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.
Just minutes from the Gulf coast and Louisiana casinos, Beaumont, Texas has plenty of fun things to do inside and outdoors!
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.
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
8 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
Gala of the Royal Horses Comes to Beaumont
Gala of the Royal Horses "Carousel of Dreams" comes to the Ford Park Entertainment Complex August 11, 2017. Buy tickets online through Ticketmaster here . Follow a young girl and her fairy godmother into an equine dreamland and experience the majesty, splendor, and amazement of the Gala of the Royal Horses as they've never been experienced before. Brought to you by…Continue Reading
Paw Patrol Live! Wags its Way Into Beaumont
X barks the spot in the new tour PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” ! Ryder and his team of pirate pups will have all paws on deck at Ford Park Entertainment Complex , November 14th and 15th. Don’t miss your chance to hang out with Ryder and the gang as they patrol through Beaumont, TX for the first time! Show times are Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. and…Continue Reading
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
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.
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