Hours & Parking

Hours & Parking

HOURS

Open 7 days/week
Grounds & Trails 7 am – Dusk
All visitors must be off premises by dusk, no exceptions.
Building & Office  9 am – 5 pm
Nature Shop 10 am – 4 pm
Discovery Room Closed for renovations August 2019 – early 2020
2019 Building Closures
Monday, January 1
New Year’s Day
Monday, January 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Saturday, February 9 at 2 pm
Tapas on the Trails
Sunday, March 10 at 3 pm Saint Arnold Pup Crawl
Sunday, March 24 till 2 pm Private Event
Sunday, April 21
Easter
Monday, May 27 Memorial Day
Thursday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, September 2 Labor Day
Saturday, October 19
ArBOOretum
Thursday/Friday, November 28-29 Thanksgiving
Tuesday, December 24 at 1 pm Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 25 Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 31 at 1 pm New Year’s Eve

Dates listed in italics indicate grounds and building closure.

PARKING

Parking is available at both the 610 Entrance and the Woodway Entrance. Parking on the Arboretum grounds is extremely limited and fills up quickly on weekends. School bus parking for School Tours is available on the 610 Parking Loop.

Starting in early 2019, paid parking will be instituted at both the Woodway and 610 Parking Loops.

When will paid parking start?

Paid parking at the Woodway and 610 Parking Loops will begin February 1, 2019. Parking fees will be $1 per hour or $5 for the whole day, plus a small transaction fee, and can be paid via credit card at the parking meters or through the ParkHouston app, available for Apple or Android devices.

How do parking fees help the Arboretum?

All revenue from parking fees will go 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.

DIRECTIONS TO 610 ENTRANCE

610 Address:
120 West Loop North

Going North on 610 West Loop

  • Head North on 610 West Loop
  • Take the exit towards Woodway Drive/Memorial Drive
  • Turn right into the 610 Entrance & Parking Loop (before you reach Woodway Drive)

Going South on 610 West Loop

  • Head South on 610 West Loop
  • Take the exit towards Post Oak Blvd
  • Make a u-turn at Post Oak Blvd to get on the 610 West Loop northbound feeder
  • Turn right into the 610 Entrance & Parking Loop (before you reach Woodway Drive)

From Woodway Drive

  • Head South on the 610 West Loop South feeder
  • Make a u-turn at Post Oak Blvd to get on the 610 West Loop northbound feeder
  • Turn right into the 610 Entrance & Parking Loop (before you reach Woodway Drive)

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For the safety of our visitors, the Nature Center building will be closed to the public for the next few days as we begin the first phase of renovations. Please note - restrooms and water may not be available during this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding!