Straddling borders but not bound by state lines, Beaumont is big Texas fun with Cajun flair. Embodying the best of the Lone Star State and Louisiana with Southern charm to boot, it’s so unique that we made up an adjective to describe our culture – Texiana. Swing on through and get ready to laissez la bon temps rouler, y’all.
Eat Your Heart Out
As the last major city before Louisiana, get your fill of Tex-Mex and barbecue before you kiss the Lone Star state goodbye. Patillo’s Bar-B-Q is a taste of tradition as the oldest family-owned barbecue restaurant in Texas and the oldest African American owned barbecue restaurant in the state. It’s always a taco, torta, and burrito fiesta at Tacos La Bamba, but you’ll also want to pay homage at Carmela’s for their award-winning queso.
If you can’t wait to taste the bayou, we have Cajun/Creole in spades, with towering seafood platters from Reel Cajun and gumbo and grits from Suga’s Deep South Cuisine & Jazz Bar. Crazy Cajun is our unofficial crawfish headquarters, dishing out 2,000 pounds of glorious mudbugs a day when the season rolls around.
Beaumont is much more than just a place to stop and stretch your legs – we’re a major nature destination. Located on two migratory bird flyways, the Upper Texas Gulf Coast is one of the best spots for birding in all of America. And you don’t have to venture far — there are 28 Great Texas Coastal Birding trails with a 40-mile radius of the city.
Home to impressive trails, preserves, and boardwalks, Cattail Marsh, Shangri La Botanical Gardens, Sea Rim State Park, and Big Thicket National Preserve offer four diverse landscapes and habitats to explore – woods, wetlands, marsh, and shore. To get a lay of the land, there’s hiking, biking, kayaking, and even airboat rides through the swamp.
It’s a Vibe
As the unofficial Mardi Gras headquarters of Texas, we know how to show up and show out year-round. Tia Juanita’s has margaritas as big as your head, while Little Woodrow’s is the place to swing life away, cocktail in hand. Every Friday night is Classic Movie Night at the Jefferson Theater, while First Thursday is the place to mix and mingle on Calder.
We’re also notoriously quirky, with some of our major attractions being the world’s largest working fire hydrant, Gator Country, where you can swim, hold and be entertained by the local residents, and Spindletop, the site where black gold was first discovered in Texas, which changed everything. For the photo buffs, our colorful mural scene makes a great Instagram backdrop, while our historic homes and Faith Trail are architectural gems worth admiring. The McFaddin-Ward House showcases a prominent local boomtown family, while the John Jay French Museum is the oldest surviving home in the area.
Come see why we’re the best of both worlds. We promise it’s worth the stop.