What to do and see in Bridge City, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 24, 2017 Concepcion Newsome

Bridge City is a city in Orange County, Texas, United States. It is ninety-nine miles northeast of Houston. The population was about 8,300 at 2017. The town borders the Neches River and Cow Bayou. It is part of the Beaumont–Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area.The area is most known for the great oil industry.
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1. Museum of the Gulf Coast

700 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640-6521 +1 409-982-7000
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Museum of the Gulf Coast

The Museum of the Gulf Coast celebrates the biology, history, and unique culture of the southeastern Gulf Coast, covering the region between Houston and New Orleans. There are two floors of exhibits including features on biodiversity, archaeology and paleontology. The first floor focuses on the pre-history and history of the region and the early petroleum industry. The Gulf Coast Hall of Fame includes politicians, filmmakers, and several successful Hollywood actors including Evelyn Keyes (Gone with the Wind) and G.W. Bailey (Police Academy). Animator Kelly Asbury (Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Spirit), Karen Silkwood, and Major Tom Collins (one of the first pilots to break the sound barrier) have exhibits in this space along with accomplished individuals from many different fields (science, education, politics). There is also a rotating gallery which hosts a new exhibit every four months. The second floor showcases our decorative arts and maritime collections. We also pay tribute to artists, musicians, and athletes who have roots in this area including (but not limited to) Robert Rauschenberg, Janis Joplin, Edgar and Johnny Winter, Jimmy Johnson, and Babe Zaharias. The Museum offers customized tours and a wide variety of educational programming for pre-school children through adults.

Reviewed By Daniel A

We saw the museum on TA. Read the reviews and decided to take it in. We were greeted by the man at the front desk who was very friendly. Even though I am sure he has given the spiel hundreds of times he took time with a thorough overview.
As we went through the various exhibits it was apparent that this was a cut above most small town museums. Everything was well thought out and skillfully displayed. There is something for almost everyone in this facility.

The director came by and spoke with me. I could tell he takes great pride in the place, as he and all the contributors should.

PS. If your an old hippie like me the Janice Joplin exhibit makes it all worthwhile.

2. McFaddin-Ward House Museum

1906 Calder St, Beaumont, TX 77701-1517 +1 409-832-2134
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4.5 based on 110 reviews

McFaddin-Ward House Museum

The Beaux-Arts Colonial-style house and its furnishings reflect the lifestyle of the prominent rancher's family who struck oil at Spindletop and made it their home for seventy-five years. Today, the museum offers docent-led tours of the house for guests 8-years and older, self-guided tours of the carriage house and gardens, as well as year-round events and programming. Through education and community outreach, the museum reaches a wide range of audiences. From school tours and internship opportunities to educational lectures and activities, the McFaddin-Ward House Museum offers something for everyone. Reservations are highly recommended. Docent-led tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. for $5 per person. On Saturdays tours are offered at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. for $5 per person. Sundays feature a free first-floor tour from 1:00 to 3:00. Call for tour details and reservations.

Reviewed By pnkgirl27 - San Antonio, Texas

Such an amazingly beautiful home! It is a very large dominate home that was wonderful to see. They offer tours and also you can walk the outside grounds if you are pressed for time. The architecture is breathtaking. A very inviting place!Thank you so kindly. We are delighted to have guests who appreciate the house's beauty and history as we do!

3. Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center

2111 W Park Ave, Orange, TX 77630-3672 +1 409-670-9113
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4.5 based on 198 reviews

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center

Reviewed By Mark S - Houston, Texas

Best seen in spring. Not yet swelteringly hot and humid. Kids still in school. Flowers all out. Birds about. It's a great half day out. Prepare to do a bit of walking and get there real early or real late to see the best of the birds.

4. Dutch Windmill Museum

1500 Boston Ave, Nederland, TX 77627-4031
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Dutch Windmill Museum

Reviewed By DebiJPeck - Groves, Texas

This precious little town is called Nederland. A quaint town full of shops on Nederland Ave, and some on Boston Ave. Come visit us, wander through town, eat at Sartins for the best Barbeque Crab you've ever had in your life! The Windmill is full of history, beautifully told and well maintained. It tells the story of our beginning.

5. Claiborne West Park

4105 North St, Vidor, TX 77662-8569 +1 409-745-2255
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Claiborne West Park

Reviewed By Yeadaddy61 - Orange, Texas

Great Park hidden in southeast Texas right off I-10, Great trails, picnic areas, softball field, playground, as well as a duck pond. A great place to bring the kids and have a great time with all this park has to offer.

6. Snooper's Paradise Antiques

5509 E Parkway St, Groves, TX 77619-2935 +1 409-962-8427
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Snooper's Paradise Antiques

Reviewed By s_Zade - Collinsville, Texas

This is a huge place filled with lovely antiques. If that's your thing, you will love it. Nicely decorated & employees are very sweet & helpful.

7. Tex Ritter Park

1500 Boston Ave, Nederland, TX 77627-4031
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Tex Ritter Park

Uniques museum containing mementos of country singer, Tex Ritter, and a windmill museum.

Reviewed By JamPack1965 - Nederland, Texas

The small park behind the windmill is a must-see when you visit Nederland!! It has gazebos and very interested information on Tex Ritter whom was originally from Nederland before he made it big in music and film.

8. Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum

5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd., Beaumont, TX 77705 +1 409-880-1750
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4.5 based on 103 reviews

Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum

Museum exhibiting life in Spindletop during the first oil boom.

Reviewed By Michael H

Historical 1900's town pays tribute to the Spindletop gusher oil well -- largest gusher in the world at that time. The well started Texas on the trail to becoming oil country. The population of Beaumont went from 10,000 to 50,000 practically overnight. This is a...MoreThank you for your positive review. We are happy you enjoyed your visit and let others know about it.

9. Stark Museum of Art

712 Green Ave, Orange, TX 77630-5721 +1 409-886-2787
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Stark Museum of Art

The Stark Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth and twentieth century Western American art in the country. It focuses on the stunning land, dramatic people and diverse wildlife of the West. Paintings, sculpture and prints interpret the West from nineteenth century frontier artists to twentieth century artistic colonies. Artists include John James Audubon, Frederic Remington, Charles Marion Russell and Georgia O’Keeffe. Also, American Indian art; decorative arts; special changing exhibitions.

Reviewed By HotelLifer63

I had the great pleasure of visiting the museum and it was breath taking the since of calm the western classic were beautiful. I could spend all day here I didn't know what to expect but I was captivated from the door. The pieces were eqsuisite and Bold. Well worth the time.

10. Lions Club Veteran Memorial Park

Intersection of I-10 East and Claiborne, Vidor, TX
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Lions Club Veteran Memorial Park

Reviewed By wmcbryde21 - Vidor, Texas

This is located across the street from where I work, but I never went until one day when it was nice out. These folks have done a lot of work! There are beautiful rosé bushes, a hardwood bridge, a painted mural in honor of those who served in Vietnam, plaques, photos, statues and monuments. It's my understanding that they will soon have in their Vietnam memorial wall. Right off I-10 so easy off and on and well worth the stop.

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