4820 Techniplex Dr.
Stafford, TX 77477
Phone: (281) 565-5566
Fax: (281) 565-5050
We all love sugar and this is where most of the Texas sugar refining is done. On the same grounds since 1843, the plant now imports most of its sugar. Everyone with a sweet tooth or an interest in industrial processes can tour the facilities to see how sugar is cultivated, processed and packaged. The company got its name in an unusual way. The original owner visited Manhattan and stayed in the luxurious Imperial Hotel. Impressed with the property, he decided to adopt the name for his company. A few years later the city (Sugar land) was named in honor of the plant.
Looking for a place to take the kids for a full day of indoor air-conditioned entertainment? Then look no further. You will not find such a diverse range of activities in one location anywhere else in the city. The massive complex contains carnival rides, movie theaters, a miniature golf course, a bowling alley, a roller skating rink and tons of modern arcade games. A variety of food is available at several concession stands, and parking is abundant. Adventure Bay Water Park is right next door if you would like to split your day between two fun-filled places.
Butler Stadium is a 8000-seater facility popular for hosting soccer and baseball games. It also includes a family skating rink that is a great place for parents and kids to enjoy some bonding time! Most of the Houston High School games especially baseball, are played here but you can also catch some famous Texan and national teams live in action. Tickets for the sports events are moderately priced. Butler Stadium serves as a great sports venue, where you can mingle with fellow die-hards.
If you are looking for live action and wild, exciting adventure, then Laser Quest is the place to be. The amazing laser games make you feel as if you are playing adult hide and seek. Capture the escaped prisoner, capture the flag, cops and robbers, and and enjoy this space adventure. Your imagination is the key. You will be given sophisticated and futuristic laser tag equipment and be turned loose in a specially designed, multi-level maze with ramps, catwalks, swirling fog and sound effects. Choose the specifics of your game after you arrive.
There is something about small, famous museums that draw people from afar, and this is one of the state's gems. Maybe it is because it was the dwelling place of Jane Long, "The Mother of Texas," or maybe because of the historical ranch activity. Whatever the attraction, visitors are able to follow much of Fort Bend county's history from the start of the Austin Colony in the early 1800s to the sugar cane pioneers. On the grounds you will be able to view the 1840s Long-Smith home as well as the 1883 Victorian residence of Texas Congressman John Moore.
With over five miles of winding nature trails and more than 150 acres of woodlands, Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is beautifully landscaped and covered with local native plants. Outdoor lovers certainly will not be disappointed, and indoor lovers will also marvel at Botanical Hall and the gift shop. A special feature for children is the Discovery Room with its 25-foot learning tree and pondering pond. Challenge young ones to spot the turtles and crawfish in the water. Classes are available for both adults and children.
The Rice Stadium is a world famous stadium located within the Rice University at Houston. This massive stadium can seat upto 80,000 spectators and usually draws capacity crowds when the home team, Rice Owls play their football matches. Also used as a concert venue, the Rice Stadium is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that makes watching a game or a concert here an absolute pleasure. Legendary bands such as Pink Floyd, Eagles and Elton John have performed live here. The famous John F. Kennedy speech regarding the 'American Moon Expedition Plans' also took place here.
Located in Rice University campus, Jess Hess Tennis Stadium was built in 1970 and pays homage to one of its major donors, Jess Hess. Apart from being the home court for the Rice Owls, the stadium is also a venue for many tennis tournaments like 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival and many local and national level championships. The stadium comfortably accommodates 1400 spectators and has a large scoreboard, team lounge and a coach office.
Memorial Park is a popular Houston attraction complete with a beautiful three-mile playground. There are walking paths, picnic sites, baseball fields, pine trees, gardens and ponds. Appreciate nature's beauty and make the most of the sunny weather. The locals love to jog here, but you can also rent a bike and hit the trail. There is also a public golf course with a clubhouse and restaurant, a tennis club, and a workout facility nestled on the grounds.
Houston will be forever grateful for George Hermann's generous gift of land in the early 1900s. The park spans over 425 acres and is so popular it has been dubbed the "People's Park." People from all walks of life gather here for various events throughout the year. A monstrous statue of Sam Houston welcomes you to the park. Those seeking an educational outing for themselves or the kids will find many options inside the park. The Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, Burke Baker Planetarium and an IMAX theater are all popular attractions. Lighter family entertainment is available in the form of pedal boats, train rides and a horse stable.
Situated in the lovely Hermann Park, the Houston Zoo is home to more than 4,500 animals and over 800 species. Experience a true wildlife adventure as you check out the lions, Komodo dragons, flamingos, tigers, gorillas, bears, and bats, just to name a few! There is a wonderful Natural Encounter area where you can get up close and personal with otters and meerkats; and be sure to take a spin on the Wildlife Carousel, featuring hand-carved and decorated animals that showcase many endangered species of the world. If watching the animals eat makes you hungry yourself, there are two outdoor concession stands and one indoor dining area. Get ready to spend a day with the animals as you learn more about the beauty and wonder of the natural world.
Alkek Velodrome is the only facility for high speed cycling training in the entire state of Texas. Although many of the open hours are taken up with professional training sessions, the velodrome also offers hours for public usage. Sessions for skaters are also available, which makes this attraction popular with both serious skaters and cyclists.