Pearland is defined by a rich heritage, with its inception dating back to 1894, and the city showcases a few historic sites that speak to Pearland’s legacy. 

Once Upon a Time in Pearland

Historic Zychlinski Park is named for Witold von Zychlinski, the Polish nobleman who came to Brazoria County in the late 1880’s and fell in love with the flowering pear trees in an area he called Pear Land. It’s the oldest park in the city, home to two pear sculptures on the Pear-Scape Trail, and is just steps away from the famous Killen’s Barbecue. Ronnie Killen renovated the 1937 schoolhouse cafeteria and opened his first barbecue restaurant in Pearland in 2014. 

Just a five-minute drive north to Halik Street off highway 35, you’ll find the Old Settler’s Cemetery, the original community graveyard for the city of Pearland that can be toured during regular Pearland park hours, dawn until dusk.

Around 1900, the Santa Fe Railroad built a depot near Pearland which soon became a gathering place for settlers to meet visitors and pickup mail and supplies. Pearland’s development was sustained for many years by the promotion of the area as an agricultural wonderland with vital railroad access. The facility was donated to the city and moved to its present site by City Hall

Where to Eat

Follow the barbecue trail from Killen’s to Central Texas BBQ, where the same family has owned, operated, and manned the kitchen since 1969. The restaurant was designated a Texas Treasure Historic Business by the Texas Historical Commission in early 2024. Their specialties are hickory smoked barbecue and indulgent sides with a Cuban twist; an experience you won’t want to miss while in Pearland. 

In 1992, Russell Ybarra was asked to take over his father’s failing restaurant here in Pearland, and through hard work and dedication his remodel blossomed into the multi-location Tex-Mex empire we know today as Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen. Eat at the original location on Broadway for a delicious taste of Pearland History. 

Pearland’s culinary scene includes a variety of international and locally owned restaurants offering something appetizing to every palate. Register for the Pearland International Cuisine Trail while planning your visit, and take a trip across the globe with a taste of the distinct cultures that make Pearland one of the most diverse and delicious cities in Texas. 

Find Your Peace at Two Special Temples

The Sri Meenakshi Temple is the only one of its kind outside of India dedicated to the Meenakshi, the goddess of marriage. Beyond being a notable religious center, the temple offers a captivating way to discover and experience Hindu culture. Download or bring a physical copy of our self-guided tour brochure, or call 281-489-0358 to schedule a tour. Visits to the Kannappan Art Museum can also be scheduled through the same contact.  

The Dharma Spring Temple is a unique Buddhism center located at 1838 County Road 129 in Pearland. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you spot the beautiful, large pillars and the 29-foot tall statue of Buddha welcoming you to the Zen Park for meditation and reflection. 

Get Artsy in Pearland

Art is kind of a big deal in Pearland, where citywide activities like the Pear-Scape Trail and the Pearland Mural Tour showcase local artists in unique and exciting ways. 

Be sure to visit the West Pearland Library and ask to see the GONZO247 (The artist behind the famous Houston inspired mural!) original ode to Pearland and stop by the Pearland Visitor Center at Pearland Town Center for a recreation on the exterior of the building.  


  • Pearland’s first Festival of Color event was held at Pearland Town Center in 2022, and celebrates Holi with live performances and washable color play under the pavilion. 
  • The Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the development of a Cultural Arts Master Plan on behalf of the City. Learn more about the blueprint designed to guide the creative life of our community.
  • Pearland’s hotels are trusted brands that provide convenience and comfort to guests, no matter where their adventures take them. Learn more about Pearland’s hotels here.