Port Arthur Road Trip!

Man at Sea Rim State Park

Ready to hit the road?

Have you ever been more ready to head out? Our natural coast and outdoors are waiting for you. Let the little ones wiggle their toes in the foamy Gulf of Mexico shoreline,  paddle the marsh and cast a line in Sabine Lake. Pack up the family and experience a corner of Texas that’s Lone Star all the way with a Cajun flair for seafood and hospitality.

Kayaking at Sea Rim

Plenty of room; plenty of adventure

More than 5 miles of wide-open natural beach mean you can roam the shore for shells and shore birds. Sea Rim State Park has both a roaring coastline along the Gulf of Mexico and a quiet marsh area. Paddle the marsh unit that’s still and peaceful, yet busy with little movements of wildlife. You just might spot an alligator. Now that’s a road trip adventure. Check the Sea Rim site for reservations and regulations.

A bird flying

Big on Birding

Port Arthur is birdy all year long. Shore and wading birds will catch your eye and our free birding guide can get you on the trail to internationally famous Sabine Woods, Texas Point, Pleasure Island and other stops. Golden Triangle Audubon Society members shared a blast of colorful spring migration photos from Sabine Woods. Catch them again during fall migration and get those summer shore birds on your list. Ducks love McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, just down the road.

woman fishing from a wooden pier

Sabine Lake/Pleasure Island Fishing

We love our fish in restaurants, but it tastes even better when you catch your own. 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. Get our free waterways guide here.

Garden Festival at Buu Mon

Inspired: Faith Trail

Buu Mon Buddhist Temple gardens are 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. Queen of Peace Shrine features another large Mary statue to honor the warm welcome Vietnamese immigrants received in Port Arthur as they established themselves in the local shrimping industry. These are soulful stops in Port Arthur and we call it our Faith Trail. 

Janis sitting atop her famous painted porshe

Rockers and Athletes

Pose at the gator selfie station and head in to be impressed at how kid-friendly this museum is. Who is your favorite performer or 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. Music and sports honorees include Janis Joplin, The Big Bopper, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Winter, Bum Phillips and Jamaal Charles.

Want to soak up road trip vibes? You can also take a selfie with an ultimate ride: The Museum houses a replica of Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche. We’re serious about our music here.

Bowl of Gumbo


A bit of “pigging out” is a road trip must. We’re famous for Cajun gumbo, Mexican flavors, Texas barbecue and the kind of soul food that fills your stomach and your heart. Scan our listed restaurants and check into their hours, pick-ups, patios and any specials they are promoting as you navigate your way through our area.

Port Arthur is ready for your road trip. Are you ready for us? #loveportarthurtx

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