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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.

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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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

Savor your Summer

YOLO (You Only Live Once) Savor the rest of your summer and indulge in a true Southeast Texan experience Whether you're looking for a last minute escape before school starts, or seeking a thrill that may venture into uncharted territory, Beaumont has plenty of options . While the days of summer have flown by and classes will soon be back in session, I encourage you to take the…Continue Reading

Kid in the 80's in Beaumont

You know you were a kid in the 80’s in Beaumont… if… I was a kid in the late 80’s and early 90’s living in Southeast Texas. I wanted to be a Goonie and my wardrobe consisted of Hypercolor shirts and slap bracelets. From the Rogers Park pool to Friday nights skating, Beaumont is where I made most of my childhood memories. It’s why I love Beaumont so much…Continue Reading

Meat me at The Market

The Beaumont Farmers Market is a locally run, open-air market that allows people to shop for fresh, regionally grown produce and other food products. Every Saturday through December, the market is open, rain or shine from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Beaumont Farmer’s Market Vendor Spotlight: Wild Earth Texas Do you know where your meat comes from? If not, now you can. Meet Rachel Wilson, one…Continue Reading

Homegrown: Southeast Texas Artists

Homegrown talent and national ingenuity, historic moments and historical milestones - the museums and galleries of Southeast Texas pay homage to them all. Whether you're looking to take home a masterpiece from a local artist or explore the rich history of the area's pioneers (or both), we guarantee you'll come away inspired and impressed. Here are some of our favorite area artists:…Continue Reading

Beaumont Releases Official Southeast Texas Visitor Guide

The highly-anticipated 2017-2018 Official Visitors Guide magazine for Beaumont, Port Arthur and Southeast Texas is hot off the press. The publication is packed with intriguing articles and visitor information that promote tourism attractions in Beaumont, Port Arthur, Nederland, Port Neches and Groves. View the digital version of the Southeast Texas Visitor Guide . “Southeast Texas offers…Continue Reading

Beaumont Cooks Up Great Conventions

Did you know that Beaumont has some home-grown delicacies that can help you to customize your convention so that your meeting in Beaumont is made-to-order? Here are three signature food concoctions to use when planning a great convention in Beaumont, Texas With A Little Something Extra. Signature Drink The “Beaumont Mary” is a cocktail the Beaumont CVB suggests to meeting planners to…Continue Reading

New in Beaumont: Sweet Basil

Pho? In Beaumont! Yep! First off, It’s OK if you don’t know what Pho is. After doing much research I’ve discovered “pho” is often called liquid heaven. It can cure a broken heart and apparently is the best hangover remedy ever. Pho = happiness. And, now you can get your pho fix in Beaumont. Sweet Basil Vietnamese Noodle House is now open at 4026 Dowlen Road. Owners…Continue Reading

Make Some Waves: Swamp & River Tours in Southeast Texas

Rivers, bayous, marshes, the Gulf of Mexico, salt - and freshwater lakes. The communities of Southeast Texas grew up around water. Our area offers some of best fishing on the Gulf Coast with plenty of shore fishing, boat launches and fishing charters. You can also kayak the region's multiple paddling trails or venture offshore into the Gulf. But if you're looking for the best way to get up…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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