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.
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.
Spring Event Round-Up
With the warm weather making its way into the area, there isn't a better time to be outdoors and enjoying festivals with family in Beaumont. Lucky for you, there are some exciting events coming up this spring that are guaranteed fun for everyone! Easter Egg Hunt at the John Jay French House - March 31 Join the Beaumont Heritage Society for the fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt at…Continue Reading
Brunchin' in Beaumont
Who doesn't love a good brunch? Tasty breakfast foods, hearty sandwiches and washing it all down with a mimosa or bloody mary is the best. Lucky for those of us in Beaumont, we got it all. Whether it be a long-time brunch spot, some favorites that have just started serving brunch or brand new establishments, we couldn't be happier to welcome them with open arms. With…Continue Reading
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Southeast Texas
Kid-Friendly Beaumont Children's Museum 701 Main St. Beaumont, Texas 77701 St. Patrick’s Family Fun Day Make your way to the Beaumont Children's Museum dressed in green for fun events and activities for the kids! Adult-Friendly LogOn Café 3805 Calder Ave. Beaumont, Texas 77706 Pre - St. Patty’s Party with Lonestar Bagpipe Band on March 16…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
Beaumont CVB Hosts 28th Annual Hall of Fame Reception
The Beaumont Convention and Visitor’s Bureau recently hosted the 28th Annual Hall of Fame, honoring meeting planners who chose Beaumont as their host city for meetings, reunions, conventions and sports events. With the help of the Beaumont CVB Sales Team, more than $24 million was brought into the city in 2017 from conventions and meetings. The 2018 Hall of Fame was hosted at the newly…Continue Reading
Top 18 in 2018 - Things To Do in Beaumont, Texas
Whether you’re heading straight for Beaumont, Texas, or passing through, the city has plenty to keep you busy. In fact, there’s so much to do, you might need to adjust your plans to stay a little longer. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an art lover , a history buff, a shopaholic or a foodie, you’ll find plenty of reasons to make Beaumont your destination of…Continue Reading
Discover the Rich History of Beaumont, Texas
With a vast history dating back almost 200 years, Beaumont, Texas, has staked its claim in both Texas and U.S. archives. Locals certainly have a past they can be proud of, and there’s plenty to show-and-tell for people just becoming acquainted with the beautiful city as well. The city’s strong foundation has paved the way for a bright future here in Beaumont. Here are a few of…Continue Reading
Re-discover Beaumont with Free Motorcoach Tours
The Beaumont CVB invites locals to re-discover Beaumont with free motorcoach tours offered throughout the year. Tours are designed to help locals develop a new sense of pride and love for Beaumont by re-discovering everything the city has to offer. 2018 Beaumont Destination Training Schedule March 28 May 16 July 18 September 12 November 14 Click here to register online through…Continue Reading
The Beaumont CVB Sales Team Brought Business to Beaumont in 2017
The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Convention Sales and Servicing Team has been working diligently to bring meeting and convention business to Beaumont, Texas. Beaumont’s local economy benefited from the meetings revenue that the Beaumont CVB’s Sales Team generated to the tune of over $24 million in 2017. This means that local hotels, restaurants, bars,…Continue Reading
Things To Do Checklist: Southeast Texas Edition
1. Fire Museum of Texas Looking for a unique picture opportunity? Visit the Fire Museum of Texas and take a picture with the giant fire hydrant and learn about the local history of the Fire Department and stories of the different trucks and supplies used over the years. 2. Cattail Marsh and Beaumont Botanical Gardens Head out to Tyrrell Park to enjoy the sights of the birds…Continue Reading
The Birds are Back in Town
The Birds are Back in Town! The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to officially introduce you to the newly released Beaumont Birdies! The first series of Beaumont Birdies includes six plush birds, each named for a local connection to highlight their favorite area attraction. Each Beaumont Birdie comes with its own custom profile tag and plays its own unique birding call. …Continue Reading
2018: The Year of the Bird
2018 brings a big year for birds and those who appreciate them. Especially since it is the Year of the Bird, marking the 100-year anniversary of the passing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, protecting migratory birds from any harm, transport or sell. Why is this important you may ask? Southeast Texas is home to two major migratory flyways, harboring high bird counts throughout the area. Our…Continue Reading
In recent years, Americans, as a whole, have been spending more money going out to eat than ever before. At the same time, the restaurants everywhere have stepped up their game due in large part to social media leading culinary tourism to be on the rise. Online outlets such as Facebook and Instagram have played a monumental role in driving the interest and enthusiasm when it comes to the daily…Continue Reading
3 Tips To Make Your Meeting Festive
As the Convention Sales Manager at the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau , I deal mostly with local meeting organizers whose role is to host the district, region or state association’s meeting or convention in Beaumont. Therefore, I enjoy educating the locals about the benefits of working with the Beaumont CVB when planning their meeting or overnight event. To build local awareness…Continue Reading
A Winter Wonderland In Beaumont
Rarely does the temperature in Beaumont drop below 40 degrees, much less get cold enough for SNOW, but on December 8, 2017, the majority of southeast Texans woke up to a glorious winter wonderland. Social newsfeeds were blowing up with pictures of snowmen, snow angels and the ever so wonderful snowball fight! Each of us could depend on a text from at least one family member (or an excited…Continue Reading
Having A Relaxing, Stress-Free Vacation in Beaumont
Americans are increasingly stressed out - and it’s no wonder why. After all, the United States is the most overworked nation in the world. We pull long hours on the job and struggle to balance work with play, family, and self care. One thing that might help? Taking a vacation. As it turns out, using those extra vacation days can actually be good for you. It’s been scientifically proven…Continue Reading
There has been no busier year than 2017. Sometimes it seems like 24-hours doesn’t leave enough time in the day for work, errands, and quality time with the ones you love. Interestingly, when it comes to feeding you family, most baked goods and dinner items you see these days often come from local grocery stores or neighborhood restaurants due in large part to time constraints and pure…Continue Reading
A Picture of Hope
Hurricane Harvey not only impacted South and Southeast Texas, but Texas as a whole. People from all across the great state as well as the world felt its impact, which is why Austin-based photographer Julia Robinson felt the need to offer her services to those affected. As a photojournalist and multimedia producer, Robinson travels all over Texas photographing and producing content for editorial,…Continue Reading
5 Tips for Smooth Registration at Your Next Meeting
Registration is the first point of contact with your meeting attendees and a smooth check-in process keeps excitement levels high and sets the tone for a great event. Straight from the Horse’s Mouth Create your registration form that requests ALL the information needed for Name Badges during your registration procedures. When the attendee provides their own contact details & any other…Continue Reading
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 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.
We offer Beaumont hospitality businesses (hotels, restaurants, attractions, retail shops) many ways to partner with us.