Autumn fun awaits in Port Arthur

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A Gulf Coast fall in the Port Arthur area inspires family adventure with a focus on our great outdoors. Grab a kayak, take a local road trip, and look for those fall migratory birds. Here are some ideas for enjoying your own region:
Our Stellar Autumn Bird Migration
Our diverse bird habitats include the woods, mudflats, marshy wetlands and sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Seasonal migrants visit us on their way down to Central and South America. Sabine Woods, near Sea Rim State Park, is considered one of the most productive stopovers for migrants along the Texas coast. It is for spring and fall. Hummingbirds enjoy the lantana flowers and colorful orioles, tanagers, thrushes and warblers feed around the oaks and mulberries from early September to late October.
Head just south to find yourself in the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, where up to 27 species of ducks and huge flocks of snow geese can be found from October through March. Look for shorebirds on the mudflats. On Port Arthur’s Pleasure Island, see neotropic cormorants, blue- and green-winged teals, gadwalls, red mergansers and other adorable ones.
Enjoy a top-notch freshwater and saltwater fishing experience
We love our rivers, bayous, fresh and salt water lakes with easy access to the Gulf Coast. We are famous for Sabine Lake, a 90,000 acre lake that is dab filled in October. As November and December arrive, so do trout and redfish. Sea Rim State Park’s natural beaches invite shore fishing, and Pleasure Island’s piers are a family favorite. Kayak fishing is a big deal. It’s even better to be so close to nature.
Try an epic swamp safari
Glide past the towering grasses of Bessie Heights Marsh while spotting alligators, wild hogs, and birds of all kinds on a 90-minute or 2-hour American Flag Airboat Marsh Tour adventure. There’s plenty more wildlife viewing to do with Swamp and River Tours, which takes you on a 25-mile, 90-minute exploration of the most remote parts of the Sabine River Basin. With boats designed to be quiet, you’ll have stunning views of the local flora and fauna.
Go on an unforgettable paddling adventure
Sea Rim State Park has an automated kayak rental area on the swamp side. Sea Rim is home to over 5 miles of shoreline and 4,000 acres of marshland. This marsh side offers three levels of paddling trails. For a quick trip, follow the 1.8-mile Easy Paddling Trail, ideal for beginner kayakers. Or make a day of it along the Advanced Paddling Trail. This 11.7 mile trip takes you through the park’s network of marsh canals with close-up views of wildlife.
Explore Pleasure Island
Pleasure Island offers scenic views and a waterfront promenade. Cast a line from Pleasure Island Pier or Walter Umphrey State Park. Home to a lighted fishing pier, the park also has a boat launch, RV facilities and spaces for tent camping. Berry’s Treasure Disc Golf Course might be your kind of fun. Cycling the north and south dyke routes offers more views of the coast.
Port Arthur is “cool” in all seasons. See you this fall.

Darragh Castillo is Experience Manager at the Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau, Port Arthur’s official destination marketing organization. For more information on hotels and restaurants, visit www.portarthurtx.com For more information about participating in Port Arthur projects, contact Castillo at [email protected] If you have a possible guest column for the company, send your idea or the column itself to [email protected] If you have something to say, we want to hear from you!

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