Beaumont Texas, America's original boomtown, is booming again as an under-the-radar destination for a weekend getaway. However, after we show you all the cool things to do and delicious places to eat, it will be firmly on your radar. We could get you yet another travel listicle, but where's the fun in that? We put together a complete outdoor weekend getaway to Beaumont, choose your own adventure style. Don't worry about which one is the right choice, they are all winners!
What is there to do on a Friday night in Southeast Texas? How about dinner and drinks in America's culinary Golden Triangle? The geographic "triangle" is formed by Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange, and the golden modifier comes from the wealth of Spindletop. In foodie terms, it's the intersection of savory Tex-Mex, spicey Cajun, and fresh Gulf seafood.
EXPLORING BIG THICKET. Big Thicket has been called 'America's Ark' and the 'Biological Crossroads of North America.' It's a National Preserve and a UNESCO Biological Preserve, but its boundaries aren't precisely defined. It seems like every wooded area north of Beaumont gets lumped into the Big Thicket. The ecology is equally diverse, with as many as eleven ecosystems in a relatively small area: uplands, sandy lands, savannas, slope forests, floodplains, bay galls, flats, cypress sloughs, mixed-grass prairies, and river/roadside edges. All of this diversity begs for a choose your own adventure: -Kayak on one of three Texas Paddling trails in the Big Thicket -Hike with carnivorous plants on the Pitcher Plant Trail -Mountain bike in the Turkey Creek Unit
EXPLORE DOWNTOWN BEAUMONT. Beaumont has probably the most friendly downtown of any city its size. There’s ample free parking and minimal traffic, but still plenty of fun things to do in Downtown Beaumont. Your options are:
-Tour St. Anthony Basilica (one of 4 minor basilicas in Texas) -Go to a museum (there are 19 to choose from) -Explore Beaumont by bike
Our choice – biking Beaumont. There’s over 11-miles of biking between the downtown Beaumont loop and the Calder Ave bike lanes. We saw the historic architecture and recent public art, including a plethora of statues, dozens of murals, and the world’s largest operational fire hydrant. The route took us by the museums and basilica too, so, in a way, we saw it all.