BIKING BEAUTIFUL BEAUMONT
There are so many reasons to visit Beaumont, Texas. From discovering its powerful history and its historic homes to breathtaking birdwatching and award-winning arts and architecture Now, what if I told you that you could see all these sights from your saddle biking Beaumont and make room to indulge South East Texas culinary delights. Between Texas-sized steaks and bayou gumbo, Beaumont is where cowboy meets creole. If ya'll never had BBQ crab, ya just ain't living.
We put together three simple and easy rides that anybody can do, but they are filled with Texas-sized fun and adventure and more Instaworthy stops that you can shake a spur at. We'll give you an interactive map with all the attractions and detailed downloadable navigation cause this ain't our first bike guide rodeo. Y'all know we keep it real here.
DOWNTOWN BEAUMONT BIKE ROUTE (3.3 MILES). Biking in downtown Beaumont on a Sunday morning is strangely quiet. I kept wondering where all the cars were. I saw public art everywhere, remarkable museums, and extraordinary architecture, but hardly any cars. There is even bonus art everywhere in the form of painted electric boxes. Riding in downtown Beaumont is surprisingly fun. In fact, there's even a group that does glow in the bike tours of downtown Beaumont, which adds an entirely new dimension to the fun, but you can easily do the ride as a self-guided daytime trip.
RIDING THE MUSEUM DISTRICT. From the visitor center, you head down Main Street and into the Museum District. Your first stop is the cul-de-sac between the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and the Texas Energy Museum. There are many David Cargill statues around the art museum, but my favorite was The Men Of Vision.
The penultimate stop takes you by Waldman Park, an installation art exhibit commemorating Spindletop, the first oil well in Texas that put Beaumont on the map.
Finally, you take an architectural tour down Pearl Street. You pass by the Neoclassical Julie Rodger’s Theater, which looks like an old town hall because…it actually was the old town hall. Keep riding to see the Tyrell Historical Library’s mix of Richardsonian Romanesque and Victorian Gothic architectures. As you’re passing by the Art Museum again, be sure to look to your left to see the Jefferson Theatre.