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Directions & Parking

The Houston Zoo is located in Hermann Park, near the Texas Medical Center and the Museum District. Our Main Entrance is at 6200 Hermann Park Drive.


See parking options listed below!

Parking Options & Alternatives

Hermann Park Parking

The Houston Zoo does not have its own parking lot; free parking is available in Hermann Park. On busy days, these lots can fill quickly.

Guests can park in Lots G, F, E, H and I as indicated on the Hermann Park Parking Map.

An additional parking option is the Centennial Gardens, Lot C on the Hermann Park Parking Map. It is limited to three-hour parking and is accessed from outside the park at Hermann Dr. and Crawford St.

Hermann Park allows bus parking ONLY in designated areas on Hermann Park Drive curbside, and parking lot A across from HMNS.
Map is provided by the Hermann Park Conservancy. 
Parking is not owned or operated by the Houston Zoo.

Houston Museum of Natural Science Parking Garage

Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) Parking Garage
5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
Available: Daily
General Public Rate: $30
HMNS Members Rate: $10

Medical Center + Museum District Parking

If you can’t find public parking, there are several surrounding parking garages where you can pay to park. You can even reserve your spot before heading to the Zoo by using the ParkWhiz App. Rates vary for each garage.


Use your favorite “rideshare” app on your next visit to the Zoo. These services can drop you off and pick you up right at our main entrance, located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive, and you can save time and eliminate parking hassles with this convenient solution.

Ride the METRORail

Another convenient way to travel through the Museum District is to ride the METRORail. To get to Houston Zoo, you’ll need to ride the Red Line, exit Hermann Park/Rice U, and walk through the Japanese Gardens to reach the Zoo entrance.

Fair is $1.25. More info>

Hermann Park Dr. is closed; how do we get to the Zoo?

When traffic is heavy in Hermann Park, city police officers will make Hermann Park Drive one way, preventing vehicles from turning into the park from Cambridge. When this happens, consider driving to offsite parking as lots in the park are likely to be full. To get into the park, continue on Cambridge until you arrive at Fannin. A right on Fannin or Main will take you to a roundabout; turn right onto Hermann Park Drive and continue through the park to reach the Zoo.