Here are fun things to do when you visit Pearland, Texas.
I live for summer travel! We alternate between road trips in Texas and traveling to the Pacific Northwest to visit extended family. This year is a ‘stay in Texas’ year, so I researched places to visit. I came up with the Pearland area and couldn’t wait to check it out and plan to visit Pearland.
The city of Pearland is located just south of Houston in Brazoria County and is a place in Texas I have yet to visit. I took some time researching the best things to do and the best eating places and realized this town is a great place for the entire family. When you visit Pearland, Texas, make the most of your trip with these suggestions – including outdoor fun and locally owned shopping & dining.
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Things To Do When You Visit Pearland, Texas
Because I’ve spent several weeks caring for my nephew, I decided this trip to Pearland would be just for me. That quickly changed with my sister, niece, and nephew tagging along. I have forgotten how difficult it can be to travel with an infant! We loaded up our cars for the road trip and headed to explore this new-to-us city. Pearland is a little more spread out than I pictured it. There isn’t a designated downtown area which means it’s not super walkable, but there are plenty of things to see and do.
Don’t forget to stop by the visitor’s center as most have brochures and information about the town.
Outdoor Activities To Do When You Visit Pearland
Pearland has many outdoor activities for families, kids, teens, and anyone who wants to get their jam on outdoors. For instance, several tennis courts are around town, basketball courts, and many golf courses to putt around.
You’ll find (20) four-foot-tall painted fiberglass pears throughout Pearland. The city also offers scavenger hunts for children and adults, making finding them even more fun! If you don’t want to hunt for them, you can use the map to go from one pear to the next.
Parks In Pearland, TX
Here are three stand-out parks to visit in Pearland to check out.
- Tom Bass Regional Park
- Independence Park
- Southdown Park
Disc Golf at Centennial Park
I’ve never played disc golf, but I understand you must bring your equipment. This reasonably flat but challenging 9-hole disc golf course benefits from tree shade & alternate tees. Shadow creek ranch disc golf is another place to check out.
Delores Fenwick Nature Center
The Delores Fenwick Nature Center aims to provide hands-on educational opportunities to the community through the exhibit room, programs, workshops, and field trips. The nature center, walking trails, and floating wetlands in the complex make you feel connected to nature when you’re so close to the city. Located on the Clear Lake Loop of the Texas Coastal Birding Trail – hundreds of species are spotted here.
Shadow Creek Ranch Nature Trail
Enjoy paved trails, bicycle racks, natural vistas for viewing, and educational signage.
Indoor Things To Do In Pearland, TX
pearwood skate center
Santa Fe railroad depot
Sri Meenakshi temple – the only temple
John Hargrove environmental complex
Movie Theaters such as the Studio Movie Grill. I love eating while watching movies.
Where To Stay When You Visit Pearland Texas
Hampton Inn Houston-Pearland
I chose to stay at the Hampton Inn as it had everything I needed in a hotel – a pool, free WIFI, and a complimentary hot breakfast. But, there are plenty of name-brand hotels to stay at in Pearland.
Places To Eat When You Visit Pearland Texas
Grazia Italian Kitchen
Grazia Italian Kitchen was founded on the idea that freshness is the only way to enjoy food. I wanted to order both the Short Rib Gnocchi and “The Patton” but ultimately went with the gnocchi, which was delicious and a dish I’d highly recommend!
Snowcones are the way to go when it’s over 90 degrees. You can’t beat $3 for the large! Again with the indecision, I got the Root Beer and Rainbow. The Rainbow, a combination of strawberry, pineapple & bubble gum, was summer in a cup, and I can’t wait to have it again! Located at 1807 Broadway St.
Emma’s Mex Grill
Hand-made corn tortillas – do you need more convincing?! The corn tortilla-wrapped brisket street tacos were much larger than any street taco I’ve ever had. Head to Emma’s for those tacos!
Busy Bee’s Cafe
Busy Bee’s is next to the train tracks and looks like an old train depot. The atmosphere is cute and oh so friendly! My recommendation is to get the Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs. The steak was larger than my hand, and the dish came with my choice of sides. It was way too much food for me, but it was out of this world!
Pena’s Donut Heaven & Grill
Two words: Chicken & Waffles! It was the best I’ve ever had. The chicken was moist and deliciously fried. The waffles were fluffy bites of perfection. If you aren’t a big eater, you could easily split this dish with your travel partner. I ordered the vanilla latte without coffee to pair with my breakfast. So head to Pena’s Donut Heaven for the same!!
Killen’s is a steakhouse that offers BBQ, burgers, and TexMex. Closed Sunday. Open for dinner only.
Unique Shopping in Pearland
When you visit Pearland, Texas, you have to shop! There are all kinds of name-brand shops like Brass Pro Shop, and the Pearland Town Center has more. My eyes always seem to follow the antique stores.
This shop is chock-full of vintage trinkets and knick-knacks. I found several fantastic items spread throughout the 4+ rooms in the shop! My favorite was a “One Nation Under God” window, but with nowhere to put it at my house, it stayed in the shop waiting for an owner who could give it proper wall space.
My family and I had such a great time bonding over outdoor fun, shopping, and eating! Looking back at our trip, though, we ate more than we did anything else. I can’t wait until we can escape together like this the next time.
Fun Fact: In the late 1800s, pear trees were abundant, so founder Witold von Zychlinski asked, and the county courthouse approved the name “Pear-Land.”