pioneer trail

From trading posts to oil, fire, music, theater, art, sports, and famous inventors Beaumont area museums celebrate people, places and events that left a lasting mark in our history! 

Day 1:

Treat the group to a scrumptious breakfast at Rao's Bakery & Coffee Café where you'll find freshly brewed coffee and piping hot croissants. Next, visit the Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum to see how it all happened when the Lucas Gusher, the largest gusher in the world, blew in January 1901! The museum depicts a replica boomtown that sprang up overnight and how Beaumont ushered in the industrial revolution, giving rise to the major petroleum companies. Spindletop gives visitors a chance to experience this remarkable chapter in history first-hand and learn about the industrial developments that followed.

Make your way downtown to the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. The museum is not only the place for local art, but a scene of diversity for over 1,000 works of art that includes paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, and a growing collection of folk art of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Two Magnolia's offers a variety of tantalizing menu items for lunch and homemade desserts.

Instead of jumping back on the bus, let your group get some fresh air and enjoy a leisurely walk down the quaint, bricked-paved sidewalks to the Fire Museum of Texas. This one-of-a-kind attraction takes you on a journey through the dramatic evolution of firefighting and a history of heroism. The museum houses a collection that includes antique horse-drawn and motorized fire equipment along with many unusual items used by firefighters of yesteryear. After your tour, be sure to stop and have your group's picture taken next to the 24-foot Dalmatian-spotted fire hydrant!

A short walk up the block will take you to the Edison Museum. Both educational and inspiring, the museum is creating a spark among Beaumont tourists. An electrical substation of 1929 has been carefully restored to house the museum and offer insight into "America's Inventor." Through interactive exhibits and more than 60 artifacts, the Edison Museum interprets the inventions of Thomas Alva Edison and other notable inventors that contributed to the electrical industry.

Conclude the day by enjoying a mouth-watering feast at Sartin's Seafood. This local hot-spot has been feeding guests its famous BBQ crabs and fried catfish since 1971. Private group rooms and special menus make service a breeze. Come on a night with live music and your group will surely have something to sing and dance about. Great food, music, and memories in Beaumont!

Day 2:

Beaumont is proud to be the hometown of the legendary Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, the greatest female athlete of all time. In addition to two Olympic gold medals, Babe Zaharias achieved outstanding success in golf, basketball, and track & field. Affectionately known as "The Babe" this museum honors the life and pays tribute to the achievements of this extraordinary woman.

Experience the life of an early Southeast Texas settler and pioneer. The oldest surviving home in Beaumont, the John Jay French Museum was built in 1845 by merchant John Jay French as a trading post and tannery. An old-fashioned white fence, sprawling green lawn and venerable oak trees surround the simple Greek revival-style home. The museum depicts the 19th century life in East Texas and now attracts researches from all over the area to its seven restored rooms and archival library. Treat your group to lunch at Willy Ray's where you'll find great Texas BBQ along with an array of enticing sides.

A short bus ride will bring your group to the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur. The museum tells the exciting story of the Gulf Coast Region and takes an eclectic look at Southeast Texas history through the ages. Along your journey, you will catch a glimpse of the area long before the arrival of man and continue through history to achievements of Jimmy Johnson and other Gulf Coast legends. In addition, the Museum of the Gulf Coast celebrates the area's rich musical heritage. This is your one-stop shop for all things Janis Joplin. The Hall of Fame features a permanent exhibit with a wide array of artwork, personal effects and memorabilia as well as a replica of Joplin's painted Porsche. Let your group relax with dinner at Larry's French Market where live music and fresh Cajun dishes abound.