Discover the City of Beaumont
Monday, May 23, 2011
A change of scenery for your “stay-cation”
While visiting Beaumont, there are plenty of discoveries you’re sure to make that may not be on my list, but this will serve as a good starting point.
The Texas Energy Museum, where exhibits are designed to thrill, educate and enlighten all ages, was one of our favorite stops. “Unlocking the Energy of Oil” is the star exhibit to see here. We walked next door to the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, where we enjoyed several exhibits that were on display.
While you’re in the area, explore the diversity and beauty of the Big Thicket National Preserve. Activities include birding, swimming, canoeing, hiking, fishing and a scenic tour aboard The Cardinal River Boat on the Neches River, which is one way to bring nature to you.
Gator Country Adventure Park and Restaurant is a great family destination. This unique park lets you have hands-on experience feeding live gators, as you learn about their habitats. You will see more than 130 gators, including “Big Al” the 13-foot, 1,100 pound alligator.
St. Anthony’s Catholic Cathedral, which was granted Minor Basilica status by Pope Benedict XVI, is the highlight of The Faith Trail, where you’ll see unique and historic places of worship.
The McFaddin-Ward House, which was built in 1906, will simply amaze you with its beauty and splendor of that era. Guided tours of this stately home are available. The McFaddin-Ward House is just one of many historic home tours available in Beaumont. This was one of our favorite tours, where we could imagine life in 1906, and we could also realize the impact of the invention of air-conditioning. This house has ties to the Spindletop oil gusher, which was another favorite on our tour list. The Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum is located on the campus of Lamar University, and it’s the world’s only working gusher replica. It was fun to tour the Old West boom town replica and take in a bygone era.
A surprise discovery we found in downtown Beaumont was the Fire Museum of Texas. This is quite a treasure and a little known asset to the city. You will find the perfect photo-op at the entrance of the museum. Kids will love posing in front of the 24-foot, Dalmatian-spotted fire hydrant, which was donated by Disney.
Last but not least on the list of things to see and do in Beaumont is shopping. Your choice of malls, boutiques or antique shops will definitely require walking shoes. The unique antique shops we visited were well worth our time – Tattered Suitcase and Urban Habitat, where we could have spent many more hours.
If you need to unwind at the end of your shopping spree, check out one of the city’s many luxurious day spas. Or, make a stop at Rao’s Bakery for coffee and something scrumptious. That’s just what we did, and we recommend it highly.
We stayed at the chic, comfortable and economical Red Roof Inn in Beaumont. This property is the “Next Generation” design, which features amenities that include granite countertops, new plush bedding and flat- screen TVs, which makes this a weekend getaway choice that is both affordable and unique.
For more information, visit www.beaumontcvb.com and www.redroof.com.
Photos (from top to bottom):
The McFaddin-Ward House sits majestically on lush grounds.
Take a walk through an old west boom town replica at the Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum tour.
Disney donated this Dalmation-inspired fire hydrant to the Texas Fire Museum in Beaumont.
Rao’s Bakery Coffee-Café will make your mouth water!
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