12 Spots to Cool Off – Splash Your Way Through Beaumont with a Parks Crawl
Did you know the City of Beaumont operates ten splash pads and two public pools sprinkled throughout the city (pun intended)? All are completely free and open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, so make a go-bag full of sunscreen, drinks, games, and towels to run out the door anytime you need to cool off from the Texas sun.
There are thirteen weekends in the summer season and twelve different water attractions. Whether you’re headed North, South, East, or West, there is a fun, free water adventure in every corner of the city – and we’re challenging you to hit them all!
Start in the very northern part of town at Halbouty Park. This hidden gem is nestled in a quiet community and has a splash pad, two playgrounds, a basketball court, and a walking trail! It’s a perfect hangout spot for the whole family and provides shade and seating at the covered pavilion.
Head on down Pine Street to the Pine Street Park next for a scenic splash! This park is equipped with activities for all ages, but especially elementary-aged kiddos, thanks to the school next door. Additionally, you’ll have an interactive playground, a tennis court, a covered basketball court, and covered seating pavilion. Make sure to pack a change of clothes so they can splash and play the day away.
Our third stop on this splashy summer crawl is the Magnolia Swimming Pool (temporarily closed). Next to the Sterling Pruitt Activity Center, this is the heart and soul of the Recreation Department, and your family will enjoy every bit of your time out there! They offer swimming lessons and aquatic aerobics or head inside to cool off in the air-conditioned gym, which has a weight room, basketball court, table games, and activities. It’s available for group and party rentals and is a great spot to host your next family reunion or birthday party! Pool hours are Friday-Saturday 12-5pm, Sunday 12-6pm, and Tuesday-Thursday 12-6 pm. Call (409) 838-3613 for more information on available lessons and programming.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Babe Zaharias Park is Cottonwood Park. This beautiful green space has a unique splash pad, which shoots water up from the ground at every turn! In addition to watery fun, there is also an interactive playground with several accessibility learning features, like basic Braille numbers and alphabet, common English-to-Spanish words and numbers, and a diagram with the American Sign Language alphabet. What better way sneak a little education into some summer fun!
Over on the west side of town, Rogers Park has everything you need to have a fun family day in the sun. From a playground with information about the life cycle of a butterfly to a large splash pad appropriate for kids of all ages, parents can hang out under the covered pavilion while their children frolic in the water. Go for a stroll on the winding scenic walking trail or play a game of tennis as a family. Right next door, the R. C. Miller Library is the perfect next stop to cool off, pick up a learning backpack, book, or DVD, and take advantage of their many summer reading programs.
Pearlstein Park is on the very western edge of town, tucked away in a community off Highway 90. Parents and children alike will find something to love about this park: the colorful playground, the large splash pad, the scenic walking trail, or the covered picnic area! This stop on our splashy summer crawl is picturesque and quiet – perfect for any family looking for a relaxing day out of the house at a park you’ll frequently have all to yourself.
Located in the heart of town is Central Park, home to the famous Imagination Station. But did you know there is also a splash pad next to it? Bring the kiddos out for a day of fun and creativity and check out the city’s newest park attraction, the futsal court.
Our next step is east down MLK Parkway to Charlton Pollard Park. This park is fine for the younger set, but it’s where older active kids will thrive. In addition to a playground and covered pavilion, a walking trail is sprinkled with challenging activities throughout, like miniature monkey bars and balance beams.
The next stop on our crawl is Roberts Park, located off Roberts Avenue in the southern part of town. Along with a splash pad and playground, there is a covered basketball court and scenic picnic areas fit for every member of your family. Grab a blanket and your favorite snacks and enjoy this quiet park in all its glory!
Liberia Park is another hidden gem in the southern part of Beaumont and should be a must-see on your list. There is plenty of picnic space, covered pavilion seating, a playground for all ages, and a basketball court for the whole family to enjoy. Don’t forget to pack some sunscreen because we can promise you’ll be out there all day!
Next, travel down to the historic Pear Orchard neighborhood to Sprott Park. You can’t miss the bright blue splash pad at the entrance next to an updated playground and perfectly manicured soccer field. This beautiful park also has a covered basketball court and a picturesque walking trail, so take advantage of those amenities for a perfect Texas afternoon.
Our last stop is the historic Alice Keith Park. This park has everything you could want for a fun family day out, from a community center to covered basketball courts, tennis courts, and a playground, but you must check out the Alice Keith Pool during the summer! There is a kiddie pool, wading pool, and even an area to swim laps if you’re looking to get a workout in. Pool hours are Tuesday-Sunday 12-6 pm, and the pool is available to rent for gatherings, too! Call (409) 838-3613 for more information.
Thirteen weekends, twelve locations. That’s your challenge! Each of these locations offers a unique experience, but we promise that you’ll make memories at every single one.