7 Ways to Enjoy an Awesome Weekend in Sugar Land
Indulge in surprising food combinations, watch world-class performers in a state-of-the-art venue, and find your own inspiration on nature trails and in captivating museums. Welcome to your next weekend in Sugar Land. Located within the Houston metropolitan area and just 25 miles from its downtown, this thriving community is still a destination of its own. After all, it was here, in the “Sweetest City in Texas,” that Imperial Sugar was founded in 1843. Today, it’s a place of creativity and wonder, from the tastes of its globe-spanning fare to its many verdant parks. Discover the multitude of ways you can celebrate the weekend here, then plan your next visit.
Travel Tip: Sweeten your weekend getaway with discounts on Sugar Land’s top experiences at the Sugar Packet Marketplace.
Enjoy a Day in the Sugar Land Town Square
If your ideal weekend includes some window shopping, Sugar Land Town Square is the place to be. Get a cup of coffee and stroll the wide brick sidewalks of this sprawling retail district and you’ll encounter an impressive array of boutiques and specialty stores. Get outfitted for your next vacation at Luggage and Leather, where you’ll find suitcases, messenger bags, travel accessories, and more from brands like Baggallini, Samsonite, and Victorinox.
Want to take your culinary game to the next level? Sign up for a seasonal cooking class at Sur la Table, then upgrade your kitchen with a new chef’s knife or top-of-the-line cookware. Although there’s enough shopping here to keep you busy throughout the weekend, that’s not all you can do in Sugar Land Town Square. Spoil yourself with a massage and a manicure and pedicure at Venetian Nail Spa or work up a sweat in one of Revolution Studio or Yes Yoga Studio’s classes.
Follow it all up with some crave-worthy food and stick around for the nightlife and you’ll be well on your way to a spectacular weekend in Sugar Land.
Treat Yourself to Some Seriously Good Food
Sizzling grass-fed Texas beef patties stacked in towering burgers. Sourdough pizzas topped with off-the-wall ingredients like maple sausage and fried eggs. Traditional sushi rolls followed by decadent tres leches or tempura bananas. Is your mouth watering yet? Dining is a serious business in Sugar Land, and you’ll want to bring your appetite to get the most out of it. You can find just about every style of cuisine here, but it’s how certain genres are brought together that really makes this a must-visit destination for even the most discerning of foodies.
If you’re craving sushi or Latin fare, look no further than Japaneiro’s Sushi Bistro & Latin Grill. Balancing two forms of cuisine you wouldn’t see together anywhere else, Japaneiro’s menu includes everything from crab puffs and plantain chips to sashimi and South American-style sandwiches. Meanwhile, the GURU Burgers & Bowls’ tantalizing selection of burgers, mac and cheese bowls, and hot dogs somehow pairs beautifully with its pillowy sweet and savory crepes. To eat like a local, opt for the JJ-WATT-a-Burger, a grass-fed Texas akaushi beef patty topped with swiss and cheddar cheese, smoked ham and bacon, a fried egg, lettuce, and tomato.
Can’t decide between breakfast or dinner? Enjoy the best of both worlds at Jupiter Pizza & Waffles Co. The stone-baked pizzas range from the conventional to the truly out there, such as a pie topped with goat cheese, bacon, and blueberry preserve. As for those waffles, they are either a meal on their own or a decadent dessert served with vanilla ice cream and, of course, maple syrup. When you’re in the mood for the vibrant flavors of Indian cuisine, find yourself at Nirmanz Food Boutique. With a long menu of scrumptious vegetables, chicken, goat, lamb, and shrimp dishes, you won’t leave hungry.
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Savor Sugar Land’s Nightlife
A bottle of wine and a cozy corner shared with your sweetheart or creative cocktails paired with a lively atmosphere. No matter how you prefer a night out, you’ll find the right vibe for you in Sugar Land. For a vast selection of dozens of craft beer on draught and an old-school pub ambiance, fill your pint glass at Flying Saucer. Meanwhile, Vino & Vinyl offers the ideal date night spot where you can choose from 150 bottles of reds and whites from the West Coast and around the world.
These locales are must-visit spots, but they aren’t the only game in town. Discover Sugar Land’s other hot and happening places here.
Indulge in the Sweetest City in Texas
When you’re in the mood for all things sugary sweet, there’s nowhere better to be than Sugar Land. There are more than 10 places to relish your favorite kind of dessert here, from local bakeries to big-name ice cream shops. Sink your teeth into a slice of lemon mascarpone, carrot, red velvet, or cheesecake as you sip a latte and lounge at Decadent Coffee and Dessert Bar, where all the desserts are made daily. The delectable brownies, cookies, cake pops, cupcakes, and macarons at The Sweet Boutique Bakery offer even more sugary sweets.
A scoop (or two) of ice cream is always a crowd pleaser, and Stacked Ice Cream and Churned Creamery are two of Sugar Land’s go-to sweet spots. The latter has palate-pleasing flavors like honeydew, Irish mint, and whiskey and cream, just in case you want to try something out of the ordinary. While there’s plenty to savor at these places, we’re just getting started. See all the other options here.
Catch a Show by a World-Renowned Performer
Carlos Santana, Mariah Carey, David Blaine, and the legendary Willie Nelson. What do these performers have in common? They’ve lit up the stage at the Smart Financial Centre, one of Houston’s premier venues for the biggest names in the business. Situated just off I-59 near the Sugar Land Town Square, this 6,400-capacity indoor arena hosts globe-trotting bands, comedians, Broadway productions, and special performances for kids. Grab a drink from the bar, settle into your plush seat and take in the show. After all, there’s no such thing as a bad view at the Smart Financial Centre.
* All events are subject to change, please check the Smart Financial Centre website for updates.
Travel Tip: Arrive in style when you arrange for a shuttle from the Sugar Land Town Square to the Smart Financial Centre, then enjoy all the square’s dining and nightlife after the show.
Tie on your hiking shoes and escape to the prairielands and pecan and oak forests of Sugar Land. Wander more than three miles of trails at Cullinan Park, one of the Houston area’s largest nature parks. An oasis set among expansive subdivisions, the park’s diverse habitats and location near the Gulf Coast make it a top spot for bird watching, as a long list of ducks, warblers, woodpeckers, and hawks are found here throughout the year.
Looking to get in some exercise? Bike or jog along the Oyster Creek Trail, which winds along the banks of Oyster Creek for three miles. Sugar Land Memorial Park’s 2.5 miles of granite-gravel pathways provide plenty of space to stretch your legs, but that’s not all this 420-acre park has to offer. Try your luck at hooking a fish in the lake, paddle the afternoon away on a canoe or kayak, and let your puppy run wild in the six-acre dog park. All told, there are nearly 30 parks in Sugar Land, giving you plenty of ways to create your own adventure.
Check Out a Museum
Although Sugar Land resides within one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, it still has its own tale to tell. Discover its history at the Sugar Land Heritage Museum and Visitor Center, where you’ll see historical artifacts that tell the town’s story from its early days as a sugar cane plantation to the creation of Imperial Sugar to the present. See what life was like in a company town and get to know its most prominent citizens as you explore in-depth exhibits.
Traveling with your kids? You won’t have to go far to find a Texas-sized serving of family-friendly fun. Stop by the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land for an afternoon of wonder. Admire massive amethyst and citrine geodes, say “howdy” to exotic frogs and fish, and marvel at massive dinosaur bones and ancient fossils. Find your way into the Collection of History, Mystery, and Wonder and you’ll encounter life-sized lions, tigers, bears, and other animals, uncover rare treasures, and more. Make sure to explore the Hall of Chemistry and Technology, then let your youngsters discover the principles of motion as they play with the exhibits in Discovery Works that feature levers, pulleys, and gears.
There’s even more interactive fun to be had at the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, where immersive exhibits encourage creative and collaborative learning. These exhibits are developed with the Texas Essential Knowledge Skills, STEM, and national educational standards in mind, so your kids can have a great time as they learn and play.
With its diverse dining scene, first-class performing arts venue and other attractions, Sugar Land is a destination all its own. Plan your own weekend here today.
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