Get ready for the charter bus to roll into the lovely town of Beaumont .The Cajuns called it "Lagniappe" which means "a little something extra"; and that very much describes Beaumont. This town is still pure Texas, but at the same time, their bayou roots make it a combination of two colorful cultures.
From two-stepping to zydeco, enjoying enchiladas and spicy hot boiled crawfish, or checking out museums specializing in everything from art to energy, the Beaumont area definitely has a Texas-sized portion of lagniappe!
Your charter bus group will be interested to know that as early as 1824, Noah Tevis settled Tevis Bluff, with visions of establishing a town there. David Brown had similar plans with a town called Santa Anna. Neither town would see any development. In September 1835, a man named Henry Millard arrived from New Orleans. He purchased 50 acres of land from Tevis, on the Neches River bluff. He named his town Beaumont, in honor of the family of his wife, Mary Beaumont.
Big Thicket National Preserve is a breathtaking stop on your charter bus excursion. This nature reserve is located on 86,000 acres of forest, meadow and swamp; contains a wide variety of wildlife for the viewing. If your charter bus group happens to be visiting in the early morning hours or early evening, you are almost assured to see some of the abundant wildlife that inhabits the area.
Another fantastic stop on your charter bus tour of Beaumont is the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. This huge facility has 1,000s of artworks including paintings, sculptures, and glass art by not only local artisans, but internationally known artists as well. Additionally, charter a stop for your group by the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Memorial Museum which features 16 glass pannels which display the life and history of this amazing athlete. Many of her awards, medals and even a pair of her bronzed shoes are featured.
For something a little off the beaten path, take your charter bus gang to a wine tasting at the Piney Woods Wines,and see how that wonderful libation is made. There are also champagne and marinades available for sale. Piney Woods also has a tasting room for sampling their wares. Your charter bus group can pick up bottles for friends back home as gifts as well.
Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum is a grand stop for your charter bus gang. Texas is oil country and that is no more evident than in Beaumont, where old oil derricks still dot the landscape almost everywhere you go.This Museum highlights life during the oil boom days when the oil well named Spindletop was putting out 3.59 million barrels of oil its first year of production. It crated John D. Rockefeller's monopoly on oil, and opened up the oil production industry.
Since your charter bus is in cajun country, take a stop by the Ragin' Cajun and have some boiled crawdads (mudbugs) and a wonderful pitcher of beer. Sartins Seafood also offers up some fine cajun cuisine. If your charter bus gang is in the mood for something more exotic, charter a stop by the Fujiyama Japanese & Chinese where your group will find some truly marvelous fare. If your charter bus group isn't feel too adventurous, Beaumont has the tried and true chain restaurants Olive Garden and Red Lobster, just to name a few, where you know the food is always a good choice.
Beaumont is waiting for you and your group to come explore all the fun this city has to offer, book your charter bus excursion today!