These things to do in Beaumont with kids will keep you busy all day!
Beaumont, Texas, is an old city known for Texas oil and where singer Janis Joplin belted the beginning of her successful future. The town is located in southeast Texas, about 86 miles east of Houston on I-10 and minutes from the Louisiana border. If you have only one day to spend, consider these top things to do in Beaumont with kids.
Beaumont has many attractions that you’ll want to check out. Most are below, like the live gators at Gator Country, a Texas-size fire hydrant, colorful murals all over the city, and more.
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Things To Do In Beaumont With Kids
We loved the Cajun flavors mixed in with all things Texas! But, most importantly, the city has many attractions for families to enjoy, like alligators, good food, and many places to have family time outdoors.
Gator Country Adventure Park
Big Al and Big Tex – two of the largest alligators in captivity, live at the Gator Country Adventure Park. It’s the largest Alligator Sanctuary in Southeast Texas and is home to over 450 alligators, crocodiles, and other reptiles. We spent most of our time here at the adventure park while in Beaumont. We arrived in the rain and figured we would spend an hour or so. Several hours later, the kids were still gazing at, holding, and learning about gators and other wildlife.
The Fire Museum Of Texas
The Fire Museum of Texas is a great way to learn a bit of history and a fun way for the kids to experience. There is so much to explore in this two-story, seven-bay station that the Texas Historical Commission recognized as a historic landmark in 1983! Fire Museum of Texas is worth your time, and the kids will have a blast. Free popcorn on Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.
Admission is free.
Texas-Sized Landmarks For Photos
If you love roadside attractions as we do, you will not want to miss snapping a family photo in front of the Giant Dalmatian Fire Hydrant that sits just in front of the Fire Museum of Texas. It’s a trendy Instagrammable photo.
Also, look for the Giant Muffler Man at 830 South 11th Street and Big Beau at Gator Country Adventure Park.
Beaumont Botanical Gardens
Beaumont Botanical Gardens, part of Tyrrell Park, is a beautiful location for a family hike or romantic stroll. Beautiful plants, flowers, and foliage kept us oohing and ahhing as we traversed the lovely grounds.
Running, playing, and cutting up as a family is how we enjoy ourselves while getting a little exercise on a road trip. This trip was a fun family outing and the perfect environment for capturing memories on camera.
Several people were walking around getting their photos taken by photographers, even on this chilly day. Beaumont Botanical Gardens is a charming place to explore with the kids.
Another free place to enjoy with the family is Cattail Marsh. Cattail March provides spectacular views with 900 acres of scenic wetlands, including a boardwalk and two covered platforms.
If you enjoy birding, more than 250 species of birds can be seen annually. Pelicans, egrets, roseate spoonbills, ducks, ibis, doves, and red-winged blackbirds are just some of the birds you may see. There are more than eight miles of gravel levee roads within the Marsh to enjoy, which are great for hiking, biking, or other recreational activities. It’s enjoyable to walk out on the boardwalk, watch the birds fly over, and try to count all the different species of birds you see.
Spindletop Boomtown Museum
A Beaumont attraction is the oil-gushing Spindletop. It’s where the Texas oil industry got its start. Though it doesn’t gust out oil anymore, it is something to witness. It is located at 5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd.(formerly University Drive).
Big Thicket National Preserve
If you have extra time while visiting Beaumont, take an hour’s drive to Big Thicket National Preserve, rent a kayak, or go on a kayaking tour with Big Thicket Outfitters. More tours are available than you can imagine.
Restaurants In Beaumont Texas
Hungry? Not to worry. When you’re ready to feast, Beaumont has some of the best food in the Southeast, and being so close to the border of Louisiana, the food scene has some of the best cajun food in Texas.
Head to Daddios for a fabulous burger with fresh ingredients including the bun! Ask for their homemade sauces too.
Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp
Editor’s Note Submission:
A local favorite is Tia Juanita’s. Don’t be shy – ask the waiter what they recommended, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with any meal here. But you may have to ask them to repeat – unless you’re cajun. Some do have an accent – which is so cool. I loved listening to her talk.
Just Google restaurants in Beaumont and see what comes up. You’ll be amazed!
Experience a new side of Texas in Beaumont! We could only enjoy a day in this unique Texas city but found so much to do, and more we want to go back to explore. Are you looking for additional inspiration? See all Beaumont has to offer at Beaumont Visitors Bureau.