Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will remain closed for an extended period due to significant flood damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. We are working hard to rebuild and plan to reopen later this year. Check back here or on our Facebook page for further updates as we get close to reopening. Please call 409.670.9113 for more information.


    Closed on 4th of July, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. NOTE: Beginning in 2017, all Stark Cultural Venues properties, including the Gardens, will be closed the last week of December and re-open after the New Year’s Day holiday.



    Please stop at the entry window to check-in! We appreciate your visit!!
    GROUP TOURS:CLICK HERE to learn more (Advanced reservations required)
  • Garden Tour Only – $5.00
  • Outpost Tour Only – $5.00
  • Garden and Outpost Tour – $10.00
  • *Must be age 4 or older; first-come, first-served. Reserve at Admissions upon entry
  • CLICK HERE for School Groups (Tue-Fri only; advanced reservations required)
An Outpost Tour is subject to a maximum capacity of 26 individuals. Outpost Tours are first come, first served.  For the enjoyment of all guests on the Outpost Tour, we ask that all cell phones be silenced and that passengers refrain from using cell phones or other electronic devices for the duration of the boat ride.

NEW: Outpost Tour Seasonal Schedule CLICK HERE to read or download!

Please call ahead to verify departure time and availability.
Subject to availability, additional departure times may be added as warranted by demand.
Because of the limited availability and capacity, members and visitors who would like to participate in an Outpost Tour (and who are not part of a reserved Group Tour or School Tour), must check-in at the entry window upon arriving to Shangri La in order to reserve a seat. All children must be accompanied by an adult during an Outpost Tour. Outpost Tours are wheelchair accessible.
The Stark Cultural Venues honors active duty military and their families by welcoming them at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and its partners, The W.H. Stark House and the Stark Museum of Art, throughout the year. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Shangri La and its partners participate in the Blue Star Program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families. Though admission is now free to the Gardens, participation in this program is still near and dear to our staff. Go to for more information.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a non-profit organization.
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