Situated just inland from the Gulf Coast and due East of Houston, Beaumont has a population of 114,000 people. Originally established as a farming town, the Neches River played an important part in keeping it a thriving town.
<p>With the Big Thicket Preserve to its north and Sabine Lake, the Sabine Wildlife Preserve to its south and proximity to the Gulf, there are plenty of outdoor activities. From fishing to boating, you'll find plentiful places as well as areas for hiking, biking and running. If you are looking for an "off the beaten path" activity check on the Gator Country Adventure Park - they have REAL alligators! Beaumont is also home to the Great Texas Birding Classic, a huge bird watching competition. The city and surrounding areas are home to hundreds of species, nearly 30 of them being fowl alone.</p>
<p>There's a wide variety of restaurants here and once in your Beaumont apartment, you'll want to try some of the top rated ones. Don't pass Gator Country without giving it a taste test. Yes, it has live alligators you can pet and once a year you can even wrestle a big one but in the meanwhile, try fried alligator meat or if you're a little squeamish, they've got some other food and it's really good. For more normal fare, Tokyo Steakhouse has amazing sushi and Chaba Thai get raves reviews. Elena's for Mexican is also popular as is Pancho Villa's. Whether you want simple diner food or upscale atmosphere, Beaumont has it.</p>
Two Stepping in Beaumont
<p>Nightlife in Beaumont is just as eclectic as it's food scene. The Vortex has a wide variety of live music as does Whiskey River, where you can dance to everything from country to rap. It's mostly a dance floor for two stepping however, and if you don't know that dance, you'll quickly learn and love it. Easys Tapas and Martinis is lower key but a lot of fun and very friendly. Thirsty's is a great little dive bar with live music on Fridays, shuffleboard and a patio area which is actually a carport. You have to try it!</p>