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Zoo Hours

Daytime Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Last entry 4 p.m.
The Houston Zoo is open seven days a week.

The Zoo will close early on Christmas Eve at 3 p.m. with last entry at 2 p.m. We will be closed on Christmas Day.
The Zoo will be closed for a maintenance day on Tuesday, January 16.

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
November 18, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Closed December 14, 24 & 25
VALUE NIGHTS 6 – 10 p.m., last entry 9 p.m.
PRIME NIGHTS 6 – 11 p.m., last entry 9:30 p.m.

The Zoo closes at 5 p.m. and re-opens at 6 p.m.; daytime admission tickets may not be used for evening entry. Get all the details and purchase your tickets today for one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday experiences:


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. It is open on select Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays; it will not be open in December 2017. Provides dropoff, pickup and pedestrian access (No parking at this entrance).


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. – 5 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
Now closed for the season. Open April 1 – October 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.


Parking and Arrival Options

Looking for parking for TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights? Visit this page for parking 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


Field Trip Alert

The Houston Zoo is proud to provide an educational field trip venue for many local schools each year. More information is available on our field trips page.

On most weekday mornings during the school year, arriving at 9 a.m. or after 11 a.m. will allow you to avoid school bus arrival. During this time, parking spaces may be temporarily reserved so that children and teachers may safely unload and assemble. Unoccupied parking spots are made available once field trips have unloaded. We do not book field trips on the first Monday of each month.

If you are accompanying your child on a field trip, we recommend carpooling. Bus and rail options are detailed on this page as well.

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


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.





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