Now Open Through Jan. 30, 2022

Fortlandia is a collection of custom forts designed and built in the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum. Plus, this year there will a bonus fort along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, presented in partnership with The Trail Foundation. These creative spaces will transport you to imaginary worlds and spark an appreciation for art and nature. Your secret hideout awaits!

Oct. 2, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2022*

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

Entry is included with regular admission. Reservations open seven days in advance.

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

Reserve Your Spot

Members also get early access beginning at 8 a.m. every day for Member Mornings.

Reserve Member Mornings


Safety Guidelines

Read our safety guidelines here.

Fort Designers

Other Exciting Features

silvana by Ben Busche of Brut Deluxe, an immersive light maze appearing for the first time in North America (installation by Decor IQ)
Builder Boards, interlocking wooden blocks for cooperative construction play
Plus: Fort Build, the Wildflower Center’s year-round build-your-own-fort nature play area


Fortlandia Sponsors

Lead Sponsors
Carolyn and Jack Long

Supporting Sponsors
Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin

Fort Sponsors
Bartlett Tree Experts
T. L. Carter Family
The Carl and Phyllis Detering Foundation
Heart Sing Foundation
MFI Foundation
Brian and Debra Jones Shivers
Marilyn and Ben Weber
The Winkler Family Foundation
Melinda and Stephen Winn
The Zachry Foundation

Fort Build Sponsors
Blü Fern
Carolyn and Tom Curtis
FastFrame & The Westlake Gallery
Dawn and Tommy Lee Jones
Nancy Taylor
Wella Organics

Additional Sponsor
Austin Wood Recycling


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.