GUIDE: Pearland and Friendswood destinations worth exploring

Delores Fenwick Nature Center (Courtesy Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau)
Delores Fenwick Nature Center (Courtesy Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Delores Fenwick Nature Center (Courtesy Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau)

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(Courtesy Armand Bayou Nature Center)
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(Courtesy Lone Star Flight Museum)
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Pear-Scape Trail (Courtesy Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau)
Whether you are new to the Pearland and Friendswood area, are a guest passing through or have lived in the area your whole life, there are plenty of places to go, sights to see and things to do. Both indoor and outdoor, here is a list of nearby locations and some farther away worth exploring.

Hot spots

Clear Creek Vineyard

Clear Creek Vineyard offers a diverse menu of red and white wine, vodka, and coffee. People can also take a tour to see how Clear Creek Vineyard makes its wines and spirits along with an opportunity for a tasting.

709 Harris Ave., Kemah


281-334-8300

www.clearcreekvineyard.com

Hours: Wed.-Thu. noon-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. noon-8 p.m., closed Sun.-Tue.

Admission: $30-$35 (reservation required)

Kannappan Art Museum

This small space includes a collection of Indian art and artifacts reflecting the country’s culture. Pearland resident Sam Kannappan curated the items on display.

2341 N. Galveston Ave., Ste. 200, Pearland

713-724-4399

Hours: by appointment

Admission: free

Kids’ Backporch Productions

This nonprofit produces and performs plays at Shadycrest Baptist Church that are based on classic children’s literature and historical events.

3017 Yost Blvd., Pearland

281-412-5350

www.kidsbackporchproductions.org

Hours: varies

Admission: varies by performance

Lone Star Flight Museum

Visitors can see various exhibits, including Heritage and Waltrip hangars, which are each over 30,000 square feet and feature different types of aircrafts.

11551 Aerospace Ave., Houston

346-708-2517

www.lonestarflight.org

Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m., closed Mon.

Admission: $10 (ages 4-11), $13 (ages 12-17, and 65 and older), $15 (ages 18-64)

Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens offers a multitude of attractions, including its Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, the Discovery Museum focusing on music, and 3D and 4D theaters.

1 Hope Blvd., Galveston • 409-744-4673

www.moodygardens.com

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; hours vary seasonally and per attraction

Admission: varies by season and attraction

Pearl Theatre

The nonprofit puts on theatrical performances. Upcoming shows include “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in October and “Robin Hood” in November.

14803 Park Almeda Drive, Houston

832-459-4674

www.pearl-theater.com

Hours: varies

Admission: varies by performance

Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston offers a variety of exhibits and attractions that look into the history of space exploration and plans for future missions. Activities include the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exhibit and a NASA Tram Tour that takes people to the Johnson Space Center.

1601 NASA Parkway, Houston • 281-244-2100

www.spacecenter.org

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., hours vary on select days

Admission: free (age 3 and under), $24.95 (ages 4-11), $27.95 (age 65 and older), $29.95 (age 12-64)

Sri Meenakshi Hindu Temple

This Houston icon is a replica of a Hindu temple and the only temple outside of India dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi, the wife of Shiva. Guests can see shrines and carvings of animals and gods. Guests should wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees.

17130 McLean Road, Pearland

281-489-0358

www.meenakshi.org

Hours: Mon.-Thu. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m.; Fri. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Admission: free

Outdoor destinations

Armand Bayou Nature Center

People can enjoy various activities, including a 2- to 3-mile kayak tour and hikes along the prairie, forest and bayou. The Armand Bayou Nature Center also offers a variety of programs for children in the fall.

8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena

281-474-2551

www.abnc.org

Hours: Wed.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.), Sun. noon-5 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.), closed Mon.-Tue.

Admission: free (age 3 and under); $4 (ages 4-12, 60 and older, and other discounted patrons); $6 (ages 13-59)

Bayou Wildlife Zoo

Bayou Wildlife Zoo offers tram rides for people to experience the animals the zoo has to offer. Addie Lou’s Barnyard features pygmy goats, lemurs and giraffes.

5050 FM 517, Alvin

409-904-2525

www.bayouwildlifezoo.com

Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m, closed Mon.-Tue.

Admission: free (age 2 and under), $12 (ages 2-11), $20 (age 65 and older), $22 (ages 12-64)

Brazos Bend State Park

At nearly 4,900 acres, this state park along the Brazos River features diverse wildlife and plants for visitors to enjoy. There are opportunities to hike, bike, fish and ride horses.

21901 FM 762, Needville

979-553-5102

www.tpwd.gov/state-parks/brazos-bend

Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

Admission: free (children age 12 and under), $7 (age 13 and older)

Delores Fenwick Nature Center

The environmental education facility allows families to experience hands-on education about nature through live animal exhibits, aquariums and interactive displays.

5750 Magnolia Parkway, Pearland

281-652-1960

www.parks.pearlandtx.gov/facilities/delores-fenwick-nature-center

Hours: Tue.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m, closed Sun.-Mon.Admission: free

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

Pleasure Pier offers amusement rides and dining, which includes Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., funnel cakes and turkey legs, on the Gulf Coast.

2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston Island

409-766-4950

www.pleasurepier.com

Hours: closed for the season; will reopen in 2022

Admission: $7 (age 65 and older), $8 (under 48 inches tall), $10 (48 inches tall and above through age 64); rides cost extra

Kemah Boardwalk

Kemah Boardwalk offers a variety of restaurants, amusements and retail stores on the waterfront.

215 Kipp Ave., Kemah

877-285-3624

www.kemahboardwalk.com

Hours: Mon.-Thu. noon-9 p.m., Fri. noon-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Admission: free (admission), $18.99-$24.99 (all-day ride pass)

Pear-Scape Trail

Brightly decorated fiberglass pear statues can be found across Pearland, and families can find them all through a scavenger hunt or by tracking them down on a map. The pears were created to promote tourism in the city.

Various locations

281-997-5970

www.visitpearland.com/pearscape

Hours: N/A

Admission: free
By Andy Yanez

Reporter, Pearland/Friendswood

Andy joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Houston. He started off as the South Houston Metro Reporter where he helped each different edition in the South Houston market before transitioning to the Pearland/Friendswood market in August 2021. Andy covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Andy served as the sports editor of The Cougar, UH's student newspaper, where he covered the university's athletics beat for two years and got to cover the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis.

By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.



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