Beaumont became a town on December 16, 1838. Oil was discovered at nearby Spindletop on January 10, 1901. It became the first major oil field and one of the largest in American history. The city’s population was 118,296 at the 2010 census making it the twenty-fourth most populous city in Texas. With Port Arthur and Orange, it forms the Golden Triangle, a major industrial area on the Gulf Coast.
The Beaumont Enterprise is the only daily newspaper serving Beaumont. Two weekly publications are the Examiner and The Southeast Texas Record. The Lamar student newspaper is the University Press.
Lamar university recreational sports program
Physical activity is key to a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise can increase your energy and improve your confidence. Rec Sports programs include Fitness and Wellness, Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, and Outdoor pursuits, Aquatics, and Informal Recreation.
Fitness and Wellness—Group fitness classes from Zumba to Cycle and more, plus special “Lunch and Learn” health education classes and “Cutting Edge” fitness demos.
Outdoor Pursuits: Rock Climbing Wall, Outdoor Shop, Adventure Trips, Team Building, and Outdoor Professional Development.
Use of Equipment and Facilities: You must have a Recreational Sports ID card to enter Rec Sports facilities and use their equipment. Payment of the fee, which varies depending on the term, is optional and must be paid to the LU cashier at the beginning of the session.
World Gym— Open 24 hours/day. Phone# 409-866-5595 or visit (www.worldgym.com)
Exygon—Two locations in Beaumont. Phone# 409-866-2582 or visit (www.exygon.com)
Crossfit Beaumont—Phone# 409-651-5679 or visit (crossfitbeaumont.com)
Sterling Pruitt Activity Center: The Sterling Pruitt Activity Center hosts many recreational amenities that are used daily by Beaumont citizens. The activity center features full basketball courts, volleyball courts, pool table, tennis courts, weight room facilities, cardio equipment, aerobics room, and adult and youth programs. Phone# 409-838-3613
Parks & other activities
- Henry Homberg Golf Course: Henry Homberg Golf Course is located just south of Interstate 10 in historic Tyrell Park. The surrounding pines and oaks make this course a peaceful and attractive place to play. Phone#409-842-3220
- Beaumont Farmers Market: The Beaumont Farmers Market is a place for the community to meet and to support our local farmers. Our vendors are all within a 150-mile radius of Beaumont. The market runs Saturdays from 8-11am, March through November. Visit www.beaumonttxfarmersmarket.orgs
- Botanical Gardens: The Botanical Gardens offer an island of beautiful plants, shrubs, trees and flowers in a park that has everything from a natural wetland to a finely groomed golf course. Phone#409-842-3135
- Tyrrell Park:Whether you like to take a walk and enjoy beautiful wildlife in the 900-acre adjacent wetland, which provides a natural habitat for animals, birds, and fish, or prefer to stroll among gorgeous flowers, plants and trees, Tyrell park has it all. Located at 5305 Tyrell Park Rd.
- Cattail Marsh Wetlands Area: The area has become a wildlife refuge for a variety of aquatic animals and more than 350 species of birds, including pelicans, egrets, roseate spoonbills, ducks, ibis, doves, and redwinged blackbirds. The 900-acre wetland offers a variety of recreational activities, with more than eight miles of gravel levee roads for jogging, hiking, biking, bird watching, wildlife photography and picnicking along the banks of Hildebrandt Bayou and Willow Marsh Bayou. Be careful of the inhabitants! Located at 5305 Tyrell Park Rd.
A great place to start your Beaumont shopping adventure is with a stroll down Dowlen Road. This Beaumont original is a bustling street with places to find anything and everything. Discover boutiques and specialty shops featuring one-of-a-kind items you won’t find anywhere else, and plenty of restaurants along the way to satisfy the hungry shopper! Antiquing is an art in Beaumont, where store owners bring a passion for beautiful antiques to dozens of stores in the area. With thousands of square feet of antique treasures, you’re sure to find that perfect collectible in Beaumont, Texas! Old Town’s Calder Avenue offers antique finds and specialty shops. Find one-of-a-kind treasures at the Calder House Antique Mall. For more information about shopping in Beaumont visit: www.beaumontcvb.com/visitors/shopping.
Culture and entertainment
Beaumont has a rich and historical cultural environment which you can explore during your free time. Listed below is a small sample of some places and events that you might be interested in. Additional information can be found online, and at the Beaumont Convention and Visitor’s Bureau located at 505 Willow St. or visit (www.beaumontcvb.com).
More than 140 universities and colleges
State is a leader in high technology, research and emerging industries
One of the most popular travel and tourism states in the U.S.
Home of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas
Major recreational parks such as Sea World, Six Flags Over Texas, Fiesta Texas, Astroworld
More than 26,000,000 residents in an area of 713,328 square kilometers
More than 1,000,000 jobs in Texas related to international trade
U.S.A.’s third coast – 624 miles of coastline
Beaches – mountains – deserts – forests – prairies
Professional football, basketball, soccer, ice hockey, and baseball