There’s always something to do in this attractive, affluent Texas suburb
Located around 19 miles southwest of Downtown Houston, Sugar Land is the largest city in Fort Bend County, Texas. The city’s name tells of its origins and history in sugarcane production — it truly was a sugar land. After settlers began farming and creating sugar plantations during the 1800s, sugar production quickly became the strength of the area and what made it boom.
The growing of sugar cane ended in 1928, and today, Sugar Land is not recognized for sugar cane production. Rather, it’s recognized for being a prosperous Texas city — one of the fastest-growing in the state and one of the best places to live in the entire country.
Life in Sugar Land is sweet. Residents enjoy big-city amenities in a small town and a convenient, short 20-minute drive from Downtown Houston. With lots to do, Sugar Land is an excellent place to raise a family. It’s always active, with countless family-friendly events.
The city’s massive number of parks encourages spending time outdoors and an active, healthy lifestyle. All of Sugar Land’s parks are a delight to look at and navigate, with gorgeous green areas and scenery. All things considered, it’s understandable how living in Sugar Land is highly sought-after.
The shopping at Sugar Land won’t disappoint, with more than 30 shopping areas. First Colony Mall has over 161 stores that include upscale brands such as Lululemon, Macy’s, Banana Republic, and Express, as well as home goods boutiques, entertainment, and dining options. Other notable shopping centers include Lake Pointe Town Center, the outlet-style Market at Town Center, and Sugar Land Town Square.
Sugar Land is also known for its global food scene. You’ll have no trouble finding a good restaurant that serves any cuisine you’re craving. For fine dining, sit down at the award-winning Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille for fine cuts of meat, seafood, and delicious drinks in an elegant, upscale setting that includes a cocktail lounge. Get a taste of New Orleans at The Rouxpour, known for its award-winning gumbo and seafood, this restaurant also has weekend brunch and features French Quarter décor. If you’re craving Asian fusion and some good sushi, Japaneiro’s or UMAMI Japanese Restaurant.
Sugar Land has a vibrant arts and culture scene. You’ll be frequenting the Smart Financial Centre, one of the country’s top entertainment venues, for the best shows, performances, tours, and productions. You’ll also find public art throughout the city.
The Sugar Land Town Square is host to an abundant amount of events year-round. Including live music, free fitness classes every Friday, the Raxx Vintage Market with more than 50 vintage vendors, children’s events, and much more. Other popular annual events at Sugar Land include the Sugar Gala, the International Art & Kite Festival, The Art of Wining and Dining featuring popular restaurants and entertainment, Chess Fest, Red, White and Boom to celebrate the 4th of July, Fall Fest, Trunk or Treat, and the iconic Christmas Tree Lighting to welcome the holiday season, and more.
If you’re interested in a museum day full of learning for the family, visit the Sugar Land Heritage Museum to learn about the local history and heritage, Art Museum TX for contemporary art shows, The Houston Museum of Natural Science for fascinating exhibitions, or Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center creative educational activities and exhibits.
Sugar Land is wonderful for walking, running, and biking, with a great network of trails and sidewalks throughout the city, as well as a series of bike tours. It also has incredible parks to spend time outdoors and recreational activities — over 27 of them! Locals love Cullinan Park at Oyster Creek, one of the largest nature parks in the Houston area. In these 750 acres of prairie and woodlands, you’ll find trails and stunning views by the water. Rest assured you’ll be kayaking and canoeing in the summer months. This park will definitely become a favorite to connect with the beauty of nature. Sugar Land Memorial Park, located along the Brazos River, is another local favorite. This 150-acre park also has 2.5 miles of trails, a pavilion, picnic areas, a playground, and a dog park. There’s also Brazos River Park and Oyster Creek Park, which includes a rose garden, a beautiful rock-lined pond, and an amphitheater. The park options are truly endless!
Sugar Land is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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