Beaumont has its own twist on Texas living, with a heavy Cajun influence from its border with Louisiana. Expect a lively ambience and down-home cooking in this Texas town, where oil-boom historical museums and quirky roadside attractions meet an adventure park and outdoor activities.
Things to do in Beaumont
Discover a fully recreated Texas oil-boom town in the early 1900s at Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum. Roam through authentic architecture and get a glimpse of a working oil gusher replica. To discover talented local artists, visit the Art Museum of Southeast Texas.
Beaumont has its fair share of eccentric roadside art and attractions. Meet Big Beau, a 41-metre-long alligator who looms over the Gator Country Wildlife Adventure Park, home to 350 real alligators as well as tortoises and pythons. When you see an enormous spotted Dalmatian Hydrant, you’ll know you’ve arrived at the Fire Museum of Texas.
Enjoy a Texas take on country music at Madison’s on Dowlen or at Logon Café and Pub, which is also known for its craft beer and underground theatre. When you’re ready for a real Cajun meal, try barbecue crab, crawfish bisque and fried alligator at local eateries, such as Floyd’s Cajun and Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen.
Explore nine unique ecosystems at the Heritage-listed Big Thicket National Preserve, about a 30-minute drive from Beaumont. Hike through a jungle while spotting wildlife or spend some time fishing, kayaking or paddle boating on the Neches River.
Getting around Beaumont
City buses and taxicabs operate throughout Beaumont. You can rent a car in the city or at Jack Brooks Regional Airport, located 20 minutes outside of town.