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21 BIG Things To Do in Southeast TX in 2021
Dated: May 25 2021
Known as the Golden Triangle, or Southeast Texas, the Beaumont, Orange, and Port Arthur areas are home to a number of unique and beautiful cities and a wealth of events and activities.
Check out these 21 BIG things to do in Southeast Texas in 2021, and then start planning your own foray into this Texas gem.
1. Visit historic houses in the Golden Triangle
The heart of Southeast Texas is the Golden Triangle, an area rich with history. Take in some of that history for yourself with a tour of the area's many historic houses.
At least half a dozen homes from the 1800s and early 1900s pepper the area, providing a free or very inexpensive way to learn about the oil boom in the area, beautiful historic architecture, period artifacts, and the lifestyle of those who lived more than 100 years ago.
Here are some of the most distinctive places you should tour this year:
- McFaddin-Ward House
- Chambers House
- John J. French Museum
- Pompeiian Villa
- H. Stark House
- Spindeltop-Gladys City Boomtown
2. Go fishing at one of the area's many waterways
If you think of Texas as a dry place, think again--Southeast Texas is characterized by lush plant life and access to numerous creeks, rivers, lakes, ponds, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Many of these waterways are wonderful places to enjoy a classic and relaxing outdoor pastime: Fishing. Beaumont in particular provides many places that are open to fishing, but you can also go deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Grab a pole, find a boat if you want, bring along a buddy, and start enjoying seafood you caught yourself!
3. OR, go crabbing instead
If fishing doesn't appeal, you could try something a little more unique: Crabbing. Hunting crabs along sandy shores is a popular (and potentially delicious) pastime in the Golden Triangle, and you can choose from many spots.
Try any of these places for finding crabs:
- State parks
- Texas Wildlife Refuge
- Rainbow Bridge
- Port Neches Park
- Pleasure Island
- Collier Ferry Park
Don't forget to grab your fishing license before you go fishing or crabbing--It will be required in most places (except possibly in the state parks).
4. Get outside in one of the state parks and preserves
Southeast Texas is home to several beautiful state parks and wildlife preserves that offer natural outdoor places to pursue activities such as biking, hiking, walking, and running.
Enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife of the area, and take advantage of the year-round warm weather, while engaging in your favorite outdoor pursuits. Here are some of the area's state parks that you may want to check out this year:
- Village Creek State Park
- Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
- Claiborne West Park wildlife and bird sanctuary
- W.G. Jones State Forest
- Sam Houston National Forest
- Huntsville State Park
If you want to explore further afield, you can find more than a dozen national forests and state parks in the area, many of which have family-friendly activities, including playgrounds, picnic areas, and camping opportunities.
5. Soak up natural beauty in the botanical gardens
The wild beauty of the state parks isn't the only way to enjoy the natural beauty that Southeast Texas has to offer. Beaumont and Orange are both home to botanical gardens that offer access to gorgeous flowers, beautiful plants, and exciting activities that expand your botanical knowledge.
6. Go to the beach
Thanks to the many waterways in Southeast Texas, there are also many beaches you can enjoy along rivers, creeks, lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico. Kayak in the Adams Bayou. Go fishing in the Gulf. Sunbathe on Crystal Beach. Any beach-friendly activity you enjoy, you can enjoy in the Golden Triangle.
7. Attend a performing arts show
Performing arts are alive and well in Southeast Texas. With covid restrictions lifting, you should be able to find an event to enjoy this year.
Southeast Texas has venues for many types of performing arts. In the area, you can enjoy any of the following:
- And more
8. See a classic movie in downtown Beaumont
Of course, Southeast Texas is home to many theaters where you can enjoy the most recent releases. However, Beaumont hosts Classic Movie Nights downtown that you will not want to miss.
Classic Movie Nights occur at the Jefferson in downtown Beaumont, and will cost you less than $10 (popcorn included!). There aren't many other ways to enjoy the best movies ever made in as inexpensive and winsome a manner.
9. Visit downtown Beaumont
You may just want to make downtown Beaumont a destination in and of itself. The area boasts beautiful architecture that makes strolling through the area a pleasure, and is peppered with shopping, dining, and museums that you can spend hours exploring and enjoying. Don't forget to stop by a local brewery and search for some of the city's distinctive murals.
10. Take advantage of the Museum Capital of Texas
Home to more than 40 museums, Southeast Texas is a vibrant place for learning about history, art, and even steamboats, fire departments, and the energy industry.
Beaumont bears the nickname "Museum Capital of Texas" because of the number of museums in and around it, but you can also find museums throughout the Golden Triangle. Decide which ones interest you most, and check them out, or take your time and explore them all. You won't be disappointed.
11. Embrace adventure in the form of a swamp boat tour
A swamp boat tour may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about things to do in Southeast Texas in 2021, but taking one could definitely be the highlight of your year.
These tours let you get up close and personal with the wetlands and marshes (and their wildlife) that dot the Golden Triangle. Places to explore include the following:
- The Cattail Marsh's 900 acres of wetlands
- The Neches River
- The freshwater marshes in Anahuac, McFaddin, and Texas Point National Wildlife Refuges
Use these tours to enjoy these beautiful natural areas or to spot alligators and other wildlife that make these areas their home.
12. Visit Gator Country
If spotting alligators is your thing, you will not want to miss Gator Country. The park houses more than 250 alligators, including two of the biggest captive alligators in the state.
Your visit to Gator Country could even include holding a gator--The babies--and educational activities that help you learn more about these large and unique creatures.
13. Check out a local festival
Exploring the outdoors isn't the only way to make the most of Southeast Texas in 2021. You can also take advantage of any of the many festivals in the area.
You can choose to attend traditional festivals, such as annual Mardis Gras, Halloween or Christmas celebrations.
However, the area also offers some unique festivals that give you insights into the events that shaped the Golden Triangle over the years. These include the following:
- Nederland's Heritage Festival
- Celebration of the Spindletop oil boom
- Port Neches Riverfest
Food, music, entertainment, history, and the best that Southeast Texas has to offer--You cannot ask for much more than that, and it all happens at these exciting festivals.
14. Take a ride on a vintage locomotive
Train rides are a classic way to enjoy the scenery and the unique experience that trains have to offer.
In Southeast Texas, you can add another layer of fun to the train ride: Vintage trains. Take a 4-hour, 50-mile round-trip, ride on a refurbished steam or diesel train. The trip includes food, comfortable seating, and everything you need to know about the Piney Woods area of Texas through which you are traveling.
15. Go boating on one of the nearby lakes
Once you finish your train ride, you can always try another mode of transportation and relaxation: Boating. Many of the nearby lakes and waterways welcome boaters, including canoes, kayaks, and other types of boats. Get out on the water and enjoy the peace, quiet, and beauty you can find there.
16. Visit Big Thicket National Preserve
Southeast Texas is home to many beautiful natural areas, parks, and preserves, but one of the most outstanding areas to visit is Big Thicket.
This large nature preserve offers sanctuary for and education about a wide range of flora and fauna, including sensitive species and valuable ecosystems.
Once there, you can choose to hike, bike, boat, fish, or enjoy other recreational activities throughout the preserve's unique natural areas. Just don't forget to pay attention to the required licenses and check out the condition of the park before you go.
17. Enjoy some fine dining
If you live in, work in, or are visiting Southeast Texas this year, you need to eat and lucky for you, there are many wonderful places to enjoy good food in the area.
Downtown Beaumont is a prime place to find a variety of cuisines to suit your taste, including tacos, BBQ, soul food, pizza, sandwiches, and more.
However, you can find good food throughout the Golden Triangle. Don't forget to check out some of the area's amazing seafood options and breweries while you are there.
18. Go to the zoo
If you are bringing kids to Southeast Texas, you may want to check out the zoo, or rather, the numerous zoos throughout the area. Some locations to see include the following:
- The open-range Bayou Wildlife Zoo
- Franklin Drive-Thru Safari
- Caldwell Zoo
- The Texas Zoo
19. Visit Jumping World Trampoline Park
Energetic kids will require a trip to Jumping World Trampoline Park in Beaumont. This 20,000 square-foot trampoline park will deliver hours of high-energy, high-elevation fun for kids of all ages.
Jumping World also isn't the only trampoline park in the area. Try more than one to find your favorite, and enjoy being in a place where your kids can have unfettered fun.
20. Go to Colorado Canyon
If you need a family-friendly entertainment center, than consider going to Colorado Canyon in Beaumont. The miniature golf course and arcade are the centerpieces, but the center also provides snacks, a laser maze, gemstone and fossil mining, and more.
21. Visit a waterpark
Southeast Texas can get hot, so cooling off is one of the best ideas for enjoying the area in the summer. This summer, try to get your water fun in at one of the area's many water parks. Some of the coolest ones to consider are the following:
- Lost Lagoon
- Hurricane Alley
- Pirates Bay Water Park
- And More!
If Southeast Texas sounds like the best place for you to start the next chapter of your life, then let Big Realty help! We can turn your BIG Texas home buying dream and make it a reality so you can enjoy everything Southeast Texas has to offer more quickly and with less stress. Contact us today!
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