Summer 2020 Bucket List 

67 Things You Can Do in Southeast Texas Right Now

Whenever you travel, there are certain culinary, attractions, and events that define an area from the best restaurants to the must-see museums. These are our sought-out bites, the most memorable attractions, and the places that leave a lasting impression on guests. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, here are the quintessential Beaumont experiences you must have in Southeast Texas that are open to safely see and do right now. Plan your summer getaway today!


1. Try a kolache from Rao’s Bakery

2. Swing life away at Little Woodrow’s

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

4. Attend monthly brunch at Katharine & Co.

5. Eat at the original Jason’s Deli

6. Make it Taco Tuesday every day at Tacos La Bamba

7. Chow down a gourmet burger from Daddio’s

8. Have a family-style Southern supper at Republic Chicken

9. Throw yourself a DIY gumbo crawl

10. Get stuffed on hibachi at Tokyo

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

12. Check out the vintage airstream and grab a burger at Willy Burger

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

14. Pour your own pints at Pour Brothers

15. Get creative with liquid nitrogen ice cream creations from Five Zero

16. Sip on a flight from Struggle Street Brewery

17. Find your favorite boudin balls in town

18. Dine on the waterfront at Neches River Wheelhouse

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

20. Find your favorite bowl on the Vietnamese Pho Trail

21. Get your Asian fix at Chaba Thai

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

23. Try the famous bread pudding at Republic Chicken

24. Sip on a mule flight at Mellow Mushroom

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

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

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

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

29. Try an authentic muffuletta at Woogie’s

30. Curb your coffee addiction at Happy Time Tea Lounge


31. Catch a sunrise at Cattail Marsh

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

33. Hold a baby alligator at Gator Country

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

35. See Spindletop blow and explore a recreated 1901 Boomtown

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

37. Kayak through the Big Thicket

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

39. Feed the koi fish at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens

40. Admire the historic downtown on Crockett Street

41. Throw axes at Avenue Axe

42. Swing life away at 5 Under Golf Center

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

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

45. Snap a selfie at the Windmill Museum in Nederland

46. Try geocaching as a way to explore

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

48. Practice your two-stepping at Sawdust Saloon

49. Pamper yourself at one of the area day spas.

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


51. Ride a horse at Tyrrell Park Stables

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

53. Feast on upscale Cajun cuisine at Suga’s

54. Shop local at the weekly Farmer’s Market

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

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

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

58. Shop back to school fashion at the local boutiques

59. Beat the heat at the MCM Elegante pool

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

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

62. Make it a beach day at Sea Rim State Park (reservations required)

63. Take the ferry to Galveston for the day

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

65. Jump around at Urban Air Trampoline Park

66. Strike out at Crossroads Bowling Center

67. Take a day trip to the Kemah Boardwalk for nostalgic fun

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