5 Fun Activities To Do Under the Trees of Pearland
Pearland is just a 20-minute drive from Houston. It is one of the fastest growing cities within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area with its population growth rate as 142 percent from 2000 to 2010. We can look forward to future growth in the jobs area as well. When visiting Pearland, here are five fun Pearland-specific activities to do.
Pear-Scape, a Public Art Sculpture Trail features artistic 4’ tall fiberglass pears painted by local artists clustered within Pearland at City parks and highly visible locations, about 20 in 10 locations.
Extend your Pearland adventure with a Pear-Scape Scavenger Hunt. You will find an adult version and two kid-friendly versions of hunts. So grab your camera and find your favorite pear.
Two Texas Craft Beer Breweries
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.
Pearland is a year-round birding destination. In the spring and fall, you can find warblers and other songbirds in the spring and fall, while woodpeckers, ducks, and red-shouldered hawks reside there 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. Don’t forget your binoculars.
288 Lake offers several activities:
- Kayaking - 288 Lake is great for beginners and seasoned kayakers. Kayak groups come out to train and play! Practice your rolls and recoveries.
- Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) – Texas is hot, SUP is cool
- Scuba Diving – Certified divers are welcome anytime during business hours. Ideal for advanced Search and Recovery Training. The Spring/ aquifer fed water at 288 Lake is naturally filtered; having travelled through many layers of sandstone and sand layers. Visibility can range from 4 – 25 feet.
- Fitness Center - Comprehensive workout packages in a location where you can see a beautiful spring fed lake while you train.
- Triathlon Training - Triathletes train to swim in open water! The perimeter of the lake is about 225m X 225m. There are also several bouys; giving you the chance to modify your course.