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. 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. 

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 unlike any other industry. Learn more on our About the CVB page.

Want to know what there is to do in Beaumont and Southeast Texas? Check out our Visitors Guide!

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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 2019, the total population of Beaumont, Texas was 119,114. Total population in the Jefferson County area was 256,299.

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.

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Your Guide to Shopping Small (& Why It Matters)

As you create your holiday shopping lists, consider keeping it local. From homemade hand soaps to custom-made jewelry or even a Spindletop mug, you’ll find the perfect gift right here in Beaumont when you choose to shop small. Shopping at local stores is also the best way to get one-of-a-kind items and keep your money in southeast Texas. So get to shopping for Small Business Saturday,…Continue Reading

Restaurant Week in Beaumont

Come join in on the fun of the second annual #EATBMT Restaurant Week November 10-17, 2019! With the success of last year’s event, we cannot wait for this year. The weeklong event will showcase local restaurants throughout the Golden Triangle and celebrate what Southeast Texas knows best – food. Participating restaurants will offer special fixed menus priced at $10, $20,…Continue Reading

What's Happening: November

November is the time for family, friends and giving. The weather is great, everyone is getting ready for the holidays whether it be decorating, purchasing gifts or preparing to consume a lot of food. When you want to spend time outside of the house and get out in the community, Beaumont has all the events you need. Whether it be music, sports, performing arts or just fun family activities, we have…Continue Reading

Nature Rocks Meetings in Beaumont, Texas

With both urban attractions and outdoor activities, Beaumont, Texas offers meeting attendees that little something extra to enhance their convention experience. Many of the city’s most popular nature encounters are just outside the meeting room doors. The Beaumont CVB Convention Sales and Services Team can provide free recommendations for exploring nature tailored to each meeting…Continue Reading

Ready to (Turkey) Trot

This year, the Sea Rim Striders host the 29th Annual Turkey Trot 5K, 10K, Kids and Special Needs 1K on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019, starting at the Event Centre. The proceeds will benefit Young Life Southeast Texas. In order to help out this organization, people need to register, so the Convention and Visitors Bureau is going to fill you in on how a Turkey Trot can be fun so we can see the…Continue Reading

Where to Take Kids Trick-or-Treating in Southeast Texas

Halloween is just around the corner and considering I have yet to decided on the kid's 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…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 events including ideas for family fun, arts, and entertainment! Don’t be afraid to eat a bug or even dress up your dog!  Fire Prevention & Family Safety Festival October…Continue Reading

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Run or Hike in Beaumont

Beaumont is known for its outdoor recreation and we are proud of it! Whether taking trips to the Hike and Bike trails, local parks, the Big Thicket or Cattail Marsh, it is important to be prepared when getting out in nature. If you get the bug to get outside and enjoy nature, we encourage you to follow some of these steps when exploring the area. Every runner knows that it can be dangerous sharing…Continue Reading

On Deck: Patios & Porches in Southeast Texas

You know what they say about the weather in Southeast Texas: Just wait a few minutes and it will change. So on those great days when the cool breeze is blowing and the sun is shining bright you just want to be outdoors with friends! From bars to bakeries, we’ve collected a list of places with porches and patios so you can enjoy the best of what Beaumont and the surrounding areas have to…Continue Reading

Lamar Homecoming

* Head out to the Lamar University Campus for Homecoming on September 27, 2019 for the Homecoming Bonfire and game day festivities on September 28, 2019. * Pep Rally and Bonfire 6:30 p.m. (9/27) Get your Red on and join Lamar University for the Pep Rally lighting of the Homecoming Bonfire at Spindletop Field and meet your winners and finalists for Homecoming Court! Cardinal FanFest…Continue Reading

Using Local Vendors to Impact Your Meeting

When planning a meeting in a destination, it is always nice to add some local flavor to the event. From entertainment to food, utilizing the area’s best is an amazing way to connect with the community and stand out to make a memorable convention or meeting. The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau has the perfect list to figure out the best ideas for your group to make an impact on your…Continue Reading

Beaumont is Bloomin'

Beaumont is bloomin’ and we couldn’t be happier! With the recent title as a “Bee City” the importance of the right vegetation and flora is instrumental in keeping bees and other pollinators in the area. So, what does it mean to be a “Bee City” and why is it important? Being a part of Bee City USA means that the City of Beaumont endorses a set of commitments…Continue Reading

Neches River Rally

The Big Thicket Association (BTA) will host the  Annual Neches River Rally on Saturday, September 7 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 Neches River Rally September 7, 2019 LNVA…Continue Reading

Birdie Around Beaumont

My out-of-town visitors, daughter and granddaughters, ages 8 and 12, had complained that visiting grandma was boring until we discovered the Beaumont Birdie Passport. Packing up water bottles and snacks we spent a delightful day visiting most of the attractions listed and getting our passports stamped. Following the official passport was a rewarding hunt for Beaumont’s treasures. Cattail…Continue Reading

Why a CVB is Valuable

A Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a destination influencer, working hand-in-hand with businesses around the city and advocating on their behalf. It is a job of a CVB to serve as an extension of the city to provide real-time collaboration and access to all the city has to offer. When planning meetings in Beaumont, meeting planners can utilize those relationships for an easy meeting planning…Continue Reading

Back To School Shopping in Beaumont

Preparing for the new school year can be a little daunting. Lists of supplies and things to do can sneak up on you fairly quick, but one thing that comes with the school year, that everyone seems to love, is shopping for a new wardrobe. Beaumont offers amazing boutiques with quality brands and designs that don’t break your budget. By shopping locally, you help support the local economy and…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…Continue Reading

Explore Beaumont with the Beaumont Birdie Passport

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is releasing the Beaumont Birdie Passport for 2019, a fun tool for summer explorers to tour Beaumont and visit each of the Beaumont Birdies at area attractions and museums. The promotion will run throughout the summer, encouraging those in the community and visitors alike to explore Beaumont and all the amazing things it has to offer. Beaumont is a…Continue Reading

Sports Bring Business to Beaumont this Summer

This summer is busy for the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau! Our team continues to work hard in booking sports business at Beaumont’s local facilities. The area is known for producing some incredible athletic talent, and we love to be a part of hosting the future all-stars coming through our area. The Beaumont CVB’s goal is to provide visitors with the best accommodations…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

10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Beaumont

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

Things to Do with Dad

Explore Tyrrell Park If you haven't heard, Beaumont's Tyrrell Park is a super park and talk of the town. Established in 1945 as a public park, Tyrrell Park offers a large amount of activities equipped for any family. Whether an adventure seeker or interested in taking your time and taking in the scenery, Tyrrell Park has it all! Cattail Marsh  Cattail Marsh offers an abundance of…Continue Reading

4 Sports Venues to Book Your Next Tournament in Beaumont

Looking to “hit it out of the park” with your next sports tournament? Look no further than Beaumont, Texas as your next tournament destination. In Beaumont, we are fan-friendly and want to support your next event! Utilize the Beaumont Convention and Visitors sales team to help you with planning and preparing for your stay and play in Beaumont. Ford Fields Offering 12 high-caliber…Continue Reading

Beat the Heat with Sweet Treats in Beaumont

The heat is making its way to Beaumont, Texas. What better to beat it than sampling some of these delicious spots around town to cool off. From sno-cones to delicious desserts, everyone will find the perfect treat. Mabel's   Mabel's is a locally owned drive-thru dessert shop offering everything from flavorful sno-cones and Mexican street snacks, such as Rusas and Crazy Apples, both…Continue Reading

4 Ways to Spoil Your Mom on Mother's Day

Although we appreciate our mother's every day, on Mother's Day we get to celebrate them a little extra! Lucky for those of us who live in Beaumont, there are plenty of opportunities to make Mother's Day special. Whether brunch or terrific shopping opportunities, you do not have to go far to spend a fantastic day with your mom. 1. Brunch MCM Elegante For Mother’s Day,…Continue Reading

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 for Texas seatbelt law by the Texas Department of Transportation. 

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. 

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