Sugar Land

Originally, Sugar Land was Stephen F. Austin's personal portion of the land he leased in 1823 from Mexico. Sugar cane imported from Cuba proliferated inspiring the name Sugar Land and spurring sugar production. In 1906, the Imperial Sugar Company began creating a company town. In 1959, the town incorporated. Since then, it has been one of the fastest growing cities in Texas.

Outdoor activities include disc golf; a BMX track; a skate park; baseball, softball and soccer fields; hike-and-bike trails; and a mountain bike trail. Oyster Creek is home to the Greater Houston Rowing Club.

Town Square boasts major retailers, boutiques, day spas and al fresco dining. Nearby First Colony Mall offers high-end retail stores, dining and entertainment. Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center (www.sugarlandice.com) dual rink facility offers public skating.

Major events include the Cultural Kite Festival in March; Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair in April; Star Spangled Celebration on July 4; Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta in October; and a New Year's Eve celebration.

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