In stark contrast to the argument that there’s nothing to do in Beaumont, the city has published a list of dozens of activities Southeast Texans can participate in that won’t break the entertainment budget. Among the many offers, take advantage of dozens of free programs and services, from recreational activities to educational opportunities, learn a new language, find a new hobby or enjoy a plethora of outdoor attractions.
Visit one of the 36 public parks and playgrounds around the town of Beaumont. Rogers Park and the adaptable Rotary Centennial Playground are neighborhood favorites, but chances are there’s a park nearby wherever you are. For a complete list of the city’s parks, visit https://www.beaumontcvb.com/things-to-do/parks-outdoors/parks/.
Stroll through the free indoor/outdoor Beaumont Botanical Gardens and Conservatory, 23.5 acres of ever-changing flora and fauna at Tyrrell Park, 6088 Babe Zaharias Dr.
Swim in the free public pools at Magnolia Park or Alice Keith Park.
Cool off at the splash pads at Rogers Park, Sprott Park and Alice Keith Park.
Try disc golf at Tyrrell Park (Cattail Marsh Wetlands Education Center rents discs for free!) or at Klein Park.
Swing life on one of the outdoor tennis courts, the Municipal Tennis Center at 6455 College St.
Play a game of basketball at one of the many courts around town.
Learn pickleball, America’s fastest growing sport, at Sterling Pruitt Activity Center, 2930 Gulf Ave, Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center or Roger’s Park.
Practice your aim and try your hand at outdoor archery at Tyrrell Park, check out the skate park, or try your hand at futsal, an international version of soccer, at Central Park, 640 S. 4th St.
Take your furry friend for a day at Ida Reed Dog Park, 2348 Louisiana Ave.
Play pool, board games, dominoes or cards at Sterling Pruitt Activity Center or Lakeside Center, 150 Magnolia St. There are even monthly tournaments.
Reserve one of the park canopies or picnic tables (first come, first served) for your outdoor gatherings and soirees.
Practice your photography with free introductory workshops and tips at Cattail Marsh, 4233 Babe Zaharius Dr., also on the Tyrrell Park grounds.
Find your new favorite book on OverDrive, a free Beaumont Public Library System service that gives you access to over 300,000 e-books and audiobooks.
Get back to nature and try bird watching. Located on two flyways, you can see 250 species at any time of the year. Cattail Marsh can help you get started with beginner checklists and DIY worksheets. You can even earn prizes by participating in the Birdie Passport program. For more information on the birding program, visit https://www.beaumontcvb.com/birdies/passport/.
Learn a new language with the Mango app, available through the Beaumont Public Library.
Improve your technology skills in the weekly computer classes offered at the Lakeside Center.
Learn smarter, not harder, with DMV practice tests, tips and tricks from every Beaumont Public Library branch.
Take advantage of free WiFi and public computers at each Beaumont Public Library branch anytime during regular business hours.
Attend one of the grant writing seminars and search for grants and funding sources at the Foundation Center Online, accessible at the RC Miller Library, 1605 Dowlen Road. next to Rogers Park.
Health and wellness
Sign up for complimentary fitness, martial arts and aerobics classes at the Lakeside Center or work out with unlimited access to Lakeside’s cardio, weights and equipment at the Sterling Pruitt Activity Center.
Take advantage of “free play” days at the Sterling Pruitt Activity Center gym.
Learn about good physical and mental health practices with free educational courses offered by Beaumont Public Health Services. There are sessions on healthy eating and nutrition, HIV/AIDS, immunizations, personal hygiene, self-esteem, STIs, stroke, tobacco, women’s and children’s education, and more.
Refresh your wellness feeling. Printed materials are available from Beaumont Public Health on a variety of topics from CPR courses and certifications to diabetes awareness, cancer prevention, heart disease, home safety, high blood pressure/hypertension, smoking cessation, stress and stress-related disorders, violence, and rape/sexual abuse Abuse.
Grab a friend and join the free weekly morning yoga session at Cattail Marsh.
Sign up for the Summer Tennis Camp offered at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center.
Get a breath of fresh air on the city’s nature trails and hiking trails, like the Gulf Terrace Hike and Bike Trail, 9310 Phelan Blvd. or the running/walking trail around the event center.
Get smart with weekly Imagination Kits available in the library. Each set is packed with stimulating STEAM games and activities like instructions on how to build birdhouses and juggling balls.
Learn about nature and the largest wetland ecosystem in Southeast Texas with materials and lessons from the Cattail Marsh Wetlands Education Center, or sign up for a free van tour of the marshland.
Delve into your genealogy, or even your neighborhood, with Southeast Texas’ most comprehensive collection of historical archives at the Tyrrell Historical Library, 695 Pearl St.
Tour a museum – the city operates the Fire Museum of Texas, 400 Walnut St., the Babe Zaharias Museum, 1750 Interstate 10 E., and the Police Museum (by appointment), all of which offer a unique look at Southeast Texas history. Snap a photo at the world’s largest working fire hydrant and learn about one of the most fascinating and successful female athletes of all time.
Become a fire safety expert with courses offered by the Beaumont Fire Department. Schedule your team’s lessons into groups at https://fire.beaumonttexas.gov/about/.
social and fun
Join a book club! Weekly meetings are held across all library branches, and book discussion kits are available year-round for all ages and niches. There are also summer book clubs and reading programs for children under 17.
Create your own art at Lakeside Center’s paint and pottery studio, or learn to crochet or knit in one of the free classes. Cattail Marsh also offers weekly free crafts for kids as part of its Cattail Explorers program.
Take part in one of over 50 events hosted by the town of Beaumont throughout the year. Favorites include the annual Fourth of July celebration, Oktoberfest and Christmas tree lighting.
Earn prizes for exploring the local food scene with the free Cajun Trail foodie pass program. You can earn rewards by checking into 5, 10, and 15 local restaurants to sample local cuisine.
Attend the weekly nature shows or coffee at Cattail morning meetings.
Go on a treasure hunt. The Official Beaumont Geocache Tour has 25 containers hidden in Southeast Texas.
Find your favorite photo spot in town with a selfie or a Beaucycle scavenger hunt.
Keep an eye on your furry friend – bring them to Beaumont Animal Care, 1884 Pine St. for a free microchip scan and registration.
Save on vet bills – Beaumont Animal Care offers Beaumont residents two spay/neuter vouchers per year.
Prepare your home for cool temperatures or hot summer nights by brushing up on extreme weather safety tips, or take advantage of the flood resources and other preparation materials offered by the Beaumont Emergency Operations Center.
Benefit from the free disposal of bulky waste via your weekly refuse collection service. Beaumont Garbage Service will remove large branches, furniture, equipment and even tires for you.
Sign up for the Citizens Police Academy hosted by the Beaumont Police Department, a free 15-week program to teach you the ins and outs of law enforcement, attend a neighborhood association meeting or volunteer with Citizens in Action to engage your community.
Have your child’s car seat installed and inspected by the Beaumont Fire Department. They can give you a time to come to the station for instructions on how to operate.
Need help setting up your smoke alarm? A firefighter can come to your home and help you get settled. Reach the city’s 24/7 emergency number through the 3-1-1 app or hotline to schedule assistance.