7 Fun Things to Do While Social Distancing

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Fun Things To Do Now

Get a taste of Port Arthur right now. We don’t mean gumbo, this time. We mean Port Arthur-style fun you can enjoy until you get to experience us in person. We know you miss rocking out at Museum of the Gulf Coast and can’t  wait to enjoy our scenic views and restaurants. Enjoy our color pages, activities and virtual area tours until we “Sea you in Port Arthur” sometime soon!

Rainbow on sidewalk with chalk

Chalk it up

Texas Artists Museum showcases work from area artists, and we are looking forward to their next reception. But now you and your family can be the artists, by grabbing chalk and creating the scene of your choice as big as your space allows. Remember, in Texas, everything is bigger. Port Arthur theme ideas: Fish, sailboats, crawfish, palm trees, a flashy portrait of rock legend Janis Joplin. Read about her psychedelic Porsche. A replica is at our Museum of the Gulf Coast. Sketch that and use every color in your chalk box. When you can, visit Texas Artists Museum to see what our area visionaries have been creating.

Three men in period costumes

Virtual Visit

Until you take your own alligator selfie at Museum of the Gulf Coast, take a virtual tour. Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum and Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center are also among area sites with virtual tours to keep the family entertained and educated.

Buckets and shovels with flowers and plants

Get Your Garden Going

We’re all craving a connection to nature now. You can even plant to attract birds and butterflies right to your yard. We asked local green thumbs for their ideas for starting your own garden. Read their expert insights here.

Succulents are trending as a “social media-friendly ” plant. Those minimal-care cuties are begging to pose in your feed. Try Cactus, Cactus – a local hair salon, plant shop and creative space – for neat starter and more advanced succulents.

Coloring page featuring a fish

Port Arthur Coloring Pages

Need some help keeping your kiddos busy while you WFH or maybe could use some stress soothing of your own? We’ve created three coloring sheets for you to download, create and share. Everyone will want our fun color pages. Print yours here and share with #loveportarthurtx!

Teddy bear on a blue porch with potted plants

Teddy Bear Hunt

Families in Port Arthur and neighboring communities are following the national trend by displaying, you guessed it, teddy bears, in windows, or even having tea parties on their porch. We know that the kids are missing their school and friends, and this gives them a chance to drive by their friends’ houses, spot the bear, and wave from the window! Get your children’s friends together for a separate car parade and form your own physical distancing bear hunt today!

hummingbird near pink and yellow flowers

Backyard Birding

Spring migration is BIG in Port Arthur.  The birds haven’t missed a beat. Painted buntings, yellow vireo and red summer tanagers are flitting about Sabine Woods for Golden Triangle Audubon Society members to capture on camera. See their Facebook page for beauties you won’t believe, then see what you can spot in your own backyard. Our Backyard Birding blog offers great tips!

Request Free Birding Book

Little girl with crab and net

Visit a Local State Park

We are thrilled some parks, including Sea Rim State Park, are open for business. Be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time. Space is limited, and slots fill up fast. We encourage you to bring your family for the day and practice the various safety protocols in place. Happy exploring!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Things To Do list, physical distance style! Have something you’d like to share with us? Tag us on social media using #loveportarthurtx to be featured!

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