Port Arthur, Texas

Greetings from East Texas ... vintage picture postcard

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!

Area Attractions

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.

Pompeiian Villa

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.
Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts in Orange, Texas

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.

Shangri La Botanical Gardens in Orange, South East Texas

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.

Website of the Museum of the Gulf Coast

Shangri La Botanical Gardens in Orange, South East Texas

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.

Shangri La Botanical Gardens in Orange, South East Texas

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.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens in Orange, South East 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.

Shangri La Botanical Gardens in Orange, South East Texas

Orange, Texas Information & Resources

City of Port Arthur

Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce

Visit Port Arthur

Port of Port Arthur

Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation

Port Arthur Independent School District

Lamar State College Port Arthur

Things to Do in Port Arthur by TripAdvisor

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. )
Port of Port Arthur in Texas

Lodging Options in the Port Arthur Area

Map Showing Location of Port Arthur in East Texas


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:

    • Jefferson - antiques, Jay Gould's railroad car, Jefferson Carnegie Library, steam train rides, steamboats on Caddo Lake, B&Bs
    • Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas, Gusher Days, Roundup Rodeo, Helen Lee Daffodil Gardens
    • Gilmer - East Texas Yamboree, Historic Upshur Museum, Lake Gilmer
    • Kilgore - home of the East Texas Oil Museum and Kilgore College
    • Joinerville Texas - Daisy Bradford oil discovery monuments and Great East Texas Oilfield markers, Gaston Museum
    • Longview - Gregg County Fair & Exposition, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, R.G. LeTourneau Museum, Great Texas Balloon Race, historic buildings, shopping, restaurants
    • Marshall - Michelson Museum of Art, Starr Family home State Historic Park, Harrison County Historical Museum, The Weisman, Ginocchio Hotel, T&P Railroad Museum, Christmas Wonderland of Lights
    • Carthage - Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, East Texas Oil & Gas Blast, Piney Woods Quilt Festival Rode Jamboree
    • Henderson - Heritage Syrup Festival, Howard Dickinson House Museum, Depot Museum, antique shopping, Historic Downtown Square
    • Canton - First Monday Trade Days, Texas Horse Park, Splash Kingdom Water Park
    • Athens - East Texas Arboretum, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Cain Center and the Athens Scuba Park
    • Gun Barrel City - Fishing, boating and outdoor activities around Cedar Creek Lake
    • Palestine - Texas State Railroad, Davey Dogwood Park, Dogwood Trails Festival, Anderson County Courthouse
    • 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
    • Jacksonville - Tomato Fest, ATV Mud Nationals, Tops in Texas Rodeo
    • Love's Lookout - beautiful 30-mile vista to the East
    • Tyler - Municipal Rose Garden, TJC Planetarium, Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Museum of Art, Brookshire's Museum & Country Store, Lake Tyler, Rose Rudman Recreational Trail, Cotton Belt Depot, Goodman-LeGrand House
    • Lake Tyler - swimming, boating, fishing, skiing close-in to Tyler
    • Lake Palestine - Boating, fishing, skiing and camping, just south of Tyler
    • Bullard - just south of Tyler, home of wineries and the Freedom Museum
    • Edom Texas - Art galleries, Festival of the Arts, Artisans Trail, Blue Moon Gardens
    • Lindale - Old Mill Pond Museum, Hideaway Lake, Miranda Lambert Store & Red 55 Winery
    • Mineola - Mineola Nature Preserve, Bigfoot Paddling Trail
    • Lake Fork - At 27,264 acres and 315 miles of shoreline, Lake Fork was designed to be a premier bass fishing lake and currently holds records for 34 out of the Top 50 largemouth bass caught in Texas.
    • Mount Pleasant - Larry Lawrence Antique Car Collection, Lake Bob Sandlin, Greer Farm & Ranch, Sleep Hollow Daffodils, Whatley Center for the Performing Arts
    • Mount Vernon - Fire Station Museum, Bankhead Highway Visitors Center, Dupree Park Nature Center, Old Depot Museum, Cultural Arts Center
    • Sulphur Springs - Celebration Plaza & Market, North East Texas Symphony, Southwest Dairy Museum & Learning Center
    • Texarkana - Four States Auto Museum, Historic Perot Theater, Regional Arts Center, Discovery Place Museum, Millwood Lake
    • Toledo Bend Reservoir - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, hiking, camping, golf, resorts, restaurants

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