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Zoo Hours

Regular hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Last entry 6 p.m.
The Houston Zoo is open seven days a week. Last entry is one hour before closing.

Thursday, October 18, we will close early at 5 p.m., with the last entry into the Zoo at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, November 4, we will close early at 4 p.m., with the last entry into the Zoo at 3 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 10:00 a.m.
The Tropical Bird House is temporarily closed due to construction on the Heart of the Zoo.
The Bug House opens at 9:30 a.m.
Petting Yard in the Children’s Zoo open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park
Now closed for the season. Open April 1 – September 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.


Directions to the Zoo

The Houston Zoo is located in Hermann Park, near the Texas Medical Center and the Museum District. There are two entrances to the Zoo:

  • Our Main Entrance is at 6200 Hermann Park Drive
  • Our Medical Center Entrance on Cambridge Street across from Ben Taub Hospital is open on select Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays. (It will be open on Monday, September 3.) It provides dropoff, pickup and pedestrian access (No parking at this entrance).


Parking and Arrival Options

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. If lots in front of the Zoo are full, an additional parking option is the Centennial Gardens, Lot C on the Hermann Park Map. It is limited to three-hour parking, and it is accessed from outside the park at Hermann Drive and Crawford St.

Full Map of Hermann Park, with Parking Areas
Map provided by the Hermann Park Conservancy
Parking is not owned or operated by the Houston Zoo

Overflow Parking and Shuttle

On Saturdays and Sundays, shuttles run to and from the South Extension Lot on Harvin:

South Extension (SE) Lot, 7100 William C. Harvin, Entrance 35

Parking is $6 per car, and the shuttle ride is free. Shuttles run continuously starting at 10 a.m. They drop off and pick up across the street from our Medical Center entrance near Ben Taub Hospital.


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 METRORail: From the train, exit at the Hermann Park/Rice U Station.

METRORail Option:
Fannin South Park & Ride, 1604 West Bellfort, Houston, TX 77054


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.