Top Local Attractions
Beaumont is home to a handful of family-friendly attractions such as Colorado Canyon, offering the area’s most popular miniature golf course, plus a game room and a new laser-tag maze. Kids can also participate in gemstone and fossil mining in a miniature “mining town” with the help of their parents.
Walk on the wild side at Gator Country, an alligator theme park where families can hold live baby gators and help feed them. The park has over 350 alligators, crocodiles, caimans and other reptiles like snakes and snapping turtles. While there, check out Big Al, a 1,000-pound alligator that’s 14-feet long.
To see a true Texan landmark, plan a visit to Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum and watch a live re-enactment of the Lucas Gusher as it sprays water several hundred feet up in the air. The replica boomtown also hosts kid-friendly events throughout the year.
Texas Energy Museum
Other iconic kid-friendly spots to see in Beaumont include the Texas Energy Museum, which tells the story of oil through colorful, state-of-the-art exhibits. Crossroads Bowling, Tinseltown Movie Theater, Beaumont Children's Museum and Historic Homes Tours are also a must for the family while in Beaumont.
From art exhibits & live music to happenings just for kids and outdoor activities, you'll find plenty that can be enjoyed regularly.
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Free Things to Do
Fire Museum of Texas
Spend the days with your kids at some of the free museums in Beaumont. The Fire Museum is easily recognized by the over-sized fire hydrant out front, complete with Dalmatian pattern. Families can head inside to explore firefighting equipment dating back to the 1800s. Kids will have the opportunity to dress up in firefighter uniforms and ride the fire engine simulator.
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Other free museums to explore include the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, which displays artwork from talented locals, and has about 1,000 works in their permanent collection. The museum also hosts regular Free Family Arts Days.
The Edison Museum houses artifacts used by the late inventor in his laboratory. The museum is housed in the historic Travis Street Substation building and has more than 1,400 artifacts.
Parks & Playgrounds
Don’t forget to take advantage of the free parks and playgrounds in the Beaumont area, where families can hike or bike to explore Beaumont’s natural wonders. Download Beaumont Trail Maps and start exploring!
Plan a car trip around town to see roadside attractions, located just off the interstate, such as Big Beau, a larger-than-life alligator bearing his sharp teeth, or the Happy Halfwit Muffler Man, standing proudly at 25 feet tall.
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Big Thicket National Preserve
Take the family on an outdoor adventure by kayak or canoe in Beaumont. One popular water route is the Big Thicket National Preserve’s Neches River (part of the river’s 416 miles runs through the preserve), where families can hop off to the riverbank and explore 40 miles of hiking trails.
Sea Rim State Park
Sea Rim State Park is an ideal camping spot to see wildlife and enjoy the 5.2 miles of beaches (you can kayak there as well). The wildlife found there includes rabbits, raccoons, minks, coyotes, bobcats, river otters and more.
Bird lovers may want to check out Cattail Marsh, known for its wealth of feathery wildlife. You and your kids can look through binoculars to spot over 350 species of birds, such as ducks, spoonbills, pelicans, doves, ibis, egrets and blackbirds. The park rests on 900 acres of wetlands with its own hiking/biking trails for your family to explore.
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