As the third largest city in the Houston area and the second fastest-growing city in the great state of Texas, Pearland has much to offer for the retiree. Just a few miles from our quiet location in Manvel, TX, Pearland has a population of about 90,000 and sure has come a long way from its prairie-land days.
Fueled by its town centers, there is an active 55+ community here, with vibrant planned communities where the local economy is driven by construction, health care, and oil. With world-class medical facilities at the nearby Texas Medical Center complex and a below-average crime rate, this is a hot spot for those looking to retire.
You’ll also find over 175 acres of beautiful park land with miles of walking, hiking, jogging, and bike trails. Tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, dog parks and picnic tables are just a few of the amenities in the green spaces, perfect for relaxing.
We’ve rounded up the best things to do in the South Houston suburbs, that cater specifically to those who have retired or are looking for a relaxing time of leisure.
It’s a Golfer’s Dream
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place is open to the public, offering putting facilities, a driving range and 18 holes of the best golf in a scenic spot. Perfect for a relaxing day on the course.
3123 Flower Field Lane, Pearland TX 77584 (6 miles away)
Southwyck Golf Club is also open to the public and offers some of the finest golf in the Houston metropolitan area. Its 18-hole link-style course winds through the gorgeous Silverlake community. Designed with the player in mind, there are elements to challenge all playing levels.
2901 Clubhouse Drive, Pearland TX 77584 (4 miles away)
If you are more of a casual disc golfer, you may want to try your hand at the Shadow Creek Ranch Disc Golf course. There are also some nice walking trails through pretty landscape. Located at S Clear Lake Loop.
Bask in the Wetlands
The John Hargrove Environmental Complex & Wetlands is the place to go for nature lovers and is the crown jewel of outdoor Pearland, Texas. There is fantastically diverse bird-watching opportunities here, and just July through September, you will find a nice abundance of coastal birds as they migrate through the area.
Take advantage of Pearland’s first edible trail – a nature trail dotted with fruit trees where visitors are allowed to sample produce right from the source (in season).
Dating back to 1898, this is a delightful piece of Pearland’s history. The original structure was damaged first by fire and then by a hurricane in the early 20th century. Today’s rebuilt structure was completed in 1917 and has a history all its own. Services are held throughout the week, with a congregation of over 2,000 members.
Time for Some BBQ
According to the Food Network, Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland cooks up the 2nd best brisket in all of the U.S. Get there early, as there will likely be a line! In addition to mouth-watering brisket, they offer sumptuous sausage, ribs, chicken, and more, smoked to perfection.
3613 E Broadway St., Pearland, TX 77581 (7 miles away)
Come see why The Pearland Area is fast becoming the retiree center of the Houston area!