Take a trip on the “wild side” of Beaumont by following our nature trail, full of outdoor activities sure to connect you to the wonders of Southeast Texas.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the Rao’s Bakery; the popular cafe opened its first shop in Beaumont in 1941. Then head down to Beaumont’s Riverfront Park in historic downtown and embark on a Neches River Adventures aboard the Cardinal Riverboat, a 37-passenger slow moving boat to soak in the beauty of the Neches River and Big Thicket.
Head over to the Beaumont Botanical Gardens and Warren Loose Conservatory for a continued glimpse at the beauty of Southeast Texas nature. The indoor conservatory boasts hundreds of species of plant life and a Koi pond stocked with Texas size fish ready to be fed. The garden features a 2-story rock waterfall and lake surrounded by multi-colored roses. The garden is also home to one of the country’s first 9/11 Memorials.
Conclude your with a mouth-watering feast at Sartin’s Seafood. This local hot-spot has been feeding guests its famous BBQ crabs and fried catfish since 1971. Live music too!
Rekindle your sense of wonder at the nearby Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, recently recognized as one of the Top 10 “greenest projects in the world” by the American Institute of Architects. Take a boat ride into the bayou and reflects under a canopy of moss covered Cypress trees. Dine at leisure at the on-site Star and Crescent Moon Café serving fresh salads, sandwiches, and soups. While in Orange, stop by the Stark Museum of Art, internationally known for housing one of the largest collections of John James Audubon wildlife books.
Back in Beaumont, end your day listening to a local bayou band and feasting on Gator Country Restaurant‘s famous Cajun cuisine.
Southeast Texas is proud to be home to so many eco friendly stops, our most popular being the Big Thicket National Preserve just outside of Beaumont — great for hiking and birding in a diverse biological wonder. Continuing east, Heritage Village (a pioneer town) and the Pickett House Restaurant (known for its family style service and homemade fried chicken and chicken and dumplings. Wander Heritage Village’s old school houses, blacksmith demonstrations and traditional tribal hoop dance presentations.
This itinerary is compliments of the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau.