Big Times; Low Cost: 9 Budget Friendly Things You Can Do Anytime in Port Arthur

Kids running on the boardwalk

You can’t put a price on good times!

Good news. You don’t have to, with these Port Arthur picks that are budget-friendly, or FREE! Enjoy these activities and save $$$ for a big dinner so you can relax and re-live your fun day. Mmmmmm, now we have a hankering for seafood.

#1 Sitting on the dock of the…

Kids running on the boardwalk

Port Arthur has plenty of places to enjoy views of ships, sailboats and even shrimp boats. Enjoy our coastal views from the boardwalk behind Port Arthur city hall; from your car parked along the seawall; or from a bench on the Pleasure Island boardwalk.

2.Bird Your Way Around Port Arthur’s Many Sites

spoonbill on a branch

Our birding guide is free to download or pick up when you visit Port Arthur Convention & Visitors Bureau offices. A quick study will get you acquainted with some of our favorite feathered friends, such as the pink roseate spoonbill. Spot birdies all along our marshes at no charge – if they’re out sightseeing, too. A nominal fee will get you into the famous Sabine Woods, where they like to congregate around the water drip.

#3 Peruse Asian Markets for Unexpected Treats

Pho, Spring Rolls Vietnamese Lunch

Vietnamese Markets are a blast of color with cultural finds from chopsticks and bowls to pungent spices. Buy some of these tools and spices and make these foods at home, or try one of the many Vietnamese restaurants in Port Arthur.

#4 Explore Nature’s Beauty

A gate on the beach

Sea Rim State Park’s admission is $3 for adults. Enjoy both the wave action along the Gulf of Mexico and the quiet marsh unit side. Just a few dollars more and you can rent a kayak for three paddle trails.

#5 Lunch with an Island View

Pier and Palm Tree

Pack a Pleasure Island picnic and explore this 17-mile island all the way to the Louisiana border. Watch anglers at the pier or cast your own line.

#6 Take to the MAX for Family Feud Night

Girl celebrating win

Max Bowl  is a family entertainment center offering 40 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, billiards, an arcade, a pro shop, laser tag and Pin and Tonic Bar & Grill.

#7 Brush Up on Your Gulf Coast History

view from the second floor

Learn your local history in a fun, interactive way at the Museum of the Gulf Coast – Walk-in adult admission is $8 tops to be amazed at the cool collections inside. Music, sports, glass, history, shells, notable people, maritime lore and kid stuff are inside. Seniors pay $6; college students with valid ID pay $4 and youths 4-18 get in for $3.

#8 Park it For Some Much Needed R&R

Doornbos Park in nearby Nederland is a fun place to unwind with the ducks and geese that love their lake.

#9 Get A Glimpse into the Acadien (Cajun) Way of Life

Cajun House at PN Park

Port Neches Park is home to RiverFest each May. In addition to views of action along the Neches River, get a look at an authentic Cajun home on the grounds: La Maison Beausoleil.

#10 BONUS!

Now you’ve had a great time in Port Arthur and saved some cash? You can splurge on the Janis Joplin merchandise at Museum of the Gulf Coast gift shop. Or, go to our dining page to consider what’s for dinner?

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