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Spring Break at the Houston Zoo


Spring Break 2018: March 10 – 18

Spring break provides a week of vacation from area schools to enjoy the spring weather. It attracts an average of more than 350,000 visitors daily to area attractions, and can cause heavy traffic and full parking lots near the Zoo. Starting in 2012, the City of Houston worked with stakeholders to create driving directions and a parking plan to best navigate travel to spring break destinations. Here’s some tips to help you get to the Zoo this spring break.

Save Time: Buy Tickets Online

During spring break, regular Zoo admission rates apply. Purchase your tickets online (they’re good for 90 days) and skip the ticket lines. Show the digital ticket on your phone when you arrive.

Zoo Members: Beat the Crowd This Spring Break
New this year! Zoo Members can enter the Zoo one hour early Monday through Friday, March 12-16, starting at 8 a.m.Become a member and get in free all year long! Did you know membership pays for itself in as few as two zoo visits?

Our Medical Center Entrance (West Gate) will be open during Spring Break, March 10-18

Save $ With METRO

Save $2 off adult Zoo admission and $1 off child admission when you present your METRO Q Card or any METRO bus or METRORail ticket (one offer per person). Visit METRO for more information.

  • Catch METRORail at the Fannin South Park & Ride lot
    (1604 West Bellfort between Knight and Fannin) OR
  • Park in a Midtown parking lot and head to the METRORail station.
  • Take the Red Line. Exit the rail at either the Hermann Park/Rice U Station or the Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station and it’s a short walk to the Zoo.

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.

Overflow Parking and Shuttle

We are partnering with the Texas Medical Center to provide 3,000 additional parking spaces and a shuttle to the Medical Center (west) entrance of the Zoo.

South Extension Lot – 7100 William C. Harvin, Entrance 35

Parking is $10 Monday-Friday and just $6 on Saturdays and Sundays, and includes a free shuttle that runs continuously to the Zoo starting at 10 a.m. (early birds: park in the lots outside the Zoo.)

Driving Directions During Spring Break

Hermann Park lots are predicted to reach capacity early in the day; heading directly to a Park & Ride, the South Extension lot or other offsite parking may be your best bet. The City will be monitoring traffic in Hermann Park, and will restrict traffic to one-way and close certain entrances and exits to prevent gridlock when traffic becomes heavy.

From TX-288
From I-610 E
From US 59 North
From US 59 South

Hermann Park Parking Areas

Parking is not owned or operated by the Houston Zoo.

Parking lots in Hermann Park are expected to fill to capacity early in the day during Spring Break.

Map of Hermann Park Parking Areas

Map of Parking in Hermann Park
Provided by the Hermann Park Conservancy
Parking is not owned or operated by the Houston Zoo