frequently asked questions
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.
The Official Southeast Texas Visitors Guide is devoted to the area's must-see attractions, best dining, shopping & outdoor activities.
Historical Trails through museums and churches around beaumont.
From art exhibits & live music to happenings just for kids and outdoor activities, you'll find plenty that can be enjoyed regularly.
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.
Now Open: Holiday Inn Beaumont East Medical Center
After much anticipation, the Holiday Inn Beaumont East Medical Center is officially open! After almost two years, this $12 million renovation has come to fruition. With top-of-the-line facilities and amenities, the hotel has been welcoming in guests since April 24, 2018. “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time,” said Patti Owens, Director of Sales. “It is…Continue Reading
Celebrate Frida Kahlo and Cinco de Mayo
If having two, full-blown celebrations for Cinco de Mayo is something that sounds like a good time to you, then look no further than Tacos La Bamba ! Not only is one of Beaumont’s favorite taquerias having a jam-packed event for Cinco de Mayo but also a Frida Kahlo event on Thursday, May 3 for First Thursdays on Calder ! Be sure to check out the new Frida table designed by local…Continue Reading
Venue Spotlight: The Event Centre
Located in historic downtown Beaumont, the Event Centre is the perfect location to host your next function. Weddings, parties, galas, meetings and more are perfect for this venue. One of the newest venues in Beaumont, the Event Centre offers beautiful views and modern elegance to any event that is held in the space. Placed between the 12-acre Great Lawn and 2-acre lake with a 35-foot geyser, views…Continue Reading
National Travel and Tourism Week - Then and Now
The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with the U.S. Travel Association, celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week May 6 – 12, 2018. Throughout the week, the CVB will promote the power of travel through customized events in the community. The goal is to enhance our local economy, security and perception, and recognize the cultural and social benefits created by travel and…Continue Reading
Beaumont Birdies and Official Passport News Release
April 2018 -- The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) would like to officially introduce the newly released Beaumont Birdies! B eau, Mamie, Gladys, Edison, Arthur, Neches, Spot, Gator, Patillo, Ben J, Tyrrell, Babe, Clifton and Mirabeau represent some of the area’s most sought-after species. Each Beaumont Birdie plush toy comes with its own custom tag including the…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
If you are a lover of music, then Beaumont has the concerts for you! Look no further than this summer line-up to fulfill your music bug. From jazz to country, you will not be disappointed in these talented artist making their way to southeast Texas. Jon Wolfe Dixie Dance Hall May 5, 2018 - 9 p.m. Singer/songwriter Jon Wolfe is a country music artist that you cannot miss. The Top Ten Texas Chart…Continue Reading
The Birds of Southeast Texas Day
The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Beaumont Children’s Museum (BCM) are teaming up to host The Birds of Southeast Texas Day at the BCM on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Children will build their own birdhouses, color a personal Beaumont Birdie coloring book and listen to local nature tourism educators as they talk about birding and opportunities to…Continue Reading
YMBL South Texas Fair Foodie Guide
Best Fair Food When it comes to fair food, there is nothing too extreme for your taste buds. In fact, the bolder, the better. Who needs fast rides with all these thrilling flavors? With the arrival of the YMBL South Texas State Fair, all diet restrictions go out the window. This is the one time a year that locals come out in droves for unique items such as deep-fried Oreos and grilled pork kabobs.…Continue Reading
5 Reasons to Plan a Meeting in Beaumont
1. Location Conveniently located on Interstate 10 on the Texas and Louisiana state border, Beaumont is nestled on the banks of the Neches River in the southeast corner of Texas. Beaumont is only 30 minutes from the beaches of the Gulf Coast, 40 minutes from the casinos in Louisiana and only 90 minutes east of Houston and Galveston areas. Beaumont serves as a great meeting “hub…Continue Reading
There's Salata New Restaurants
Although we are only three months into the new year, 2018 has been busy for several new area restaurants. In southeast Texas, there are a few things that bring us all together: the sights, the smells, and the taste of a brand-new business. There is no denying that we all love a new restaurant to frequent. When it comes to what’s hip and happening, these new locally-owned…Continue Reading
Spring Event Round-Up
With the warm weather making its way into the area, there isn't a better time to be outdoors and enjoying festivals with family in Beaumont. Lucky for you, there are some exciting events coming up this spring that are guaranteed fun for everyone! Easter Egg Hunt at the John Jay French House - March 31 Join the Beaumont Heritage Society for the fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt at…Continue Reading
Brunchin' in Beaumont
Who doesn't love a good brunch? Tasty breakfast foods, hearty sandwiches and washing it all down with a mimosa or bloody mary is the best. Lucky for those of us in Beaumont, we got it all. Whether it be a long-time brunch spot, some favorites that have just started serving brunch or brand new establishments, we couldn't be happier to welcome them with open arms. With…Continue Reading
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Southeast Texas
Kid-Friendly Beaumont Children's Museum 701 Main St. Beaumont, Texas 77701 St. Patrick’s Family Fun Day Make your way to the Beaumont Children's Museum dressed in green for fun events and activities for the kids! Adult-Friendly LogOn Café 3805 Calder Ave. Beaumont, Texas 77706 Pre - St. Patty’s Party with Lonestar Bagpipe Band on March 16…Continue Reading
Guide to the YMBL South Texas State Fair
The YMBL South Texas State Fair & Rodeo is held annually at the Ford Park Entertainment Complex and brings thousands of visitors to Beaumont each spring with food, entertainment, and, of course, carnival rides. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) showcases the country's top cowboys and cowgirls at the YMBL Championship Rodeo while locals present their masterpieces at the…Continue Reading
Beaumont CVB Hosts 28th Annual Hall of Fame Reception
The Beaumont Convention and Visitor’s Bureau recently hosted the 28th Annual Hall of Fame, honoring meeting planners who chose Beaumont as their host city for meetings, reunions, conventions and sports events. With the help of the Beaumont CVB Sales Team, more than $24 million was brought into the city in 2017 from conventions and meetings. The 2018 Hall of Fame was hosted at the newly…Continue Reading
Top 18 in 2018 - Things To Do in Beaumont, Texas
Whether you’re heading straight for Beaumont, Texas, or passing through, the city has plenty to keep you busy. In fact, there’s so much to do, you might need to adjust your plans to stay a little longer. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an art lover , a history buff, a shopaholic or a foodie, you’ll find plenty of reasons to make Beaumont your destination of…Continue Reading
Discover the Rich History of Beaumont, Texas
With a vast history dating back almost 200 years, Beaumont, Texas, has staked its claim in both Texas and U.S. archives. Locals certainly have a past they can be proud of, and there’s plenty to show-and-tell for people just becoming acquainted with the beautiful city as well. The city’s strong foundation has paved the way for a bright future here in Beaumont. Here are a few of…Continue Reading
Re-discover Beaumont with Free Motorcoach Tours
The Beaumont CVB invites locals to re-discover Beaumont with free motorcoach tours offered throughout the year. Tours are designed to help locals develop a new sense of pride and love for Beaumont by re-discovering everything the city has to offer. 2018 Beaumont Destination Training Schedule March 28 May 16 July 18 September 12 November 14 Click here to register online through…Continue Reading
The Beaumont CVB Sales Team Brought Business to Beaumont in 2017
The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Convention Sales and Servicing Team has been working diligently to bring meeting and convention business to Beaumont, Texas. Beaumont’s local economy benefited from the meetings revenue that the Beaumont CVB’s Sales Team generated to the tune of over $24 million in 2017. This means that local hotels, restaurants, bars,…Continue Reading
Things To Do Checklist: Southeast Texas Edition
1. Fire Museum of Texas Looking for a unique picture opportunity? Visit the Fire Museum of Texas and take a picture with the giant fire hydrant and learn about the local history of the Fire Department and stories of the different trucks and supplies used over the years. 2. Cattail Marsh and Beaumont Botanical Gardens Head out to Tyrrell Park to enjoy the sights of the birds…Continue Reading
The Birds are Back in Town
The Birds are Back in Town! The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to officially introduce you to the newly released Beaumont Birdies! The first series of Beaumont Birdies includes six plush birds, each named for a local connection to highlight their favorite area attraction. Each Beaumont Birdie comes with its own custom profile tag and plays its own unique birding call. …Continue Reading
2018: The Year of the Bird
2018 brings a big year for birds and those who appreciate them. Especially since it is the Year of the Bird, marking the 100-year anniversary of the passing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, protecting migratory birds from any harm, transport or sell. Why is this important you may ask? Southeast Texas is home to two major migratory flyways, harboring high bird counts throughout the area. Our…Continue Reading
In recent years, Americans, as a whole, have been spending more money going out to eat than ever before. At the same time, the restaurants everywhere have stepped up their game due in large part to social media leading culinary tourism to be on the rise. Online outlets such as Facebook and Instagram have played a monumental role in driving the interest and enthusiasm when it comes to the daily…Continue Reading
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.
We've compiled a list of maps to help you explore downtown Beaumont, hiking and biking trails, and the entire southeast Texas region.
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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