The Woodlands Waterway Cruisers

The six Waterway Cruisers that travel along The Woodlands Waterway provide the perfect way to explore all the amenities that the Waterway has to offer. Along both sides of the corridor are businesses, restaurants, office buildings, hotels and urban residential. The east end of the corridor is anchored by The Woodlands Mall and the west end is anchored by The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and Town Green Park.

You can board at the designated stops every 45 to 60 minutes. A general public day pass with unlimited rides on the cruisers is $5.00. Tickets can be purchased when you board the Waterway Cruisers, and must be paid with cash. The Waterway Cruisers are wheelchair accessible. 

Cost
  • $5 per adult.
  • $2.50 per youth (ages 4-12), senior (ages 60 and older) or person with a disability.
  • Children ages three and under are free.

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For  more information on the Waterway Cruisers, please call 281-367-1151.  
Route Map
Hours of Operation
  • Friday: 2 to 10 p.m.  (The last round trip starts at the mall turn at 9 p.m.)
  • Saturday: noon to 10 p.m.  (The last round trip starts at the mall turn at 9 p.m.)
  • Sunday: noon to 8 p.m.  (The last round trip starts at the mall turn at 7 p.m.)
  • Holiday Closings: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

  1. Cruiser History
  2. Funding
  3. Private Catering and Tours
The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau (“TWCVB”), a 501 (c) (6) organization, was gifted six (6) 35-foot boats (with a value of over $800,000 in January of 2011) from The Woodlands Development Company that travel a 1.4 mile corridor in the heart of The Woodlands, Texas downtown area. 

In July 2011, The Woodlands CVB Board of Directors awarded a contract to renovate the six Waterway Cruisers to Professional Yacht Management (ProYacht) of Kemah, Texas. The complete refurbishment of the Waterway Cruisers included the interiors, exteriors and hull bottoms. In August 2011, ProYacht began restoring the boats in pairs. All six Cruisers are were completely renovated by Spring 2012. The amount used for capital renovations in 2012 for the cruisers was $252,441, which came from the hotel occupancy tax fund set aside in 2010. There have been no capital expenditures since the refurbishment as of December 2013. 

After taking ownership of the Waterway Cruisers, TWCVB and its legal team drafted a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking a CATERER/RESTAURANT to provide exclusive catering and catering management services which may include catering, event set up, reservations and guest satisfaction on the Waterway Cruisers on The Woodlands (Texas) Waterway. Three (3) companies responded to the bid with a proposal, and Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. was chosen. 

On March 2, 2011, TWCVB Board approved the selection of Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. as the exclusive catering vendor on The Woodlands Waterway Cruisers. The one (1) year agreement began October 28, 2011. 

On September 5, 2012, TWCVB Board approved a one (1) year renewal of the Waterway Cruisers Catering Services and Operating Agreement to begin on October 28, 2012 and end on October 27, 2013. All terms of the original agreement have remained unchanged with the exception of the one (1) year renewal. 

On September 4, 2013, TWCVB Board approved an extension of the current Catering Services and Operating Agreement through December 31, 2013. 

On August 12, 2013, TWCVB issued a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking a CATERER/RESTAURANT to provide exclusive catering and catering management services which may include catering, event set up, reservations and guest satisfaction on the Waterway Cruisers on The Woodlands (Texas) Waterway. Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. was the only company who responded to the bid with a proposal. 

On November 6, 2013, TWCVB Board approved Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. as the caterer of the Waterway Cruisers beginning on January 1, 2014 to continue through January 1, 2015, with TWCVB having the right to renew for two (2) consecutive one (1) year renewals upon mutual consent of both parties.