frequently asked questions

Visitor Information

Where can I get a visitor's guide?

You can view the digital guide or request a copy by mail here. The guide is also available in hotel rooms, visitor centers throughout the area, and in the baggage claim area of Jack Brooks Regional Airport.

Where can I find a current list of things to do?

The best place to start is our Things to Do and Outdoors pages. Also, be sure to check our Calendar of Events for current happenings. 

What are the can't miss events and attractions?

Our Top 10 list is a great place to start! It's not everything, but it's a concise list of some of our favorites.

Other good sources of visitor information?

Traveltex.com, the State of Texas travel site. 

How can I get the best deals on hotels, shopping spots and restaurants?

Check out our deals page. 

What's the best way to get to Beaumont?

Beaumont is conveniently located on I-10, just 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles from the Louisiana border. It sits near the Gulf of Mexico and is accessible by car, air, rail or even water.

What exactly does a Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) do?

This is a question that CVBs often hear. And while it may be too simple to say that bureaus sell cities; in reality, that is their primary mission. CVBs, also known as Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), are charged with the task of developing an image that will position their cities in the marketplace as a viable destination for meetings and visitors. This, in turn, brings in an influx of tourism dollars that benefits the local economy like no other industry can. Learn more on our About the CVB page.

General Information

Why is Beaumont often referred to as the Museum Capital of Texas?

Beaumont was dubbed The Museum Capital of Texas years ago. We're not entirely sure when and where the claim originated; but, we use it and we hear the phrase used by locals from time to time. If we're getting technical, Beaumont has more museums per capita than any other city of its size in Texas (1/9,800 persons to be exact). So while we may not actually be the Museum Capital of Texas, we do have a staggering number of them. View our list of museums here. 

Does Beaumont really have the World's Largest Fire Hydrant?

The 24-foot, dalmatian-spotted fire hydrant at the Fire Museum of Texas was donated to the City of Beaumont by Walt Disney in 1999 for the movie release of "101 Dalmatians." Beaumont held the title of world's largest fire hydrant for two years when a larger hydrant was built in Elm Creek, Manitoba, Canada measuring 29-1/2 feet tall. That hydrant has since been surpassed by the 40 feet tall fire hydrant in Columbia, SC, which holds the official record for world's largest fire hydrant. That being said, our fire hydrant here in Beaumont actually works - so we've revamped the name to World's Largest [Working] Fire Hydrant.  

What time is it?

Beaumont, Texas is located in the Central Standard Time Zone and follows Daylight Saving Time. Check the current time

What's the weather like?

Beaumont enjoys moderate climate year round, making outdoor activities always an option. Check the latest conditions and forecast

What is the sales tax?

Beaumont sales tax is 8.25% on all tangible products.

How many people live here?

As of 2012, the total population of Beaumont, Texas was 118,228. Total population in the Jefferson County area was 251,813.

Where can I find information on city government and job opportunities?

The City of Beaumont website is the best resource for this. 

The area's largest employers include:

Exxon Mobil Oil Corporation, Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital, Baptists Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont Independent School District, City of Beaumont, Lamar University, Jefferson County, ENGlobal Corporation, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Texas Department of Transportation, United States Postal Service.

Legal Information

What is the seatbelt law?

Texas' safety belt law allows police officers to write a ticket to motorists if they are operating or riding in a vehicle without wearing a seatbelt, or if a child is not properly restrained, no matter where they are riding in a vehicle. The child passenger safety law covers children up through age eight (8). Children from birth through age three (3) must be in a child safety seat in the front and rear seats. In addition, children must be in a booster seat until they are eight (8) years old or 4'9" tall no matter where they are riding in a vehicle. Children who are eight (8) years old but less than seventeen (17) years old riding in either the front or rear seat must use a safety belt. View specifics on the Texas seatbelt law here. 

What are the alcoholic beverage laws?

Texas state law prohibits anyone younger than 21 years of age from purchasing or consuming alcoholic beverages. In addition, Beaumont prohibits the sale of alcohol on Sunday before 12:00 noon. Bars close at 2 am. View the official Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission law here. 

Where can I get a fishing or hunting license?

For fishing and hunting licenses, contact our local Texas Parks & Wildlife office, located at 5550 Eastex Freeway, at (409) 892-8666 or buy a license online through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Where do I find information about boating rules & regulations?

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department provides information on boating registration, laws and safety as well as a variety of other resources.