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.
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
3 Tips To Make Your Meeting Festive
As the Convention Sales Manager at the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau , I deal mostly with local meeting organizers whose role is to host the district, region or state association’s meeting or convention in Beaumont. Therefore, I enjoy educating the locals about the benefits of working with the Beaumont CVB when planning their meeting or overnight event. To build local awareness…Continue Reading
A Winter Wonderland In Beaumont
Rarely does the temperature in Beaumont drop below 40 degrees, much less get cold enough for SNOW, but on December 8, 2017, the majority of southeast Texans woke up to a glorious winter wonderland. Social newsfeeds were blowing up with pictures of snowmen, snow angels and the ever so wonderful snowball fight! Each of us could depend on a text from at least one family member (or an excited…Continue Reading
Having A Relaxing, Stress-Free Vacation in Beaumont
Americans are increasingly stressed out - and it’s no wonder why. After all, the United States is the most overworked nation in the world. We pull long hours on the job and struggle to balance work with play, family, and self care. One thing that might help? Taking a vacation. As it turns out, using those extra vacation days can actually be good for you. It’s been scientifically proven…Continue Reading
There has been no busier year than 2017. Sometimes it seems like 24-hours doesn’t leave enough time in the day for work, errands, and quality time with the ones you love. Interestingly, when it comes to feeding you family, most baked goods and dinner items you see these days often come from local grocery stores or neighborhood restaurants due in large part to time constraints and pure…Continue Reading
A Picture of Hope
Hurricane Harvey not only impacted South and Southeast Texas, but Texas as a whole. People from all across the great state as well as the world felt its impact, which is why Austin-based photographer Julia Robinson felt the need to offer her services to those affected. As a photojournalist and multimedia producer, Robinson travels all over Texas photographing and producing content for editorial,…Continue Reading
5 Tips for Smooth Registration at Your Next Meeting
Registration is the first point of contact with your meeting attendees and a smooth check-in process keeps excitement levels high and sets the tone for a great event. Straight from the Horse’s Mouth Create your registration form that requests ALL the information needed for Name Badges during your registration procedures. When the attendee provides their own contact details & any other…Continue Reading
Shopping for the Holidays
The holiday season is quickly approaching and you know what that means: SHOPPING. We know that sometimes the process can be taxing and finding the perfect gift can be hard, but we are happy to say that Beaumont has more than enough places to find exactly what you are looking for. Check out some of our favorite local stops for the best gifts. Bungalow Boutique With great service and amazing…Continue Reading
Southeast Texas Tailgating
In the South, football season welcomes parties almost every day of the week starting in September and lasting until the Super Bowl in February. When it comes to outdoor gatherings during the day or night, folks along the Neches River tend to congregate around the smoked meats while everything else follows suit. With the Friday Night Lights in full force, we need enough tasty sustenance to…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
Meetings: What They Are Saying
Making meetings in Beaumont,Texas the best they can be is what the Beaumont CVB Sales & Service Team is all about. Our clients’ success is of utmost importance to us and nothing makes us happier than seeing them satisfied. But don't just take our word for it, look at what some of our clients are saying: "During three out of the last fifteen…Continue Reading
Ready to (Turkey) Trot
This year, the Sea Rim Striders host the 27th 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
What's Happening: October
With the temperature cooling down, football season in full swing and decorations on porches, October is finally here! From a popular haunted Halloween tour with family to Classic Movie Nights with friends, there are plenty of events going on in Beaumont this month to keep you busy! We’ve got your guide to October 2017 including ideas for family fun, arts and entertainment, date night…Continue Reading
Craft Beer in Beaumont
The 3rd Annual Beaumont Craft Beer Fest is just around the corner and coming in hot with high expectations. With tickets selling out within hours, Beaumont residents and visitors are highly anticipating what should be another successful event. Live music and beer will be showcased from all over Texas and national craft breweries, offering a unique attraction for the Beaumont area. Local artist,…Continue Reading
The Making of Blacksmith
Student teaching while obtaining his master’s degree, Frank DiCesare didn’t realize that a film segment in an English class would shape his ideas for his film-making debut. The professor he was shadowing thought it would be a great idea to use film as a vehicle to showcase the lesson he was teaching. Within that segment, DiCesare followed along, watching a short film about Alfred…Continue Reading
Gift of Life Walk of Survivorship
A Celebration of Life, Hope & Strength On Saturday, October 7, at 10:00 am, Gift of Life will host a new, community-wide celebration in downtown Beaumont – a Walk of Survivorship – in loving memory of Julie Richardson Procter. This special event is scheduled in lieu of the planned Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run, which has been rescheduled to October 6, 2018, due to…Continue Reading
Beaumont Listed: 2018 Best Stores in Texas
Shopping in Beaumont has never been better. We are pleased to announce that ShopAcrossTexas.com has released the 2018 List of Best Stores in Texas and some of our Beaumont favorites have made the cut! Congratulations to these EIGHT Beaumont stores! • Alyson Jon Interiors offers high-quality furniture, accessories, bedding and lighting from around the world.…Continue Reading
Beaumont's Meeting Business Recovering Swiftly After Hurricane Harvey
While Beaumont dealt with two weeks of unprecedented flooding, damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, the City of Beaumont has bounced back and is quickly recovering; particularly as it relates to the meetings and convention business, per the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Convention Sales Team. Hurricane Harvey did have some immediate impact on conventions in…Continue Reading
5 Things for Fall
Lamar University Cardinals Football Cheer on the Lamar Cardinals this season at Provost Umphrey Stadium. Get to the games early for tailgating with friends and family to enjoy the fall weather and football season. You do not want to miss out on exciting games and supporting our home team! #peckem • vs. Nicholls State - September 30 at 7 p.m. • …Continue Reading
Big Thicket Responds to Hurricane Harvey Visitor Operations Resume Tuesday, Sept 5th
As our neighbors throughout Southeast Texas continue to cope with the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, we would like to provide an update on the status of Big Thicket National Preserve. Since Wednesday, August 30th, preserve staff have been working to account for employees, stabilize structures, and survey the conditions of all facilities. Widespread and persistent flooding has hampered work in many…Continue Reading
Shop Thrift in Beaumont
What, what, what, what... An increased demand in secondhand items is rapidly expanding the resale market with those who seek to expand their personal style, and savor the thrill of the hunt. Thrift Stores have recently seen a dramatic increase in popularity, and while some believe this can be attributed to hip hop duo, Macklemore &…Continue Reading
New Communications Specialist and Tourism Development Coordinator Announced
The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (BCVB) is thrilled to announce its new Communications Specialist, Mallory Cross , and Tourism Development Coordinator, Christina Majdalani . Both are ready to hit the ground running with new ideas and fresh perspectives to increase outreach and promotion to the city of Beaumont. Communications Specialist, Mallory Cross, is a recent…Continue Reading
Bring It to Beaumont!
Meetings Mean Business And we want You to Host A Meeting in Your Home Town Are you a member of any group that has district, regional, state or national overnight meetings? Why not Bring it to Beaumont – Texas With A Little Something Extra? And the Beaumont CVB can help! If your business or industry has a convention or tradeshow -- Bring it Home to Beaumont! If your association has a…Continue Reading
Lorrie Morgan to Perform at the Jefferson Theatre
On November 16, 2017 at The Jefferson Theater show starts at 7:00 PM The first woman in country music to begin her career with three consecutive Platinum albums, Lorrie Morgan is a chart-topping vocalist with over two decades of success. She has sold over eight million albums and received numerous awards including Country Music Television’s (CMA) Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992 and Album…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.
We offer Beaumont hospitality businesses (hotels, restaurants, attractions, retail shops) many ways to partner with us.