family fun

Play a round of mini golf at Colorado Canyon, enjoy family game night at Crossroads Bowling Center or explore Beaumont's many parks & playgrounds. For the must-have family vacation photo, check out Beaumont's unique list of roadside attractions where you'll find plenty of Texas-sized family fun. 

Beaumont bowling and skating options make for a perfect family game night.


Beaumont has an extensive system of parks and playgrounds for families to enjoy.


At Beaumont's family entertainment centers kids can enjoy a round of miniature golf, experience the thrill of bumper boats, play arcade games and more.


We understand that sometimes you just want to relax and take in a movie with the family. No worries, we have that covered too.


You've heard the saying, "Everything is bigger in Texas." Here in Beaumont, we hold that to be true. So when the kids are itching to get out of the car, make a stop here in Beaumont for these family-friendly roadside attractions.


Before heading our way, browse through our trails and experiences for trip ideas and suggested itineraries that include our top picks for what to see while you're in town.

more ideas for your family
Coming Up: 3rd Annual Neches River Rally

The Big Thicket Association (BTA) will host the 3rd Annual Neches River Rally on Saturday, September 10 at the LNVA Saltwater Barrier boat launch on Bigner Road in Beaumont, Texas. Come enjoy this very unique paddling experience and help us celebrate the National Parks Centennial in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Event Details 3rd Annual Neches River Rally September 10, 2016 LNVA Saltwater…Continue Reading

Paddling Southeast Texas

Grab your paddle and get ready to get on the water! Canoeing and kayaking are among the favorite outdoor activities in our area. Beaumont is surrounded by many bodies of water and makes for the perfect place for a beginner paddler or someone who has been around the lake a few times or two. “Kayaking offers a very unique perspective here in Southeast Texas,” said Willie Nelson, President of the…Continue Reading

NASA Exhibit "Exploring the Universe" on View Through August

Recent blockbuster movies including “Interstellar,” “Star Trek,” “Star Wars” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” show off a vast array of imaginary planets. Audiences are fascinated by the unusual landscapes, strange weather and fantastic alien life. What would it be like to see two suns in the sky? What sort of animals would live on a water planet, or a gas giant? If our Earth can no longer support us,…Continue Reading

Small But Mighty: Beaumont Places Worth Stopping For

You don’t have to plan an extravagant day or spend a lot of money to make great memories with your family. Beaumont is home to several small but mighty places you can enjoy in a short amount of time. These hidden gems are around town and best of all, it’s all FREE! Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum 1750 Interstate 10 E Beaumont, TX 77701 (409) 833-4622 Open: Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm FREE…Continue Reading

Get Up Close at Gator Country

It’s hard to get kids to sit still for an educational lesson, but when the subject is alligators and they’re right at the front of the classroom, parents find their children wide-eyed and rapt with attention. These rare interactions are business as usual at Gator Country, just 20 minutes southwest of downtown Beaumont, where more than 300 alligators sprawl across the 15-acre property. At 12 p.m.,…Continue Reading

Celebrating July 4th in Beaumont

Red, White & Blue - and fireworks and music too! Celebrate America the good ole fashioned way with a parade, music, food and fireworks. Preparations are underway for The City of Beaumont’s Fourth of July Celebration and the annual community parade July Fourth morning. These family friendly events are free and fun! Calder Place 1929 Fourth of July Parade BISD Administration Building 3395 Harrison…Continue Reading

Summer Bucket List: Events in Beaumont (2016)

Summer is here, which means it is time to have some fun! We’ve got your ultimate Summer Bucket List for events in Beaumont. From movie nights to summer camps the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau has you covered when it comes to the “hot” things happening around town. Kids / Family Library Story Time Wednesdays, 10:30 am and 4:30 pm Theodore Johns Library 4255 Fannett Rd Beaumont, Tx 77705…Continue Reading

This Summer Enjoy Eco-History Tours on the Neches River

This summer let the family enjoy eco-tours on the Neches River aboard the Ivory Bill. The 45 foot long, Coast Guard approved pontoon operates on the open river and navigates into the cypress-lined backwater channels of the Big Thicket National Preserve. Neches River Adventures boat tours give passengers an opportunity to view wildlife and see a part of the Big Thicket few get to appreciate. Often…Continue Reading

Coming Up: Spindletop Spin Annual Bike Ride

From wooded trails to open roads, the Beaumont area is one of the best places for cycling. If you are new to the sport or maybe taken some time off now is a great time to strap on your helmet and hop on a bike! Consider checking out one of the most popular sporting events in Southeast Texas, Spindletop Spin . Event Details: Spindletop Spin Annual Bike Ride Saturday, June 4, 2016 Rides start at…Continue Reading

Just Announced: Big Thicket Summer 2016 Ranger-led Program Schedule

Explore the Big Thicket National Preserve by taking advantage of the many ranger-led programs being offered in the months of May, June, July and August. From canoe trips to a black bear presentation and night hikes through the thicket, park rangers will offer a variety of free programs this summer. Some programs require participants to pre-register (noted below). View the summer schedule below or…Continue Reading

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Rolls Into Beaumont

The public is invited to a Meet & Greet as we welcome Kyle Petty, Celebrity Riders and sponsors on Thursday, May 5th at 4:15pm at the Hampton Inn in Beaumont, Texas. Click here for the invitation and flyer . The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America , one of the most successful and popular charity rides in the country, is revving up for its 22nd anniversary motorcycle trek, taking place from…Continue Reading

Coming Up: Beaumont Maypole Festival

She was a feisty and fierce women with a big heart and a love of the outdoors. So it’s only fitting to honor the spirit of Paula “Torchy” Salter in a unique and fun way! Complete with rainbows, fairies and farmers… friends are celebrating the much loved local philanthropist with the annual Beaumont Maypole Festival . Event Details: Beaumont Maypole Festival Saturday, May 7, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 6:00…Continue Reading

Free Concert: United States Airforce Band

The City of Beaumont and Lamar University invite you to experience the United States Air Force Band for free at their upcoming concert on Monday, April 25. The event will take place at the Julie Rogers Theatre at 7:00 p.m. The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles…Continue Reading

Coming Up: St. Michael Mediterranean Festival

Opa Friends! You don’t have to travel out of the country to experience authentic Greek and Middle Eastern food and entertainment. The St. Michael Mediterranean Festival is coming to Beaumont! Each year, St. Michael's hosts the festival to share Mediterranean food and cultural heritage with the Southeast Texas community as well as support a local charity. There is always a wide selection of Greek…Continue Reading

Kayak the Big Thicket on the Cook’s Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail

Visitors who come to Beaumont for the city’s museums , historical attractions and nightlife may not realize they’re cradled in one of the most biodiverse parts of the world, but a peek into the woods and waterways of Big Thicket National Preserve reveals a surprising side of east Texas that’s easy to overlook. This federally protected area stretches north and west of Beaumont across 112,250 acres…Continue Reading

Explore the Big Thicket with Ranger-led Programs

The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites everyone to explore the thicket by taking advantage the many ranger-led programs being offered in the coming months. From canoe trips on the Neches River to a black bear presentation and night hikes through the thicket, park ranger will offer a variety of free programs. Some programs require participants to pre-register, and still others have…Continue Reading

Classic Movie Nights at the Jefferson Theatre

If you're looking for something fun to do with the kids, or a just a new idea for a date night, check out Classic Movie Nights at the Jefferson Theatre. Held most Fridays (and an occasional Tuesday), Classic Movie Nights are the perfect way to watch some of your favorite old movies. It's all the fun of going to the theater, without the cost. Tickets are just $5 (unless otherwise noted) and…Continue Reading

Make a New Friend at Sesame Street Live

No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” will visit Ford…Continue Reading

Coming Up: YMBL South Texas State Fair

Carnival rides, baby animals, fried food galore, calf roping and more. Yes, it’s rodeo time in Southeast Texas! The Young Mens Business League (YMBL) South Texas State Fair & Rodeo is returning once again and we have your complete family guide with everything you need to know to get the most out of one of the best times of the year in our area! Event Details: YMBL South Texas State Fair & Rodeo…Continue Reading

Celebrating Valentine's Day in Beaumont

Whether you want to dress up for a big night or chill on the sofa with takeout, Valentine’s Day is a great time to show your sweetie you care. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or do some big grand gesture. Sometimes the best gift is just planning something simple and sweet. The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to help. From romantic nights away to a fun craft workshop with the…Continue Reading

Mark Your Calendars for Free Family Arts Days at AMSET

One of the best things about Beaumont and southeast Texas is the abundance of artistic talent found throughout the area. Perhaps it's because we start cultivating artists at a young age with programs like Free Family Arts Days at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas . Held quarterly, Free Family Arts Days take place on a Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is always free and kid-friendly…Continue Reading

Monster Nation Takes Over Ford Park

Monster Nation is turning Ford Park into a Destruction Zone! Monster trucks will rumble back into Beaumont’s Ford Park Arena with 1,800 tons of dirt and smashed metal on February 19-20, 2016 . What has become the premiere monster event promises to continue wowing fans with six 10,000 pound monster machines and more jam-packed into 2 hours of high-flying horsepower. Back to defend the Monster…Continue Reading

Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler Y'all

Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler means “Let the Good Times Roll” in French. And simply put, there’s no better way of doing exactly that than at Mardi Gras. Also known as “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras is the season of Carnival celebrations, beginning on Three King's Day (January 6) and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday. Think lighted parades, beads, Cajun food, concerts, masks, glitter and more.…Continue Reading

Celebrating New Year's Eve in Beaumont

It’s hard to believe 2015 is almost over! So, let’s get ready to celebrate 2016! Whether you are in town visiting family and friends or live in the area, New Year’s Eve is a great night to stay up late and ring in the New Year southeast Texas style! From a night in Paris to a throwback 1920’s bash or just a laid back night on the patio, there are lots of options when it comes to celebrating 2016.…Continue Reading

Coming Up: Celebrate Spindletop's 115th Anniversary

Beaumont got its big start more than 100 years ago. It was named after Mary Dewburleigh Barlace Warren Beaumont, the wife of businessman Henry Millard. Beaumont officially became a town on December 16, 1838, (Happy Early Birthday Beaumont!) and was a center for cattle raisers and farmers in its early years. In the late 1800s, Beaumont became an important lumber and rice-milling town. But neither…Continue Reading

Where to See Holiday Lights in Southeast Texas

One of my family’s favorite holiday traditions is to drive around town looking at holiday lights and decorations. We put on our PJ’s, pile in the car, crank up the Christmas music and head out! But where are the *best* places to see lights in the Beaumont area and beyond? Here is a great list to get you started! Beaumont Hanks Animated Light Show 6180 W Windemere Beaumont, Tx (off Highway 105)…Continue Reading

Cajun Christmas: Sleigh Rides and Santa

Southeast Texans would probably argue that summer - not winter - is the most wonderful time of the year. (Blue skies & warm sun anyone?) But the holidays are pretty fun too with plenty of events happening throughout the area. Port Arthur has a few planned, highlighted below, sure to make your holidays a little brighter. After all, who can say no to sleigh ride & hot chocolate? Air boats & Santa?…Continue Reading

20+ Ways to Give Back in Southeast Texas

After Black Friday & Cyber Monday, comes Giving Tuesday. The holidays are a great time to start giving back to your community. While you may be decking the halls and preparing for holiday parties, there are a lot of people who need simple things like food, shelter and gifts for their children. Giving back is simple and something you can do with your kids! We’ve compiled a list of events, places…Continue Reading

Southeast Texas Holiday Events Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Beaumont, Texas! We may not get snow, but there are plenty of holiday events going on to keep you in the holiday spirit. From musicals, theatre, festivals, movie nights, craft classes and more, the Convention and Visitors Bureau has the most complete list of holiday events in the Southeast Texas area. We hope to see you around town! Family Friendly KCS…Continue Reading

Tis the Season for a Holiday Party!

Join the Downtown Museum District on the grounds of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and Texas Energy Museum at 500 Main Street for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Party from 3:30 - 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2015. Children and their families are invited to celebrate the holiday season with hands-on activities at this festive celebration complete with a visit from Santa Claus! Admission is…Continue Reading

Where to Stay When Visiting Beaumont for Work, Play & Fun

Are you headed to Beaumont for a concert, business trip or just to visit family? Maybe it’s been a while since you have been in the area. The Beaumont CVB has you covered on where to stay when you come visit! From the best hotels for families to the ones that allow pets, and even places that offer shuttles to the local airport, the Beaumont CVB should be your first stop when it comes to planning…Continue Reading

All Aboard the KCS Holiday Express!

The KCS Holiday Express is a festive, six-car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout Kansas City Southern's U.S. rail network at scheduled stops. This year, the KCS Holiday Express is scheduled to make a stop in Beaumont on Saturday, November 28 from 4pm to 9pm. Guests to the train can visit with Santa Claus and walk through three cars filled with holiday displays.…Continue Reading

Lamar Homecoming 101

Whether you are a current student, proud alumni or just a big fan of Beaumont, Lamar University Homecoming week is a big time for our area! Coming in from out of town for the game? Need LU gear? From free parking spots to family friendly events, we’ve got everything you need to know about Lamar Homecoming and the big game! 2015 Homecoming week is November 2-7th, with the theme “Cardinals Strong:…Continue Reading

Where to Take Kids Trick-or-Treating in Southeast Texas (2015)

Halloween is just around the corner and considering I have yet to buy my boys’ costumes, I am less than prepared. While I love all things fall – cool air, pumpkins on & in everything, food galore – it also comes with a fair amount of stress. From finding the perfect costume to deciding where to take the kids trick-or-treating, it can get overwhelming when you remind yourself this is only the…Continue Reading

Beaumont's Ultimate Fall Event List for 2015

From pumpkin patches and haunted tours to live music and festivals; we have all things Fall in the Beaumont area! The ultimate “bucket list” of 20+ events from now until the end of November! Pumpkin Patches Wesley United Methodist Church 3810 N Major Dr Beaumont, Tx 77713 Daily, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm (until October 31st) Free This fun pumpkin patch benefits the youth program at the church. There are…Continue Reading

Bluegrass Music, Outlaws, Horses, & Free Boat Tours on the Neches

It's fall y'all and that means weekend after weekend of festivals, outdoor events and fun activities throughout the season! On Saturday, October 10th (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) the Big Thicket Association will host Big Thicket Day to celebrate the establishment of the Big Thicket National Preserve, 51 years ago. This free event will be held at Collier’s Ferry Park on the Neches River. The Old Time…Continue Reading

Texas Energy Museum Presents Dinosaur Day

Dinosaur Day, the Texas Energy Museum's annual outdoor program of hands-on activities about dinosaurs and fossils, will be held on the grounds of the Museum in downtown Beaumont on Saturday, October 31, 2015, from 9 am to 1 pm. The free educational program features outdoor activities for children to learn about dinosaurs and how fossils are found and studied. Activities include presentations by…Continue Reading

Dogtober Fest 2015 Promises to Be a Dog Gone Good Time

Attention big barkers and little yappers! It's time to mark your social canine calendar for Saturday October 10, 2015, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for Dogtober Fest ! Bring your leash, your family and your favorite little folks to downtown. (No cats please!) Beaumont Main Street and the City of Beaumont will host a furr-filled day of paws-it-tively fabulous events for all ages at Central Bark (the…Continue Reading

Celebrate Independence Day with Free Symphony Concert

Symphony of Southeast Texas Concert July 4, 2015 The Symphony of Southeast Texas once again joins the City of Beaumont for the annual July 4th Celebration in downtown Beaumont. The orchestra’s patriotic concert will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, inside the Julie Rogers Theatre and is FREE and open to the public. Following the concert, at 9 p.m., the festivities conclude with a grand…Continue Reading

Camping Cuisine for Families

Have you discovered the joys of family camping in southeast Texas ? It's one of our favorite trips by RV. To make camping with the kids even better, allow us to give you our tips on what to pack for family-friendly camping cuisine. Family Camping Menus What do your kids love to eat? There's a way to make it on the road. Here's a quick list of family camping cuisine ideas: Quick Campfire Pot Pie:…Continue Reading

Big & Little Kids Alike Enjoy Beaumont’s Spook-tacular October Events

Fun abounds in Beaumont this October with festivals galore. To help make planning easy, we've compiled a few of our favorites for you below. Be sure to share your pictures with us. Find us everywhere: @VisitBeaumontTX or use the hashtag #bmttx . Happy almost Halloween y'all! October 8 - November 1: Scarecrow Festival & Autumn Fair Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center (Orange) | (409)…Continue Reading

Two Events Happening in Beaumont this Weekend You Don’t Want to Miss

Each October, we get excited. Why? Because this is a great month to be in Beaumont. With festivals going on each weekend, there's fun to be had around every corner - from firefighters and dogs to dinosaurs and sugar skulls. Here's a couple of our favorites happening this weekend. October 4: Fire Prevention & Family Safety Festival Fire Museum of Texas | (409) 880-3927 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Free…Continue Reading

Celebrating the Fourth of July with Family & Friends in Southeast Texas

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, American flags can be seen more than normal around Beaumont. People proudly show off their patriotic pride while donning their red, white and blue in varying shades. Cities and family friendly attractions are finalizing the details for grand celebrations and flashy fireworks shows. To help, we've compiled this list of everything happening for the…Continue Reading

The Southeast Texas Summer Fun Pass offers money-saving fun all summer.

Heads up parents, because this is a deal you don't want to miss out on. Colorado Canyon, along with Crossroads Bowling, Manning's Texas on Wheels, High Ground Airsoft, Games People Play and Spinning Wheels, have teamed up to bring visitors - and locals - an entire summer of money-saving fun with their highly popular Southeast Texas Summer Fun Pass . The pass, good for a family of four, is priced…Continue Reading

Beaumont Fall Event Round Up (2014)

Beaumont Event Round-Up for September - November 2014 September 2014 September 1 - September 30: Marking (ing) Time: Expanded Notions in Drawing Celebrating the lines and marks made by those artists who work strictly on paper, Mark(ing) Time invites several internationally recognized artists to show their works on paper in the Dishman. This exhibition brings together traditional and contemporary…Continue Reading

Summer Activities in Beaumont: Trip Planning

As school comes to a close, and kids begin to get out for the summer, it's time to start thinking about what memories you'll make this summer. Kids and adults alike can enjoy summer activities in Beaumont. From exploring Southeast Texas with our trail maps to discovering something new at area museums , you'll find plenty of things to do inside and outdoors . To help making planning your summer in…Continue Reading

February's Events in Beaumont: Just for Kids!

From quarterly Family Arts Day and Bubble Day in downtown, to live shows and festivals, Beaumont has plenty of events just for kids happening year 'round. February's kid-friendly events are below. For more details on these and other events, visit our online calendar of events . February 8: Family Arts Day at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Free A staple here in Beaumont, the…Continue Reading

Gladys City Celebrates Spindletop's 113th Anniversary

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, on the Lamar University campus, will celebrate the 113th anniversary of the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop on Saturday, January 11, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a day packed with re-enactments, activities, craft demonstrations and entertainment. This rollicking celebration of Beaumont's boom days will feature some visitor favorites as well as some new…Continue Reading

A Perfect Saturday Morning in Beaumont

Saturday mornings are often for sleeping in, but on at least one Saturday, roll out of bed and head out to enjoy a perfect start to a Beaumont weekend. Here's how: Catch the sunrise and early morning at Cattail Marsh in Tyrrell Park. Did you know that this hidden Beaumont wetlands area along Hillebrandt and Willow Marsh Bayous is part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail? People come from all…Continue Reading

Three Upcoming Fall Family Events at Gladys City

Summer has come to an end and school is in full swing. By now, the kids are already looking for a break from their homework, despite the fact that they "couldn't wait to go back to school to see their friends!" a mere three weeks ago. The good news is that with the passing of summer means the worst of the Texas heat is behind us and we're well on our way to cooler temperatures and fall breezes.…Continue Reading