Orange, TX is a charming, friendly city located in the southeast corner of Texas, right on the border of Louisiana. Known as the “Gateway to Texas”, this city is rich with history, spectacular wildlife, and a thriving arts scene. Orange truly has something for everyone.
Patrons of the arts like to visit Orange because it is known as a premier cultural destination of southeast Texas. The Lutcher Theater, a 1450-seat, state-of-the-art performance facility, brings in national tours of Broadway hits and other top-notch entertainment. The city also offers world-class museums like The Stark Museum of Art, home to one of the most significant collections of American Western art in the nation, and fascinating historical sites like the W.H. Stark House and the Heritage House, where visitors get a taste of what life was like back in the early 20th century.
Orange is also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts who flock here to take advantage of the bayous, rivers, and the fascinatingly diverse ecosystem. One major draw is the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, one of the finest nature preserves in the country. Located in the heart of the city, this 252-acre ecological wonderland contains more than 350 species of plants, along with an adjacent bird sanctuary and nesting grounds. Orange’s sub-tropical climate makes it a great destination any time of the year, including during the holidays. There’s still some time left to see the garden’s beautiful holiday decorations during one of their Christmas Strolls throughout the month of December. You and your family will be amazed as you make your way through the magically-transformed gardens. There will even be a children’s garden complete with a bright, colorful gingerbread house.
If you do find yourself in Orange this time of year, make sure to take a tour of the beautifully decorated W. H. Stark House, and the Carriage House located behind the main house. You’ll get a fascinating look at how they celebrated Christmas at the turn of the 20th century.
If you are looking to experience some small town charm, world class culture, and wonderful Cajun cuisine, in a spectacular setting complete with swampy lowlands and towering trees, then Orange, the “Gateway to Texas”, is the place to be!