The area surrounding Pearland is rich in history. San Jacinto Monument marks the site of the battle between Texas and Mexico where Texas won its independence. A museum inside the 570-foot monument explains the 1836 battle and displays artifacts from the time. Battlefield State Historic Park has walking trails, picnic tables, a visitorís center, gift shop, and snack bar. Battleship TEXAS is anchored in the Houston Ship Channel and is open for exploration. Commissioned in 1914, Battleship TEXAS was the first to mount antiaircraft guns. The Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites offers tours of a 1870s German brewery, an historical monument, tomb, smokehouse and barn. Picnic grounds, a scenic overlook and a playground are also within the Sites. Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Park contains trails and exhibits explaining the beginnings of Texas. The Independence Museum and a living history farm offer interesting looks back in time. The Marsh Restoration and Boardwalk show the native prairie, the tidal march, and bottomland forest.
Other points of interest are the Center for Arts and Sciences, Museum of Natural Sciences, Center Stages Theatre, and the Planetarium and the Johnson Space Center. Historic cemeteries and plantations are plentiful. The Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Park showcases the azaleas first brought to Texas by Ima Hogg (her real name!). The winter-blooming azaleas can be viewed from walking trails. The Great Mosquito Festival, held annually, offers food and fun for all ages.
Pearlanders can enjoy all that Houston has to offer with just a short drive up Highway 288. The Houston Zoo houses hundreds of animals, the Childrenís Museum has many hands-on exhibits, the Houston Symphony Ballet and Grand Opera are visual and aural delights. The Texans (football), Astros (baseball) and Rockets (basketball) give the sports enthusiast plenty of reasons to cheer. Major shopping centers such as the Post Oak Galleria, Baybrook Mall, Greenspoint Mall, and Willowbrook Mall contain upscale department stores and exclusive shops. Old Town Spring has arts and crafts shops and 150 restored Victorian cottages.
Lake Houston offers fishing and camping. Inland fishing is also available in the San Jacinto River and at Sheldon Lake. Coastal fishing is popular in the Houston Ship Channel and the bay, and up and down the Gulf Coast. Less than an hour away from Pearland are 21 miles of beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Sunbathing, swimming, water-skiing, diving, picnicking, sailing, shopping and shell collecting are popular activities. Sea Center Texas, an aquarium, and Gulf Coast Bird Observatory offer views of wildlife above and below the water.