Tyrrell Park

Created from land donated by Captain W. C. Tyrrell in the early 1900s, the oil tycoon, venture capitalist, and philanthropist was one of Texas’s earliest pioneers, instrumental in bringing business to Beaumont and putting Beaumont on the map. A sprawling 1500-acre green reprieve, the multi-use space has been everything from a World War II prison camp to an instrumental locale during the Civil Rights movement.

It has since been renovated and revamped and turned into one of Texas’s most robust park systems. Home to the second-largest public conservatory in the state, Cattail Marsh, the reclaimed wastewater treatment plant turned wetlands boardwalk, a stable, archery range, and a robust nature center, it’s an often-overlooked gem right in our backyard.

While technically under the umbrella of one park name, Tyrell Park has six separate attractions, meaning you could spend hours without even scratching the surface of what’s available. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day, catch a sunrise over the boardwalk, attend a yoga or painting class at the Wetlands Education Center, work up a sweat on a hike or bike ride around the 2.8-mile multipurpose trail, feed the koi fish at the botanical gardens, go for a stroll along the Friendship Walk, explore the area on horseback, practice your putting on the green, play a pickup basketball game, give birding a try, or take aim at the archery range. Continually being enhanced and upgraded, the outdoor space is the heart and soul of Beaumont’s ecotourism efforts.  


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