Beaumont may owe its prosperity to oil but it’s is not the only natural resource we’re blessed to have. With dense forests, sandy beaches and shallow wetlands, southeast Texas is overflowing with outdoor activities. Enjoy the beauty of nature in the tranquil setting of local botanical gardens or go horseback riding through area parks. For avid outdoor adventure seekers, camping and hiking & biking locales abound in southeast Texas.
Beaumont is also a birding paradise. Hundreds of species are indigenous, while others migrate in for a season on our two migratory flyways: the Central and the Mississippi. Nearly 30 species of ducks and flocks of snow geese migrate here between October and March. Roseate spoonbills, great and white snowy egrets, white-faced ibis and mottled ducks are year-round fixtures making Beaumont a favorite destination for the Great Texas Birding Classic.
If you’re an avid birder, or simply a beginner looking to get started, you’ve come to the right place! Beaumont is on two migratory bird flyways: the Central and Mississippi. A local favorite for birding is the Big Thicket National Preserve, which offers a checklist of birds found within the Preserve. Additional birding resources can be found by visiting The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Over 350 bird species are spotted in and around Beaumont annually, so you’re all but guaranteed to find what you’re looking for.
Southeast Texas is home to the largest alligator population in Texas and this scaly reptilian is a celebrity attraction among the region’s wildlife. If swamps & gators are your thing, you can have hands-on interaction with live alligators at Gator Country Adventure Park – and take home a picture to prove it!
In Beaumont, you’ll also find plenty of opportunities for life on the water. We’re surrounded by the Neches River, Sabine Causeway, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and many lakes and bayous so when it comes to paddling, boating or fishing, we’ve got it covered. For the interested anglers, you can expect to catch speckled trout, flounder, alligator gar, redfish and many others in our freshwater and saltwater fishing spots.
Whatever your passion, one thing’s for sure. Warm weather and sunny skies almost year-round make Beaumont the perfect playground for outdoor lovers. Start blazing a trail through Beaumont now! Download and print trail maps.