1. Visit a Museum
In Beaumont, we have no shortage of fun things to do. With a rich history and interesting aspects of the area, our museums offer a plethora of information that the local community and visitors can both enjoy. Visit historical homes, including the McFaddin-Ward House, John Jay French Museum, and Chambers House, offering varying time frames, family classes, and interesting stories that go with each. The Art Museum of Southeast Texas and Dishman Art Museum offer exhibitions of world-class artists. The Texas Energy Museum, Fire Museum of Texas, and Spindletop - Gladys City showcase unique aspects of the area and state.
2. Get Outdoors
With dense forests, sandy beaches, and shallow wetlands, Southeast Texas is overflowing with outdoor recreation. Enjoy the Beaumont Botanical Gardens and Cattail Marsh at Tyrrell Park for bird watching and beautiful views. The Big Thicket is a crown jewel of the area with over 40 miles of trails throughout the preserve, with the Sundew Trail and Kirby Nature Trail being wheelchair accessible. If you want to take a short trip to Orange, Shangri La Botanical Gardens offers easy accessibility and an abundance of foliage and wildlife to look at. Don’t forget Gator Country Adventure Park, which is perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
3. Eat Local
Southeast Texas is known for its unique cuisine. From traditional Texas barbecue and Tex-Mex that Texas is known for to the Cajun and Asian influences from the area, there is always a new restaurant to try. Try 1701 Barbecue, which was just voted as one of the Top 50 barbecue spots in Texas by Texas Monthly for delicious meats and sides. Head to J. Wilson’s for fresh takes on regional classics like oyster nachos or pork belly covered in habanero jelly. Floyd’s is a Southeast Texas staple with delicious Cajun seafood and southern classics or Sweet Basil for the perfect bao bun and pho.
4. See a Classic Movie or Show at the Jefferson Theatre
Built-in 1927, the Jefferson Theatre is a historic landmark in Beaumont. Where It’s a Wonderful Life premiered, the Jefferson has become home to notable concert performances, comedy shows, and Classic Movie Nights. Every weekend, you will find something on the calendar that is worth going to see. During the holiday season, enjoy themed movie nights for that month, or keep a lookout for your favorite band coming to town. Amazing entertainment is always taking place.
5. Join the Lakeside Center
Operated by the Beaumont Events department within the City of Beaumont, the Lakeside Center is an activity center focusing on the Senior community within Southeast Texas. Free to participate, all potential members need to do is show a valid ID to participate in the classes provided to the public. Members can choose from Advanced Learning classes, Arts, Health and Wellness, Games, and Social Clubs, as well as workout classes and equipment for those wanting to get in a little cardio.
If you are looking for other ways to get involved in the community, please check out volunteering with the Beaumont CVB. We would love to have your help in making Beaumont an amazing destination for both leisure and business visitors.