How Port Arthur is in the #SpiritOfTravel

National Travel and Tourism Week

Join us in observing the resiliency of our hospitality industry during a “different” National Travel and Tourism Week.  Port Arthur’s hotel, restaurant and attraction workers are working through challenging times and preparing for the future. The U.S. Travel Association designates May 3-9, 2020 to honor workers and the commerce travel brings to cities.

Three women taking selfies

Port Arthur Proud

We can’t wait as more visitors return to our city to experience our great outdoors views and activities. Here are a few places and things especially proud to highlight during #NTTW2020, which carries the #SpiritOfTravel theme. The Port Arthur Convention & Visitors Bureau staff includes Tammy Kotzur, who has Sea Rim State Park on her mind, Callie Summerlin with our new waterways guide and Darragh Castillo on a backyard birding mission.

painted bunting bird
Painted Bunting by Dana Nelson

Birding Brags

Spring migration of 2020 has been stellar with Golden Triangle Audubon Society members sharing breathtaking photos at Sabine Woods, a premier birding site that attracts colorful warblers dropping in for a bite. Catch them again during fall migration and get those shore birds on your list. Locals are beginning to enjoy these areas that have long attracted expert birders to our area. Ducks love McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, just down the road.

Jimmy giving Dwayne a high five

Sabine Lake/Pleasure Island Fishing

Trout, flounder and redfish enjoy these waters that stretch from Texas to Louisiana. If you don’t have your own boat see our charter fisherman’s guide for your best catch. Elite Redfish Series is set to return again for an action-packed tournament July 11-12, 2020.

Sabine Lake is off of Pleasure Island, great for pier fishing and gazing at sailboats leaving Pleasure Island Marina.

Little girl with crab and net

Sea Rim State Park

Quiet or crashing? Sea Rim State Park has both. Paddle the marsh unit that’s still and peaceful, yet busy with the little movements of wildlife. The Gulf of Mexico side is wide open natural beach to share with shore birds.

Garden Festival at Buu Mon

Faith Trail

Buu Mon Buddhist Temple traditionally hosts a Garden Fest in June. Gardens are usually open for strolling and taking in water features, statues, bamboo patches and fruit trees. Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine features larger-than-life bronze statues of Mary and Juan Diego. These are soulful stops in Port Arthur.

Atakapas on the Gulf Coast

Museum of the Gulf Coast

Who is your favorite performer of athlete honored at  Museum of the Gulf Coast?  You may have gone to school with or danced the night away with some of the greats featured here. A few of them are Janis Joplin, The Big Bopper, Jimmy Johnson and Johnny Winter.

Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week and come see us yourself, as soon as you can.

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