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.

The Official Southeast Texas Visitors Guide is devoted to the area's must-see attractions, best dining, shopping & outdoor activities.

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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.

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Outdoor Beauty: Nature Journaling in Beaumont

I come from a family of nature and art lovers. My mom loves horses and taking pictures of wildlife. My dad could spend all day snorkeling in the beautiful waters off the coast of Florida. My grandma has been known to hand draw personalized cards for my kids. So, when my Aunt Sharon talked about her frequent visits out to Cattail Marsh , I wasn’t surprised that she had fallen in love with the…Continue Reading

Getting to Know Us: Beaumont CVB Sales Team Edition

Need help in finding the perfect meeting location for your next convention while searching for a good deal for sleeping rooms for these meeting attendees? Look no further than the Beaumont CVB. By choosing to connect with the CVB’s Convention Sales Team, you have secured a valuable and complimentary partner to assist you in the meeting planning process. Want to know more? Read on to…Continue Reading

Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center Celebrates 10 Years of Tourism

The Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center , a Jefferson County Department, will celebrate 10 years of welcoming the world to Southeast Texas on Wednesday, June 28. An after-hours event is planned with food, drinks, and entertainment at the Visitors Center from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. “We would like to thank everyone who took part in bringing the idea of the Visitors Center to fruition. Having…Continue Reading

Kids Eat Free (or Almost free) in Southeast Texas

Treat your kids to something free and tasty this summer! Going out to lunch or dinner with the family is always a special treat, but it can really add up. We’ve collected all of the places around town that offer “kids eat free” specials during the week. Bonus: we couldn’t pass up a few places that have kids meals for less than a dollar. Check out these free meal locations…Continue Reading

Coming Up: Grammy Winner Smokey Robinson to Perform in Beaumont

Grammy winner and living legend, Smokey Robinson, will perform at Beaumont Civic Center on Thursday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. Get tickets online now . Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson’s career spans over 4 decades of hits. He has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award,…Continue Reading

Top Things to Do in Beaumont if You’re a Foodie

Food, glorious, food! It comforts us, entertains us and brings us together. It doesn’t matter if the tables we gather around are in a restaurant, at an event or outdoors under the sun or stars; Beaumont has countless options for every occasion. From Sunday brunch to the Taste of the Triangle, Beaumont’s food scene will appease your appetite. Lighter Fare Don’t confuse lighter…Continue Reading

Coming Up: The Peddler Show & Great Outdoors Expo

Shopping for mom, outdoor goodies for dad and fun activities for the kids: it’s a summer weekend in Beaumont packed with action for everyone in the family. “His and Hers Weekend” at Ford Park is a combination of the popular Peddler Show summer market and the Southeast Texas Great Outdoors Expo, where couples and families can shop together and there is plenty planned for the kids…Continue Reading

AMSET Hosts Fresh Summer Exhibition

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) hosts two summer exhibitions, Sherry Owens: Fabric of Life and FRESH: Recent Acquisitions. Both will be on display from June 10 – September 10, 2017 in the main galleries. On Friday, June 16, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., AMSET will honor the artists and their works at a free and open to the public opening reception. Dallas artist, Sherry Owens, will…Continue Reading

Foreign Cinema Series Comes to Jefferson Theatre

In addition to its highly popular Classic Movie Nights , the City of Beaumont presents the Foreign Cinema Series at the Jefferson Theatre . The two month series showcases award-winning foreign films in a variety of genres and languages, including Italian, Spanish, Indian, French and more to provide attendees with the ultimate cultural experience. The series begins Monday, June 5 and continues…Continue Reading

10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Beaumont's Great Outdoors

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

Got Youth? Beaumont Has You Covered

While sporting tournaments like softball, baseball, soccer and tennis are mainstays, Beaumont is a hot spot for youth meetings and events. It has become a huge draw for faith-based youth groups, in part because Beaumont delivers affordable accommodations, family-friendly attractions , and offers easy accessibility between venues, restaurants , hotels, churches, and other entertainment options that…Continue Reading

11 Taco Stops in Beaumont

Tacos are not just for Tuesdays! When it comes to finding the perfect taco, Beaumont is the right spot. If it seems like there is a Mexican restaurant on every corner that is because there just about is! From grilled fish to spicy pork and of course, the favorite ground beef version, there are tons of options for tacos being served up in Southeast Texas. Carmela’s 3925 Calder Ave Beaumont,…Continue Reading

Play Ball! Beaumont Welcomes USA Softball of Texas

Beaumont welcomes USA Softball of Texas to the Beaumont Athletic Complex on May 26-28, 2017 for the 8 and Under Texas State Championship. “We’re excited to bring another State Championship to Beaumont,” says Linda George, USA Softball District 39 Commissioner. “We have players coming from all over Texas to participate in the tournament and with it being our 65th Anniversary…Continue Reading

Coming Up: Bubble Days in Beaumont

Pull out bubbles around kids and everyone is happy and having fun, right? Kids love bubbles! That’s the motivation behind the popular “Bubble Days” in Beaumont. The free event is an effort by the Texas Energy Museum to get kids interested in science by using something kids can really get into! “What we are trying to do is to introduce kids to sciences,” said Executive…Continue Reading

Explore the Big Thicket with Ranger-Led Programs this Summer

The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites you to explore the thicket by taking advantage the many ranger-led programs being offered in the months of May, June, July and August 2017. From canoe trips on Village Creek to frog hikes, presentation on the area’s history and night hikes through the thicket, park rangers will offer a variety of free programs this summer. Some programs…Continue Reading

5 Ways to Treat Mom This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a time set aside to celebrate the special mom in your life!  You don’t have to spend a lot of money or plan something outrageous to show her you care. Sometimes it’s the simple things and time spent together that means the most! From shopping to lunch or enjoying a relaxing spa day, there are plenty of options for treating mom in Beaumont, Texas.  1.…Continue Reading

A Guide to the Perfect Weekend With Friends in Beaumont

Beaumont—a city with lots of nightlife, lively bars and fun events—is one of the best destinations in Southeast Texas for a trip with friends when there’s an occasion to celebrate. If you want a bachelor or bachelorette party, 40th birthday getaway, or a weekend trip for good music and great barbecue, book a trip to Beaumont. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to plan the…Continue Reading

Bending Metal with Fire: Blacksmithing in Beaumont

Hot sparks and flames flying…. immense heat radiating…the loud persistent clanking of metal hitting metal, over and over and over again. Creativity along with fire and metal is what makes the age old craft of blacksmithing. It’s an art that is gaining in popularity in Beaumont and beyond. Metalsmith Rob Flurry teaches blacksmithing classes at Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown .…Continue Reading

Get Creative: 3 Ways to Make Your Reunion Unique

We know sometimes it can be stressful being the one in charge of helping put together a family or class reunion. So if you're looking for fresh ideas, look no further! Here are three ways for you to get creative and make your reunion unique, courtesy of the Beaumont CVB.  1) Plan a Scavenger Hunt Get outside and spice up your next get together with a scavenger hunt. Whether…Continue Reading

Spring Soirée: McFaddin-Ward Community Picnic

Spring in Beaumont means getting outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather. Bring your blanket and pack your favorite food for the annual McFaddin-Ward House Spring Picnic. It’s a popular event at the historic mansion that includes live music, games, food trucks and plenty of other family friendly entertainment. The best part..it’s free! “People from all walks of life are now…Continue Reading

Gourmet Goodness: Dat Mac

Two young men sit at a plastic table set up in front of Bonnie Cokinos’ Dance Studio on Calder, relaxing for a moment after a busy Friday lunch rush. Behind them, is a large truck emblazoned with the blue and white logo “ DAT MAC .” They are Aaron Barnhill and Jordan Stringer, and this delicious endeavor is their brain child. “So what made you guys decide on mac and…Continue Reading

Easter in Beaumont

It’s not Easter in Beaumont without an egg hunt or visit with the big bunny, but there are other ways you can celebrate the season. The Southeast Texas Faith Trail  recognizes the significant places of worship in our area. These are beautiful buildings with eye catching architecture and notable historical significance that you may drive past all the time without taking time to stop,…Continue Reading

Beaumont Welcomes National Physique Committee

Beaumont welcomes the National Physique Committee to the Julie Rogers Theatre on Saturday, April 22, 2017 for the Southeast Texas Championship. “This is the second bodybuilding competition and fitness expo to hit Beaumont since 1996,” says Robin Fore, Chief Operations Officer for the Southeast Texas Championship. “This year, the Southeast Texas Championship is sanctioned as…Continue Reading

5 Ways to Enjoy April in Beaumont

Spring is one of our favorite seasons in Beaumont (and for good reason)! Mild temperatures means two things: It's crawfish season and events are in full swing. From carnival rides and cowboys to art exhibitions and weekly trail runs, April is full of things to do with events the whole family will enjoy. Here are 5 ways to enjoy April in Beaumont, Texas. 1) Things to Do with Kids YMBL…Continue Reading

Babe in Beaumont

Growing up in Southeast Texas, I’ve always known about the world famous athlete and Beaumont native Babe Didrikson Zaharias . Of course, you probably recognize the unusual shaped museum along Interstate 10 dedicated to Zaharias, but what you might not know is the huge influence this woman had not only on our city, but for women and sports everywhere. “Her impact has been monumental.…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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