Sugar Land

Originally, Sugar Land was Stephen F. Austins personal portion of the land he leased in 1823 from Mexico. Sugar cane plants imported from Cuba proliferated—inspiring the name Sugar Land and spurring sugar production. In 1906, the Imperial Sugar Company opened and 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 abound, including disc golf; a BMX track; a skate park; multiple baseball, softball and soccer fields; hike-and-bike trails; the Brindley mountain bike trail; and special events. Oyster Creek is home to the Greater Houston Rowing Club.

Sugar Land Town Square boasts 32 acres of major retailers, boutiques, day spas and al fresco dining. Nearby First Colony Mall offers more than 150 high-end retail stores, dining and entertainment. Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center (www.sugarlandice.com) dual rink facility offers public skating and is the practice facility for the Houston Aeros hockey team.

Major events include the Cultural Kite Festival in March; Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair in April; Red, White and Bluefest on July 4; the Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta in October; and a New Years Eve celebration.

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