Summer is all about having fun in the sun, and there’s no shortage of outdoor adventure in Pearland. Located just south of Houston and a short drive from the Texas Gulf Coast, Pearland boasts miles and miles of trails perfect for a scenic walk, run, or bike ride.
One way to simultaneously enjoy some fresh air and see the entire city is to embark upon the Pear-Scape Trail, which takes you through Pearland on a scavenger hunt for beautifully decorated pear sculptures, each hand painted by a local artist. Scattered throughout the city, these four-foot-tall fiberglass pears mark ten major locations in Pearland, including Pearland Town Center, Country Place Golf Course, and Independence Park. If you’re going to be touring the town and surrounding areas on foot or bike, make sure you have all the right equipment by visiting local favorites Wild Pear Running and Pearland Bicycles. Need a quick chance to cool down between recreational activities? Refresh yourself at one (or both) of Pearland’s two craft breweries, BAKFISH Brewing Company and Vallensons’ Brewing Company. You can sip on a wide range of light and dark beers, each distinct in their feel and flavor, before journeying back into the great outdoors.
For hardcore nature enthusiasts who packed their binoculars, Pearland offers an incredible opportunity for bird watching in the summer months. The city sits in the Central Flyway, a major migratory path for warblers and other birds, and its variety of habitats allows a multitude of different bird species to make Pearland their home. Long-limbed water birds wade in the marshy lakes and creeks, while lively songbirds flit through the trees along wooded trails. Head over to the John Hargrove Environmental Complex or the Shadow Creek Ranch Nature Trail to find the best spots for birding in the area. Nature lovers will also love the new Delores Fenwick Nature Center, where you can learn about the native great blue herons, roseate spoonbills, and red-shouldered hawks that reside in Pearland year-round. While you’re reconnecting with nature, 288 Lake is also a great spot to do some outdoor recreation. Rent a stand up paddle board or kayak to better soak in the summer sun out on the water, or buy your own at the resident Bass Pro Shops.
Not far from Pearland, the cities of Houston and Galveston also present visitors with plenty of outdoor fun. Houston is rife with green space, a few favorites being Buffalo Bayou Park, Discovery Green, Hermann Park, McGovern Centennial Gardens, and Memorial Park. The Houston Zoo is also a fun way to enjoy a summer day with family and friends—and a few new furry faces. In the opposite direction, the beaches of Galveston offer sun bathing, boogie boarding, and sand volleyball galore. Don’t spend all day at the beach, though, or you’ll miss out on the unique Victorian-era architecture of The Strand, where Galveston’s historic downtown district provides a fascinating array of shops, restaurants, and museums. Also in the area, Brazos Bend State Park covers 37 miles of hiking trails through the Texas wilderness. Take a day trip (or three) to these diverse locations while visiting Pearland.