If it is time for a beachfront vacation, snag an RV in Port Arthur to explore all this Gulf of Mexico port city and the surrounding areas have to offer. You can find travel trailers starting at $75 per night or pop-up campers for under $60 nightly. You can also find all different sizes of motorhomes with large Class As starting at about $225 nightly and smaller Class C motorhomes for about $175.
Beaumont, Texas is a delightful city to visit, where you can learn about the state's first oil boom by visiting Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum. Bird-watchers will want to take a stroll at Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands and Boardwalk. Learn more about alligators and other swamp animals by visiting Gator Country.
Orange, Louisiana is a terrific place to go ship-watching as they make their way through the 25-foot channel at Sabine Lake. Before visiting the Stark Art Museum, go for a walk to see the beautiful Victorian homes, including the 14,000-square-foot W.H. Stark home. You will also want to catch a live theatrical performance at the Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts.
Houston, Texas is the perfect place for a big-city vacation. You will want to visit many museums, including the Children's Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Spend a day exploring Space Center Houston, where you can often dine with astronauts.
Arthur E. Stilwell founded Port Arthur in 1895 after failing to reach an agreement with New York bankers Luther and Herman Kountze, who controlled Sabine Lake's east shore. Stilwell intended to build a tourist community and use it as the Gulf Coast terminus of the Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad. While tourism was never fully established, he established the Port Arthur Channel and Dock Company in June 1896. The following spring, the company started cutting a canal to the deep waters controlled by the Kountzes at Sabine Pass. The canal's path stopped the community's hopes of becoming a tourist location. John W. Gates replaced Stilwell in the canal company after the railroad became defunct. Take a driving tour around Port Arthur, and you will see several buildings named for Gates, including the Gates Memorial Library.
Life in Port Arthur changed dramatically with the eruption of the Lucas Geyser on January 10, 1901, which sent about 100,000 barrels of oil per day into the air for nine days. Gulf and Texaco quickly built refineries in Port Arthur. Almost 7,000 people moved to the community between 1900 and 1910. Oil continues to bring people to the city. By the late 1960s, the population reached about 70,000 people. That number has shrunk slightly ever since as about 55,000 people are living there today. Port Arthur's Motiva Refinery is the largest oil refinery in North America.
While exploring Port Arthur, visit the Neches River Rainbow Bridge, which is one of the tallest bridges in the southern United States. You will also want to eat plenty of crawfish when visiting Port Arthur. The best time to dine on fresh crawfish is from February through May. Try them at Reel Cajun Seafood Restaurant and Bar, where you can also get outstanding chicken and sausage gumbo, or at Tia Juanita's Fish Camp, where you will enjoy hearing the live music while dining.
Nederland, Texas – A group of 51 settlers from Holland established Nederland in 1897 because it reminded them of their homeland. You will want to visit the 40-foot-tall Dutch Windmill Museum in Tex Ritter Heritage Park. The first floor of the museum pays tribute to this singer (and father of actor John Ritter) who was born in Nederland while the upper floors tell the stories of the first settlers.
10 Gas Stations
2 RV Dump Stations
Winnie, Texas – See how agriculture has changed over the last 150 years by stopping at the Agricultural Historical Museum. People have gathered at Winnie's Rice Festival for over 48 years. The Gulf of Mexico is only 18 miles from this community, and there are plenty of nearby lakes and trails to follow.
19 Gas Stations
12 RV Dump Stations
Anahuac, Texas – You will want to visit Courthouse Square in Anahuac to see the beautiful Art Deco courthouse, Dr. Schillings' historical medical office, and the Thomas Jefferson Chambers' Home. You will also want to explore Fort Anahuac Park and Wallisville Heritage Park.
3 Gas Stations
5 RV Dump Stations
Hot Springs National Park is about 381 miles north of Port Arthur in Arkansas. You will want to explore Bathhouse Row. Consider getting a spa treatment at Buckstaff Bathhouse, which has been in continuous operation since it opened in 1912. You will also want to get a drink at the only distillery in a U.S. national park and explore the art museum. There are plenty of other activities along this row, which was designated a National Landmark District in 1987.
Big Bend National Park is 651 miles from Port Arthur. This park is a fantastic place to hike as there are over 150 miles of trails. You may also want to go on a paddling adventure on the Rio Grande River.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is about 740 miles from Port Arthur in New Mexico. You will want to go on a tour of the main show cave. When possible, consider using the cave's natural entrance as it is much prettier than the elevator entrance. You may also want to go on one of this park's wild cave tours, like the one to Slaughter Cave, where you find yourself crawling on parts of the tour. Go on a nature hike to explore the desert. Then stick around to watch the bats fly across the parking lot at sunset on summer evenings.
Sea Rim State Park is a fantastic place to go primitive camping on a beach, but this state park near Sabine Pass also has a campground with hookups. The park is a fantastic place to go fishing, and there are two kayaking trails for different abilities. While you will need to make arrangements, you can go horseback riding on three miles of beach at this location.
Village Creek State Park near Lumberton is a fantastic place to start a Big Thicket camping experience. This park has a canoe launch, and you will want to follow the Village Creek Paddling Trail to see plants and wildlife from the water. Borrow fishing equipment from the park's office, and go fishing for catfish, bass, and sunfish. Check with the park's staff as they frequently host guided nature and night hikes, stargazing programs, and campfire talks.
You will want to see the W.H. Stark House in downtown Orange, Texas. This Queen Anne-style mansion contains over 14,000 square feet of living space. The home includes 15 rooms filled with priceless antique decorative arts. It was constructed in 1894, and the Starks lived in it until 1934. Even if you can't get inside the house, you will want to see the outside with its stained-glass windows, wraparound second-floor porch, and triangular roofs.
Mardi Gras – Catch beads at the parade, listen to live entertainment, and eat king cake at this festival typically held in February.
Taste of Gumbo, Etc. & Craft Show – Indulge in all-you-can-eat gumbo, and visit with local artists at this February festival.
Garden Festival – See lotus blossoms, roses, towering bamboo, citrus trees, and the koi pond during this June festival at Buu Mon Buddhist Temple.
Mexican Heritage Festival – Watch Mexican dances, eat south-of-the-border food and learn more about Mexico during this September festival at Robert Bowers Civic Center.
J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area – Divided into three separate units, this wildlife management area covers more than 24,498 acres, and it is a fantastic place to go hunting for alligators and waterfowl or to go fishing, and boating.
Sabine Lake – This 90,000-acre saltwater estuary is a great place to fish for speckled trout, redfish, and black drum.
Keith Lake – Located off U.S. Highway 87, this lake is a fantastic place to go crabbing and fishing for redfish, trout, and flounder.
Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge – Seasonally, go hunting for blue- and green-winged teal, mottled ducks, gadwall, scaup, and shovelers at this location, where you can also go fishing.
There are many beautiful campgrounds in the Beaumont and Port Arthur areas. For over 10 years, Bearazinga Campground has been a favorite of guests looking for a quiet getaway. If you love playing on the water, then consider AAA RV Texas, where you are sure to love the waterfront camping. Another fantastic option is Pleasure Island RV Park, which provides lots of amenities, including seven picnic shelters, a playground, and climate-controlled bathhouses and laundry facilities.
While it can be more challenging to find RV dump stations near Port Arthur than in some areas, you do have several choices. Sea Rim State Park offers one. You can also find a dump station at the Pilot Flying J Travel Plazas #431 in Orange. There is also one at the Elks Lodge in Beaumont.
There are several options for RV storage in the Port Arthur area, such as College St. RV & Boat Storage, which offers enclosed units up to 60 feet long. PurelyStorage provides enclosed units up to 25 feet long and outside parking spaces up to 30 feet long. You may also want to consider Central Maxi-Storage, which offers a variety of options.
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. On average expect to pay $185 per night for Class A, $149 per night for Class B and $179 per night for Class C. Towable RVs include 5th Wheel, Travel Trailers, Popups, and Toy Hauler. On average, in Port Arthur, TX, the 5th Wheel trailer starts at $70 per night. Pricing for the Travel Trailer begins at $60 per night, and the Popup Trailer starts at $65 per night.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Port Arthur?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Port Arthur from RVshare.Does RVshare have emergency roadside assistance?
Yes. Every RV rental booked through RVshare receives 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.Does RVshare offer one way RV rentals in Port Arthur?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.