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Museum in Beaumont

Spindletop & Gladys City Boomtown Museum

Several prospectors saw promise in the Spindletop salt dome, but it took nearly a decade before an exploratory well leased by Anthony Lucas blew a fountain of oil and kicked off the Petroleum Age in the US. Almost o…
Historic Building in Beaumont

McFaddin-Ward House

Visit this fabulous 1906 beaux-arts/colonial-revival mansion to see the excess made possible by the Spindletop oil boom. Members of the McFaddin family lived in the house until 1984; their original antique furnishin…
Wildlife Reserve in Beaumont

Gator Country

Feed the gators, photo-op with small reptiles and watch a live edutainment show put on by this local animal-rescue outfit. You may have seen the Gator Country crew in one of their roles rescuing alligators from huma…
Barbecue in Beaumont

Patillo's Bar-B-Que

Though the location has changed numerous times, Patillo's has been a mainstay of Beaumont's food scene since 1912. The beef links use a local southeast Texas style that's unusual and a little greasy (albeit definite…
Cafe in Beaumont

Rao's Bakery

Serving fresh baked goods from this location since 1941, Rao's has since evolved into a SE Texas chain with stores across the Golden Triangle and Houston. The coffee is good and the baristas authentically haughty, b…
Museum in Beaumont

Art Museum of Southeast Texas

This museum manages to pack a surprisingly diverse collection of rotating fine- and folk-art exhibits into its small display space, and the emphasis on regional artists means you're likely to make a few discoveries.…
Southern in Beaumont

Suga's Deep South Cuisine & Jazz Bar

Set in a sleek, historic 1914 building, Suga's gives off a sexy speakeasy vibe. Southern dishes like blackened shrimp with remoulade and grits definitely speak with a Creole accent, and live performances will keep y…
Cajun in Beaumont

Floyd's Cajun Seafood

All the Cajun classics, plus lots of lively fun, are available at this beloved southeast Texas chain. Expect a wait weekends, especially during spring crawfish season, and on weekdays during the popular lunch servic…
Burgers in Beaumont

Willy Burger

The retro diner appeal here comes complete with a silver Airstream trailer and an 'eat-here' neon arrow sign. The burgers and shakes are as good as you'd expect, plus it does breakfast.
Museum in Beaumont

Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum

Serious sports fans may recognize the name of Babe Didrikson Zaharias, named Female Athlete of the Century by the AP and Sports Illustrated. The small museum houses historical photos and artifacts related to the Bea…