Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center 5.0 (reviews)

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About Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center

Nestled within 252 acres in the heart of Orange, Texas, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center combines botanical gardens and an education nature center in a unique way. Located along the waterways of Adams Bayou, Shangri La Gardens carries on the vision of H.J Lutcher Stark, the man who originally developed it more than 60 years ago. The formal Botanical Gardens contain more than 300 plant species in five formal “rooms” as well as four sculpture “rooms.” Adjacent to the Botanical Gardens is a bird blind which allows visitors to observe nesting birds in Shangri La’s heronry.

Visitors are encouraged to stroll along garden paths surrounded by fragrant flowers, bird watch and take in the beauty of the grounds. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, visitors can take a naturalist-led Outpost Tour along Adams Bayou to see the wonders of nature, learn about the environment and its care, discover animals in their natural habitats and spend time with friends and family. Enjoy the Children’s Garden that delights the young and young-at-heart and gain a new sense of environmental stewardship in one of Texas’ most environmentally friendly gardens. 

Visitors may also enjoy special events throughout the year such as Scarecrow Fest, Christmas Strolls, Eco-Fest and more. For more information about events and garden features, visit 


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Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center FAQ’s

I’m Hungry! Can I get food at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center?

The Star and Crescent Moon Cafe welcomes families with cashless, self-serve vending options.

Any top tips when visiting?

Dress accordingly to stroll through our outdoor Garden space.

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Schools have three main options: a Naturalist-Guided School Program, an Explorer Program (self-guided), and an Outreach Program.

Is Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center fully accessible?

There is a restricted parking area located just inside the main gate of Shangri La at 2111 West Park Avenue for vehicles with proper handicap designation.