Hours & Parking


Grounds & Trails7 am – dusk, daily
Nature Center Building9 am – 4 pm, daily

2022 Building Closures

January 1New Year’s Day
February 12 at 2 pmTapas on the Trails
April 17Easter
April 29Alfresco Gala
May 30Memorial Day
July 4Independence Day
September 5Labor Day
November 24Thanksgiving
December 24 at 12 pmChristmas Eve
December 25Christmas Day
December 31 at 12 pmNew Year’s Eve

Dates listed in italics indicate grounds and building closure.


Parking is available at both the 610 Entrance and the Woodway Entrance. School bus parking for School Tours is available on the 610 Parking Loop.

Reduce theft – remove all valuables from your car. 

Parking is free on Thursdays and is $5 per vehicle all other days.

Arboretum Members receive free parking. Become a member today!

How do I pay for parking?

Parking fees can be paid via credit card at the parking meters or through the ParkHouston app, available for Apple or Android devices. There are two parking meters at each parking loop.

How do parking fees help the Arboretum?

All revenue from parking fees goes directly back to the Arboretum to continue to restore much needed native habitat and provide nature education experiences for Houstonians and out-of-town visitors alike. The Arboretum does not receive tax money for maintenance and operations, so these funds will help keep the Nature Center and trails free and open to the public daily.

Is there free parking?

Arboretum members will receive free parking. Additionally, there will be free parking on every Thursday throughout the year. To become a member, please visit our Membership page.

I have a disabled parking placard or license plate – can I park for free?

No – per City of Houston policy, all individuals with a disabled parking placard or license plate must pay for parking while parking in a metered parking lot.

For assistance with the parking meters or ParkHouston app, please call 713-840-7275.