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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.

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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 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.

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Celebrating the Legacy of MLK

Few Americans have a legacy to equal or approach Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His vision for equality through peace provided giant steps on the road to progress. Celebrate his life and legacy with the annual MLK Day Parade, that will take place in Beaumont on Saturday, February 9, 2019. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. at Lamar Institute of Technology (at the corner of University Drive and East…Continue Reading

Local Filmmaker Focuses on Spindletop Movie

Local Filmmaker Receives Grant to Produce Long-Awarded Spindletop Feature Film to Celebrate the Unlikely Partnership that Ushered the U.S. into the Age of Oil January 10, 2019 - Houston filmmaker Jason Leal, the recipient of a Support for Artists and Creative Individuals Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance, is today announcing his search for strategic partners for his new film project focused on…Continue Reading

Celebrating New Year's Eve in Beaumont

It’s hard to believe 2018 is almost over! So, let’s get ready to celebrate 2019! 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!  Adults Only The Resolution NYE Celebration Holiday Inn and Suites Beaumont Plaza 3950 I-10 South Beaumont, Tx 77705 7:30…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 CVB Makes Meetings Jollier at Holiday Open House

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) hosted their sixth Holiday Open house on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau office in downtown Beaumont. “This is a fun and interactive networking event, stated Rebecca Woodland, Convention Sales Manager. “Our Holiday Open House is an occasion for convention and meeting planners, industry…Continue Reading

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.  Fun fact: for every $100 you spend in a local…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!  Entertainment Scrooge the Musical December…Continue Reading

City of Beaumont Announces Year-Long 180 Celebration

Established in December 1838, the City of Beaumont is celebrating its 180 th  birthday. Beaumont is a city rich in culture, industry, natural resources and incredible talent. To commemorate this milestone birthday, a year-long celebration will take place throughout the community and will begin on Wednesday, December 5 at the City’s Christmas Tree Lighting at the Downtown Event…Continue Reading

Beaumont CVB Announces Another Sold Out Weekend

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau is celebrating another packed weekend in 2018 for the first weekend of November. Hotel room availability in Beaumont will be very limited with most properties already at full occupancy. The Beaumont CVB sales team works with a variety of meeting planners from the start to ensure a solid plan is executed for overnight events both big and small. The…Continue Reading

Ready to (Turkey) Trot

This year, the Sea Rim Striders host the 28th Annual Turkey Trot 5K, 10K, Kids and Special Needs 1K on Thanksgiving Day. The proceeds will benefit the Beaumont Rainbow Room, an in-house emergency supply center located within the Jefferson County Department of Family Services. In order to help out this organization, people need to register , so the Convention and Visitors Bureau is going to fill…Continue Reading

CVB Tips for a Festive Meeting

The Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau  sales team creates relationships with local meeting organizers whose role is to host the district, region or state association’s meeting or convention in Beaumont. Therefore, the sales team is tasked with educating the locals about the benefits of working with the Beaumont CVB when planning their meeting or overnight event. To build…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

Best Stores in Beaumont 2018

Nine Beaumont stores were awarded top status in the ShopAcrossTexas.com annual Best Store List. The full list was revealed to the public in the fall via ShopAcrossTexas.com. This all-star winning lineup included stores ranging from trendy college retail to home décor. Best stores in Beaumont include: Bella Bella Boutique , Burns Antik House , Ella + Scott , Gaudie and Co ., Alyson Jon…Continue Reading

Cattail Marsh Wetlands Education Center Grand Opening

The Magnolia Garden Club of Beaumont along with the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau are hosting a grand opening for the Wetlands Education Center at Cattail Marsh, inside Tyrrell Park on Tuesday, October 16 from 4 – 6 p.m. “The Wetlands Education Center will enhance the birding and outdoor experience of those exploring Beaumont, Texas,” stated Dean Conwell, Executive…Continue Reading

Beaumont is Booked for Business

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau is celebrating another packed weekend in 2018. Lamar University Homecoming and reunions, the United States Tennis Association tournament and Stars Over Texas tournament are the events contributing to an estimated 90 percent of hotel occupancy for the weekend. Hotel room availability in Beaumont will be very limited. The Beaumont CVB sales team works with…Continue Reading

Travel Media Showcase 2018: Pitching Beaumont, Texas

Tourism professionals representing Jefferson County drew praise for personality and passion while sharing travel opportunities and attractions at Travel Media Showcase. Journalists awarded the Travel Media Showcase Journalist Choice Award for a destination to Mallory Cross of the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau and Darragh Castillo of the Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau.…Continue Reading

Restaurant Week 2018 Results

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Sabine Area Restaurant Association (S.A.R.A.) hosted the first annual #EATBMT Restaurant Week, August 26 - September 2, 2018. The weeklong event showcased local restaurants throughout the Golden Triangle and celebrated what Southeast Texas knows best – food. Thirty participating restaurants offered special fixed menus priced at $10,…Continue Reading

Where to Take Kids Trick-or-Treating in Southeast Texas 2019

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

Bring Some Zen to Your Next Meeting

Meetings don’t always have to be so routine. Networking and back-to-back appointments will always be a part of your meeting schedule, but we all know that sometimes you just need that break to relax and recharge your mind. Next time you choose Beaumont, Texas as your meeting destination, know that we want your experience here to be educational, fun and relaxing. Where to Stay When you are…Continue Reading

Lamar Homecoming 2018

* Head out to the Lamar University Campus for Homecoming on September 21, 2018 for the Homecoming Bonfire and game day festivities on September 22, 2018. * Pep Rally and Bonfire 6:30 p.m. (9/21) Get your Red on an 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

Restaurant Week in Beaumont

IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE RESTAURANT WEEK IN BEAUMONT! The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Sabine Area Restaurant Association (S.A.R.A.) invite everyone to eat out during the first annual #EATBMT Restaurant Week, August 26 - September 2, 2018. The weeklong event will showcase local restaurants throughout the Golden Triangle and celebrate what Southeast Texas knows best…Continue Reading

Beaumont: Booming with Sports Tournaments in 2018

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau continues to work hard in booking sports business at Beaumont’s local facilities. Southeast Texas is known for its athletic talent, and it is the Beaumont CVB’s goal to provide visitors with the best accommodations available. The Beaumont CVB sales team works with sports event planners from the start to ensure a solid plan is executed for…Continue Reading

Beaumont Wins Multiple Awards for new programs at TACVB

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce its numerous winnings in the Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (TACVB) Idea Fair at the organization’s annual conference in Sugarland, last week.  “Beaumont entered six new destination marketing programs in the annual TACVB Idea Fair Competition and I’m so proud to announce that our team…Continue Reading

The 4 Best Ways to Enjoy Beaumont Outdoors

Look no further than Beaumont to get a wide variety of chances to enjoy the outdoors. From botanical gardens to nature preserves, there is something for everyone who want to take advantage of all that the season has to offer. Check out these fun ways to enjoy Beaumont Outdoors this weekend: 1. Big Thicket National Preserve Known as the first Preserve to be established in the National Park System,…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 budge. By shopping locally, you help support the local economy and…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 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. 

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