I had a 4 day business meeting at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center the first week of March. The first night at the hotel I noticed that there is river with lighted trees behind the hotel. I was curious. I looked it up in a map. The river's official name is The Woodlands Waterway. It is connected to Lake Woodlands. The next day the meeting ended at 4pm. There was still sometime until dinner. I decided to check the river out.
The waterway of Woodland at night
|The Woodlands Waterway|
There is a small garden right across the river from the hotel - the Koi Pond. It is a tiny garden with a gold fish pond. The water is so clear that the gold fishes seem to swim in the air!
|The entrance to Koi Pond|
|Gold Fishes in Koi Pond|
Unexpectedly I saw a big grey heron standing by the waterway.
|A grey Heron by the Waterway|
The waterway is stopped by a dam - the lower section is actually connected to Lake Woodlands. I was pleasantly surprised that there is a boat/kayak rental shop by the south end of the dam. A pavilion, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - a unique outdoor performance space, is on the north end of the dam. It must be a very busy place in summer here.
|Lower section of Woodlands Waterway|
|The Grey Heron|
If I have opportunity to come back to Woodlands for another meeting, I will bring my running shoes for morning exercise along the waterway, I will also bring my swimming pants and sandals for a sunset paddling toward Lake Woodlands.