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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.

Friday October 13 and 21, we are open late for Zoovie Nights.

Sunday, November 5 is Daylight Savings, and we will shift to winter hours: last entry 5 p.m., closing at 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.

Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park
Open April 1 – October 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.

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

The Reptile and Amphibian House opens at 10:00 a.m.

Tropical Bird House: 10:00 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.

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 at 6200 Hermann Park Drive
  • Our Medical Center Entrance on Cambridge Street across from Ben Taub Hospital. Open on Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays. Provides dropoff, pickup and pedestrian access (No parking at this entrance).


Parking and Arrival Options

Near the Zoo

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.

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 $8 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.)


Lyft, the fastest growing on-demand transportation service in the US, is the Transportation Partner of Houston Zoo, enhancing the visitor experience by connecting Zoo attendees with Lyft’s safe, reliable, and affordable transportation service.

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.