Port Arthur, Texas
The City of Port Arthur is located in extreme south East Texas in Jefferson County adjacent to the Sabine River, Neches River, and the State of Louisiana.
The city is a point on the "Golden Triangle" with Orange and Beaumont. The Rainbow Bridge across the Neches River connects Port Arthur to Bridge City.
Arthur Stilwell founded Port Arthur in 1895, and the town quickly grew. Port Arthur was incorporated as a city in 1898 and soon developed into a bustling seaport. It eventually became the center of a large oil refinery network.
Today, Port Arthur offers its 56,000 citizens an array of employment, recreation and shopping opportunities. The Port Arthur Zip Codes are 77640-77643, and its Area Code is 409.
Although Port Arthur has been severely damaged by Hurricanes Rita, Ike and Harvey in recent years, its citizens remain strong and committed to rebuilding and continuing the East Texas lifestyle!
Port Arthur offers residents and visitors a wide-range of attractions and things to do. From museums to outdoor recreation, from historic sites to beaches and fishing, Port Arthur has it all!
Included below are highlights of popular Port Arthur attractions ... but there are many more. For a complete review of attractions, maps, events and more, we highly recommend a visit to the website of Visit Port Arthur.
This historic house was built in 1900 for Isaac Ellwood of DeKalb, Illinois. It was designed to be reminiscent of villas in ancient Pompeii, a Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Today the Villa is available to tour or rent for special occasions. The house is furnished with beautiful 19th Century furniture. For opening hours, and other information, visit the website of the Pompeiian Villa.
Sea Rim State Park
Offering more than five miles of natural Gulf of Mexico beach shoreline, Sea Rim State Park is where the marsh meets the surf, making it prime binocular-hunting grounds for numerous species.
Bring a kayak or canoe (or rent one at the park) and paddle along one of its paddle trails, or comb the sand for sea treasures that wash up on the shore.
Museum of the Gulf Coast
The Museum of the Gulf Coast takes an eclectic look at Southeast Texas history through the ages.
The museum boasts the largest mural in the Southwest -125-feet highlighting the region’s evolution, a replica of Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche and much more.
Located at 700 Procter Street in Port Arthur.
Sabine Pass Battleground State Historical Park
The location of a significant Civil War battlefield, Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site tells the story of Confederate Lt. Richard “Dick” Dowling and his 46 men who thwarted an attempted Union attack on Sabine Pass, a primary Texas port for Confederate shipments of supplies and vital to the war effort.
Located at 6100 Dowling Road in Port Arthur.
Dutch Windmill Museum
As a tribute to the heritage of Nederland, Texas, settled by immigrants from Holland in 1898, citizens of the city erected an exact replica of a Dutch windmill.
The design was one of many used in Holland and the 40 foot tall structure houses a museum.
Located in nearby Nederland, Texas.
French House: La Maison des Acadienne
The house is a replica of early Acadian homes in South Louisiana and is called La Maison des Acadienne, “House of Acadia.” Labor and funds were donated and the structure was completed and dedicated in March 1976.
Admission is free and the French House is open the same days and hours as the Dutch Windmill Museum.
Located in nearby Nederland, at 1515 Boston Avenue.
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Port of Port Arthur
Located just 19 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, and less than 2 hours from sea buoy to dock, is North America's premier breakbulk and bulk terminal. The Port of Port Arthur is positioned to efficiently handle any type of cargo from forest products, steel, project and military. For more information, visit the website of the Port of Port Arthur. )
Lodging Options in the Port Arthur Area
Map Showing Location of Port Arthur in East Texas
Interactive Map of Port Arthur Texas (courtesy of Google)
Other East Texas Attractions
While visiting the Port Arthur area, tourists may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:
- Livingston - Polk County Memorial Museum, Pedigo Park, Trade Days, Locomotive No. 5, Lake Livingston, Sam Rayburn Reservoir
- Coldspring - Davy Crockett National Forest, Sam Houston National Forest, Lake Livingston, Double Lake Recreational Area
- Groveton - Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, Davy Crockett National Forest
- Crockett - Houston County Museum, Monroe-Cook House, Houston County Lake, Grapeland Drive-Thru Safari, Piney Woods Fine Arts Association
- Center - Toledo Bend Reservoir, Shelby County Museum, What-A-Melon Festival, bird watching
- Lumberton - Big Thicket National Preserve, Village Creek State Park, Village Creek Paddling Trail, and the Roy E. Larson “Sandyland” Sanctuary, The Ice House Museum, Kirby-Hill House, Hardin County Museum, County Seat Music Hall, Pelt Farm Museum, and Kountze Trade Days.
- Jasper - Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sandy Creek Park, Azalea Festival in March, Air Show in April, Jasper Lions Club Rodeo in May, a Fourth of July Celebration, and the Fall Festival in October.
- Woodville - Tyler County Dogwood Festival, Festival of the Arts and the Harvest Festival. Outdoor activities abound in the nearby Martin Dies Jr. State Park and the Big Thicket National Preserve.
- Newton - Toledo Ben Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir
- Hemphill - Recreational opportunities abound in the Hemphill area, with its closeness to the Sabine National Forest, Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir and the Trail Between the Lakes. Also popular attractions are the Sabine County Jail Museum and Vergie Speights Memorial Library. In town is the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA "Remembering Columbia" Museum
- Orange - Frances Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, Sangri La Botanical Gardens, W.H. Stark House, Stark Museum of Art, Blue Elbow Swamp & Tony Houseman WMA
- Nacogdoches - Spring azalea trails, Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, Mast Arboretum
- Rusk - Texas State Railroad, Cherokee Civic Theatre, Grapeland Drive Thru Safari
- Lufkin - Ellen Trout Zoo, Cotton Square Heritage Park, First Street Arts Center, Texas Forestry Museum
- Beaumont - Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center, Beaumont Botanical Gardens, Crockett Street Entertainment District, McFaddin-Ward House and Museum, Texas Energy Museum, Fire Museum of Texas, Babe Didrikson Zaharias Memorial Museum, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, and the Big Thicket National Preserve
- Tyler - Municipal Rose Garden, TJC Planetarium, Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Museum of Art, Lake Tyler, Lake Palestine, Rose Rudman Recreational Trail, Cotton Belt Depot, Goodman-LeGrand House
- Toledo Bend Reservoir - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, hiking, camping, golf, resorts, restaurants