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.
Browse through trails & experiences for trip ideas & suggested itineraries that include our top picks for what to see while you're in town.
View and download trail maps to help you explore downtown Beaumont, hiking and biking trails, and the entire Southeast Texas region.
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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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Make Some Waves: Swamp & River Tours in Southeast Texas
Rivers, bayous, marshes, the Gulf of Mexico, salt - and freshwater lakes. The communities of Southeast Texas grew up around water. Our area offers some of best fishing on the Gulf Coast with plenty of shore fishing, boat launches and fishing charters. You can also kayak the region's multiple paddling trails or venture offshore into the Gulf. But if you're looking for the best way to get up…Continue Reading
8 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Beaumont
Living or visiting in Southeast Texas, you know that the weather can change in a flash. Don’t let a rainy day put a damper on your plans! There are plenty of things you can do indoors to enjoy everything the great city of Beaumont has to offer. (This is also a great resource for things to do to escape the hot dog days of summer.) Bowling, Skating or Arcade Play What kid doesn’t like…Continue Reading
Gala of the Royal Horses Comes to Beaumont
Gala of the Royal Horses "Carousel of Dreams" comes to the Ford Park Entertainment Complex August 11, 2017. Buy tickets online through Ticketmaster here . Follow a young girl and her fairy godmother into an equine dreamland and experience the majesty, splendor, and amazement of the Gala of the Royal Horses as they've never been experienced before. Brought to you by…Continue Reading
Paw Patrol Live! Wags its Way Into Beaumont
X barks the spot in the new tour PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” ! Ryder and his team of pirate pups will have all paws on deck at Ford Park Entertainment Complex , November 14th and 15th. Don’t miss your chance to hang out with Ryder and the gang as they patrol through Beaumont, TX for the first time! Show times are Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. and…Continue Reading
Kids Eat Free (or Almost free) in Southeast Texas
Treat your kids to something free and tasty this summer! Going out to lunch or dinner with the family is always a special treat, but it can really add up. We’ve collected all of the places around town that offer “kids eat free” specials during the week. Bonus: we couldn’t pass up a few places that have kids meals for less than a dollar. Check out these free meal locations…Continue Reading
Coming Up: The Peddler Show & Great Outdoors Expo
Shopping for mom, outdoor goodies for dad and fun activities for the kids: it’s a summer weekend in Beaumont packed with action for everyone in the family. “His and Hers Weekend” at Ford Park is a combination of the popular Peddler Show summer market and the Southeast Texas Great Outdoors Expo, where couples and families can shop together and there is plenty planned for the kids…Continue Reading
10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Beaumont's Great Outdoors
Whether you call Beaumont home or are planning your first visit to this Texas gem, summer here is a season you definitely don’t want to miss. The temperatures may be warming up, but Beaumont offers a variety of cool options for distraction, learning and exploration. From outdoor activities to roadside attractions to summer camps and more, adults and kids of all ages will find something to…Continue Reading
Coming Up: Bubble Days in Beaumont
Pull out bubbles around kids and everyone is happy and having fun, right? Kids love bubbles! That’s the motivation behind the popular “Bubble Days” in Beaumont. The free event is an effort by the Texas Energy Museum to get kids interested in science by using something kids can really get into! “What we are trying to do is to introduce kids to sciences,” said Executive…Continue Reading
Spring Soirée: McFaddin-Ward Community Picnic
Spring in Beaumont means getting outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather. Bring your blanket and pack your favorite food for the annual McFaddin-Ward House Spring Picnic. It’s a popular event at the historic mansion that includes live music, games, food trucks and plenty of other family friendly entertainment. The best part..it’s free! “People from all walks of life are now…Continue Reading
Easter in Beaumont
It’s not Easter in Beaumont without an egg hunt or visit with the big bunny, but there are other ways you can celebrate the season. The Southeast Texas Faith Trail recognizes the significant places of worship in our area. These are beautiful buildings with eye catching architecture and notable historical significance that you may drive past all the time without taking time to stop,…Continue Reading
5 Ways to Enjoy April in Beaumont
Spring is one of our favorite seasons in Beaumont (and for good reason)! Mild temperatures means two things: It's crawfish season and events are in full swing. From carnival rides and cowboys to art exhibitions and weekly trail runs, April is full of things to do with events the whole family will enjoy. Here are 5 ways to enjoy April in Beaumont, Texas. 1) Things to Do with Kids YMBL…Continue Reading
Big Thicket Spring 2017 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 months of March, April and May. 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…Continue Reading
What's Your Rodeo IQ?
Spring in Southeast Texas means the start of rodeo season! This year, the YMBL South Texas State Fair and Rodeo runs March 30 - April 9th, 2017 at Ford Park in Beaumont. From tickets to parking and all the events, we’ve got everything you need to know about this year’s fair! But first, let’s have some fun! It’s time to test your Rodeo IQ with a few random rodeo facts! Q.…Continue Reading
10 Ways to Enjoy March in Beaumont
From dancing and dining to carnival rides and Cowboys, March in Beaumont is packed with plenty of things to do! Whether your idea of a perfect time is enjoying art or relaxing with the family at an old fashioned movie experience, you don’t have to go far to find fun. We’ve got your Top 10 List of events and experiences for March 2017! Beaumonts Farmers Market Every Saturday 950 Langham…Continue Reading
Family Entertainment: What's New in Southeast Texas
It’s a question that plagues every family. “What are we going to do?!” There are several new family entertainment options in the Beaumont area and exciting updates to a few favorites! From an escape room adventure to an up close and personal experience with animals, we’ve got great ideas for entertainment in Beaumont and Southeast Texas! Cinemark Tinseltown: Luxury Loungers…Continue Reading
Big Tex Brings Big Changes to Gator Country
Gator Country’s most well-known resident, Big Tex, is getting ready for his first spring season at the sprawling ranch off Interstate 10 in Beaumont, Texas. And there will be a lot more new things to experience when you make a visit! You may remember, the nearly 1,000 pound gator gained worldwide attention last fall when he was rescued from the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in…Continue Reading
Top 10 Things to Do in Beaumont this February
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National Park Service Announces Fee-Free Days for 2017
Combine great scenery and history with great savings and visit the Big Thicket National Preserve for free during the 10 fee-free days in 2017. The 10 entrance fee-free days for 2017 will be: January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 20: Presidents Day April 15-16: National Park Week Weekend April 22-23: National Park Week Weekend August 25: National Park Service Birthday…Continue Reading
Harlem Globetrotters Return to Beaumont in 2017
The world famous Harlem Globetrotters , featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show back to Beaumont in 2017 during their 91st Anniversary World Tour. Event Details: Harlem Globetrotters January 24, 2017 - 7:00 pm Ford Park Event Center 5115 Interstate 10 South Beaumont, TX 77705 Purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster here . New this…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 St Elizabeth Hospital 2830 Calder Ave Beaumont, Tx…Continue Reading
Beaumont's December Event Guide
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You better not pout or cry because December is the time of the year to get out and enjoy the holidays with your family! We have a complete list of 20+ holiday events and activities going on in Beaumont just this month. Share with your friends, mark your calendars and let us know about the fun you have! Shopping Main Street Market Thursday,…Continue Reading
Top 7 Family Photo Locations in Beaumont
Family photos are something we love and something we sometimes dread. It’s not always easy to get everyone to cooperate, but getting that perfect picture is really something to treasure for years to come. It is even more special when you can take the photos in a place that really represents your family and where you live. We talked with several photographers in the Beaumont area to…Continue Reading
Beaumont's November Event Guide
Fall in Southeast Texas is in full swing! Now that the weather is (sometimes) cooler it is time to get out and enjoy all the fun happenings going on in Beaumont. From chili dinners to football and happy hours galore, you don’t have to make a trip out of town to have a great time. We’ve got a great list packed with 15+ events going on in November in Beaumont, Texas! Family and Kids St.…Continue Reading
Classic Movie Nights: It's Showtime
It’s not very often that you get the chance to go back in time and enjoy something unique from long ago. At Classic Movie Nights at the Jefferson Theatre you can! The complete movie experience is a blast from the past for people in our area and it’s so popular there are now more chances for you to go. The historic theatre is back in business and booming with activity! “People…Continue Reading
Beaumont's Record-Setting Gator Has New Name
Beaumont is home to a new resident and this big guy is getting a lot of attention! A record breaking alligator is now living at Gator Country off of Interstate 10 in Beaumont, Texas. The catch is attracting national attention and thanks to people in the community, he NOW has a new name! “We are the only ones that take alligators out of the wild and give them a place to…Continue Reading
Beaumont's October Event Guide
From a popular haunted Halloween tour with family to Classic Movie Nights with friends, there are plenty of events going on in Beaumont this fall to keep you busy! We’ve got your complete guide to October 2016 including ideas for family fun, arts and entertainment, date night and even a few things that will get you moving! Don’t be afraid to eat a bug, try out yoga on the lawn or…Continue Reading
Lace Up to Save Lives at the 6th Annual Gift of Life Color Run
Thousands of Southeast Texans will converge on downtown Beaumont in bright splashes of neon color at the Gift of Life’s 6th Annual Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush which takes place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Register for the Color Rush here . Back by popular demand, the 5K Color Rush is a remarkable experience for the whole family with eco-friendly…Continue Reading
Halloween is almost here—and Beaumont does it right! As home to more than a handful of haunted places, Beaumont is the perfect place for Halloween visits to the dark side. From an old farmhouse, to dirt roads, to a local hotel, here is your guide to some of the spookiest places in Beaumont, Texas. John Jay French Museum One of the oldest homes in Beaumont is now the site of the…Continue Reading
Discover the Big Thicket During Ranger-led Programs this Fall
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 months of September, October, November and December, 2016. From canoe trips to park clean-up events and night hikes through the thicket, park rangers are offering a variety of free programs this fall. Some programs require participants to…Continue Reading
Coming Up: 9th Annual Dogtober Fest
Blessings for your pet? A puppy kissing booth? Paw fortune readings? Four legs rule this Southeast Texas favorite event! The 9th annual DOGtober Fest in Beaumont plans to be bigger and better than ever before with fun happenings for kids, families and of course all of our furry friends! Event Details: 9th Annual Dogtober Fest October 8, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Julie Rogers Theatre (grounds) 765…Continue Reading
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…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,…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…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…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.…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…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…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…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…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…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…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…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…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…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…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…Continue Reading
American Genius: Beaumont’s Edison Museum
“This used to be a room full of equipment – you can still see some of it up there in the ceiling – but now it’s a museum and all the electrical substation work is done on a computer in the back." Every town talks about its “hidden gems,” but the Edison Museum in Beaumont really IS hidden. If you plug the museum’s 350 Pine Street downtown address into…Continue Reading