Postcards From Beyond the Beltway

Best of the Burbs: Come Out to Sugar Land

Take in America’s favorite pastime at the Goldilocks of ballparks.

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen May 31, 2016 Published in the June 2016 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Sugar Land's city hall anchors its Town Square. 

Sugar Land Town Square

This walkable, livable urban center has been Sugar Land’s beating heart for over a decade. The bustling development offers an enviable mix of dining and shopping, all of it anchored by the impressive City Hall building, whose plaza features an open-air concert, car show or festival nearly every weekend. Peruse the goods at Twenty-Two Fifty Interiors and Anything Bling Boutique before stopping for lunch at Guru Burgers & Crepes or the new Songkran Thai Grill.

15958 City Walk, 281-276-6000,

Oyster Creek Park

Just as Houston has begun to take advantage of its existing green spaces, Sugar Land has turned this boomerang-shaped greenbelt into a popular park, offering lovely landscaping, water features, hike-and-bike trails, even public art. Enter via Highway 6 to cross the main walking bridge entrance over the creek and into the park, where kids post up to watch hundreds of turtles and even the occasional alligator, then pick a trail to explore—most of the route hugs the creek, with thick flora adding much-appreciated shade.

4033 Hwy. 6, 281-275-2885,

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It doesn't get more all-American than a ball game at Constellation Field.

Constellation Field

Located at Imperial Sugar Land, this is the Goldilocks of ballparks—small enough to feel intimate, but large enough to offer a satisfying baseball experience to all types of fans. Hang out at the Bud Light Ice House in right-center field for a lively evening watching the hometown Skeeters face off against other Atlantic League teams, or bring the family and let the kids loose in the Memorial Hermann Play Land, featuring a merry-go-round, splash pad and playground. And when the team’s not playing, there’s still plenty going on, including high-school playoffs and concerts. “Baseball is just a part of it,” says Imperial general manager Shay Shafie. “There’s always something happening on weekends during the off-season.”

1 Stadium Dr., 281-240-4487,

Farmers Market at Imperial

Even though the sign marking this covered outdoor market adds “and more” to the end of the name, it’s still a bit of a misnomer. In the shadow of the old sugar factory, this is really a weekly gathering of local makers of all sorts, with vendors selling jewelry, soaps and other crafts alongside booths proffering fresh local vegetables, spices, prepared desserts, local honey and meats—don’t drop by without picking up some of the good stuff from the Texas T Kobe stand, which will be the one with the line in front. Inner loopers accustomed to big crowds will love the laid-back atmosphere, complete with live music most Saturdays. “It’s become kind of a social event,” says Shafie. “People in the neighborhood and the community come out and shop, chat, just hang out and have a good time.”

198 Kempner St., 281-566-2160,

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