With gas prices soaring, summer vacations seem like just a dream for many. It’s times like this when being a tourist in your town can save you lots of green and still leave you with plenty of memories. If I were going to spend a week being a tourist in my town, Beaumont, Texas, these are a few of the stops I’d make.
1. Take a tour of The Fire Museum of Texas. Open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm; free admission. While you’re there take your picture in front of the 24 foot tall, dalmatian spotted fire hydrant (the largest in the world) that was donated by Walt Disney World to celebrate the re-release of 101 Dalmatians.
2. Have a picnic lunch at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens. The gardens are free and open during daylight hours. For a few extra dollars, visit the Warren Loose Conservatory.
Photo courtesy of Beaumont Botanical Gardens
3. Visit Big Al, Texas’ largest alligator in captivity, at Gator Country. The park is open Monday through Sunday, 10:00am to 6:00pm. After holding a baby alligator, stay for lunch or dinner at the Gator Country Restaurant.
Photo courtesy of Gator Country
So, now you tell me … where are the top three places you would go if you were a tourist in your town?
Until next time … Buon Viaggio!
Cherrye’s Note: Andrea is a native southeast Texan who blogs about her life, her job and her random thoughts at Andrea Unplugged. Check it out!