Take a tour of more than 50 of our picks—including parks, museums, family attractions, breweries and shopping—for the best things to do in and around the city of Beaumont.
About an hour and a half east of Houston lies the city of Beaumont, founded nearly 200 years ago and home to a spectacular array of biodiversity and ecosystems. The expansive forests, preserves and wetlands provide visitors bustling environments to explore and camp, and the expansive Tyrell Park serves as the city’s centerpiece for community activity.
Not far from Louisiana, Beaumont also blurs the borders with a variety of cuisines that include crawfish, brisket, seafood and deep South eats. You can also tour turn-of-the-century historic homes, get cuddly with baby gators, and discover one-of-a-kind antiques in their shopping districts rich with history.
We’ve gathered many of the wonderful things to do in and around Beaumont for families, couples, solo travelers and anyone looking for great ways to spend a daytrip (or longer) from Houston.
Things to Do Outdoors in Beaumont
- Beaumont Botanical Gardens in Tyrell Park – Located within the expansive Tyrell Park, the Beaumont Botanical Gardens are 23 acres of themed gardens that showcase camellias, modern and antique roses, bromeliads and many native plants. In addition, it is also home to the Warren Loose Conservatory which features 10,000 square feet of plants, ponds and more. Click here for more information.
- Big Thicket National Preserve – With over 113,000 acres within its borders, Big Thicket is home to around 40 miles of hiking trails and more than 20 miles of paddling trails that allow visitors to explore many different ecosystems. From camping and birding to fishing and hunting, there is an unbelievable amount of natural goodness to get into at this national park, located just northwest of Beaumont. Click here for more information.
- Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands & Boardwalk – These 900 acres of wetlands provide visitors many ways to engage with nature, whether on the boardwalk and viewing platforms, hiking through more than eight miles of gravel roads, or taking in the hundreds of bird species and aquatic mammals that call this place home throughout the year. Click here for more information.
- High Island – What is actually a massive salt dome that rises 32 feet above the surrounding marshes on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, High Island is a popular destination for birding, which includes four nearby sanctuaries with hiking trails and terrific scenic views. For those interested in guided tours, Tropical Birding Tours offers free guides and talks through the area, ensuring that visitors get the most out of High Island and the surrounding area. Click here for more information.
- Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary – More than 5,600 acres large, this sanctuary connected with Big Thicket National Preserve is home to a wide variety of plant communities and an abundance of wildlife. In addition, visitors are welcome to hiking trails, nature photography and paddling down nearby Village Creek. Click here for more information.
- Sabine Woods – Managed by local Audubon chapters, Sabine Woods is one of the premier birding destinations of the region, particularly in the spring with scores of neotropical birds stopping by on their way down migratory routes. Click here for more information.
- Tyrell Park – The largest and most extensive park in Beaumont, Tyrell Park encompasses many must-see attractions for nature lovers, including the Cattail Marsh Wetlands, Beaumont Botanical Gardens, Warren Loose Conservatory and many hiking, biking and jogging trails. Click here for more information.
- Village Creek State Park – Just north of Beaumont, this part of the Big Thicket National Preserve provides visitors plenty of camping and RV amenities, as well as birding, fishing, hiking and paddling activities. Click here for more information.
Playgrounds & Parks in Beaumont
- Beautiful Mountain Skate Plaza – Grab a skateboard or bike and head to Beaumont’s skate plaza that features ledges, rails, banks, quarter pipes and multiple stair sets for your little one to nail their skate lines. Click here for more information.
- City Parks in Beaumont – Scattered throughout the city of Beaumont, more than 40 public parks offer families the chance to enjoy some outdoor activities with playground structures, picnic pavilions, sports fields and other amenities. Click here to dive into the public and neighborhood parks on offer.
- Rotary Centennial Playground – This barrier-free playground is intended to serve children of all abilities, as well as younger children, allowing for spirited play without the limitations of conventional equipment and landscaping. Click here for more information.
- Tyrell Park – A natural wonderland, Beaumont’s centerpiece public park spans hundreds of acres and includes playground equipment, picnic areas, basketball courts and walking trails, as well as access to scenic wetlands, Beaumont Botanical Gardens, and natural habitats for a wide variety of wildlife. Click here for more information.
Family Attractions & Amusements in Beaumont
- Beaumont Children’s Museum – Located inside the Beaumont Civic Center, this children’s museum seeks to engage kiddos with activities for all age groups through paleontology, puppet shows, art projects, structure building and more. Click here for more information.
- Fire Museum of Texas | FREE – For over thirty years, this museum has housed a collection of antique fire engines and firefighting equipment that dates back to the 1800s. Kiddos can dress up in firefighter uniforms and take the fire engine simulator for a spin, or head outside, where a massive fire hydrant makes for an easily ‘Grammable opportunity. Click here for more information.
- Gator Country – This alligator theme park gives visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with hands-on activities like holding baby gators for feeding. The sanctuary is home to hundreds of alligators, turtles, snakes and other reptiles, including Big Tex and Big Al, two of the largest alligators in captivity. Click here for more information.
- Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown – On the campus of Lamar University, this educational park lets visitors on a self-guided tour through 15 replica buildings from the late-1800s atop the historic Spindletop oilfield. Through artifacts and the various structures on site, visitors get a view into the work and life of those that lived in Gladys City. Check out their upcoming schedule for re-enactments of the Lucas Gusher. Click here for more information.
- Texas Energy Museum – Explore the world of petroleum science and technology through exhibitions that trace the history of Texas oil. Visitors can also check out the collection of historical photographs, maps and other materials related to the southeast Texas oil field by making research requests in advance. Click here for more information.
History Museums & Buildings in Beaumont
- Dutch Windmill Museum | FREE – A tribute to Dutch settlers, this replica of a Dutch windmill stands forty feet tall and houses a museum that includes artifacts brought from Holland during settlement, as well as mementos of famous citizens of Nederland. Click here for more information.
- Edison Museum | FREE – Dedicated to American inventor Thomas Edison, this museum features interactive exhibits, dozens of historic objects, more than 1,400 artifacts and a close examination of the ways Edison contributed to the electrical industry. Click here for more information.
- Historic Homes in Beaumont – The southeast region is host to many historic homes that have been restored to their 19th and early 20th century glory. In and around Beaumont, La Maison Des Acadiens pays tribute to early French settlers; Heritage House Museum features historic artifacts from the region in a middle-upper class home built in 1902; John Jay French Museum was built in 1845 and allows visitors to explore what an early pioneer settlement was like; and The Chambers House, W.H. Stark House and McFaddin-Ward House offer turn-of-the-century homes to explore in their restored splendor.
- St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica | FREE – Built at the turn of the 20th century, this brick church has earned a distinction as a Texas Historic Landmark, as well as elevation to a Minor Basilica, recognized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. Guided tours are by appointment only, though visitors are free to walk through the Cathedral Basilica if no activities are in progress. Click here for more information.
- Tyrrell Historical Library | FREE – Initially designed as First Baptist Church of Beaumont in 1903, this Texas Historic Landmark served as the public library of the city for nearly fifty years until a new building was opened in the mid-70s. A mix of Romanesque and Victorian Gothic architecture, it now houses extensive catalogs for genealogical research and Texas history, allowing visitors to browse newspaper clippings that document the area, or utilize their genealogy vertical files and online databases to chart information on families and pedigree. Click here for more information.
Golfing, Disc Golf & Mini-Golf in Beaumont
- Bayou Din Golf Course – For over sixty years, local enthusiasts have made this quiet 140-acre course a hidden gem just south of Beaumont. Book a tee time online, with rates starting at $16 ($28 with cart) on weekdays; $24 ($36 with cart) on weekends. Click here for more information.
- Beaumont Country Club – Nestled in the woods a few minutes north of Beaumont, the rolling fairways of the course at Beaumont Country Club offer opportunities to challenge better golfers while remaining enjoyable for weekend players. Non-member fees are $65 on weekdays; $85 on weekends. Click here for more information.
- Colorado Canyon | Mini-Golf – Featuring two 18 hole miniature golf courses, this family fun center is also packed with arcades, gemstone and fossil mining, a laser maze and more. Rates start at $9.25 for one course; $13.50 for both. Children are $1 per year of age through age 9. Click here for more information.
- Henry Homberg Municipal Golf Course at Tyrrell Park – Built in the late 1930s within the historic Tyrrell Park, this course is suitable for all skill levels—and you can get a leg up ahead of your tee time with a hole-by-hole description on their website. Rates are $16 on weekdays; $21 on weekends with optional cart rentals ($13 daily). Click here for more information.
- Iron Oaks Golf Club – In northwest Beaumont, this course is one of the more recent additions to the local golfing landscape, offering undulating greens, flat fairways and a few tricky dog-legs. Rates are $22.50 on weekdays; $28 on weekends. Click here for more information.
- Klein Park Disc Golf Course | Disc Golf – A favorite of players in the region, this 18-basket disc golf course stretches through a mixture of open and wooded areas, providing players of all skill levels a comfortable challenge. Click here for more information.
Breweries & Wineries in Beaumont
- Bruno & George Winery – Using wine making recipes passed down from his Sicilian-born grandfather, Shawn Bruno and his wife Misha have produced more than a dozen different varieties of red and white wine, as well as those finished with red plum, blackberry, peach, strawberry and other fruits. Tours and tastings are available by appointment at the Sour Lake location. Click here for more information.
- Cotton Creek Winery – Swing by this Beaumont mainstay for a selection of red and white wine, including limited releases finished with a variety of fruits, tours with the winery owners, and a selection of appetizers and cheese plates for a relaxing evening at the vineyard. Click here for more information.
- Pour Brothers Brewery – One of the first breweries to plant their flag in Beaumont, this family-and-dog-friendly tap room and beer garden is serving up a tasty slate of ice cold brews, including year-rounds like the Hooligan Hefeweizen and Two Alarm Pilsner alongside special releases like Imperial Stouts or Blonde Ales that blend fruity apricot notes with the heat of habanero. Click here for more information.
- Struggle Street Brewing Company – A recent addition to the Beaumont brewery scene, Struggle Street brings a diverse range of styles to their tap room, and includes plenty of to-go options so you can stock your fridge with their signature brews. Jump into their crisp Hefeweizen offerings, sip on flavorful Stouts, or go sour with their rotating selection of fruity flavored ales. Click here for more information.
Dining & Restaurants in Beaumont
- Carmela’s | Mexican – Whether you’re eating on the stomach-stretching breakfast plates or deep into the dinner dishes, Carmela’s will treat you right with some of the tastiest Tex-Mex favorites to be found in Beaumont. Click here for more information.
- J. Wilson’s Restaurant & Bar | American – Dive into this area fav for a delicious brunch menu that features items like crab cake benedict, biscuits and gravy, and a smoked gouda breakfast bowl, or opt for familiar lunch and dinner offerings such as fried shrimp, the farm-raised catfish filet, and the 14-ounce ribeye. Click here for more information.
- Suga’s Deep South Cuisine & Jazz Bar | Cajun, Creole – Southern flavors are on full display at this Beaumont jazz bar and restaurant. Start your meal off at Suga’s with boudin bruschetta, dig into the hot honey fried chicken & waffles, and take a taste of dishes that feature quail, venison, turkey and more. Swing by on Saturdays and Sundays for the jazz brunch to hear from an assortment of accomplished professional musicians. Click here for more information.
- Sweet Basil | Vietnamese – Bite into the bright flavors of Vietnamese cuisine at this top spot in Beaumont offering banh mi, sweet banh bao, noodle soups, pho, seafood dishes, in-season crawfish, and vegetarian selections. Click here for more information.
- Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp | Mexican, Cajun, Seafood – Munch on the fusion flavors of Mexican Cajun seafood at this popular spot serving up fish and shrimp tacos, gumbo, boudin quesadillas, New Orleans BBQ shrimp and much more alongside a bar menu of mixed drinks and tangy margaritas. Click here for more information.
Shopping in Beaumont
- Antique Shopping on Calder – Along this downtown avenue that cuts through Oaks Historic District, shoppers can find plenty to peruse from European-style furnishings at Burns Antik Haus and Langston Antiques to the chic vintage interiors of Urban Habitat and the expansive 11th Street Market.
- Beaumont Boutiques – If you’re on the hunt for a unique shopping experience, Beaumont is bustling with boutiques that can be found across downtown and surrounding area. Along Calder Street and Phelan Boulevard, shoppers can dig into trendy women’s fashions, jewelry and accessories at Bungalow, Gaudie & Company and All About You; children’s fashions and shoes at Ashton House; wedding and baby registry checklists at For Heaven’s Sake; and a wide variety of interior design and gifts at Nickolina’s.
- First Thursdays on Calder – This evening market takes place from 5pm to 9pm on the first Thursday of each month, offering a great chance to support local businesses, hear live music and enjoy an evening outside in the historic district. In addition to the antique shops along Calder, plenty of dining options and boutiques can be found in the area, many of them offering up special discounts during the event. Make sure to stop by the historic Mildred Building, where you’ll find the trendy Ella + Scott women’s boutique, Finder’s Fayre for artwork, and Down to Earth, which specializes in hand-made products for your home and body that are crafted just down the road in nearby Nederland.
Social Distancing & COVID-19
As we enter into the vaccination phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical experts still advise that we have a way to go before we achieve herd immunity and can safely resume pre-pandemic activities. In the meantime, you can remain vigilant in protecting yourself against the coronavirus by continuing to wear face masks when in public spaces, practice social distancing of at least six feet, limit your touching of surfaces, and frequently use hand sanitizer or soap and water to keep your hands clean.
While the Governor of Texas has lifted mandatory mask orders and capacity limits, most businesses are still requiring face masks to enter and enforcing reduced capacity. Familiarize with your destination’s policies ahead of time and please respect their public safety precautions.
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