Port of Orange
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The Port of Orange has a humid subtropical climate with warm rainy winters and hot humid summers. Temperatures in the Port of Orange range from an average high of 33°C (92°F) in August to an average low of 4°C (40°F) in January. Rainfall is fairly constant throughout the year, peaking at 15.8 centimeters in June and falling below ten centimeters (four inches) only in February and March. Humidity levels are high in the Port of Orange, peaking at 95% in July and August and falling to about 87% in February. Snowfall in the Port of Orange is negligible.

The Port of Orange's Stark Museum of Art celebrates the American West with paintings, prints, and sculptures by 19th and 20th Century western artists like Georgia O'Keeffe, John James Audubon, Frederic Remington, and Charles Marion Russell. It also features a large collection of American Indian objects, Dorothy Doughty's complete porcelain American Bird Series, and a collection of Steuben Glass crystal urns representing the 50 United States. This Port of Orange is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 5pm, and admission is free. Appointments can be made for group tours.

The 1894 Victorian W.H. Stark House is a Port of Orange landmark. Restored to its original state, the 1300-square-meter (14-thousand-square-foot) home represents the Queen Anne architectural style with stained glass windows, ornate woodwork, and a distinctive turret. The home contains 15 rooms with original furnishings and personal effects of the Stark family. Collections of cut glass from the American Brilliant Period, porcelains, milk glass, and pressed and pattern glass represent 18th and 19th Century decorative arts. The three-story W.H. Stark House and Carriage House illustrate Texas history and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Closed on major holidays, this Port of Orange landmark is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 3pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for seniors and children from ten to 17. The tour involves climbing stairs.

The Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in the Port of Orange is located in the heart of the city on 252 acres. The formal gardens contain over 300 plant species. First project in Texas to earn the US Green Building Council's Platinum Certification for LEED®-NC, the highest green building performance, the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center's mission is to teach children of all ages how to be kind to their world. The Nature Center sponsors Adams Bayou boat excursion to a 15-acre beaver pond, a bat house, a state-of-the-art bird blind, several educational outposts, and thousands of nesting birds at Ruby Lake. This Port of Orange attraction is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 9am until 5pm and on Sunday from noon until 5pm. It is closed on Monday and for most major holidays. Admissions can be purchased for the botanical gardens only, the outpost tour only, or both at a savings. Adults pay $6 for the gardens or outpost tour or $10 for both. Seniors and students from 13 to 17 pay $5 for the gardens or outpost tour or $8 for both. Children four to 12 pay $4 for either tour or $6 for both. The Outpost Tour is not available to children under four years of age.

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