Attraction of the Week: Beaumont Botanical Gardens
Beaumont is a small Texas city located just 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and an hour from Houston. The city is most known for its’ unique roadside attractions which include a 135 foot tall alligator in front of Gator Country Adventure Park, a 24 foot Dalmatian spotted hydrant in front of the Fire Museum of Texas, and a Lucas Gusher Replica at Spindletop Glady’s City Museum.
Other must-dos include a visit to the Louisiana casinos (Isle of Capri and L’auberge du Lac are both within a quick drive), hiking and biking at Big Thicket National Preserve, live interactions with alligators at Gator Country Adventure Park, and strolling around the beautiful Beaumont Botanical Gardens.
Beaumont Botanical Gardens – a hidden gem
Beaumont Botanical Gardens is a beautiful 23 acre garden located inside Tyrell Park. A paved pathway takes you through beautiful gardens. Spring is a great time to visit as the weather is not quite too hot and humid yet. If you find yourself passing through Beaumont on your next road trip, be sure to take a nice relaxing break at Beaumont Botanical Gardens. This peaceful garden features a rose garden, many different plant species, and a small pond and waterfall. It is home to the Warren Loose Conservatory, the second largest conservatory located in a public garden in Texas.
Springtime at the garden
Beaumont Botanical Garden is located at: 6088 Babe Zaharias Dr, Beaumont, TX 77705
There is no entry fee. Hours are dawn to dusk. Conservatory hours are limited (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; open Saturday and Sunday 1p.m. to 5 p.m, closed on Wednesdays).
Where to dine
Sertino’s is a great little cafe which serves artisan coffee. I recommend stopping by for a delicious cup of joe and pastry or snack prior to your visit to the garden. The setting is cozy and relaxed, a perfect compliment to a morning strolling around a tranquil garden. Try the Voodoo, a specialty drink consisting of espresso and dark brewed coffee. It’s super strong and will definitely give you a kick!
More fun things to do in Beaumont
- Fire Museum of Texas
- Gator Country
- McFaddin-Ward House Museum
- Art Museum of Southeast Texas
- Jefferson Theater
- Clifton Steamboat Museum