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Zoo Hours

9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Last entry 6 p.m.
The Houston Zoo is open seven days a week.

The Zoo is open late on Friday and Saturday evenings for Evening Chill, now through August 18.

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.
Tropical Bird House: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
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
Open April 1 – September 30, 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.

Our Main Entrance is at 6200 Hermann Park Drive

Our Medical Center Entrance on Cambridge Street is closed for the rest of the summer.

Freeway Construction Alert: 288 and 610

Over the weekends expect road closures in the 288/610 area through August and September. The intersection of SH-288 (Between Yellowstone and W. Bellfort) and IH-610 (Between Fannin and Scott) will be closed periodically. For the latest updates, visit drive288.com


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

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.

Students: From June 1 – September 1, 2018 students can ride anywhere METRO goes, any time, any day FREE with a Student METRO Q Fare Card.

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


To make your visit as enjoyable as possible, Lyft is offering guests $10 off 2 rides to or from the Houston Zoo. To apply the discount, enter the code HOUSTONZOO in the “Promos” section of the Lyft app.


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.