Opening Oct. 8, 2022

Fortlandia, our annual exhibition of secret hideouts, kicks off this fall in a new location — the Luci and Ian Family Garden. This year’s lineup of custom forts will transport you to imaginary worlds and spark an appreciation for art and nature. There will also be a bonus installation along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, presented in partnership with The Trail Conservancy (formerly known as The Trail Foundation). Happy exploring!

Learn more about this year’s Fortlandia exhibition in our Pressroom!


Oct. 8, 2022 – Jan. 29, 2023*

*Closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1


Entry is included with regular admission. 

As always, admission is free for members (as well as UT Austin faculty, staff and students). Become a member today!


Safety Guidelines

Read our safety guidelines here.

Fort Designers

Studio Balcones: “Tree Free Fort”

Jamie Spinello: “Chrysaline”

Cornerstone Architects: “Live Oak”  

Austin Design Lab: “Mars Base”

Alicia Philley: “The Seeds We Plant”

Agi Miagi: “Phoenix Trail” (satellite fort at Lady Bird Lake)


Pick up a free Passfort field journal when you check in for your visit. With a mini map and many creative prompts for stimulating the imagination, there’s space to doodle, document, journal and invent! It’s a great way to spend time alone reflecting or working together to observe nature and Fortlandia in a new way. Passforts are available to Fortlandia explorers of any age and are dual language — English and Spanish.

Note: Out of respect for the trees in the Texas Arboretum, please don’t waste paper! Please only take as many Passforts as you need for members of your group who want one, and don’t let them become litter. Didn’t get to fill in all those pages? Pack your Passfort with you the next time you visit!



Two t-shirts with the Fortlandia logo, one is orange and one is light blue.

Show your Fortlandia pride! We have T-shirts for sale online, plus plenty of nature-inspired merch (including books, stationery, home goods and more) in the Gift Store.