The Woodlands
is a planned community in the U.S. state of Texas in the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. It is primarily located in Montgomery County, with portions extending into Harris County.

The Woodlands is 28 miles (45 km) north of Houston along Interstate 45. Though it began as an ex-urban development and a bedroom community, it has also attracted corporations and has several corporate campuses.

History:
The Woodlands was conceived  by George P. Mitchell in 1974 and managed by The Woodlands Corporation as an extension of Mitchell Energy & Development. Mitchell planned to establish a conference center, hotels, office parks, retail malls, schools, large distribution centers, and golf courses - he wanted the development to "entice city slickers looking for a far-flung suburban quality of life.  In 2011 The Woodlands was sold to the Howard Hughes Development Corporation.

The original planning utilized many of the planning concepts and designs employed in other well-regarded new communities of that era such as Columbia, Maryland, Irvine Ranch, California and Reston, Virginia. 

Mitchell's original plan was for The Woodlands to be annexed by the city of Houston,  but the residents feared such an annexation. They fought the plans of annexation and decided to create a movement against it. That lead to the creation of the independent government and in 2007 state legislators representing Woodlands created and passed two bills to allow the expansion of an existing improvement district (now The Woodlands Township) and to allow The Woodlands to collect sales tax. The passage of these bills allowed an opportunity for The Woodlands to incorporate itself.

Woodlands continues to grow residentially and commercially as many companies are moving there. The Town Center includes shopping and eating facilities, a waterway and water taxis known as "Waterway Cruisers" that are enclosed and cooled for added comfort. 

Lifestyle and Culture
Whether you’re coming here on business or for leisure, you’ll find an incredible array of things to see, do and enjoy in The Woodlands Texas. The Woodlands offers many entertainment venues including two movie theaters, over 150 restaurants, a publicly accessible waterway, dancing waterfalls with music, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The Pavillion is the summer home of the Houston Symphony and has hosted many large acts (rock bands to classical). There are sixteen art benches which are popular places to rest on a walk down The Waterway. . If you like old style you should take a look at old style Main Street - a pedestrian shopping district. You can find movie theaters and a variety of shops and restaurants. The Woodlands Mall borders the waterway and is adjacent to Market Street, forming a large pedestrian-friendly shopping district. Every April, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival draws 220 artists from around the world to showcase their work at this unique fine arts festival.