Pearland's name originated from the flowering pear trees. Today, the city is home to 11 hotels, more than 140 international restaurants, shopping opportunities, trails, parks, a freshwater aquarium, plus is close to the 1940 Air Terminal Museum and other Houston attractions. Antique shopping can be found in 17 antique, consignment and resale shops located in Pearland along Main Street (Texas 35) and Broadway Street (FM 518).
Golfers have a choice of three 18-hole courses: Southwyck Golf Club, a links-style course; Pearland Golf Club at Country Place, a relaxed course; and Golfcrest Country Club, a championship golf course.
Annual major events include Winterfest in January, Paws in the Park in March, Concerts in the Park in May-June, Wine & Food Festival in August, International Festival in September, Pearland Arts & Crafts on the Pavilion in October and Hometown Christmas Festival in December.