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port arthur with teenagers

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port arthur with teenagers

we will be traveling to san antonio this spring and will take a trip to the coast but am not sure if we should go to port arthur or corpus christi. What type of things are there to do in port arthur and surrounding area that the teens might like?

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1. Re: port arthur with teenagers

Port Arthur is a long way from SA five hours - Port Aransas and/or Corpus Christi and only two and a half hours or so from SA. What's the purpose - just to get to the beach? Or are there specific sights you want to see?

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Yes, Port Arthur is a long drive from San Antonio. And this area is NOT known as a beach destination. The beaches are 30-45 minutes away, and if you are looking for white or golden sand and clear water, you will not find them here! The mud from the outflow of the mighty Mississippi River makes for cloudy, brown water much of the time along this part of the coast.

If you are going to the coast to enjoy some beach time, you'd probably be happier visiting Port Aransas/Mustang Island (near Corpus Christi).

However, if you just want to experience another very different part of the great state of Texas, there are interesting things to see and do in the most eastern corner of the state! In what's locally known as the Golden Triangle -- including the cities of Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange, Texas -- you'd see totally different scenery and culture from that in the rest of the state.

In Southeast Texas, you'll experience:

The east Texas Piney Woods, including the Big Thicket National Preserve (website: http://www.nps.gov/bith/index.htm );

The food and music influenced by the Louisiana-French "Cajuns" who still play a large part in the area's culture (crawfish, boudain, gumbo, etc.). A local favorite is Larry's French Market: http://www.larrysfrenchmarket.com ;

Marshes, bayous and alligators, and huge numbers of migratory birds.

Check out Gator Country: http://www.gatorcountrytx.net/ ;

The history of the petroleum industry with the Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum and Energy Museum, and today's modern refineries and petrochemical facilities...

http://texasenergymuseum.org/

http://www.spindletop.org/

Here are the local Convention & Visitors Bureau websites:

Beaumont's tourism website:

http://www.beaumontcvb.com/

Port Arthur's website:

www.portarthurtexas.com/custom2.asp…

And you'll find more about things to see and do in the area on the Texas tourism website, TravelTex.com:

www.traveltex.com/pg/City.aspx…

If you have enough time on your Texas trip, look at including a few days in our corner of the state! Beaumont is the larger of the cities, right on Interstate 10, just 80 miles east of Houston. The Louisiana border in just east of Orange, Texas, and Port Arthur is the most southern of the three communities.

If you'd like more information on this area, or have any questions, just ask!

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Thanks for everyone's input , we are actually going to see the ocean and dolphin watch. Would you suggest port aransas or corpus christi?

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Avoid Port Arthur......it is Gangland now, which is a shame because it has a wonderful museum.

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