializes in accessories, apparel, cosmetics, and more, and also several nationally-known resale shops, great local restaurants, and a new Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park!

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Things to do within a 35-minute drive of Shenandoah:

In Conroe, TX:

  • Lake Conroe – 24 miles (30-minute drive)
  • Heritage Museum of Montgomery County – 10.6 miles (16-minute drive)
  • Southern Empress Dinner Cruises on Lake Conroe – 21.4 miles (32-minute drive)
  • Moorehead’s Blueberry Farm - 14 miles (28-minute drive)

In Hockley, TX:

  • Showboat Drive-in Movie Theatre – 29.9 miles (33-minute drive)

In New Caney, TX:

  • Big Rivers Water Park – 19.3 miles (30-minute drive)

In Oak Ridge North:

  • iFLY Indoor Skydiving – 2.6 miles (9-minute drive)

In Spring, TX:

  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Water Park – 9.5 miles (15-minute drive)
  • Old Town Spring – 8.8 miles (14-minute drive)

In The Woodlands:

  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – 1.9 miles (7-minute drive)
  • Dosey Doe Big Barn Concerts & Events – 5 miles (8-minute drive)
  • George Mitchell Nature Preserve/Spring Creek Greenway– 14.2 miles (29-minute drive)
  • The Woodlands Waterway – 2 miles (5-minute drive)
  • The Woodlands Children’s Museum – 4.1 miles (12-minute drive)
  • W. G. Jones State Forest – 6.8 miles (15-minute drive)

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