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.
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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.
Best Burgers In Beaumont
1. Novrozsky's A Beaumont staple, Novrozsky's has been the go-to spot for tasty burgers for over 30 years. Not only are they serving up your classic burger with Nolan Ryan beef, but have additional toppings like delicious chili and cheese and a fried egg. Try their tender marinated chicken breast sandwiches, wraps, salads and more! Get some curly fries or onion rings to complete your…Continue Reading
Where to Eat in Beaumont on Fridays During Lent
Fridays during Lent may seem hard to some, but in Beaumont, Texas, the meatless options are endless and delicious. Not only are we a seafood haven, our rich cultural influences provide flavors and variety that will satisfy from the tamest taste buds to the most adventurous eater. Bayou Cafe 1255 N Major Drive (409) 861-1133 With a location on Major Drive in Beaumont and a new spot in Port…Continue Reading
Enjoy Springtime in Beaumont!
Springtime in Beaumont, Texas brings the weather for more time outdoors which makes our area the perfect place to explore. Visit museums and exciting attractions, gardens, nature and wildlife. 1. Visit Beaumont Museums Check out the world's largest fire hydrant, donated by the Walt Disney Company and decorated in dalmatian spots at the Fire Museum of Texas . learn about…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
Planners Celebrated at Hall of Fame
The 29th Annual Beaumont CVB Hall of Fame was one of the best yet! The CVB recognized the meeting planners who brought convention business to the city in 2018 and named Sarah Wells of the Clifton Steamboat Museum as the 2019 Service Award Winner. The annual Service Award goes to an individual in the community who has shown extreme dedication to enhancing tourism in…Continue Reading
Celebrating Valentine's Day in Beaumont
Whether you want to dress up for a big night or chill on the sofa with takeout, Valentine’s Day is a great time to show your sweetie you care. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or do some big grand gesture. Sometimes the best gift is just planning something simple and sweet. The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to help. From romantic nights away to a fun craft…Continue Reading
Top 10 Instagrammable Beaumont Locations
When visiting Beaumont there is no shortage of Insta-worthy locations to get the perfect picture. Whether art, nature or history is your thing, you are going to find the perfect spot for a fantastic picture. Experience Beaumont and document it along the way! Frida, Mermaid and Dragonfly Murals Located in downtown Beaumont, the Frida , Mermaid and Dragonfly murals offer a beautiful…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…Continue Reading
Venue Showcase: Beaumont's Meeting Hotels
From a work convention to class reunions, or baseball tournaments, you may be coming to Beaumont for business or to have fun with the family. Either way, staying in Beaumont has never been more accommodating or luxurious. Our hotels in the area have been remodeled and are ready for you to book a room! The Holiday Inn Plaza Hotel is located at Interstate 10 and Walden Road and probably best known…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
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
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
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.
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We offer Beaumont hospitality businesses (hotels, restaurants, attractions, retail shops) many ways to partner with us.