From the colorful azaleas to the Big Thicket greenery, mark your calendar to see Beaumont's outdoor treasures at their finest. Paddle the Neches, "The Last Wild River" in East Texas. Tour lush gardens at the McFaddin-Ward House. Walk with gators at Cattail Marsh and much more.  Enjoy this itinerary from a recent press tour "Beaumont In Bloom." #bmtinbloom 

Day 1 

Day 2

  • Breakfast at Rao’s Bakery 2956 Calder Ave. Beaumont, TX 77706

  • Two-hour guided paddle trip on the Neches River with Big Thicket Outfitters

    • The Cooks Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail is a 4.8-mile loop giving visitors a chance to paddle through the moss-draped cypress-tupelo slough in the biologically diverse Big Thicket National Preserve.  Put-in at the LVNA Saltwater Barrier Boat Ramp 6790 Bigner Road Beaumont, TX 77708

  • Lunch at Katharine & Company  

  • Birding tour of Cattail Marsh

    • A 900-acre wildlife refuge, Cattail Marsh is home to a variety of aquatic mammals and more than 350 species of birds annually, and offers a variety of recreational activities.

  • Dinner at Pine Tree Lodge. On the banks of Taylor’s Bayou, Pine Tree Lodge has been owned and operated by the Miller family since 1984. This popular family restaurant serves steaks, seafood and burgers, and its covered patio dining area is especially popular in the spring and summer months, when live music is available every Sunday afternoon.

Day 3

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    Brunch in an Airstream trailer at Willy Burger

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    Tour of the McFaddin-Ward House Museum -  Built in 1905-1906, the McFaddin-Ward House served as a lavish backdrop for the frequent entertainment and elegant parties hosted by a prominent Beaumont family after the Spindletop oil boom. Today, the museum offers tours of the carefully preserved Beaux-Arts Colonial home, carriage house and lush gardens.

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    Tour of the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown MuseumBeaumont’s early claim to fame, the Spindletop gusher, is authentically reproduced in this period museum of the early oil-rush town. See the world’s only working replica oil gusher, a general store, a dry goods store, a log cabin saloon and a barbershop, among other buildings.

  • Lunch at Jason's Deli 

  • Afternoon - Explore Calder Avenue shops and other museums and attractions.

    Museum Ideas: Texas Energy MuseumFire Museum of TexasClifton Steamboat MuseumSt. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Shopping suggestions: Burns Antik Haus, Ella + Scott, Finder's Fayre
  • Visit Gator Country Adventure Park - As seen on CMT’s “Gator 911,” this alligator theme park has more than 350 alligators and four species of crocodiles. It is also home to Big Al, the largest alligator in captivity in Texas.
  • Dinner at Suga's Deep South Cuisine & Jazz Bar - Suga’s menu is southern cuisine with a twist, offering hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, homemade ice cream and more. The restaurant is in downtown Beaumont in the Coal Building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.