Orange, Texas Travel Guide

Above: Stark Museum of Art. Photo courtesy TX Dept of Economic Development, Tourism Division

Region: Gulf Coast

Located on the Texas-Louisiana border, Orange was named for a grove of wild oranges found in the area. Today the community on the Sabine River is known for its freshwater and saltwater fishing, its bustling port, and its birdwatching opportunities as well as its unique Cajun culture. Go bird watching or freshwater fishing, or take a trip across the border (four miles) to try your luck at Louisiana's casinos and the raceway.

Attractions

Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts. Broadway musical troupes, symphonies, and community theater groups take the stage at this performing arts venue which first opened in 1980. Located at 707 West Main Street.

Heritage House Museum. This 1902 home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now offers exhibits on life in the early 20th century as well as traveling displays. The adjacent Heritage History Museum tells the story of Orange County with memorabilia and artifacts. Located at 905 West Division Street.

Stark Museum of Art. Paintings by John J. Audubon, Charles Russell, and the Taos Society of Artists highlight this museum's impressive collection of 19th and 20th century Western American art. The museum also houses Native American artifacts and a decorative arts exhibit featuring a collection of Steuben crystal. Located at 712 Green Ave. www.starkmuseum.org/. Admission is free.

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. Opened in 2008, this garden features 300 types of plants; an adjacent bird blind lets you have a look at area birdlife. The park is located on 252 acres and formerly was a formal botanical garden. Located at 2111 West Park Avenue. www.shangrilagardens.org/

W.H. Stark House. Original period furnishings distinguish this elegant 1894 home. Open only to adults and children age 10 and over. Located at 610 Main Street.

Festivals and Special Events

May: Texas Cajun Heritage Festival. The heritage for which Orange is best known takes center stage during this annual event which includes Cajun food, music, crafts, and children's events.

Restaurants

The Original Cajun Cookery. For a truly nautical dining experience, come to this popular restaurant. Diners can examine the mounted fish and numerous fishing traps that decorate the restaurant. Diners come from miles away for the deep-fried barbecue crab. The seafood gumbo is also extremely popular. Located at 2308 I-10 East.

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