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Zoo Hours

9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Last entry 5 p.m.
We are open seven days a week.

Daylight savings will begin on Sunday, March 12. We will shift to summer hours, open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., last entry 6 p.m.


Exhibit and Activity Times

Giraffe Feeding Platform: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
May close due to weather conditions and giraffe participation.

Naturally Wild Swap Shop 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Reptile and Amphibian House opens at 10 a.m.

Tropical Bird House: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Bug House opens at 9:30 a.m.
The Petting yard inside the Children’s Zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park
Open April 1 – October 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.

Directions to the Zoo

The Houston Zoo is located in Hermann Park adjacent to the Texas Medical Center and the Museum District.

There are two entrances to the Zoo:

  • Our Main Entrance is at 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030
  • Our Medical Center Entrance is on Cambridge Street across from Ben Taub Hospital. It is open only on weekends and major holidays; it will be open on Monday, January 16. It provides convenient dropoff, pickup and pedestrian access (There is no parking at this gate). This entrance will not be open Fridays.


Parking and Arrival Options

Near the Zoo

It’s Field Trip Season! Many schools schedule field trips to the Zoo throughout the fall and spring, so we may be more crowded on weekday mornings when school is in session. An afternoon or weekend visit may offer smaller crowds during these months. If you choose to come Tuesday-Thursday mornings, please be aware that it is sometimes necessary to close or block the main parking lot for the safety of the school children. Please plan your visit accordingly.

The Houston Zoo does not have its own parking lot; free parking is available in Hermann Park outside the Zoo. On busy days, these lots can fill quickly. Please note that C lot can only be entered on the north side (outside the park) and is limited to three hour parking.

Map of Hermann Park Parking Areas

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Map provided by the Hermann Park Conservancy
Parking is not owned or operated by the Houston Zoo

Take METRORail

Save $2 off an adult admission and $1 off a child’s admission when you present your Q Card, METRO bus, or METRORail ticket at the zoo admission booth.

Walk To the Zoo from Two METRORail Stops
From the train, exit at either the Hermann Park/Rice U Station or the Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station. Our Medical Center Entrance is open on weekends and major holidays.
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METRORail Option:
Fannin South Park & Ride, 1604 West Bellfort, Houston, TX 77054

Saturdays & Sundays: Overflow Parking and Shuttle

We have extended this off-site parking for a limited time.

South Extension (SE) Lot, 7100 William C. Harvin, Entrance 35
Parking is $6 per car. Free shuttle, easy in, easy out!
On Saturdays and Sundays, this shuttle runs continuously from 10 a.m. (Early birds: park near the zoo to enter at 9 a.m.)

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Bicycling: Houston B-cycle

A Houston B-cycle station is located in Hermann Park outside the zoo. Houston B-cycle is a “bike sharing” program that works as an additional transportation alternative for people living in or visiting Houston. For more information visit the Houston B-cycle website.