Fall Bucket list for Port Arthur

Man enjoying Gulf

Cool down, but don’t slow down this fall in Port Arthur

Catch up with the birds, flying in for fall migration. Warblers and more hit Sabine Woods, the famous chenier ridge that draws birders from around the world. Find the feathers through November for a best look at these passers-through. Beginners and experts will enjoy these colorful visitors.

Other things to do:

  • Hit the beach just down the road at Sea Rim State Park. You don’t have to dive into the Gulf of Mexico, but that’s where year-round shore birds such as snowy plover will be gathered for their seafood dinner. Others feast along the park’s Gambusia Nature Trail or marshy paddling trails.
  • Get your own seafood – gumbo, shrimp and crab – at one of our tempting Cajun restaurants. Ask for extra spice if you crave it.
  • Port Arthur’s Pleasure Island offers more natural views and action. Charter a fishing boat or cast your own line into Sabine Lake. Plan ahead and pack your costume to run the Pleasure Island Bridge Half Marathon, 10 K & 2 Miler. Won’t you look good in a tutu at 138 feet above the water?
  • Football season calls for a touchdown visit to Museum of the Gulf Coast’s sports hall of fame featuring tributes to locals including coaches Jimmy Johnson, Bum Phillips and Wade Phillips. The Port Arthur area has sent more than 30 players into the professional fields including Matt Bryant, kicker for Atlanta Falcons; Jamaal Charles, free agent and former Denver Broncos player; and Elandon Roberts, who has played several years with the New England Patriots.
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