Beaumont Texas is known by most for it’s long history of being an oil town but Beaumont has another reputation competing with in itself. It has mastered the perfect blend of Louisiana cuisine and Texas culture. This town was ‘put on the map’ in the 1900’s with its big oil boom giving it the fitting nickname of ‘boomtown’. It is located approximately 80 miles west of Houston and is the next closest city to Louisiana. Because of this, the city has a flavor and style much the same as its neighboring state.
Beaumont has so many budget friendly attractions making it one of the best places for families to escape to. Take a day trip or spend an entire weekend exploring this city and all the flavor it has to offer. Keep reading to see how you can spend the perfect weekend in Beaumont, Texas.
Tour Gladys City Boomtown Museum
This museum is set up to commemorate the memory of that January day when oil was discovered in Beaumont, Texas. Step back in time as you take a tour through the post office, printing shop, general store, saloon and more. Multiple times a year they put on a reenactment of the day they hit it big and you can watch water spew out of a spindle top over 200 feet in the air. Fully embrace the day of the 1900’s here with costumes, gushers, and blacksmith classes.
Hold Baby Alligators at Gator Country Adventure Park
You can’t visit Beaumont and not make a stop at Gator Country. This Adventure park is the largest in Southeast Texas and houses over 450 reptiles. Most of the alligators here have been either rescued, abandoned by owners, or been donated. Here you can take a swamp boat tour, wade with gators, watch real life gator feeding shows, and hand feed gigantic tortoises. If reptiles aren’t your thing be sure to stop in at the petting zoo to feed and pet some furry friends. Make sure you get the adventure package so you can wade with the gators! It’s an experience you don’t want to miss.
Hours: open daily 10-5 — entry not provided after 4:30 pm.
Admission Fees: Adults: $16, Kids (3-12): $13
Adventure Pack: All Ages: $22
Get your grub on at J. Wilsons
This all American restaurant will be one of the highlights of your trips. I’m still dreaming about all the delicious food we got to enjoy here. Their brunch and lunch menu are equally amazing and I challenge you to find anything on the menu you wouldn’t like. I myself am not an oyster fan but I can’t say enough good things about their oyster nachos. Also be sure to grab their man candy appetizer.
Play at the Beaumont Children’s Museum
Stop in and let the kids play to their hearts content! They have something for every age. Their exhibits include the tot spot, HEB replica grocery store, music station, dinosaur exhibit, art creation station, and more. Be sure to check their website for all the covid protocols they have set in place and to purchase your tickets. They must be purchased in advance and you can present your digital receipt.
Wednesday through Saturday:
9 am – 12 pm or 1 pm – 4 pm
We will be closed from 12 pm – 1 pm for a museum reset.
Sunday: Closed (Parties and private events only)
Closed Monday – Wednesday to the general public
Purchase your tickets here.
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Tour the Beaumont Fire Museum & World’s largest Fire hydrant
The fire museum is marked as a historical landmark and is recognized as the official fire museum of the state since 1986. Walk through and extensive collection of old fire engines and equipment that date as far back as 1856. You can also dress up as a firefighter and slide down the pole. On your way out stop at the world’s largest working fire hydrant. It was donated in 1999 to promote the Disney film 101 Dalmatians. Standing at 24 feet tall and weighing 4,500 pounds, this fire hydrant can blast 1,500 gallons of water per minute.
Go Mural Hunting through downtown Beaumont
There are so many great murals to snap the perfect pic in front of for your Instagram. Find a full list of all their murals and their address’ here.
Listen to the sounds of nature at the Cattail Marsh
With over 250 different species of birds visiting annually, you’re sure to hear some of their beautiful songs when you visit. The cattail marsh includes 900 acres of wetlands and a new boardwalk that provides incredible views to some of the most active parts of the wetlands. Admission is free and they’re open from 6am-9pm daily.
Hike in the Big Thicket National Reserve
There is no shortage of trails at the Big Thicket! With over 100,00 acres to explore this park has been nicknamed as the biological cross roads of North America. Big Thicket is the place where the piney woods meet the coastal prairie. From back country camping to hiking to kayaking there is so much outdoor adventure to find at Big Thicket. Some of our favorite trails were:
- Kirby Nature Trail- This easy 1.5 in and out trail will give you the perfect introduction to the park
- Pitcher Plant Trail – this one mile hike will take you through a bog pitcher plants before it connects to the Turkey Creek Trail
- Turkey Creek Trail- 17 miles one way. Several trailheads provide access to this hike so you can choose the distance to hike.
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Indulge at Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp
Tia Juanita’s is a delicious blend of traditional Mexican and seafood. We really enjoyed their shrimp and crab bread bowl. It was so cheesy and just the perfect amount of seafood. Their gumbo was really delicious and I’ve heard good things about their po’boys. You don’t want to miss a meal here when you’re in Beaumont.
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