22+ Best Things to Do in Beaumont, Texas this Weekend

Beaumont Texas is a complex city with surprises around every corner. For a small town, it’s amazing just how much there is to do in Beaumont TX. You definitely can’t get it all done in one weekend!

Another thing I loved about Beaumont is how budget-friendly a destination it is! There are so many fun, free, and affordable activities to keep families, couples, and even friends entertained!

So, make sure to check out all of the fun things to do in Beaumont TX this weekend and plan a trip for yourself!

Start Your Morning Off with Coffee and Pastries

Rao’s Bakery is not just a great place to grab coffee and pastries in the morning; it’s a local favorite and a vibrant part of the life of Beaumont. Every morning, you will find locals and tourists alike gathering in this spot. You’ll likely see the owner out with the regulars, talking about the day-to-day.

rao's bakery in beaumont

Rao’s is a part of the city’s history and is a tradition for many, even those driving from Texas to other states. They have delicious baked goods, muffins, and breakfast sandwiches. Not to mention the owner is a coffee aficionado, so you can expect an excellent cup of Joe here! Don’t forget to grab some cookies for later!

Exploring Nature’s Wonderland

Tyrrell Park is a fantastic spot in Beaumont, Texas, where nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can have a blast. Picture this: sprawling green spaces, scenic trails winding through lush forests, and serene lakes perfect for fishing or just chilling out. It’s like a nature lover’s dream come true!

One of the coolest things about Tyrrell Park is the amazing variety of wildlife you can spot there. From colorful birds to cute little critters like squirrels and rabbits, it’s like stepping into a real-life nature documentary.

Go Kayaking

There are miles of incredible kayaking trails in Neches River. In just a couple of hours, you can explore changing scenery, from paddling in big open spaces to navigating tightly packed trails. There’s so much to see, from fish swimming under you to birds flying all around.

We had a tour with Big Thicket Outfitters, which allowed us the convenience of having the kayaks waiting for us when we got there. We also had a guide teach us about the different wildlife we saw.

Considering how much good food we ate in Beaumont, this ended up being a great way to work off some of those burgers and Cajun food!

Stroll Through the Woods

Big Thicket National Preserve boasts a diverse ecosystem that’s as rich as it is captivating. With its sprawling mix of lush forests and awe-inspiring biodiversity, it’s a haven for hikers, birdwatchers, and photographers alike.

Whether you’re on the hunt for that perfect Instagram shot, craving a serene escape from city life, or simply eager to discover the magic of Mother Earth, Big Thicket has it all. Lace up those hiking boots and let the whispers of the wild guide you through its miles of trails.

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Visit the Largest Fire Hydrant Statue

Before going to Beaumont, the giant spotted fire hydrant was just about all I knew about this town. However, upon learning more, it turns out that this is more than just the world’s largest working fire hydrant (although that’s pretty cool in itself).

This was actually a gift from Disney for the release of 101 Dalmations, which makes this small Southeast Texas town a must-visit for any Disney lover!

Nearby Beaumont is China TX, where Disney hosted a huge celebration for the release of Mulan! Who knew this area and Disney would be so connected?

a white and black fire hydrant with red and white spots

Learn About Firefighter History

I was fascinated by all of the incredible history and vintage fire trucks at the Fire Museum of Texas! You can see how firefighting has changed over the decades, the different unique memorabilia, and even get to dress up like a firefighter!

The museum is free, and I enjoyed the different interactive parts to keep kids and adults entertained and informed!

a stuffed animal on a fire truck
a person wearing a firefighter outfit and standing next to a fire truck

See Eclectic Art

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas is another free place to visit that is a must. There are so many different rotating galleries and special events to keep you coming back. They do a great job of celebrating international, as well as local talent.

However, one permanent exhibit stands. Felix “Fox” Harris was a man who took old trash and created a forest of metal and scraps that became brilliant art! People from all around would come to see this house covered in eclectic creations up to 15 feet tall.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas

When this folk artist passed away in the 1980s, his collection was brought to the museum to remember his legacy. It’s only a piece of the full creation he built, but it gives you a glimpse into the wonder and beauty that can be recreated from what we often consider junk. Pictures surrounding the exhibit show you what it looked like in its entirety as well.

Wander Through the Roses

The Beaumont Botanical Gardens are yet another free and stunning place to visit on your trip to Beaumont TX. The trails zig-zag past brilliant blooms, no matter the season.

There’s a beautiful rose garden, hundreds of different plants to discover, and a little pond in the back to relax by. You could easily spend hours here trying to identify the different plants and enjoying leisurely strolls with loved ones!

Beaumont Botanical Gardens

Search for Dinosaurs

The Binks Horticulture Center is a greenhouse decked out in fun discoveries. From rare orchids to koi ponds and greenery year-round, there’s so much to see. There are even a few hidden gems here, such as different dinosaurs hidden in the trees!

Explore Cattail Marsh

Near the botanical gardens are the breathtaking Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands and Boardwalk. If you get there early enough, you can often see the fog rolling off the water as the clouds fly by. It’s a popular birding spot, but thrilling to birders and non-birders alike!

If you can, bring binoculars. We were able to see otters, alligators, different species of birds, and nutria in just a short amount of time. There is also a small information center where they have free interactive activities for kids and hiking trails to discover.

a wooden railing over a body of water with plants

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And Do Yoga There

Every other Saturday, the Cattail Marsh offers free yoga! There’s nothing quite like a relaxing morning going through the different meditative poses with incredible views and the sound of nature all around.

Take a Picture in Front of the Murals

Beaumont does an incredible job of celebrating local artists. As you drive around town, you’ll find murals of all kinds! Make sure to snap a few photos or do a silly dance in front of them!

a mural of a person with flowers on her head

Visit the Old Town

The Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum was fascinating with all of the different buildings.

Spindletop Gladys City

Fun fact: the immense amount of oil that was found following a gusher that poured out for nine days led to the booming of Beaumont.

Every day they have a reenactment, but with water instead of oil! One of the coolest parts for me was walking through the town. There’s an old saloon, post office, replicas of rooms of the time period, a pharmacy, and so many other great artifacts that made you feel like you traveled back in time.

See Beaumont’s Historic Homes

John Jay French Museum

The John Jay French House Museum isn’t just a building; it’s a portal to the past. Imagine walking through the doors of a meticulously preserved 19th-century home, where every creak of the wooden floors and every piece of antique furniture tells a story. 

Once owned by a prominent French family, this stunning house offers a glimpse into the lives and times of early Texan settlers. From the intricate architectural details to the carefully curated artifacts, each room is a living tableau that transports you to a bygone era.

McFaddin-Ward House Museum

Prepare to be enchanted as you step through the doors of this magnificent mansion, nestled in the heart of Beaumont. Once the home of the McFaddin and Ward families, this historic gem offers a unique window into the lives of Beaumont’s prominent residents.

The self-guided tour provides a fascinating glimpse into the cultural heritage and lifestyle of a bygone era, offering a deeper understanding of the past that shaped our present.

Honoring the Legacy of a Sporting Icon

The Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum is like a treasure trove dedicated to celebrating the life and achievements of one of the greatest athletes of all time. Located in Beaumont, Texas, this museum is a must-visit for sports fans and anyone who loves a good story of triumph and perseverance.

When you step inside, you’ll be greeted by exhibits showcasing Babe’s incredible journey from a young girl with big dreams to a sports superstar. You’ll see memorabilia from her days as an Olympic champion in track and field, including her medals and athletic gear.

Gaze in Wonder at this Ornate Cathedral

I remember traveling to Spain, and part of that was taking tours of all of the beautiful cathedrals. Walking into the St Anthony Cathedral Basilica brought me back to those days! It’s incredible how sometimes you can travel the world without leaving Texas!

Built in 1903, the St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica has a rich history, inspired by the Italian Renaissance Revival and modeled after the 3rd-century Basilica of San Clemente in Rome. It is so incredible that it is recognized as a heritage site and a Texas historic landmark.

St Anthony Cathedral Basilica  Things to Do in Beaumont TX

Discover the Food Scene

Traveling to Beaumont is worth it just for the food! They have such a unique food scene. After traveling around Texas and being a unique burger fanatic, I’ve decided to label Beaumont the unique burger capital of Texas! I could have enjoyed just eating burgers the whole time with how many uniquely crafted burgers they have, but of course, there were so many other delicious finds!

Being near the bayou, I couldn’t miss out on the Cajun flavors and learning how to eat crawfish for the first time. This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the incredible food scene Beaumont has to offer, so make sure to read all about where to eat and drink in Beaumont TX.

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Catch a Show

Just in general, the performance spaces in Beaumont are spectacular. The Julie Rogers Theatre is just as stunning inside as it is outside, with elegant décor and a stage that has hosted world-famous dancers, musicians, and other performers.

julie rogers theatre Things to Do in Beaumont TX

The Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont was built in 1927 and even hosts weekly movie nights!

jefferson theatre Things to Do in Beaumont TX