This 24-hour guide will help you see and experience some of the best of Beaumont.
Located an hour and a half east of Houston, near the border of Louisiana, Beaumont, Texas is like no other place on earth. It's where the Gulf meets the marsh, saltwater meets fresh and Texas hospitality meets Cajun joi de vivre (joy of living). And it's where you'll meet an adventure, we guarantee, you won't soon forget. Before heading our way, browse through suggestions below for trip ideas and suggested itineraries that include our top picks for what to see while you're in town. And take a moment to read about the history of Beaumont and acquaint yourself with area maps to help you get around while you're here.
Port Neches Riverfront Park includes the “Tugboat Island” play structure, a Splash Park, La Maison Beausoleil (an authentic Cajun House), three lighted tennis courts, five lighted horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, two boat ramps providing public access to the Neches River, and a pavilion. Bring the family and either stay dry in the massive wooden playground structure, or enjoy the wet and wild splash park, maybe both! Pack a picnic and enjoy the sunset this park offers it all.
Cattail Marsh includes 900-acres of wetlands and offers a variety of recreational activities with a new boardwalk and more than eight miles of gravel levee roads for jogging, hiking, biking, horseback riding, bird watching and wildlife photography along the banks of Hildebrandt Bayou and Willow Marsh Bayou. In the summer of 2016, a new boardwalk and viewing platforms were opened to provide new access and incredible views of one of the most active birding areas of the wetlands.
Enjoy a leisurely trip on the ecologically diverse Neches River. The Neches has been called "The Last Wild River" in east Texas. Relax in a comfortable, open boat while a guide showcases this beautiful river with its unique ecosystem and dense bottom land forests of hardwoods and pine trees. Guided tours are available every Saturday, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon from March through November. Reservations are required. Call ahead to verify availability and departure location.
Gator Country is an alligator theme park where guests can see the lifespan of an alligator and get up close and personal with nature’s wild. With hands on activities like holding the baby gators to helping feed them, the whole family will find something to enjoy. Gator Country has over 585 alligators and 4 species of crocodiles along with alligator snapping turtles, snakes and other reptiles. It is also home to two of the largest alligators in captivity.
Experience the wave of paradise waiting for you! Paradise Waterpark has several water slides including a body slide, The Hawaiian Twister and the Cliffhanger. The Kahuna Lagoon features water cannons, kiddie slides, interactive water features and a dumping bucket. For a little relaxation, take leisurely float on your tube down The Hula Loop complete with waterfalls and bubbling springs. Come experience the fun waiting for you.
Near the original Spindletop site, Gladys City, founded in 1892, quickly became a bustling factory town for wildcatters to buy leases and live while tapping into the Spindletop oil boom. In 1975, a replica of the Gladys City Boomtown was created to preserve the city's bustling beginning. Browse around the town - which includes a post office, saloon, general story, livery, working print shop and working replica gusher.
Take advantage of Tyrrell Park's extensive trail system in a whole new way - by horseback! Tyrrell Park Stables is a premiere equestrian center. The facility offers both Western and English lessons, trail rides, boarding, birthday parties, company picnics, and other horse-related activities and events.
The Art Museum of Southeast Texas offers the area’s most esteemed artwork, interactive features and family-friendly experiences. Stop for lunch at Two Magnolias or participate in Family Arts Day events offered four times a year. The museum also has a gift shop to buy souvenirs.
Beaumont Botanical Gardens is a 23 acre garden of ever-changing beauty located within the 500 acres of Tyrrell Park. It is also home to the Bert and Jack Binks Horticultural Center and the Warren Loose Conservatory, the second largest conservatory in a public garden in Texas.