Adult Group Tours

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is the perfect setting to explore with a group of friends, co-workers, your organization, family members or anyone else you choose. The gardens’ history, plants and seasonal highlights offer a remarkable set of experiences that will make any Group Tour a truly memorable one.

Although tours are now free of charge, any donations will help support our educational programs.

Group Tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday by appointment only and include a guided Garden Tour and/or Outpost Tour. Group Tours are reserved only after you have received written confirmation. Please submit your request three weeks prior to your intended arrival date to:

Marlene Cox

Guest Relations and Events Coordinator

409.670.9113 ext. 4013

mcox@shangrilagardens.org

All tours are wheelchair accessible and are all outdoor. Visitors should pack plenty of water and wear appropriate attire. Cameras and binoculars are also a must!

Garden Tour

The Garden Tour is a walking tour of our formal landscape botanical gardens led by a knowledgeable guide who provides information and interpretation about Shangri La Gardens.

A minimum of 10 participants per group is required. All participants must attend the same tour, though to accommodate large groups, participants may be split among multiple tours.

Duration: Approximately 90 – 120 minutes; > 1 mile walk

Meeting place: Guides will meet groups at the garden entrance/passenger drop-off

Participants requiring assistance must have supervision at all times.

Garden guides are contingent upon volunteer availability and cannot be guaranteed. If a tour is canceled due to inclement weather, we will make every effort to reschedule it.

Outpost Tour

The Outpost Tour is a guided journey along Adams Bayou on a specially outfitted pontoon watercraft to one of our Outpost Pavilions in the Cypress-Tupelo Swamp. A knowledgeable guide provides interpretation of Adams Bayou, associated habitats, wildlife, and a brief historical overview of portions of Shangri La Gardens and the local community.

A minimum of 18 participants per group is required to reserve an Outpost Tour. Availability is limited to a maximum of 24 participants per tour vessel with a maximum of 48 participants per group.

Duration: Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes

Meeting Place: Guides will meet groups at the garden entrance/passenger drop-off

Children under 4 years of age are not allowed on Outpost Tours. Participants requiring assistance must have supervision at all times.

Life vests are provided and must be worn at all times – no exceptions.

Outpost Tours may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather, heat index > 100, unsafe water conditions, or operational considerations beyond our control.

Self-Guided Visit

If we are unable to schedule a tour guide for your group, we encourage you to visit the gardens and explore at your own pace. We ask groups to schedule self-guided visits so that we know when to expect your group and can communicate any changes which may affect your visit.

Box Lunches for Group Tours

For groups visiting on a tight schedule, group organizers are encouraged to reserve box lunches from our Box Lunch Menu instead of leaving the grounds for lunch. The Star and Crescent Moon Café box lunches include a choice of sandwich or salad, chips, fruit, cookie and bottled water.

No outside food or drink, other than bottled water, is permitted in Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. Thank you for your consideration.