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Socially Distanced Fun in Beaumont

It's been a long and weird year, but smaller cities and drive-destinations are having a moment as people look to explore their own backyard and the more unexpected known corners of America. After being cooped up, you're looking for places without wall to wall people, plenty of space to spread out, and room to breathe. Here are just a few reasons Beaumont is a "safe" bet if you're looking to get away. Here's how to travel confidently for a worry-free weekend in Southeast Texas.

So why here, why now?

Man with face mask on overlooking Texas coastline

Enjoy the Outdoors Sans Crowds

Unlike most national parks that have essentially become outdoor theme parks, The Big Thicket is a national preserve, but even on the most popular trails, with 100,000+ acres, you likely won't see another soul. Our state parks require advanced reservations to limit capacity, and there are plenty of options for hiking, camping, biking, fishing, and boating opportunities both on and off the grid. With the forest and beach just 30-45 minutes away, you could get lost in the woods one day and feel the ocean breeze in your hair the next. 

Group of people dining outdoors at Stingaree patio

Good Eats - Indoors or Out

We put heart and soul on a plate here and trust us; you won't leave hungry. Our unique Cajun-Texan cuisine combines the best of Creole, Soul, Tex-Mex and BBQ to prove we keep it flavorful and spicy. Follow our A-Z food guide to taste regional delicacies from brisket to crawfish with seafood delights like barbecued crabs and gumbo to smoked meat platters, more tacos than you could even imagine. If you'd prefer not to dine-in, there are plenty of patios to spread out and places to picnic.

Horses Grazing at Tyrrell Park Stables

Small Town, Southern Hospitality

With a small population and tons of land, it's the best of both worlds. The historic downtown has all amenities of a big city, but within minutes you could be in rural farm country. You'll never be bumping elbows with people -- unless you want to. Beaumonters were bred with a passion for hospitality and know how to make their guests feel like family.

 

People driving in a car near Beaumont, TX

Easily Accessible Drive Destination

Our convenient location on I-10 makes us a desirable and easy weekend trip from a number of Southern states. Just 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles from the Louisiana border, we're an accessible drive destination from countless cities: 3.5 hours from Austin and 4 hours from Dallas, New Orleans, or San Antonio. Parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and even Florida are six hours or less away. You could be at the Gulf Shores in 30 minutes, the casino in 40, or the big city in an hour and we're a great base for a number of experiences, adventures, and activities.

Boy swimming with an alligator at Gator Country Swim

Uniquely Memorable Attractions

From the world's largest working fire hydrant to swimming with gators, a trip here is quirky and memorable with many things you can do outdoors or in. Opt for an airboat ride, our version of a swamp safari, make a DIY mural crawl, kayak through the tupelo trees, or stroll the botanical gardens. We have itineraries for active travelers, families, and everyone in between with tons of ideas on our summer 2020 bucket list for things you can do and see right now.

Couple on the Cattail Marsh Boardwalk

It's What You Make It

Our attractions are eclectic and varied as your interests. If you want to get active hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking day in and day out, you can. For the history buffs, follow the Black Gold Trail to learn about our part in Texas's discovery of oil and admire the architectural marvels. For the art lovers, there's murals and museums aplenty. Or, if you'd rather sit and relax and have a little R&R, you can do that too.

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