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Beaumont, TX

Beaumont is Texas’ city of lost gold – Black Gold that is.  It’s also the melting pot between Texas and Louisiana, meaning you don’t have to jump the Sabine to visit  Cajun Country.  It’s right here in Beaumont.

Beaumont’s history began to boom in 1901 when the Lucas Gusher blew at Spindletop marking the first major oil discovery in the state of Texas.  Stop by the Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown to take a stroll through a recreated boomtown.  If you love museums, you should also check out the McFaddin-Ward House sitting inside a historic mansion and the Fire Museum of Texas, which boasts the largest working fire hydrant in the world.

If you need to get outside, head to Village Creek State Park just north of Beaumont to bask on its sandy shores.  And if you are really feeling up for an adventure, grab a canoe and take a trip down the Village Creek Paddling Trail.  The Piney Woods Outfitters would be happy to set you up.

To have a first-hand experience with some of Beaumont’s wildlife, head to Gator Country, a wildlife park dedicated to the alligator.  You can see Big-Al (the largest captive gator in Texas) and hold the smaller, baby version.

After all this, you’ll be hungry – I GUAR-UN-TEE.  So head to the original Jason’s Deli in the Gateway Shopping Center to see the humble roots of Texas’s best sandwich chain.  For Bar-B-Q, check out the buffet at Willie Ray’s BBQ which is ranked as one of the Top 50 in Texas.  And finally, to sample the best cajun cookin’ in Texas, head to Larry’s French Market down the highway in Groves.

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