Texas with a Little Something Extra
Following the sweep of long-leaf pine and cedar, through the lowland plains and fields, gradually down to the lapping Gulf waters and swampy mystery of the bayous, Beaumont offers a blend of unexpected combinations. On the border of Louisiana but thoroughly Texan, Beaumont embraces both brisket and crawfish, a mix of Texas swagger and Cajun rhythm. Beaumont is home to astonishing biodiversity and historical significance.
Museums & Historic Sites
|Beaumont, Texas | McFaddin Ward House|
Beaumont is proud of its vibrant past and is eager to preserve it. The area is filled with museums and historic sites to satisfy the curiosity of history buffs and spark imagination about life in earlier times. At Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum, learn how the discovery of oil created a new destiny for Beaumont, previously a farming and lumber town, and transformed it into a dynamic center of culture and refinement built on the riches of black gold. Tour the museums dedicated to Beaumont’s oil history and heritage as well as those that preserve art, firefighting equipment, sports memorabilia and famous inventions.
Wander through historic homes that range from pioneer rustic to oil-boom opulent. The original owners were trappers, merchants, oil barons and cattlemen. The McFaddin-Ward, Chambers & John Jay French homes have been meticulously restored and tell the tale of the area's earlier days through family histories and the treasures they left behind.
See how Beaumont's overnight oil boom of 1901 brought fortune seekers of all religious denominations to town with Beaumont’s many historic churches. Find the breathtaking St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, a grand Presbyterian church of solid pink granite, a shrine to the Virgin Mary, as well as a Jewish temple and a Buddhist temple.
Beaumont may owe its prosperity to oil but it's is not the only natural resource it’s blessed to have. With dense forests, sandy beaches and shallow wetlands, southeast Texas is overflowing with outdoor activities. Enjoy the beauty of nature in the tranquil setting of local botanical gardens or go horseback riding through area parks. For avid outdoor adventure seekers, camping and hiking & biking locales abound in southeast Texas. Official trail maps help visitors explore Beaumont by foot, on a bike or even in a canoe.
Beaumont is a birding paradise with hundreds of indigenous species and others migrating in for a season on two migratory flyways: the Central and the Mississippi. Nearly 30 species of ducks and flocks of snow geese migrate to Beaumont between October and March while roseate spoonbills, great and white snowy egrets, white-faced ibis and mottled ducks are year-round fixtures. A favorite avitourism hotspot is Beaumont’s Cattail Marsh, located within Tyrrell Park.
Southeast Texas is also home to the largest alligator population in Texas and this scaly reptilian is a celebrity attraction among the region's wildlife. Have a hands-on interaction with live alligators at Gator Country Adventure Park - and take home a picture to prove it! Visitors are invited to hold a baby alligator at this wildlife park that also features interactive animal shows with crocodiles, turtles and snakes.
In Beaumont, visitors will also find plenty of opportunities for play on the water. Beaumont is surrounded by the Neches River, Sabine Causeway, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and many lakes and bayous so when it comes to paddling, boating or fishing, Beaumont has it covered. For the interested anglers, expect to catch speckled trout, flounder, alligator gar, redfish and many others in Beaumont’s freshwater and saltwater fishing spots.
|Beaumont, Texas | Zydeco Pine Tree Lodge|
Gaze at the world's third largest fire hydrant, cradle a baby gator, build a sand castle at the beach, play a round of disc golf, experience the wonders of nature on a leisurely boat ride or a make a splash at the water park. Kids will love Beaumont’s roadside attractions that prove everything really is bigger in Texas. Beaumont has plenty of family-friendly activities, so bring the gang for fun and adventure.
Arts & Entertainment
For arts and entertainment, visitors will find everything from regional festivals & events to symphony concerts, rodeos to ballet productions. Beaumont also boasts a number of performing arts & theatrical groups worthy of any Broadway production. In addition, Jefferson Theatre and Julie Rogers Theatre represent some of the most breathtaking architecture in the region.
Visit area art galleries & museums to see masterpieces of American and European paintings, sculpture, photography and decorative arts share space with regional and folk art. Take in a show at one of Beaumont’s movie theaters or find a new favorite wine at area wineries. Or, venture to nearby casinos in Louisiana for some gaming action.
Festivals & Events
There's always something big happening in Beaumont, Texas! With well-known fairs and festivals, each change of season offers plenty of must-see events. Beaumont has food festivals, arts & culture exhibits, live music, sporting events, performing arts shows, events just for kids and more.
Shopping & Spas
Visitors will find plenty of shopping and spas in Beaumont, including locally owned boutiques and the mall with brand name stores. Beaumont's Old Town Antique District on lower Calder Avenue features exquisite European furnishings and vintage finds. Local spas offer a retreat from life's hectic pace providing many services - including massages, facials and more.
When it comes to food, Beaumont’s proximity to Louisiana has influenced more than its love for crawfish, (in season March through June). Try authentic Cajun dishes, delicious barbecue, authentic Mexican fare or fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood at Beaumont restaurants and taste how Beaumont serves up Texas… with a little something extra!
For trip planning ideas, including suggested itineraries, trail maps and the Official Southeast Texas Visitors Guide, visit the Beaumont CVB’s website.