TRAVELHOST of Southeast Texas informs visitors that whether you are here for business or traveling with family, you will enjoy Port Arthur’s proximity to the Gulf and Louisiana. It is Port Arthur’s unique location in Texas that makes it a mecca for outdoor adventure. Nature lovers can head to the beaches, wetlands, marshes or an outdoor festival; but be sure to pack a camera.
Port Arthur’s niche in the Great Texas Birding Trail beckons those seeking roseate spoonbills, egrets and herons clearly visible from viewing platforms. You may even get a glimpse of an alligator.
A fishing vacation hot spot with Sabine Lake and the Gulf of Mexico as lures, you can enjoy a boat full of fishing friends nabbing Sabine Lake flounder or crabbing and fishing from side roads.
Pleasure Island is a launching point for those who hear the call of the sea. The island boasts an updated marina with floating docks and expert guides who can steer large and small groups to some of the best fishing around.
Sailboats and fishing vessels head into Lake Sabine for trout, redfish and flounder, that outdoors writer Chester Moore Jr. says is “the best around”. Bring your own boat or charter a fishing guide. Or fish and crab from the pier leading to a picturesque gazebo on Lake Sabine and watch the sail boats come and go. You can also watch international cargo ships head to port in view of the island’s disc golf course.
A jaunt to nearby Sabine Pass offers a water-side view of the Sabine Pass Battleground, a state historic site that’s the setting of Dick Dowling Day, a recreation of the 1863 Civil War battle.
Further south out of Port Arthur, where marsh grasses meet the surf, you’ll find an abundance of life displayed along a five-mile stretch of beach and wetlands. The Sea Rim State Park offers miles of natural beach, marsh, camping and a boardwalk for viewing wildlife. A unique environment, Sea Rim provides a valuable habitat for many wetland species. Enjoy the surf and birds for a day or camp overnight.
From Sea Rim’s new boardwalk, take in a panorama of pelicans soaring over salty sea. Recent park improvements include an upgrade of the Gambusia Nature Trail boardwalk that is currently hosting a gator or two. “Sea Rim gets a tremendous amount of day use, especially from snow birds.” says Ben Herman, park superintendent.
The park’s Marsh Unit has completed three levels of paddle trails for adventurers who bring their own kayaks, canoes or flat-bottom boats. Beginners go two miles in and advanced paddlers explore for nine miles. At some points the water is just a foot or so deep, allowing boaters to experience marsh habitat at eye level.
The festival season is year round in Port Arthur, reflecting the area’s myriad cultures.
On June 1-2, The Buu Mon Buddhist Temple presents its Garden Festival. The temple is home to lotus, Japanese and bamboo gardens, a koi pond and fruit trees. There is no admission fee and everyone is encouraged to bring a camera. Vendors will sell art and traditional delicacies such as spring rolls and pho. The festival will be from 9:30 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 9:30 am to 5 pm on Sunday. “Vesak,” or Buddha’s Birthday, will be from 10:30 am to 1 pm on Sunday, with a complimentary vegetarian lunch.
For great music and great fun, be sure to catch the Zachary Breaux Jazz Festival – June 8 & 9, in Downtown Port Arthur. Other festivals include Mexican Heritage Fiesta, Juneteenth, Dick Dowling Day and CavOILcade.
There are so many things to see and do you will need more time. Port Arthur’s attractions include the Museum of the Gulf Coast with its Jurassic to Joplin depiction of the history of the area and the Music Hall of Fame. As well as the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Vietnamese Queen of Peace Shrine and Gardens and several historical homes such as the Pompeiian Villa and Rose Hill Manor.
The Port Arthur Convention & Visitors Bureau hopes to “Sea ya in Port Arthur.” For more ideas, visit www.visitportarthurtx.com and be sure to “like” the Port Arthur Texas Visitors Bureau.
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