7 of the Best Things to Do in Pearland
Step inside the only Hindu temple of its kind outside of India, dig into some of the tastiest German food in the country, and shop like there’s no tomorrow. These are just a few of the many things to do in Pearland. Situated just south of Houston, Pearland is both a destination all its own and the ultimate starting point to exploring the Texas Gulf Coast. Get to know a few of the great ways to spend your getaway in Pearland below.
Visit the Sri Meenakshi Hindu Temple
With its looming towers covered in deftly carved statues, the Sri Meenakshi Hindu Temple is much more than an architectural wonder and a cultural oasis; it’s a Houston icon. The temple is the only one outside of India dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi, the wife of Shiva.
Admire the intricate shrines and figures of animals, deities and gods, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the other side of the world. When you do visit, make sure to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees (so no shorts or sleeveless tops). Also, always be respectful. This is a place of worship, after all.
Watch as roseate spoonbills and great blue herons wade in shallow waters and listen to the chirps of colorful songbirds as you wander along woodland trails. Located in the heart of a major migratory path, Pearland is a fantastic place to go birding. Even better, its variety of habitats—from wetlands to riparian forests—provide a safe haven for an array of birds that are rare to find all in one place. Although Pearland is a year-round birding destination, each season has its own surprises.
Warblers and other songbirds arrive in the spring and fall, while woodpeckers, ducks, and red-shouldered hawks reside here throughout the year. To see these amazing avians, head to either the John Hargrove Environmental Complex or the Shadow Creek Ranch Nature Trail, each of which has their own trails to explore. Needless to say, don’t forget your binoculars.
Taste True Texas Craft Beer
Is there anything better than a hoppy IPA or a refreshing Belgian-style wit poured right from the tap? If you answered “no,” then you’re in the right place. Pearland is home to two craft breweries that, together, offer a mouthwatering range of beers light and dark. Take your pick from the selection of seasonal and flagship brews like the fruity All Y’all Texas golden ale or the bold Defying Gravity double IPA at BAKFISH Brewing Company, Pearland’s first craft brewery. There are even more brews to enjoy at Vallensons’ Brewing Company, purveyors of such inventive beers as a lemongrass and ginger wheat ale and the dark Settlers Oat Meal Stout named in honor of Pearland’s early settlers.
Both breweries serve up beers distinctly their own, meaning you can enjoy the full spectrum of craft beer right here in Pearland.
Dine at the Best German Restaurant in the Country
Piping-hot bratwurst stuffed with pork, Wiener schnitzel served with sauerkraut and Austrian potato salad, and a list of lagers and dunkels from Germany and Austria. This is just a taste of the menu at Pearland’s own King’s Biergarten & Restaurant, one of the top German restaurants you’ll find anywhere in the U.S. Situated inside of what looks like an actual castle, King’s Biergarten boasts an impressive menu that includes pretzels, Bavarian fried pickles, burgers, traditional German dishes, and even a few vegan options. Soak up the festive atmosphere as you sip your beer and stick around for the live German music on Fridays and Saturdays.
Pearland may be on the culinary map for its German food, but there’s no shortage of other great eats to find here. Sink your teeth into some slow-cooked brisket and ribs at Killen’s Barbecue (named in Texas Monthly’s list of the top 50 barbecue joints in Texas), Central Texas Barbecue, and Big Horn Barbecue. Even if barbecue isn’t your thing, there are so many locally owned eateries serving up food from around the world that you probably won’t know where to start.
Follow the Pear-Scape Trail
Pearland was named for the abundance of pear trees that were here in the community’s earliest days. Where better than here to have a collection of four-foot-tall pears spread throughout town? Each pear, painted by a local artist, sits at 10 of the major locations in Pearland. Visiting each site is like going on a massive scavenger hunt to some of the coolest places in town, such as Pearland Town Center and Independence Park. Take your tour of the Pear-Scape Trail to the next level with one of these actual scavenger hunts and head out on your quest to find all of Pearland’s pears.