Top 10 Things to do in Beaumont, Texas
Texas Energy Museum
This museum’s exhibits are designed to thrill, educate and enlighten all ages. See cinematic robots depict three generations of an oil-field family. Historical characters share the captivating story of the Spindletop gusher that blew in and began the
petrochemical age in 1901. Don’t miss “Unlocking the Energy of Oil,” the definitive exhibit on the Texas oil industry.
Big Thicket National Preserve & Botanical Gardens
Naturally inviting, Beaumont is the gateway to the Big Thicket National Preserve where you can glide through the waters of Village Creek, hike the trails through the Piney Woods, or enjoy the sights and sounds of countless bird species. Neches River Adventures offers a relaxing and fascinating two-hour boat tour onboard The Cardinal that departs from Riverfront Park in downtown Beaumont. Beaumont Botanical Gardens at Tyrrell Park, & Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center are two places to explore for a showcase of blooms bursting with fragrance and color.
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Explore the collection of paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs as well as folk and decorative arts of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The museum has an emphasis on American art, with a growing collection of regional folk art.
Historic Home Tours
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See the beautiful, historic McFaddin-Ward House, a stately 1906 mansion in the Beaux-Arts Colonial style. Its furnishings reflect the lifestyle of the prominent family who lived in the home for 75 years. Just down the street, the Chambers House Museum offers a fascinating glimpse of a middle class family living in the 20th Century. Also, tour the oldest surviving home in Beaumont, the 1845 John Jay French House that was built from milled lumber and depicts 19thcentury life in Southeast Texas.
St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
Tour unique and historic places of worship on Beaumont’s Faith Trail including St. Anthony’s Cathedral which has been granted Minor Basilica status by Pope Benedict XVI.
Gator Country 6 Adventure Park
You’ll never find another place like it! Have a hands-on experience with live gators while learning all about their habitat. See feisty alligator snapping turtles, reptiles and meet the park’s main attraction, a 13-foot gator named “Big Al.”
Fire Museum of Texas
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They say everything’s bigger in Texas & The Fire Museum of Texas is of those big attractions you can’t miss. Grab a snapshot of yourself in front of the 24-foot landmark, then learn all about fire prevention & safety. Explore the museum’s collection of fire memorabilia and vintage fire engines.
Crockett Street Entertainment District
Boot Scoot on down to the Crockett Street Entertainment District in Beaumont’s historic downtown. Discover a thriving downtown cultural district with beautifully renovated buildings, brick-paved sidewalks, restaurants, museums and exciting riverfront developments.
Whether you’re in the market for Texas-style souvenirs, unique art, fashion or doing some serious antique hunting, hundreds of boutiques, shops and stores await you in Beaumont. Check out the new Southeast Texas Antique Dealers Association’s brochure so you don’t miss a thing! southeasttexasada.com
The colorful combination of Texas and Cajun influences found throughout local cuisine will keep you coming back for more. Dive into savory Texas barbecue, spicy crawfish dishes, gumbo, and even barbecued crabs. We’re so close to Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico that you’ll never taste fresher seafood. And if you like savory spices, you must try Beaumont’s own local favorite, TexJoy Steak Seasoning!
Pack more fun into your Beaumont vacation! Visit BeaumontCVB.com to start planning now or call 1-800-392-4401.