One Night in Port Arthur

Couple Cajun two stepping on the dance floor

Road Trip to Port Arthur

If time is short and you’ve only got one day and one night in Port Arthur, here’s our recommended list to help you make the best of your time with us!

Stop #1 – The Museum of the Gulf Coast

Replica of Joplin's iconic Porsche in the Museum

The Museum of the Gulf Coast tells the exciting story of the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast region, beginning with paleontology and biology. Permanent exhibits include a section on Native Americans, European contact, the Civil War, economic and cultural growth, the petroleum industry, and the maritime history of the region. The Museum’s second floor is dedicated to the many internationally-recognized musicians and athletes who call the Gulf Coast home. Stop by the Gift Shop for some awesome Port Arthur Swag then Snap a selfie with the Janis Joplin replica Porsche!

Tip: Make sure you drive along Lakeshore Drive to enjoy the historic homes and famous Sea Wall. You might even spot a mega cargo ship or tanker, a local favorite past-time.

Stop #2 – Lunch: You’re on the Coast, Seafood is the way to go!

Couple enjoying crawfish

Once you’ve filled up on all the Museum of the Gulf Coast has to offer, fill up on one of our many local seafood spots, Schooner’s Restaurant and Reel Cajun Seafood Restaurant & Bar make our list. All three menus are inspired by fresh Gulf Coast seafood with a Cajun twist. You can’t go wrong with any of these three, and we’re sure you’ll leave with full belly and happy heart! For a full listing of restaurants, Read More Here.

Stop #3 – Sea Rim State Park!

Couple enjoys sunset at Sea Rim

After a delicious lunch, set your GPS for Sea Rim State Park. The Park is where the Gulf of Mexico meets the marsh. Sea Rim offers 5 miles of natural beach, kayaking, fishing, boardwalks and birding. The fresh air and natural surroundings are a perfect way to spend your afternoon. Watch the sunset with your sweet heart before heading to your next stop!

Stop #4 – Check into your Hotel

lobby inside Days Inn

After a full day of play in Port Arthur, you’ll be ready to check into your hotel to refresh for dinner. Port Arthur offers hotel brands like Hilton, Marriott and IHG. Browse our comprehensive Hotel List to find accommodations that are just right for you. Have a question? Give us a call at 409.985.7822. We’d be happy to help you navigate and choose which hotel is right for you.

Stop #5 – Nightlife: Dinner and Music

Live Zydeco music and dancing at Larriy's French Market

It only seems right that if you’re in the home town of Janis Joplin, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Johhny and Edgar Winter, that you’d definitely want to hear some live music on your short trip here. Larry’s French Market and Cajun Restaurant, The Neches River Wheelhouse and Rodair Roadhouse offer both great meals and music in one spot.

For live music of a different kind, try Luke’s Icehouse. First have dinner inside then enjoy the breezy dog friendly patios and an outdoor bar for cocktails and live music.

Tip: For additional nightlife and entertainment offerings, Read More Here.

Stop #6 – On Your Way Out…

Boy smooching gator

As you head back to I-10, look for Gator Country Adventure Park, home of over 450 American alligators, crocodiles and many different reptiles acquired through rescues, donations and other partnering organizations. Stop for a stroll, swamp tour or if you’re really brave, plan to interact with one of these prehistoric creatures (like the little boy in the photo!). Interested in something a little less adventurous, here’s a list of other kid friendly attractions that might better suit your fancy!

Sea you Next Time!


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