Pearland is a beautiful city just south of Houston, Texas. With a “thriving culinary scene, fabulous shopping, amazing year round events, and affordable hotels” there’s never a dull moment in Pearland. Here are 10 things to do in Pearland, Texas.
I think you’ll really like this growing city with small-town vibes!
1. Find All Of The Pear-Scape Pears
There are 20 painted pears scattered throughout Pearland. Together, they make up the Pear-Scape Art Sculpture Trail. One of our favorite things to do in Pearland, Texas is find all of these beautiful four feet fiberglass pears.
You can download the Pear-Scape trail map.
2. Shop ’til You Drop
If you like to shop, then you will love Pearland! With an open-air mall (Pearland Town Center), name brand stores, boutique shopping, antiques, clothing, and more, you can find it all here.
Macy’s, James Avery, H&M, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Chico’s, Pandora, The Children’s Place, Victoria’s Secret, Dillard’s, and Charming Charlie are some of the popular stores at the Pearland Town Center. Outside of the mall, we really like Apricot Lane, Le Papillon Children’s Boutique, Rustique, Brows’ Aroun’ Antiques, and Lollipop.
Don’t miss stopping at Buc-ee’s–a Texas favorite convenience store that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
3. Eat At Killen’s BBQ
Killen’s serves the Best BBQ Period. Since 2013, it is one of the, if not the, most popular things to do in Pearland, Texas. Killen’s BBQ opens at 11 AM and by 10:45 AM there’s a line of people waiting outside.
Choose from brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, pork and beef sausage, turkey, chicken, or pull pork and pair it with pinto beans, potato salad, green beans, creamed corn, baked beans, french fries, onion rings, cole slaw, or mac’n’cheese. Top your meat with your choice of Killen’s BBQ Sauce–Coffee, Sweet, or Tangy.
Killen’s BBQ is so good, it’s worth the trip to Pearland alone!
Note: Killen’s BBQ is closed on Monday.
4. Take A Class At Rustique
Rustique is a custom home décor and general store that sells handmade/handcrafted products made by locals. Several times a week, Rustique hosts “therapeutic craft sessions”. Whether you want to learn how to use your Cricut, make a door hanger or sign, work on your sewing skills, or paint, there is a class for you. If not, you can call and set up your own private class.
Note: Rustique says you’ll feel right at home taking one of their classes–and we couldn’t agree more!
5. Explore Houston
Since Pearland is so close to Houston (and it’s easy to get to and from Houston without a lot of traffic), you should definitely take advantage of all that this metropolitan city has to offer.
There’s no shortage of educational offerings in Houston. Start by learning all about NASA at Space Center Houston and the Johnson Space Center. When you’re finished, tour one of Houston’s many museums: Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Natural Science, San Jacinto Museum of History, Holocaust Museum Houston, Art Car Museum, or Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
Are you a sports fan? Houston, also known as Sports City USA, has a lot to offer. See the Houston Astros (MLB), Texans (NFL), Rockets (NBA), SaberCats (MLR), Skeeters (ALPB), or Dynamo and Dash (MLS) play ball!
If you’re looking to get outside, Discovery Green, Memorial Park, Buffalo Bayou Park, and Mercer Botanic Gardens are all great options.
Those traveling with children should make time to go to the Houston Zoo, Downtown Aquarium, Kemah Boardwalk, Children’s Museum of Houston, or Typhoon Texas Water Park.
Fun Fact: Houston is the 5th largest city in the United States.
6. Stop In The BAKFISH Brewing Company
Enjoy one of the BAKFISH Brewing Company’s fresh, quality, hand-crafted beers from the onsite 2000 square foot tap room and patio area. Some of BAKFISH’s beers are All Y’all (Texas Golden Ale), Defying Gravity (Double IPA), I Tell You Wit (Belgian-Style Wit), Cheap Sunglasses (Pale Ale), and Goat Roper (Brown Porter).
Tip: You can bring your own food.
7. Admire The Sri Meenakshi Temple
The Sri Meenakshi Temple is the only one outside of India dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi, wife of Shiva. The Temple is absolutely beautiful to look at! It’s nice to experience a different culture right here in Pearland.
Take a self-guided tour of the Sri Meenakshi Temple by using the dedicated brochure or stop in the Pearland Visitors Bureau to pick one up. You may visit the Temple from 8:30 AM to 1 PM and 5 PM to 8:30 PM daily.
Note: Make sure to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees, as it is a place of worship. You will also be asked to remove your shoes before entering the Temple. If you don’t want to walk around barefoot, bring a pair of socks.
8. Visit The Alliance For Arts And Culture
The Pearland Alliance for Arts and Culture is an organization that aims to develop, promote, preserve, and enhance Pearland artistically, culturally, and economically.
Inside of the Pearland Alliance for Arts and Culture building is a small Cultural Heritage Museum. There is currently a “Visions of India” exhibit where you can see more than 100 pieces of Indian art and artifacts.
The Alliance also hosts writers, musical artists, and more, so check their website for the most up to date information.
9. Feast At King’s Biergarten
From 2011 to 2014, King’s Biergarten was named the “Best German Restaurant In America”. It is truly a German experience–from the food to the decor, wait staff’s uniforms to music, and special themed events. This is definitely one of the most fun things to do in Pearland, Texas!
The menu is huge; if you can’t decide what to order, try the American Sampler: Bavarian Fried Pickles, Pretzel Bites, Sliced Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Sauerkraut, and Cheddar Bacon-Bier Sauce.
(this restaurant is closed as of 2021)
10. Go Birding
Pearland is a perfect spot for birding, whether you are a pro or just looking for something to do outdoors. You might see warblers, hawks, Goldfinches, Blue Jays, Sandhill Cranes, Yellow-Billed Cuckoos, Egrets, Woodpeckers, or American Robins.
Download your Pearland Birding Guide and Bird Checklist.
Tip: Bring a pair of binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen, and a hat.
Visit Pearland, Texas
As you can see, Pearland has a lot to offer. Our 10 things to do in Pearland, Texas should keep you busy, but if you have any other suggestions, please let us know.
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Article written by Destination Expert Taylor Pittman Hardy.
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