Trip Guide

Something changes when crossing the bridge over Village Creek. Whether coming to Silsbee for a vacation or just a weekend away from the noise and bustle of the city, you have crossed a boundary into something special.  Civilization melts away and the forest surrounds you as the world slows down.  Feel yourself relax as the frantic pace of daily life is replaced by bird song and the sound of the wind through the trees.

 

Most of Silsbee's charm is in its uniqueness as a getaway. You could stay in a quaint bed and breakfast in the forest, or, if you prefer to be on the water, perhaps a cabin on a private lake.  Silsbee also welcomes campers and RVs, having several excellent RV Resorts as well as numerous State Parks nearby. Once you’re here, relax and enjoy the change of pace. When you’re ready to get out and see the sights, have no worries, Silsbee is surrounded with wonderful things to do and places to eat!

 

Once it’s time to leave nature and the quaint local shops behind to sleep, there are a number of hotels in Silsbee, Lumberton (4.5 miles away), Kountze (9 miles away), and the large city amenities of Beaumont, less than a half hour away.

 

Lodging In Silsbee

Hickory Hill Bed and Breakfast 409-246-3978

Etheridge Farm Bed and Breakfast (409) 246-3978

Garden Inn and Suites (409) 385-5263

Pinewood Inn  (409) 385-5593

Cabins in the Thicket  832-639-6005

In Lumberton- 5 miles

Days Inn (409) 751-5557

La Quinta Inn (409) 751-3999

Book Nook Inn Bed and Breakfast (409) 225-9106

In Kountze- 9 miles

Kirby Hill House Bed & Breakfast  (409) 246-8000

Super 8 Hotel (409) 246-8680

In Beaumont- 15 miles

Beaumont is a city of 125,000 people that has a large supply of hotels.

Beaumont Lodging list

Camping and RV Parks

State Parks Nearby

Martin Dies Jr. State Park (409) 384-5231

  • Walnut Ridge Campground

Located on Lake Steinhagen  30 miles from Silsbee

 

 

Outfitters and Canoe/Kayak Rental

Eastex Canoe Trails – (409) 385-4700

Sharp’s Canoe & Kayak Rentals – (409) 385-6241

Big Thicket Outfitters - (409) 786-1884, (512) 592-9327

 

Silsbee Eateries and Restaurants

Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant

980 Texas 327, Silsbee

Novrozsky's

1170 Highway 327 E, Silsbee

Pizza Hut

720 South Highway 96, Silsbee

Jack In The Box

150 Highway 327 E, Silsbee

Chillis Grill & Bar

1010 Highway 96 Byp,  Silsbee

KFC / Taco Bell

815 Highway 96 South, Silsbee

Subway Sandwiches (2 locations)

760 Highway 96 S,  1005 Hwy 96 Bypass

Sonic Drive In

820 South Highway 96, Silsbee

McDonalds (2 locations-one in Walmart)

610 Highway 96 South

Dairy Queen

1180 North 5th Street, Silsbee

Casa Ole' Mexican Restaurant

915 Highway 96 South, Silsbee

Muchies Ole' Mexican Restaurant

1198 North 5th Street, Silsbee

The Donut Palace (2 locations)

857 N 5th St, Silsbee, 820 Highway 96 S, Silsbee

West Texas Style BBQ

3078 US-96, Silsbee

Honky Tonk Texas, Bar, Live Music, Grill

2389 Hwy 96 N, Silsbee

Dominos Pizza

134 N 5th St, Silsbee

Whataburger

825 Highway 96 South, Silsbee

Michael's 50's Diner

1506 Thompson Lake Dr, Silsbee

Rusty Nail Bar, Live Music, restaurant

5116 US Highway 96 N, Silsbee

Chuck's BBQ and Burgers

268 FM 105, Silsbee

Honey Island General Store

 9028 FM 1293 Rd, Kountze

Mama Jack's Restaurant

215 N Pine Street, Kountze

Red Barn Tamales

4083 Fire Tower Road, Silsbee

Southern Maid Donuts (also breakfast and lunch sandwiches)

205 W Avenue N, Silsbee

The Grindhouse Coffee and light food

220 N 4th Street, Silsbee

Caroline's Quality BBQ and Catering

320 E 3rd st, Kountze, TX

Catfish Cabin

192 S Lhs Dr, Lumberton

Rafael's Mexican Restaurant

351 S Main St, Lumberton

Crazy Jose's

900 S Main St #951, Lumberton

Tia Juanitas Fish Camp

338 US-96, Lumberton

Beaumont Enterprise

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Texas Monthly 's top 50

BBQ places in 2008

Houston Chronicle Article

Mexican

BBQ

Local Diners

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Fast Food & Chains

Chef Chen Chinese Buffet

900 Hwy 96 S, Silsbee

Silsbee Things to Do

Canoeing and Kayaking  (Village Creek Paddle Trail, Neches River, maps, guides)

Outfitters and Canoe/Kayak Rentals

Big Thicket National Preserve

Hiking, canoing, camping, bird watching, mountain biking, fishing, sight-seeing, ghost road

Steinhagen Lake Day Trip

Take a Texas roadtrip and drive 30 minutes deeper into the pineywoods and spend a day at Hen House Ridge in Martin Dies State Park.  Enjoy beautiful picnic facilities overlooking the lake, a swimming beach, playground equipment, showers and restrooms, hiking and biking trails, and canoing (rentals available), and excellent fishing from a boat or dock complete with a fish cleaning station. No fishing license is required to fish in Martin Dies State Park with a daily entrance permit.

The Pines Theater

340 N 4th Street, Silsbee

There are not many vintage movie theaters still operating like the Pines. Built in the 1940's, it's tall, neon marquise and cobalt blue ticket booth lead you inside to the lobby where you can buy fresh popped popcorn at the original glass counter.  The large theater has comfy chairs with a huge digital screen, which shows first-run movies through Carmike.  An evening at the Pines takes you back to a time and place that is always fun to remember.  It is located in Downtown Silsbee.

Knupple Park

805 Knupple Rd Silsbee

A great city park for a picnic, basketball courts, tennis courts, playground, gazebo, duck pond, and hiking trail

Alabama Coushatta Indian Reservation Day Trip

Located 47 miles from Silsbee, it is the oldest of three remaining Indian reservations in Texas. More than 200,000 visitors annually tour the reservation smoke shop, souvenir shop and a truck stop are also open to non-residents.  The Alabama-Coushatta stage an annual powwow the first weekend in June: this is held on their reservation between Livingston and Woodville, and non-Natives are welcome.

 

Local Nature

Incredible

Day Trips

Heritage Village Day Trip

Located 35 miles from Silsbee, a trip to Heritage Village is a step back in time to the pioneer days in SE Texas.  Visit a recreated 19th century SE Texas town, created from historic buildings that have been salvaged and moved to form one village.  Visit the great gift shop, and end the visit with a meal served boarding-house style in a restored old school house at the famous Picket House Restaurant.

This trip is easily combined with the Indian Reservation, which is just up the road, or a visit to Steinhagen Lake, which can be visited in a very enjoyable loop drive back to Silsbee.

 

Crystal Beach / Bolivar Peninsula Beach Day Trip

Located an easy hour's drive from Silsbee, Crystal Beach is located on the Bolivar Peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico, just east of Galveston Island.  Locals have known for years that a trip to the beach is a a normal part of weekends in Silsbee.  Another option is to go a little further to the tip of the peninsula (look for the 100 year old cast iron lighthouse) and ride the free ferry to Galveston Island.  This is an easy day trip, where you can get sand between your toes, enjoy the beautiful sights, do some of the best birdwatching in the USA, and eat fresh seafood prepared with our unique Cajun influence.

 

Silsbee Entertainment

Honky Tonk Texas, Bar, Live Music, Grill

2389 Hwy 96 N, Silsbee

Do the Two-Step to great live country bands and a fine dance floor in a non-smoking environment (smoking is allowed in the new open-air patio).  Excellent bar and food.

Beaumont Enterprise

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Rusty Nail Bar, Live Music, restaurant

5116 US Highway 96 N, Silsbee

Dance the night away to excellent local country bands, while eating from the great country style buffet, which is also open for lunch.  "The Nail", as it is known to locals, is a favorite local night spot where friendly folks welcome visitors.

Local Events and Festivals

Follow our search able community calendar to keep up with the unique festivals and events that occur throughout the year.  Vintage Car enthusiasts will enjoy the whole-city car festival Cruisin Silsbee .  Or enjoy our outstanding Farmer's Market in the Spring, or The Prowl Festival in Downtown Silsbee in the fall.  Theater fans are in for a treat with the Silsbee Little Theater Dinner Theater, and the LiFT Theatrical Group productions.  Christmas is filled with special events, from a beautiful lighted parade, to Christmas in the Big Thicket and Dickens Downtown.  There is always something going on in Silsbee! See our calendar for a complete list of events.

For the kids

Paradise Waterpark

4675 Hwy 96 S. Silsbee

Adventure Kingdom Mini Golf

2952 US-69, Lumberton, TX 77657 (10 miles from Silsbee)

Antiqueing

Silsbee is an antiquer's paradise, filled and surrounded with little antique shops, plenty of "junk-gypsy" type stores for the repurposers, and an open air trunk sale that takes place in the Downtown Farmer's Market Pavilion on weekends. (check calendar)

 

Silsbee's Historic Downtown has a number of stores for the antique enthusiast, including:

 

Country Porch Home Decor

129 N 5th St Downtown Silsbee

 

The Neon Gypsy

305 East Avenue J, Downtown Silsbee

 

Market on the Square

155 E Ave H, Downtown Silsbee

 

Ya Ya's I Love Junk

195 E Ave H, Downtown Silsbee

 

Angel's Florist and Gifts

275 Highway 96 S, Downtown Silsbee

 

Main Street Marketplace

955 N 5th S, Silsbee

 

 

The Ice House Museum

818 Earnest Ave, Silsbee

 

Vintage Owl Quilting and Yarns

110 E. Ave H, Silsbee

 

Silsbee Little Theater Dinner Theater

106 N 6th S, Silsbee

 

Lillard Farm Theatricals (LiFT)

under development--click to see the Facebook page

 

Kirby Hill House Mystery Dinner Drama

210 N Main Street, Kountze

Fresh Fish & Seafood

Ro's Seafood Restaurant

116 N Main St, Lumberton, TX

Captain Ron's Seafood Restaurant

118 N Main St, Lumberton, TX

Katfish Kitchen

116 N Main St, Lumberton, TX

Mama Jack's Restaurant

215 N Pine Street Kountze

Coming late 2017!!

Country Inn and Suites

A Carlson/Radison Hotel

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