Things To Do in Beaumont TX
Explore, eat and entertain your way through town
Gallivant through Southeast Texas one attraction at a time. Greater Beaumont boasts numerous places to see and events to attend, which are ideal for all ages and interests.
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Browse magnificent works of arts through the museum’s exhibitions and collections. Check the museum’s calendar for engaging events.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum
Known as the “World’s Greatest Female Athlete,” Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias competed in the 1932 Summer Olympics, where she was awarded medals in high jump, hurdles and javelin. This museum pays homage to her achievements.
Beaumont Botanical Gardens
The botanical gardens, located at Tyrrell Park, can be visited during the park’s hours from daylight to dark each day for outside exhibits. The Warren Loose Conservatory is open throughout the week, except for Wednesdays and major holidays when it is closed. The garden boasts 23.5 acres of flowers and plants in a serene and peaceful setting.
Beaumont Children’s Museum
Kids’ imaginations run large as they browse science, technology, engineering, art and math while exploring the Beaumont Children’s Museum. Be sure not to miss the dinosaur den, a 3-D augmented reality sandbox and an artist’s square to create a masterpiece.
Beaumont Civic Center
Featuring more than 41,000-square feet of space, the Beaumont Civic Center is nestled in the heart of downtown along the Neches River. The venue is perfect for concerts, shows and other entertainment acts and occasions.
Beaumont Community Players
Entertaining audiences for more than 75 years, Beaumont Community Players perform Broadway plays, musicals and other productions. Shows from the 2018-19 season include “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Calendar Girls” and “Harvey.”
Beaumont Craft Beer Fest
Marking its fourth year in 2018, the Beaumont Craft Beer Fest offers several varieties of brews for sampling, staged at the Event Centre. Guests can also enjoy mouthwatering foods and live music.
Beaumont Rotary Centennial Playground
At the Beaumont Rotary Centennial Playground, this all-inclusive site is without barriers so all children, regardless of physical or developmental limitations, can play and interact with one another in a safe environment.
Explore the great outdoors while searching for beautiful birds. Grab a camera and a pair of binoculars and venture off to the area’s two migratory flyways, the Central and Mississippi, Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands & Boardwalk and Big Thicket National Preserve.
Roll the dice at the many nearby casinos. Beaumont’s proximity positions residents and visitors close to hot gaming spots, such as L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel and Paragon Casino Resort.
Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands & Boardwalk
Take in breathtaking vistas and 900 acres of wetlands from the boardwalk and viewing platforms that stretch more than 500 feet across Cattail Marsh. Experience the sights and sounds of more than 250 species of birds, as well as aquatic mammals, in their natural habitat.
The Chambers House Museum
Take a glimpse into yesteryear with a visit to the Chamber House Museum, which was built in the early 1900s. The family of C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers lived in the home for almost 100 years. The house and furniture have been preserved and are a wonderful representation of life in Beaumont back then.
Courville’s Catering and Concert Series
Eat, sip and listen to tunes at Courville’s, where the cuisine and toe-tapping music cannot be beat. Catering is also available for those looking for the perfect meal to complement any event.
Dinosaur Day at the Texas Energy Museum
Children and adults revel at the annual Dinosaur Day at the Texas Energy Museum. This outdoor event highlights what it is like for real paleontologists, where children enjoy activities such as making dinosaur-inspired artwork and digging for fossils.
Dishman Art Museum
Situated on the beautiful campus of Lamar University, the Dishman Art Museum features a glimpse of the region’s diverse culture. With traveling exhibitions and a permanent collection of almost 1,000 works of art, the museum also serves as a teaching facility.
Canines give DOG-tober Fest two paws up. Entering its 11th year in 2018, this daylong celebration features parades, contests, a “Kiss a Puppy” booth, fortune telling with Madam Poodle Paw and Yappy Hour.
Downtown Beaumont’s Historic District
From performing arts to architecture, downtown Beaumont’s historic district pays homage to the past. Jefferson Theatre, Julie Rogers Theatre, Tyrrell Historical Library and Jefferson County Courthouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“Eat a Bug!” Family Arts Day
Celebrate Halloween at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas’s “Eat a Bug!” Family Arts Day. While you don’t have to eat a bug, literally, to attend, kids can brave the ultimate challenge at this annual event. In addition to learning about the Day of the Dead, art activities and snacks await.
Eco-Fest and Butterfly Release
This all-day event takes place each year in honor of Earth Day at the Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. The occasion is fun for the whole family and features games, activities and, of course, the butterfly release.
History buffs can learn more about Thomas Edison at this museum, which boasts more than 1,400 artifacts. Visitors can see some of Edison’s most famous inventions and explore the museum’s interactive exhibits.
Fire Museum of Texas Dalmatian Hydrant
Spanning nearly 25 feet tall, this Dalmatian-spotted fire hydrant was donated to the city by Walt Disney in honor of 101 Dalmatians. The structure stands in front of the Fire Museum of Texas, welcoming both four-legged friends and their owners to Beaumont.
Ford Park Entertainment Complex
Situated on more than 220 acres of land, the Ford Park Event Center hosts numerous sporting, convention and entertainment events throughout the year.
Fourth of July Celebration
The skies illuminate in red, white and blue hues as fireworks cap off the Fourth of July. In addition to the spectacular fireworks display, this event is free of charge and offers a laser show, live music and lots of fun.
Looking for an adventure like no other? Visit Gator Country, which is home to more than 450 American alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles. The park is fun and educational for those of all ages.
Gift of Life Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush
Lace up your sneakers for a good cause. The Gift of Life Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush proceeds go toward life-saving cancer screenings and lifesaving educational outreach
Tee off at Aquila Golf, Inc., Beaumont Country Club, Brentwood Country Club and Idylwild Golf Club for a fun, challenging round. Those looking to brush up on their swing can get some pointers at Mitch Duncan Golf Academy. And for an entertaining day out, head on over to Topgolf, which is great for dates, company outings and family fun
Runners of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the annual Gusher Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K. Set a new personal record or even qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
Humane Society of Southeast Texas Bike Ride & Wine Tasting
Get ready to roll! Bikers can choose from 16-, 32- or 47-mile routes. Once you cross the finish line, rehydrate with lunch and a wine tasting. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Southeast Texas.
Jazz at the Lake
What could be better than music on the lake? This free series features popular and up-and-coming musicians every year. Beer and wine tastings, as well as food, are also part of the fun.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Jefferson Theatre hosts weekly classic movie nights and performances throughout the year.
John Jay French House Museum
The John Jay French House celebrates the life and times of a wealthy Texas pioneer family. Built in 1845, the house is now a museum and was one of the first two-story painted and made from milled lumber homes in the area. A tannery, blacksmith shop, privy and smokehouse are located on the grounds as well.
Del Papa Distributing and Giglio Distributing have their pulse on the adult beverage industry in greater Beaumont. Be sure to visit Del Papa Distributing’s website regularly for can’t-miss events, such as pint nights, Giglio Distributing is a wholesale beverage distributor of brands like Modelo, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Corona.
LobsterFest Golf Tournament
Mixing business with pleasure, the annual LobsterFest Golf Tournament takes place each spring. The event is sponsored by the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and features golf, of course, as well as a famous steak and lobster dinner.
Lucas Gusher at Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum
Discover how the petroleum age began on Spindletop Hill, home of the Lucas Gusher, which burst in 1901. Tour the museum and see a two-minute re-enactment of the Lucas Gusher.
McFaddin-Ward House Museum
Home to W.P.H. McFaddin and his family, this home was built in the early 1900s. Take a guided tour of the home, attend year-round events or attend popular lecture series.
Open 365 days a year, Moody Gardens in Galveston is ideal for both the young and young at heart. Animal lovers will revel at otter, penguin and seal exhibits. Visitors will also enjoy the splash pad, jogging trail, Vietnam Memorial and zipline course, among others.
Neches River Adventures
See more than 300 birds, 47 mammals over 200 tree species, as well as amphibians and reptiles up close aboard the Ivory Bill. This open boat floats along the Neches River for a one-of-a-kind adventure.
This free family event is staged each fall at Rogers Park. Guests enjoy a day of food, beer and entertainment.
Whether looking for beauty products, trendy clothing, jewelry or something else, Parkdale Mall is a one-stop shop. Be sure to hit up the food court, which operates several notable and delicious chains.
Picnics in the Park
Beautiful weather and ample amounts of park space, Beaumont is the ideal place to pack a picnic and spend some time with family and friends. Find a spot at tables, gazebos or fire pits at one of the city’s parks.
During the warmer months, cool off at Rogers Park. The space has a water playground, as well as a regular playground, basketball and tennis courts, a community center and covered shelters for enjoyment year-round.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
The beauty of nature can been seen with every glance of the eye at Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. This 252-acre ecosystem features more than 300 plant species, as well as a heronry blind where visitors can watch nesting birds.
South Texas State Fair & Rodeo
This annual event boasts carnival rides, a rodeo, finger-licking foods and entertainment. The event is hosted by the Young Men’s Business League.
Stark Cultural Venues
For a wide variety of cultural experiences, visit any or all of the Stark Cultural Venues, including the Stark Museum of Art, Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, W.H. Stark House and Lutcher Theater. From works of art to live performances, these venues offer something for all interests.
Summer Movie Madness
Set underneath the stars, Summer Movie Madness is the ultimate family friendly event and is free to attend. The series takes place monthly from May to August.
Symphony of Southeast Texas
The Symphony of Southeast Texas has been receiving a round of applause from audiences for more than 60 years with performances that range from classical to contemporary. Attendees enjoy pops, holiday music and classics.
Texas Energy Museum
Learn about the history of Texas oil from talking robots and state-of-the-art exhibits that detail the Lone Star State’s active role in this fascinating field. It’s fun for adults and educational for students.
With over 150 attractions such as laser tag, bumper cars, mini bowling and black light mini golf, Tilt Studio is a great place to unwind and have a good time. A snack bar offers pizza, nachos, drinks and other tasty treats.
This park has it all. With a 2.8-mile walking trail, basketball courts, sheltered picnic tables, Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands & Boardwalk and Beaumont Botanical Gardens, Tyrrell Park is one of the city’s top destinations.
For more even more things to see and do, visit the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau website, the ultimate resource for travel information. www.VisitBeaumontTX.com