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Along the Texas-Louisiana border, the town of Port Arthur has both lakeside views of Sabine Lake and coastal views from the Gulf of Mexico. Home to the largest oil refinery in the United States, the city has much more to offer than industrial development. With its nearby coastal lands providing homes to all sorts of wildlife, the area around Port Arthur is rich in life and beauty. And if you feel like spending time in a big city, Houston is a 90-minute drive to the west of Port Arthur and offers countless opportunities for museums, restaurants, and nightlife. If you want to park your RV rental in Port Arthur for a while, you can ride on the bus system managed by the Port Arthur Transit.
When you book an RV in Jefferson County, you will be able to explore the coastal plains and wetlands, piney woods of East Texas, and even the rich lands of Louisiana. With so many traveling opportunities awaiting you in the Gulf Coast of Texas, you’ll want to make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen so that you can enjoy everything Texas has to offer.
A short drive southwest of Port Arthur is the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in Anahuac. At the refuge, visitors can explore the wetlands of Galveston Bay and learn all about the extreme and exciting wildlife that calls the warm Gulf of Mexico home. Visitors to the refuge may see migratory songbirds and water birds, such as the rare mottled duck. Visitors may also catch a glimpse of the American alligators that call the banks of the wetlands home. You can even try your luck fishing at some of the designated piers and fishing areas.
A short drive to the east of town is the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge near Orange. Even though Orange, Texas is the largest nearby town, the refuge is actually over the border into Louisiana. Here, you can explore the swamplands of Louisiana and learn about the incredible biodiversity that calls the Bayou State home. With over 125,000 acres to explore, you can hike along the trails of boardwalks, the nature trails, and even try your luck at some local fishing and hunting. As you venture around the park, you might see some American alligators, white ibis, and even raptor birds of prey.
To the north of Port Arthur awaits the perfect East Texas day trip at Big Thicket National Preserve near Lumberton. Here, you will see ecosystems merging, with bayous and pine forests blending together and giving way to other marshes and wetlands. With roughly 40 miles of trails winding their way around the various ecosystems, you can travel through much of Southeast Texas in just an afternoon. If you’d rather see the park from another angle, you can rent a kayak or canoe and head out on the waterways and bayous that segment the forest. If you’re looking for something a little unique, you can go wildlife viewing, but not in the traditional sense. Big Thicket is home to four of the five different carnivorous plants found in the United States. You can hit the trails and see if you can find these rare anomalies.
When you book an RV rental in Port Arthur, you might want to reserve a site at a local RV park or campground. Luckily enough, there are quite a few options in the area that are worth considering.
On the north side of town is the AAA RV Park. At AAA, guests will have access to electrical hookups, laundry facilities, and Wi-Fi. Guests will also have access to the lakeshore for recreational activities.
Also on the north side of town is Labelle RV Park. At Labelle, amenities include full hookups, laundry facilities, and Wi-Fi. The park offers weekly and monthly stay options.
When you rent an RV in Port Arthur, you may want to set aside some extra time to explore this fun coastal region. With so many options for local exploration, you can have plenty of fun-filled days in between your wilderness adventures.
If you’re looking for something truly unique, you can visit the Pompeiian Villa along the shores of Sabine Lake. Built in 1900, this historic house was built to model the ancient homes of Pompeii. Today, you can take a tour of the house and grounds, and learn about the eccentric oil tycoons who once lived here.
Just between Beaumont and Port Arthur is the Beaumont Botanical Gardens. At the gardens, visitors can meander through tropical gardens, desert landscapes, and even a rose garden. You can also enjoy bird watching since many migratory birds use the gardens as a stopover point.
Back in 1901, the drills struck oil just south of Beaumont and Spindletop. Today, you can spend part of your day at the recreated Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum. You can see a reenactment of the “Lucas Gusher” as it spews water out of the oil rig or you can wander through the recreated Gladys City and learn about living in Southeast Texas at the turn of the century.
When you secure an RV rental in Port Arthur, make sure you enjoy a plate piled high with Gulf Coast delicacies. You can enjoy shrimp, crayfish, catfish, and so much more, fresh from the Gulf and surrounding wetlands.
When you need to restock your supplies and refuel the Port Arthur camper rental, you can find plenty of gas station and grocery store options in Port Arthur and nearby Beaumont.