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.

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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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Where to Take Kids Trick-or-Treating in Southeast Texas 2018

Halloween is just around the corner and considering I have yet to decided on the kid's costumes, I am less than prepared. While I love all things fall – cool air, pumpkins on & in everything, food galore – it also comes with a fair amount of stress. From finding the perfect costume to deciding where to take the kids trick-or-treating, it can get overwhelming when you remind…Continue Reading

Bring Some Zen to Your Next Meeting

Meetings don’t always have to be so routine. Networking and back-to-back appointments will always be a part of your meeting schedule, but we all know that sometimes you just need that break to relax and recharge your mind. Next time you choose Beaumont, Texas as your meeting destination, know that we want your experience here to be educational, fun and relaxing. Where to Stay When you are…Continue Reading

Lamar Homecoming 2018

* Head out to the Lamar University Campus for Homecoming on September 21, 2018 for the Homecoming Bonfire and game day festivities on September 22, 2018. * Pep Rally and Bonfire 6:30 p.m. (9/21) Get your Red on an join Lamar University for the Pep Rally lighting of the Homecoming Bonfire at Spindletop Field and meet your winners and finalists for Homecoming Court! Cardinal FanFest…Continue Reading

Restaurant Week in Beaumont

IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE RESTAURANT WEEK IN BEAUMONT! The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Sabine Area Restaurant Association (S.A.R.A.) invite everyone to eat out during the first annual #EATBMT Restaurant Week, August 26 - September 2, 2018. The weeklong event will showcase local restaurants throughout the Golden Triangle and celebrate what Southeast Texas knows best…Continue Reading

Beaumont: Booming with Sports Tournaments in 2018

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau continues to work hard in booking sports business at Beaumont’s local facilities. Southeast Texas is known for its athletic talent, and it is the Beaumont CVB’s goal to provide visitors with the best accommodations available. The Beaumont CVB sales team works with sports event planners from the start to ensure a solid plan is executed for…Continue Reading

Beaumont Wins Multiple Awards for new programs at TACVB

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce its numerous winnings in the Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (TACVB) Idea Fair at the organization’s annual conference in Sugarland, last week.  “Beaumont entered six new destination marketing programs in the annual TACVB Idea Fair Competition and I’m so proud to announce that our team…Continue Reading

The 4 Best Ways to Enjoy Beaumont Outdoors

Look no further than Beaumont to get a wide variety of chances to enjoy the outdoors. From botanical gardens to nature preserves, there is something for everyone who want to take advantage of all that the season has to offer. Check out these fun ways to enjoy Beaumont Outdoors this weekend:   1. Big Thicket National Preserve Known as the first Preserve to be established in the National Park…Continue Reading

Back To School Shopping in Beaumont

Preparing for the new school year can be a little daunting. Lists of supplies and things to do can sneak up on you fairly quick, but one thing that comes with the school year, that everyone seems to love, is shopping for a new wardrobe. Beaumont offers amazing boutiques with quality brands and designs that don’t break your budge. By shopping locally, you help support the local economy and…Continue Reading

What's Happening: August

August is officially here! The new school year is starting and cool weather is on the way, making it the perfect time to spend time with family and friends before the busy season begins. 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, great events…Continue Reading

Beaumont CVB Brings Religious Meetings in July

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is booking religious meeting business. Throughout the month of July 2018, the General Bowen Missionary Baptist District Association of Texas, the Baptist Missionary and Education State Congress of Christian Education and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Southeast Texas Region Annual Conference, all worked with the Beaumont CVB to host…Continue Reading

Summer Eats in Beaumont

Summer is more than just a time of year, it’s an opportunity to enjoy what nature has given us. In Southeast Texas, we have plenty of restaurants who are embracing the season by offering tasty recipes that are sure to keep you craving more. Whether it’s an outdoor patio with live music or an indoor eatery showcasing fresh flavors, every local eatery offers their own unique summer spin…Continue Reading

7 Things To Do on a Rainy Day in Beaumont

Living or visiting in Southeast Texas, you know that the weather can change in a flash. Don’t let a rainy day put a damper on your plans! There are plenty of things you can do indoors to enjoy everything the great city of Beaumont has to offer. (This is also a great resource for things to do to escape the hot dog days of summer.) Bowling, Skating or Arcade Play What kid doesn’t like…Continue Reading

Celebrating July 4th in Beaumont

Red, White & Blue - and fireworks and music too! Celebrate America the good ole fashioned way with a parade, music, food and fireworks. Preparations are underway for The City of Beaumont’s Fourth of July Celebration and the annual community parade July Fourth morning. These family friendly events are free and fun! Calder Place 1929 Fourth of July Parade BISD Administration…Continue Reading

Top Things for Groups to Do in Beaumont

Because of its location in Southeast Texas near the Louisiana border, Beaumont is a city with an interesting mixture of Texas culture and Cajun heritage. That’s one of the reasons that visitors, whether here for work or pleasure, leave Beaumont feeling a little more cultured and entertained. Beaumont is a destination unlike anywhere else, and if the company or organization you belong to…Continue Reading

CVB Announces Large Convention Booked for 2021

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Sales Team has been working diligently to bring overnight meeting business to Beaumont, Texas and is pleased to announce that Beaumont has been named host city for The Texas Grand Chapter Convention of The Grand Chapter of Texas Order of Eastern Star (OES). The convention will bring over 1800 people to Beaumont in August 2021 and will utilize both…Continue Reading

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

Summer Concerts

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

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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