The past months have been incredibly challenging for everyone, but the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is determined to make visiting and meeting in Beaumont as easy and safe as possible. The Beaumont CVB team has worked diligently with hospitality partners to give those visiting the city the most updated information for minimizing risk.
1. Discover Beaumont’s Oil History
Visit the Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum to experience wildcatter life in Beaumont as an oil-rush boomtown. Here you will find a replica of what life was like in 1901. Stop in buildings like the printing shop, post office, grocery store, saloon and more. Tour the Texas Energy Museum and let the story of Texas oil unfold while learning about the history of the area as well as the process of how oil is produced and manufactured.
2. Give Birdwatching a Try
Beaumont sits along two migratory flyways where you can see 250-plus species a year. Within a 40-mile radius, you can access 28 Great Texas Coastal Birding Trails. The main attraction in Beaumont is Cattail Marsh at Tyrrell Park. While you are in the park, make sure and check out the Beaumont Botanical Gardens and Tyrrell Park Stables where you can go horseback riding, wander the wildflowers and safely socially distance. Don’t miss out on the archery range, golf course and Frisbee Golf throughout the park.
3. Explore the Big Thicket
Just down the road, the Big Thicket National Preserve boasts 40 miles of hiking trails, kayaking and canoeing, and other outdoor pursuits. Called the biological crossroads of America, the park has nine different ecosystems and over 100,000 acres to explore. Don’t miss out on a trip on the Ivory Bill, a flat bottom boat, to explore the area’s vital waterways.
4. Go for a Mural Walk
Explore downtown Beaumont while snapping pictures at beautiful murals. The Beaumont CVB teamed up with local artists to create wonderful works of art for you to enjoy! From Frida Kahlo to shorebirds, the murals in downtown Beaumont offer the perfect backdrop for any Insta-worthy picture.
5. Get to Golfing
Whether you’re interested in playing 18-holes at our public golf courses, virtually at 5 Under Golf Center or working on your short game at Colorado Canyon for putt-putt, fore-get your stress and hit the green. Take your shot at any of these options for some fun in Beaumont.
6. Alligator Experiences
Get to know the real locals at Gator Country Adventure Park. The park is home to two of the largest alligators in captivity, Big Al and Big Tex, both weighing in at over 1,000 pounds. You can see these guys from afar, swim or hold the baby alligators. While you’re there, be sure to check out some of the other wildlife, both scaly and fluffy. If you are looking for an exhilarating adventure, traverse the backwaters of the bayou on an airboat ride, our version of a southern swamp safari.
7. Marvel at Texas-sized Landmarks
We know everything is bigger in Texas and Beaumont has several photo-worthy attractions to prove it. Check out the 24-foot, dalmatian-spotted fire hydrant in front of the Fire Museum of Texas, the giant Muffler Man on 11th street or Big Beau, the 135-foot alligator at the Gator Country Adventure Park entrance.
8. Explore Antiques and Boutiques
Some of the best shopping in the state can be found within in our local antique shops and boutiques. Shoppers delight at the selections of vintage finds, fine art, trendy fashions, or the perfect Texas souvenir. Make it a scavenger hunt to find your favorite wares.
9. Get Out on the Water
If you like outdoor activities, paddle around Southeast Texas. Part of the Big Thicket National Preserve, Village Creek State Park has multiple access sites to help you create the best float for you, whether an easy one-hour trip or an all-day expedition. With beautiful white sandy beaches and sandbars, amazing wildlife diversity and tall East Texas trees, this beautiful experience is not to be missed.
10. Enjoy the Local Food Scene
Enjoy culinary delights with a bold fusion of Texas and Louisiana -Cajun flavors. Whether looking for something sweet, regional favorites like seafood and BBQ, Asian-fusion cuisine, or everything in between, we have something for everyone’s palate. Make sure and check out our restaurants with patio space to get outside and enjoy the fresh air while dining.
Make sure to visit www.beaumontcvb.com for more information.