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City Spotlight: Sugar Land

By Jillian Kring 12.4.20

Named for its history of producing sugarcane, Sugar Land might be the sweetest city in Texas. Just a half-hour drive southwest from Houston, Sugar Land offers its residents and visitors a bustling town square, scenic parks, and, of course, some of the best candy shops around.

If your family is planning a visit to Sugar Land, there’s no time like the holidays. Here’s everything you need to know about this beautiful town.

Sugar Land Texas Kilwins
Kilwins. Photo by Natalie Goff

The Sweetest Town in Texas

True to its namesake, Sugar Land is home to some of the best bakeries and ice cream shops in Texas. Stop by Kilwins off the main square for some delectable fudges, hand-dipped caramel apples, and their famous “Original Recipe” Ice Cream. Head over to the Sweet Boutique Bakery if cupcakes, cake pops, and donuts are more what your sweet tooth is aching for.

It doesn’t stop there. Sugar Land has every indulgent, delectable treat you can imagine: macaroons, crepes, beignets, milkshakes, and more. Consult this guide to find all of the best confectionaries that Sugar Land has to offer.

Sugar Land Town Square
Sugar Land town square. Photo by Natalie Goff

Town Square Holiday Fun

The town square isn’t only used for housing sweet shops. There’s something to offer all of its visitors. In addition to the many unique shops and restaurants, family-friendly events can be found throughout the year.

If you are planning a trip this December, you will find a holiday dance showcase that will put the whole family in the holiday spirit. Be sure to check out the town’s monthly Movie Under the Moon for a family-friendly viewing on the square’s lawn. Each December they host a holiday film screening. (This year’s film will be The Grinch.)

Close by, the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land is a fun outing for the family to visit, especially in the winter months. The museum has several wonderful permanent exhibitions, including the Hall of Technology and Hall of Paleontology exhibits. There are plenty of special holiday activities planned each year, some of which will be hosted virtually, including holiday how-to workshops and an “elf-guided” tree viewing.

Check out the Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center’s production of Nutcracker on Ice, which will be equipped with all the proper precautions to keep the actors and audience safe.

Sugar Land Memorial Park
Memorial Park. Photo by Natalie Goff

Outdoor Attractions 

Don’t leave Sugar Land without experiencing its natural beauty. Oyster Creek Park has a beautiful, rock-lined pond with a 3-mile hiking and bicycle trail available to the public. Another site worth visiting is Memorial Park, a 150-acre park along the Brazos River that features trails and spots for fishing, kayaking, and mountain biking.

Enjoying the outdoors on a winter day is always made better when you can share it with a four-legged friend. Pawm Springs Dog Park at Memorial Park is a dog paradise with agility-training equipment, areas for large and small dogs, and a swimming pond.

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