Thanks to our year-round tropical climate, Southeast Texas is a great place to get out and soak up the sun! With a plethora of facilities available, whether you’re looking for a casual game or trying out a new hobby, or making friends, there’s no shortage of places to hang out, sweat it out or get your endorphins pumping. You can brush up on an old favorite or try something new with disc golf, pickleball and futsal among the city’s exciting new offerings.
Texas takes sports very seriously, but you don’t have to. The City of Beaumont Parks and Recreation Department is constantly reinventing the wheel about fun, so take a look at some of the facilities available, many of which are completely free.
Halfway between frisbee and golf, this A unique variant of Frisbee allows players to throw discs at different baskets by noting the number of throws needed to hit the target. Like golf, fewer strokes are desirable. Play a few holes or play a few rounds at one of our free public disc golf courses at Klein Park or Tyrrell Park. No reservations are required, just pick a sunny afternoon, gather a few friends and aim for the basket. You can bring your own discs, or the Cattail Marsh Wetlands Education Center rents them for free.
Looking to practice your putting or driving? SETX is a year-round golf destination. Head toward Henry Homberg Golf Course to Tyrrell Park for a public 18-hole course suitable for all skill levels. Built in the 1930s, the historic course has been continually upgraded to provide a challenging and scenic setting for players. Check their website for prices and to book a tee time.
Channel your inner Katniss Everdeen to Tyrrell Park Archery Range located right next to the Tyrrell Park Stables. This fifty-meter shooting range has ten targets that you can use completely free of charge! Just bring your own gear and shoot to your heart’s content. Also, be on the lookout for exciting news on archery lessons in the near future!
Beaumont has produced some top professional players and the town does everything it can to ensure there are plenty of well-maintained facilities for training. No matter what side of town you’re on, there’s an indoor or outdoor court near you. Take a ball, your team and your best playing face and make it a scrum. Or take the family on a laid-back horse ride, world tour, or musical baskets. Here is a list of parks in Beaumont that have basketball courts available for free public use:
Hit the net for two, four or six to practice your bump, set, spike. You can beat up the heat with indoor courts at Sterling Pruitt Activity Chill out or tan on one of the outdoor courts at the Beaumont Municipal Sports Complex or Roberts Park. Volleyballs are available to rent for free from Sterling Pruitt, but you’ll need to get this ball out of your garage if you want to play at either of the other two venues.
Our own Nice mountain skate park is a skater’s paradise equipped with obstacles, ramps and jumps for terrain of all skill levels. Practice your ledges, rails and stairs as you fly and spin through the air. Located downtown at the corner of Laurel and Magnolia, it is open from dusk until dawn next to the Lakeside Center with a view of the lake. You will need to bring your own skates and protective gear – knee pads and helmets are highly recommended.
The fastest growing sport in the country, Pickleball take the world by storm! Similar to tennis, it can be played in doubles or singles on a modified court approximately ¼ the size. Perfect for all ages, all you need is a paddle and a plastic wiffle ball. Come to the Sterling Pruitt Activity Center on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to play with other like-minded people or host your own tournament at Beaumont Municipal Tennis any day of the week, if you are just starting out and want lessons, they are available by calling (409) 866-2833. Don’t have your own equipment? No problem! Both sites rent paddles and balls for free.
Tennis is a classic racket game between two (or four) people and a excellent choice for those who want an easy sport, but very cardio. As competitive as you want, it is played ensuring the ball stays in bounds and goes over the net. All skill levels are welcome, but if you’re a beginner looking for guidance, head to a beginners class on Thursdays at 6:00pm! For only $15 per lesson, you can train with a USPTA certified trainer. No registration is necessary, just go to the Municipal Tennis Center of Beaumont.
Run to the nearest sporting goods store to pick up a racquet and balls and head to one of eight different courts around town or lease one of the 24 courts of the Municipal Tennis Center of Beaumont! You have plenty of places to play:
Futsal is a modified, fast-paced version of football with exciting twists that allow you to play in a smaller space with smaller teams. It is recognized by UEFA and FIFA worldwide, and now you can play it right here in Beaumont!
Head to central park to play any day of the week, without reservations or fees. According to their website, “The priority in Futsal is to motivate players in an environment conducive to learning. The more children enjoy participating, the more they want to play and practice on their own. Learn more about futsal and how to play by consulting this video.
What better way to spend a sunny afternoon than with a few friends, a nice open field and some fresh air! Pull out that old bat and your favorite old baseball cap from the back of your closet and start swinging.
Several lots are available to you within the City of Beaumont, including Rogers Park, Sprott Park, Cottonwood Park, Lefler Park, Klein Park, McLean Park, Pearlstein Parkand Guseman Park. There are also several summer courts and leagues at the Beaumont Municipal Sports Complex, but be sure to check availability before visiting as the town often hosts tournaments and traveling teams.
Step up a gear with the world’s most popular sport. Football pitches are available at any time at Babe Zaharias Park, free and accessible to the public.
The City of Beaumont Parks and Recreation Department works tirelessly to maintain all of these facilities, but they are always adding new attractions and features. Be on the lookout for new products petanque soon to be courts, upgraded tennis facilities and even stand-alone pickleball and futsal courts! You can stay up to date with all that is available to you by following the Town of Beaumont’s social networks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.