The Port Arthur area offers birders beautiful coastal scenery as well as some of the most exciting bird watching anywhere. Thanks to its location smack in the path of two migratory bird flyways—the Central and the Mississippi—Southeast Texas is a birder’s paradise.

Hundreds of species either call the region home permanently or seasonally, including storks, falcons, road runners, owls, warblers and flycatchers. Birders can find a stunning variety of habitats as well as species, plenty to check off and add to cherished life lists. You just can’t imagine how close you can get to the natural habitat of birds and animals that live and migrate along the upper Texas Coast. Alligators are a common sight.

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Fishing on Sea Rim

Sea Rim State Park

19335 State Hwy 87, Sabine Pass, TX 77655
(409) 971-2559

Where the Gulf Meets the Marsh At the far southeast corner of Texas lies a remote...


Birding at Pleasure Island

520 Pleasure Island Boulevard Port Arthur, Texas, 77640
(409) 982-4675

Drive over the soaring MLK Bridge for scenic views and water birds Share Pleasure...

Flying bird with a fish at Claiborne West Park

Claiborne West Park

4105 North St, Vidor, TX 77662
(409) 745-2255

Access to Big Thicket Look for woodland birds of the Big Thicket in this wildlife...

Bird at Hillebrandt Bayou

Hillebrandt Bayou Watershed

6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77705

The above address is to Tyrrell Park, near the watershed area. The area is along...

bird at JD Murphree WMA

J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area

10 Parks and Wildlife Dr, Port Arthur, TX 77640

Wetlands part of Texas Chenier Plain, westernmost geologic delta of the...

great blue heron at mcfaddin national wildlife refuge

McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge

7950 South Gulfway Drive, Sabine Pass, Texas 77655
(409) 971-2909

McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge Thousands of ducks visit this part of the Texas...

birding blind overlooking a pond on pleasure island in port arthur texas

Pleasure Island Bird Blind

Port Arthur’s Newest Birding Site Welcome to Port Arthur’s newest...

statue of Dick Dowling

Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site

6100 Dowling Rd. Port Arthur, TX 77641
(512) 463-7948

The Battle at Sabine Pass The story of the Civil War battle fought here sounds...

bird watching at Sabine Woods

Sabine Woods

M3X2+MC Port Arthur, 1, TX

Birding at Sabine Woods Birders from all over head to Sabine Woods, a...

Greenhouse and water

Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

2111 West Park Avenue, Orange, TX
(409) 670-9113

Featuring more than 300 plant species, the 252-acre Shangri La Botanical Gardens...

warbler on a tree in port arthur texas

Taylor Bayou

Eastern woodland birds of the Pineywoods enjoy this bayou. Taylor Bayou is...

field with birds

Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge

7950 S Gulfway Dr, Sabine Pass, TX 77655
(409) 971-2909

Located on the upper Texas Coast near the Louisiana border, Texas Point National...

Tyrell Park water feature

Tyrrell Park

6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, TX
(409) 861-1929

Whether you like to take a walk and enjoy beautiful wildlife in the 900-acre...

family walking boardwalk

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

4017 F.M. 563 Anahuac, TX 77514
(409) 267-3337

Walking Trails, Birding, Museum and Gift Shop The Anahuac National Wildlife...

botanical gardens with columns

Beaumont Botanical Gardens

6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, TX
(409) 842-3135

Beaumont Botanical Gardens offers a Horticulture Center, Native Plant Center,...

woman kayak

Big Thicket National Preserve

FM 420, Kountze, TX 77625
(409) 951-6700

Explore the Big Thicket The Big Thicket National Preserve and Visitor Center...

bird flying over Cattail Marsh

Cattail Marsh Wetlands & Boardwalk

4233 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705
(409) 842-0458

Cattail Marsh Wetlands Educational Center Cattail Marsh encompasses over...