23 Fun & Best Things to Do in Beaumont, Texas

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Jefferson County Courthouse at Sunrise in Beaumont East Texas

If I had to describe Beaumont in three words they would be: food, history, and museums. I spent six years from my late teens to early 20s in The Golden Triangle (the Texas one – not the Indian one) and I can say with absolute certainty that this town is worth a visit.

The city, which borders Louisiana, blends together a mix of Cajun and Texas influences. It is steeped in rich history and unique culture, which is shown by each historical home that lines the streets, each museum and its relics, and every restaurant recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation.

Beaumont was my home and I explored every corner of the city. I worked my way through college at some of the best restaurants in Texas, went on field trips to almost every museum, and walked miles along the parks and gardens featured in this post. 

I didn’t experience Beaumont from a tourist perspective and I won’t pretend it isn’t a city with problems – but it’s real. It’s a bona fide American city, full of interesting people who love it and the best thing you can do when you visit is to talk to the people and let them tell you the real story. Or, I can save you the trouble and get you up to speed with the best things to do in Beaumont from a local’s perspective!

TL;DR

  • Most significant landmark – Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown
  • Best park – Tyrrell Park & Beaumont Botanical Gardens
  • Best free activity – Cattail Marsh Wetlands
  • Activity for kids – Beaumont Children’s Museum
  • Activity for adults – Gator Country
  • Place to eat – Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp
  • Best outdoor experience – Neches River Adventure
  • Place to stay – MCM Elegante Hotel

Things to Do in Beaumont, Texas

1. Gator Country Adventure Park

A handler at Gator Country Adventure Park feeds a large alligator in Beaumont, Texas
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Address: 21159 FM 365, Beaumont, TX

Gator Country is the largest alligator adventure park in the state. Visiting is my favorite thing to do in Beaumont, Texas – albeit, also the scariest. The park is filled with alligators of all teeth and tail sizes, and other scaly friends and foes.

Altogether, the park houses over 450 American alligators, crocodiles, and other reptiles and mammals. All the animals within the park were received through rescues, donations, transfers, or abandonment. More than 90% of the park’s inhabitants were rescued or surrendered and received the proper enclosures, feeding, and care. 

I’d start your visit with the live feeding shows where trainers get in knee-deep water with gators larger than school busses and dangle handfuls of meat over their heads while the crowd screams in terror and delight. Feel free to join in the screaming.

After the feeding shows, visitors can see two of the largest and oldest alligators. Big Al, a legend at 13 feet, 4 inches is 88 years old. Then there’s Big Tex, who is considered the largest gator ever caught alive at 13 feet and 11 inches.

The rest of the adventure park entices guests to feed smaller gators and interact with snakes, lizards, tortoises, and other reptiles and mammals. They also offer Swamp Boat tours to see wildlife in its natural habitat. I highly recommend making a stop here with any visit to Beaumont.

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2. Edison Museum

Outside shot of the Edison Museum in Beaumont, Texas
Edison Museum / Edison Museum

Address: Edison Plaza, 350 Pine St #1750, Beaumont, TX

The Edison Museum is named after Thomas Edison, one of the pioneers of electricity. Edison was a controversial American inventor and businessman who patented over 1,000 different devices. While many weren’t successful, he did play a hand in creating inventions like the phonograph, the incandescent lightbulb, alkaline batteries, and the early version of the motion picture camera. 

Although Edison doesn’t have any ties to Beaumont, owners of the local energy company decided to transform a portion of the unused substation into a museum dedicated to his life and work. The museum includes interactive exhibits, historical artifacts, and learning opportunities.

See Related: Best Museums in the U.S. to Visit

3. Downtown Beaumont

Crockett Street sign in Downtown Beaumont, Texas
Crockett Street / Beaumont CVB

Beaumont is home to a hoard of educational museums, great Cajun food, and historical sites. The downtown district is the place to go to experience it all.

In fact, according to the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (or Beaumont CVB), the entire Beaumont Commercial District is considered a U.S. Historic District on the National Register—one of the few areas like it in the country.

Downtown includes many of the spots you will read more about on this list, so I will just briefly list a few of the best places to stop for visitors starting with the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. After the museum, you can follow the natural progression of the street with these stops: Tyrell Historical Library, Julie Rogers Theatre, Jefferson Theatre, and Crockett Street Entertainment District. 

Stops that are more for viewing than participating include the Jefferson County Courthouse, Hotel Beaumont, San Jacinto Building, Orleans Building, The Kyle Building, Temple Emanuel, historic Mildred Building, and Stedman Building.

After spending the day exploring Downtown Beaumont, check into the MCM Elegante. This full-service hotel offers free wifi and HBO, 50″ HDTVs, an in-house restaurant, and 20,000 square foot of meeting and event space. It also offers a free shuttle to popular attractions.

4. Gobble up the Beaumont Food Scene

Fried fish and shrimp basket at Tia Juanitas in Beaumont, Texas
Tia Juanitas / Facebook

Located just 30 minutes from the Louisiana border, and about an hour’s drive from Houston, Beaumont’s food scene is the best of both worlds. It is an explosion of Cajun cuisine, spicy seafood, and traditional Tex-Mex.

Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten in my 26 years of life was found in Beaumont restaurants. Having lived, worked, and gone to school in the area I’ve eaten my way through just about every restaurant on this list starting with what is considered one of the best seafood restaurants in The Golden Triangle — Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp.

Tia Juanita was featured in the Texas Monthly, which is a high honor in the Lone Star State. Originating in Beaumont, the first location opened in 2014. Now with several locations in Texas, the “Mexi-Cajun” infusion is bringing flavor to many more small Southern towns.

From my experience, the taco trio is a MUST. The trio includes a fried or grilled fish taco, a roast beef taco, and a shrimp taco. The blackened shrimp and seafood nachos are also to die for, as well as the authentic chicken and sausage gumbo.

As far as seafood goes, Floyd’s Cajun Seafood is another veritable hotspot in Beaumont. The eatery focuses on tantalizing flavor combinations of original recipes. The crawfish étouffée, oysters, and crawfish are some of the most popular items on the menu.

Next to the cajun delicacies, the city is bursting with traditional Tex-Mex restaurants such as Boomtown BBQ Company and Tacos La Bamba. Boomtown BBQ Company is a little BBQ joint, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in flavor.

The restaurant offers traditional BBQ items like brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, and racks of rips. As for Tacos La Bamba, any of the tacos are amazing but my personal favorites include the barbacoa and fajita beef. 

In town for a while? Try any of these other amazing restaurants: J&J Wings and Seafood, J. Wilson’s, Madison’s, Katherine and Company, Crown Pizza, Willy Burger, and Amelia Farm and Market. Don’t forget to stop by Rao’s Bakery after any dinner or lunch for smooth gelato, homemade desserts, and specialty coffee. Rao’s also offers a summer bakery camp for children.

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5. Largest Working Fire Hydrant & Fire Museum

Large fire hydrant outside Beaumont's Fire Museum in Beaumont, Texas
World’s Largest Fire Hydrant / Facebook

Address: 400 Walnut St, Beaumont, TX

If you Google “Beaumont, Texas” there is one rather odd image that is sure to pop up in your search — a rather large, spotted fire hydrant. It is the largest working fire hydrant in the world. It is also covered in Dalmatian spots. Many tourists love to stop by and take a few photos of the massive 24-foot monument, which is located just outside the Fire Museum of Texas.

The Fire Museum of Texas opened in 1984 as a tribute to the city’s firefighters. Inside, the museum includes old antique engines, gear, photos, and equipment dating back to the 1800s. A hotspot for children, the museum offers kids the chance to try on firefighting uniforms and even drive the fire engine simulator, the closest thing to the actual fire truck every five-year-old wants.

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6. Dutch Windmill Museum

View of Dutch Windmill Museum in Texas
Carol M. Highsmith / Wikimedia Commons, Public domain

Address: 1500 Boston Ave, Nederland, TX

Located just outside the Beaumont city limit is the Dutch Windmill Museum. The monument is a tribute to the heritage of Nederland and was constructed in 1969 by the Nederland Chamber of Commerce. This small town was settled by immigrants from Holland in the late 1880s and the 40-foot structure is a replica of the giant Dutch windmills the Netherlands are known for

Inside the museum are multiple artifacts that pay homage to the original settlers and Dutch heritage — wooden shoes, an Olympic gold medal patch, and an old trunk. A portion of the museum is also dedicated to a former community member, and musician, Tex Ritter.

Ritter was a popular country music artist from the 1930s to the 1960s. His popularity as the “Hollywood Cowboy” earned him a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame. The first floor of the Dutch Windmill Museum is dedicated to Ritter’s success and displays items owned and worn by the star including his suit and boots. Admission to the museum is free!

7. Enjoy Fun Events in Beaumont

A dog dressed as a duck at DogTober Fest in Beaumont, Texas
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There are a ton of events and social things to do in Beaumont during any time of the year including Mardi-Gras of Southeast Texas, Taste of the Triangle, Maypole Festival, Oktoberfest, Dogtoberfest, and Main Street Market for the holidays. Every month, Beaumont celebrates one event or another. My favorite events include the Taste of Triangle and Dogtoberfest.

The Taste of the Triangle offers small bites of food from a variety of restaurants in Southeast Texas. Held in February each year, the event helps support Lamar University’s Hospitality Management Program, The Texas Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation, and educational and professional development for the Texas Chefs Association. So not only does the event include outstanding Creole and Texas food, but proceeds go to charities throughout the community.

Dogtoberfest is my favorite event of all time. Held in October each year, this festival is dedicated to Beaumont families and their furry friends. Dog shows include a Strut Your Mutt Competition, paw Readings, Puppy Kissing Booth, and other dog-themed activities. The event also includes food, music, and multiple dog vendors. 

I used to attend this event year when I lived in Beaumont, whether I had a pet or not, because how can you spend a day better than being surrounded by cute puppies and dogs dressed in costumes?

If you are staying in town for Dogtober Fest and want the best accommodation for your furry friend, consider staying at the Worker’s Haven vacation house located conveniently off the main highway. The 4-bedroom, 2-bath house includes a sun room, fenced-in yard, and 2-car garage. It is pet friendly too, with a patio and fenced yard.

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8. Village Creek State Park

A kayaker wades on the water at Village Creek State Park in Lumberton, Texas
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Address: 8854 Park Rd 74, Lumberton, TX

Texas ecosystems range from hot, dry, deserts to swampy wetlands, and Southeast Texas is the prime example of wetlands, swamps, and forests. The state is generally divided into 10 natural regions, one of which includes the Piney Woods.

Village Creek State Park, located 10 miles north of Beaumont in Lumberton, is a state park located in the Piney Woods of eastern Texas. The 1,090-acre park is heavily forested and is named after Village Creek.

Visitors to the state park can spend a day enjoying the plants and wildlife in abundance. Guests can swim in the creek, fish, hike, picnic, canoe, and camp overnight for an outdoor adventure. Village Creek State Park includes eight miles of trails for hiking or biking, a canoe launch, and a creek full of catfish, bass, and sunfish.

If you are visiting the Golden Triangle with intentions to visit nature and you want your accommodation to reflect that peace and tranquility, check out this lovely Victorian home in nearby Fannett. The property is located on a 78-acre tree farm. You’ll also find it near some local wineries, olive groves, nature reserves, and wetlands.

9. Jefferson Theatre

Jefferson Theatre in Beaumont, Texas
Jefferson Theatre / Facebook

Address: 345 Fannin St, Beaumont, TX

The Jefferson Theatre is a historic performing arts theatre on Fannin Street. The building, constructed in 1927, seats over 1,400. According to the Beaumont Events website, the theater hosted traveling shows, vaudevillians, and drama, in addition to some of the world’s greatest motion pictures, including Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life, whose 1947 premiere was held at the Jefferson Theatre, with the star of the movie, James Stewart, attending!

The theatre, at the time, was the premier place of entertainment for four decades. It was later restored in 2003 and fell under the ownership of the City of Beaumont which now operates the Jefferson.

This vintage theatre boasts weekly classic movie nights and major concerts and shows. Big music stars and acts such as Pat Benatar, Bobby Bones, Russian Grand Ballet, Travis Tritt, Rodney Carrington, and Tracy Byrd have appeared at the theatre.

10. Check out Beaumont’s Art Scene

A permanent art exhibit displayed at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, Texas
Art Museum of Southeast Texas / Art Museum of Southeast Texas

Address: 500 Main St, Beaumont, TX

Art in Beaumont, Texas is abundant. The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET), the Art Studio, and the Dishman Art Museum are three staples of the art community in Beaumont. Established in 1950, AMSET started as the Beaumont Art Museum. 

Today, the museum exhibits range from the 19th-21st Century. The museum’s vision is to provide education, inspiration, and creative vision throughout Southeast Texas.

Exhibits rotate frequently, but a semi-permanent collection at the museum includes the Felix “Fox” Harris Gallery. These larger-than-life sculptures are made of recycled material and create a forest-like environment.

The Art Studio, Inc is an art gallery in Beaumont. While the studio also hosts revolving exhibits, the studio provides a space for local artists to create inspirational pieces and hosts art classes that range from life drawing to folk art to creative writing workshops. The studio also publishes a monthly arts magazine called STUDIO INK highlighting the artist community in Beaumont and beyond.

The Dishman Art Museum is located on Lamar’s campus. Admission to the museum is free and meant to provide students with a space to be creative and exhibit their art. The space also doubles as a teaching facility in the University’s Art Department.

For those in town to see the art scene in Beaumont, stay at this chic rental home. This exquisite modern house includes tons of living space with an ambiance that’d make the Kardashians blush.

11. Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum

A group of volunteers pose in front of the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum in Beaumont, Texas
Babe Zaharias Museum & Visitor Center / Babe Zaharias Museum & Visitor Center

Address: 1750 I-10 Frontage Rd, Beaumont, TX

I visited the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum during my college days. The small town museum is dedicated to Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias, a truly All-American athlete.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias set records in track and field, was an all-American in basketball, a master tennis player, played baseball for the House of David, and on top of all that, shes was an expert diver, roller skater, and bowler. The museum is solely dedicated to her academic achievements and legacy. 

I remember attending the museum as part of a class one day and we had to write about what most inspired us about Babe’s story. Not only was she an all-American athlete, but she broke records for women everywhere by proving that women could be just as good in sports as any man.

Her story inspired me because it showed me that anyone really can do it all! You can be an incredible athlete and still be a top-notch student. To many people, myself included, her story shows you can chase your dreams without limits. 

12. Texas Energy Museum

Texas Energy Museum in Beaumont, Texas
Texas Energy Museum / Texas Energy Museum

Address: 600 Main St, Beaumont, TX

The Texas Energy Museum is another educational museum in Beaumont. Formed in 1987, the museum tells the story of petroleum science and technology from the geological formation of oil, modern refining chemistry, and the unique story of the early Spindletop oil discovery in 1901 across various colorful exhibits. 

Talking robotic characters narrate the museum as you make your way through the exhibits. The museum also features a complete rotary rig from the Spindletop era, and a collection of historical photographs, maps, and other materials related to the Beaumont oil fields. The museum also sells souvenirs in its gift shop.

13. Tyrrell Park & Beaumont Botanical Gardens

A butterfly is released at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens in Beaumont, Texas
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Address: 6088 Babe Zaharias Dr, Beaumont, TX

The Beaumont Botanical Gardens was one of my favorite places to visit in college. I helped release butterflies in the springtime, took portrait photos here for friends, and spent date nights walking through the beautiful gardens and exhibits. The botanical gardens cover 500 acres of Beaumont’s Tyrrell Park. 

The website describes the gardens as “a veritable sanctuary of flora.” An accurate description — the Beaumont Botanical Gardens offer a Horticulture Center, Native Plant Center, Japanese garden, modern rose garden, and 9/11 Memorial Garden. The garden also includes themed gardens, the 10,000-square-foot Warren Loose Conservatory, and the Shangri La Botanical Gardens.

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14. Neches River Adventures

Neches River in Beaumont, Texas
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I graduated from LU in May 2019, and one of my first jobs as a journalist for a local newspaper in The Golden Triangle was to do a feature on an alligator and boat tour on the river. Even though I am not a huge fan of alligators, it was a memorable experience and one anyone visiting Beaumont should try.

The guided tour glides through The Big Thicket and teaches visitors about the unique ecosystems along the river. The Neches is home to 200 species of trees, including incredible, tall cypress trees, 47 mammals, 300 birds, and many reptiles and amphibians. Neches River Adventures takes you on a journey to see and learn about the plant and wildlife that call the river home.

15. Cattail Marsh Wetlands

beautiful sunrise over the wetlands along a Boardwalk in Cattail Marsh Boardwalk, Beaumont, Texas
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Address: 4233 Babe Zaharias Dr, Beaumont, TX

The wetlands go hand-in-hand with a trip up the Neches. This 900-acre wildlife refuge is another way to explore Beaumont’s ecosystem and wildlife. With more than 8 miles of trails and a scenic boardwalk, the wetland is a hot spot for bird watchers and those who want to get out for a walk. 

Walking the wetlands was a part of my weekly routine as a way to get out of my 400-square-foot dorm room. In that time, I’d seen alligators lounging on the sandbank, otters gliding underneath the water, and dozens of different birds, and watched some incredible sunsets.

16. McFaddin–Ward House Historic Museum

McFaddin-Ward House in Beaumont, Texas
McFaddin-Ward House / McFaddin-Ward House

Address: 1906 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, TX

Beaumont is crawling with historical homes turned into museums, but the McFaddin Ward House is the most well-known. It was built in 1905 in the Beaux-Arts Colonial Revival by local architect Henry Conrad Mauer. 

In 1919, the McFaddins’ daughter Mamie married Carroll Ward, and the couple moved into this house with her parents. Mamie kept a diary documenting social events, consumer habits, and daily routines, with mentions of noteworthy family events and happenings around Beaumont. With the diary, we’re now able to read about what life was like in the first half of the 1900s.

The 12,800-square-foot house includes original furniture, historical photographs, jewelry, fine china, and more. The McFaddin Ward House also includes the Carriage House exhibit, where the servants of the house lived.

The exhibit gives a glimpse into daily life behind the scenes. The McFaddin Ward House offers tours, summer camps, and educational events.

17. Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum

Spindletop gusher blows water over a rainbow in Beaumont, Texas
Spindletop Gusher / Facebook

Address: 5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd, Beaumont, TX

Pretty much every university event in Beaumont begins, ends, or coincides with the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop. The same goes for most business tours or political meetings. The Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum is probably Beaumont, Texas’ most popular exhibit.

The history of Spindletop dates back to 1901, specifically January 10, when the Spindletop oilfield discovered a salt dome formation in eastern Jefferson County and began the Texas oil boom. The historic event marked the start of the petroleum industry in Southeast Texas.

The gusher is named after Anthony Lucas. Lucas, at the time, was an expert in salt domes and after many failed attempts finally hit the oil well in 1901 and began the success of the oil industry in the area. Today, the gusher is filled with water to animate the historical explosion that lasted seven days straight before being reigned in.

In addition to the gusher, the Gladys City Museum itself is a representative of Gladys City. Founded in 1862, the industrial city features schools, homes, businesses, and churches. The original Gladys City fell into disrepair by the 1970s, but it was recreated five years later and named Gladys City Boomtown, and given to Lamar University to govern. 

18. St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica

An Easter mass is celebrated at St. Anthony Basilica in Beaumont, Texas
St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica / Facebook

Address: 700 Jefferson St, Beaumont, TX

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica is a designed heritage site and Texas Historic Landmark. Built in 1903, the Cathedral is a standing reminder of the years in Beaumont’s history.

The catholic structure is known for its history, artistry, and architecture. Inside the church is filled with glittering stained glass windows depicting Catholic history and teachings. 

The church is still in service today with regular Mass for all visitors to attend. The church also hosts the St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica School. No matter what your religion or belief system is, seeing the church’s beauty and emerging yourself in its rich history is worth the visit.

19. Beaumont Children’s Museum

Child enjoys the Beaumont Children's Museum in Beaumont, Texas
Beaumont Children’s Museum / Beaumont Children’s Museum

Address: 701 Main St, Beaumont, TX

Back in 2017-18, I took my niece and nephew who were visiting from out of town to the Children’s Museum. They stayed completely entertained for almost five hours with little to no participation of my own. Now, I don’t have kids of my own but for any exhausted parent, babysitter, or older sibling, time like that is coveted.

The museum contains everything from science experiments and Play-Doh to build-a-blocks to a Choo-choo train. The wooden train express fascinated my nephew for at least 45 minutes, but all the exhibits within the museum are designed to get kids engaged in a variety of life lessons, creativity, and fun.

Exhibits at the museum include a Tot Spot, for kids 4 years and younger; Our Town, which is a mock H-E-B grocery story (and if you don’t know what H-E-B is, it’s the holy grail of grocery stores in Texas); Make it Applaud, where kids can create their music; and Make it Roar, an area with life-sized dinosaurs and an excavation sandbox. 

Other exhibits include a sensory-friendly zone, a Lego building, an interactive light wall (my niece’s favorite), blocks, and arts and crafts. The museum also frequently holds events and field trips. Originally built in 2008, the program is constantly growing, building new exhibits and finding ways to keep kids active and engaged in learning.

See Related: Tips for Traveling with Toddlers and Kids

20. John Jay French House

John Jay French House in Beaumont, Texas
John Jay French House / Beaumont Historical Society

Address: 3025 French Rd, Beaumont, TX

The John Jay French House is yet another tribute to an old Beaumont family, but with its own unique history. The John Jay French home is considered the oldest house in Beaumont that has been restored to its original state.

Built in 1845, the home was the first two-story building, one of the first made with milled lumber, and one of the first painted homes in the area. The house was built by John Jay French, a tanner, and merchant. He lived in the house from 1845-1865.

The museum features antique furniture, clothing, and pioneer household items from the 1800s. Both the John Jay French House and Chambers House Museum are operated by the Beaumont Heritage Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the community with education on the historical collections of these two museums.

21. Chambers House Museum

Inside of the Chambers House Museum in Beaumont, Texas
Chambers House Museum / Chambers House Museum

Address: 2240 Calder Ave, Beaumont, TX 77701

The Chambers House Museum is a historic landmark in Beaumont. Built in 1907, the museum represents an upper-middle-class house during the boom of the oil and timber industry. The Chambers family acquired the house in 1914 when Homer and Edith Chambers moved in with their two daughters Ruth and Florence. 

Kept in pristine condition after a single remodel in 1924, museum curators found 90 years of history and personal items from the Chambers family after Florence died in 2004. The Beaumont Heritage Society noted that most of the architectural and building details in the Chambers house are elements that would have been found in other houses built along Calder Avenue during a time in Beaumont when both timber and oil were highly successful industries bringing major growth to the area.

22. South Texas State Fair

Ferris wheel at the South Texas State Fair in Beaumont, Texas
South Texas State Fair / YMBL South Texas State Fair

Address: 7250 Wespark Cir, Beaumont, TX

The SETX State Fair will always hold several of my best memories in and out of college including the first time I ever convinced my partner to ride a Ferris wheel with me. The fair was also the first time I ever tried shark (which I personally do NOT recommend). 

I’ve also bought the coolest specialty leather belt there, eaten the best fair food of my life (not shark!), and made incredible memories with friends and family. The fair is truly a magical place for people to visit and happens every year at the end of March.

The fair features livestock shows, carnival rides, food trucks, live music, and an array of vendors for shopping. It is operated by the Young Men’s Business League and started in 1917 making it over 100 years old.

Proceeds from the fair are given back to the community to support charities, youth projects, civic programs, and elderly support. If you happen to visit in March, stop by for a night or two and revel in fair life.

If you intend to stay for an extended period of time for any of these events, consider staying at the Home2 Suites by Hilton. The hotel is just under 4 miles from Beaumont’s Amtrak Station and features a kitchen with a fridge and microwave, a sun terrace, an outdoor swimming pool, free Wifi, and parking.

23. Lamar University

Graduation shot of me at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas
My graduation shot / Noah Dawlearn

Address: 4400 S M L King Jr Pkwy, Beaumont, TX

Lamar is my alma mater. I could trudge up hundreds of good and bad memories from my four-year educational journey as a journalist, but I will simply say that going to LU was one of the best decisions I made.

I originally chose the university because of its price point and location close to home, but after joining several clubs and immersing myself in the University Press, the student-run newspaper, I met the most amazing people and had the most incredible professors. (Shout out to my favorite educator of all time, Andy Coughlan, who inspired my interest in journalism and travel writing.)

This public university was inducted into the Texas State University System in 1995. Home to more than 17,000 students, the university offers more than 100 different degrees and maintains one of the lowest tuitions in the university system.

It’s a great idea to stop by for a visit or campus tour if you are thinking about attending the university. However, if you are simply visiting as a tourist there is still a lot you can do at LU!

Visitors can watch The Cardinals and Lady Cardinals play basketball in The Nest, watch a show put on by the LU Theatre and Arts Department or learn more about the university by touring the campus. I also recommend stopping by the on-site Dishman Art Museum and heading over to eat at Kampus Korner and try one of the best gyros or burgers you’ve ever had in your life.

After visiting the university, you can stay at the Comfort Suites hotel on I-10, located just five minutes from the campus.

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FAQ

What are the best tourist attractions in Beaumont, Texas?

The best tourist attractions involve a slice of history, outdoor beauty, and just a little bit of thrill. Those activities include Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, Gator Country Adventure Park, Texas Fire Museum, Beaumont Botanical Gardens, and Jefferson Theatre.

What is the best thing to do with kids in Beaumont, Texas?

Beaumont is home to many activities for families with children of all ages but some of the best things to do with kids in Beaumont, Texas include visiting the Beaumont’s Children’s Museum and the Texas Fire Museum. I took my younger niece and nephew to the museum one time and it kept them occupied for hours. The museum includes lots of activities for kids to play with physically and mentally including a train, building blocks, a faux kitchen, coloring books, and mentally stimulating games.

What are some things to do in Beaumont, Texas when it rains?

Rain happens a lot in Beaumont due to its geological location, but never fear the city is prepared with plenty of indoor activities. Visitors can check out indoor museums such as Clifton Steamboat Museum, Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum, Edison Museum, or the Texas Energy Museum. Checking out a theatrical show at Jefferson Theatre or an art show at the Art Museum are also great indoor activities.

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Cassie Jenkins is a travel writer and journalist who’s ultimate goal in life is to visit every corner of the world. Based in Texas, she has a special affinity for good food, new cultures and views that take your breath away.

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