Port Arthur benefits from two bodies of water—the Gulf Coast and Lake Sabine—so it’s a favorite Texas coast destination for boaters and anglers. The town is also full of other draws, from delicious Cajun cuisine to history walks. Visit the Sabine Pass Battleground State Historical Park, a Civil War battlefield where fighters prevented Union forces from penetrating interior Texas in 1863. Beau Rêve restaurant, built at the turn of the 20th century, is a favorite spot among locals for fine Cajun food. Located on the outskirts of town, Sea Rim State Park (seen here) has 4,000 acres of marshlands and 5.2 miles of coastline, making it an ideal spot to camp, kayak, swim, and fish.