101 Things to do in Beaumont

So much to see and do before or after your meeting!

What makes a meeting memorable is what happens outside the boardroom. The culinary delights and the cultural staples that truly let you see a city. These are our most sought-out bites, the most memorable attractions, and the places that leave a lasting impression on guests. It’s more than just a meeting, it’s a greeting, an introduction to Texas friendly and bayou fun. Where else would you find an enormous spotted fire hydrant down the block from a restored 1800s entertainment district?


1. Try the man candy (candied bacon) at J. Wilson’s

2. Follow the Crawfish Trail to find your favorite mudbugs

3. Try a kolache from Rao’s Bakery

4. Swing life away at Little Woodrow’s

5. Have a giant margarita or two from Tia Juanita’s

6. Taste the award-winning queso at Carmela’s

7. Attend monthly brunch at Katharine & Co.

8. Dine on the farm at Amelia

9. Eat at the original Jason’s Deli

10. Make it Taco Tuesday everyday at Tacos La Bamba

11. Chow down a gourmet burger from Daddio’s

12. Try a local delicacy, BBQ crabs

13. Throw yourself a DIY gumbo crawl

14. Get stuffed on hibachi at Tokyo

15. Oyster nachos from J.Wilson’s…enough said.

16. Be an adventurous eater by trying alligator tail or frog’s legs

17. Dine in the vintage airstream at Willy Burger

18. Go all out with a colorful freak shake at La Real Michochana

19. Have a Mexican fiesta at Amacate Tortilla Bar, home of avocado margaritas and churro ice cream sandwiches

20. Pour your own pints at Pour Brothers

21. See how many different ways you can eat crawfish from pie to queso. 

22. Get creative with liquid nitrogen ice cream creations from Sub Zero

23. Sip on a flight from Struggle Street Brewery

24. Find your favorite boudin balls in town

25. Dine on the waterfront at Neches River Wheelhouse

26. Chow down on the hot mess fries from Sweet Basil

27. Find your favorite bowl of pho from the 10+ Vietnamese restaurants in the area

28. Eat Monica’s famous cobb salad

29. Sit on the floor Asian-style at Chaba Thai

30. Get a sugar high with Toasted Yolk’s donut tower

31. Get spicy with a seafood platter from Crazy Cajun

32. Sip on a mule flight at Mellow Mushroom

33. Get creative with toppings at Crown Pizza – ever tried crawfish or boudin on pizza?

34. Eat at the oldest family-owned BBQ restaurant in Texas, Patillo’s

35. Try Texas’s signature Blue Bell ice cream at Mike’s Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain

36. Get a java fix at the Avenue in Port Neches

37. Go retro with the funnel cake sampler platter from Star Bowling

38. Try an authentic muffuletta at Woogie’s

39. Curb your coffee addiction at Happy Time Tea Lounge


40. Stop and smell the roses at Shangri-La Botanic Gardens

41. Catch a sunrise at Cattail Marsh

42. Snap a selfie at the World’s Largest Working Fire Hydrant

43. Hold or swim with baby alligators at Gator Country

44. Twirl in front of the three downtown murals (the dragonfly, Frida, and mermaid)

45. See Spindletop blow and attend a reenactment

46. Try a sangria flight and charcuterie at Free State Winery

47. Admire the free art at AMSET (Art Museum of Southeast Texas)

48. Kayak through the Big Thicket

49. Admire the incredible architecture at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica

50. Feed the koi fish at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens

51. Admire the historic downtown on Crockett Street

52. Throw axes at Avenue Axe

53. Swing life away at 5 Under Golf Center

54. Play Wine-O-Bingo at Cotton Creek Winery

55. Take a pic with the Beaumont sculpture at Ben J. Rogers Visitors Center

56. Give bird watching a try (you can borrow binoculars from Cattail Marsh)

57. Snap a selfie at the Windmill Museum in Nederland

58. Try geocaching as a way to explore

59. Tour the quirky and free Edison Museum

60. Photograph the period homes like the McFaddin-Ward House and W H Stark Home

61. Get to know the history of the area at the Museum of the Gulf Coast

62. Practice your two-stepping at Sawdust Saloon

63. Get pampered at one of the area day spas

64. Give fishing a try at one of the area’s many estuaries

65. Root for the home team and catch a game at Lamar University


66. Complete the Birdie Passport Program

67. Ride a horse at Tyrell Park Stables

68. Follow the Faith Trail to the beautiful Buu Mon Buddhist Temple

69. Listen to live jazz at Suga’s

70. Tour the McFaddin-Ward House

71. Shop local at the weekly Farmer’s Market

72. Act like a kid again with mini golf and laser tag at Colorado Canyon

73. Listen to live music at the Logon Café, a former computer repair shop

74. See your favorite cult classic at Classic Movie Night at the Jefferson Theater

75. Pack a picnic to enjoy by the fountain at the Event Centre.

76. Mix and Mingle at First Thursdays on Calder

77. Catch a concert at 7 Oaks Events Garden, a unique Southeast Texas Listening Room

78. Learn to crab, one of the area's most beloved pastimes

79. Host a cookout or backyard BBQ at Village Creek State Park

80. Go for an airboat ride and spot gators on a swamp safari

81. Take a trip across the state line to roll the dice in Lake Charles

82. Shop back to school fashion at the local boutiques

83. Beat the heat at the MCM Elegante pool

84. Check out the quirky collections at the Clifton Steamboat Museum

85. Pay homage to a local legend at the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum

86. Close down the bar with drinks at Madison’s

87. Take a road trip to Buc-ee’s for BBQ and jerky from a gas station (it’s a Texas thing)

88. Learn all about black gold at the Texas Energy Museum

89. Relive the movie, the Big Year at High Island

90. Make it a beach day at Sea Rim State Park

91. Take the ferry to Galveston for the day

92. Act like a kid again with mini golf and laser tag at Colorado Canyon

93. Get retro and go skating at Manning’s Texas on Wheels

94. Jump around at Urban Air Trampoline Park

95. Strike out at Crossroads Bowling Center

96. Stretch your legs hiking 40+ miles of trails in the Big Thicket

97. Attend a free yoga class at Cattail Marsh

98. Spend the day exploring Houston’s museums and culture (hello NASA!)

99. Get spooked at the Haunted Hotel in the fall

100. Go back to the pioneer days at the John Jay French House, the oldest home in Beaumont

101. Take a day trip to the Bolivar Peninsula for fun and sun

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