Crowds gather at Sugar Land’s Town Square, a popular local hang out. (Photo: Courtesy of Sugar Land, Texas)
Even a newcomer can tell Sugar Land is one of the fastest-growing areas in Texas; new destinations seem to pop up in the blink of an eye. While downtown Houston is only a 15-minute drive away, the Sugar Land region makes its own fun, giving it a feel that’s distinct from Space City and its other suburbs.
Hip to Be Square
The vibrant heart of Sugar Land is its Town Square, a shopping and dining district with a walkable central plaza. There are over 30 restaurants to dine at here, including Aura Brasserie. Aura’s acclaimed French chef has branched out into American cuisine: think cheeseburger sliders and chicken-fried venison. The desserts hew a little more closely to French tradition, with crème brûlée as a local favorite. Around the square, you’ll find outdoor drinking and dining spots feeding the already lively atmosphere.
The shopping at Town Square ranges from big chain stores to local boutiques such as The Vintage Pearl, where you’ll find custom hand-stamped jewelry. On the weekends (and sometimes on weeknights), there’s live music in the plaza. Glass of wine in hand, sit around the impressive central fountain enjoying the show and the night air. If you’re looking for things to do in Sugar Land during the evening, you can catch one of the Town Square’s dance nights or Movies under the Moon screenings.
Watch a Game on the Fly
You could spend a fortune for nosebleed seats at an Astros game, or you could experience America’s favorite pastime the old-fashioned way at Constellation Field. Sugar Land’s own Atlantic League team, the Skeeters, play at this crowd-pleasing ballpark with its Texas-shaped scoreboard and kiddie swimming pool. If you visit outside of baseball season, you might be able to catch a concert with 9,499 other fans.
Get Your Science Fix
The Houston Museum of Natural Science has several satellite locations, and the one in Sugar Land is everything you might hope for. The Hall of Paleontology has a full-scale stegosaurus and triceratops, in addition to an impressive collection of fossils. The Digital Dome theater is high-tech fun, with shows on subjects from black holes to ice worlds projected onto an immersive domed screen. To round out the experience, there’s a 2,000-gallon saltwater aquarium offering a glimpse at life under the sea.
Go Local, Go Global
Get a taste for local Texas culture (and agriculture) at the Farmer’s Market, held Saturday mornings year-round at Imperial, the site of a historic sugar refinery that gave the town its name. Produce is trucked in from right outside the city, so it has that just-picked freshness. With its locally-made craft items and artisanal baked goods, this is a great place to pick up gifts to bring home. You know your mom can’t resist handmade jam and ceramics.
If you’d rather go global or possibly even galactic, head to Flying Saucer Draught Emporium for a pint from distant Belgium or Brazil. This Sugar Land attraction’s selection of beers includes over 60 kinds on tap and 130 types in bottles.