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 12 pmTapas on the Trails
March 19 at 3 pmPrivate Event
April 17Easter
April 24Private Event
April 29 at 1 pmAlfresco Gala
May 30Memorial Day
July 4Independence Day
September 5Labor Day
October 15ArBOOretum
November 24Thanksgiving
December 11 until 2 pmPrivate Event
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.

Upcoming Nature Playscape Closures

Sunday, January 8 from 9:45 am – 1:15 pm


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 $5.50 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?

Parking is free for Arboretum Members and free for all visitors on Thursdays. To become a Member, please visit our Membership page.

I’m an Arboretum Member – how do I use my free parking?

If you are a new Member, your code can be found at the bottom of your Membership receipt email in the highlighted area.

To use your code on the Parking Meter:

  • Press any button to start
  • Follow the “Pay by Plate Enter License Plate” prompt and press OK
  • Once you have entered your license plate, press 1 for Coupon Code
  • Enter your Member parking code and press OK

To use your code in the ParkHouston or ParkMobile app:

  • Open the ParkHouston or ParkMobile App
  • Select the correct parking zone (610 is 3410, Woodway is 3411)
  • Add your vehicle and click “Proceed To Checkout”
  • You will be required to add a Payment Method, but you will not be charged
  • Under Price, click “Add Promo Code” and enter your Member parking code
  • Once you see a zeroed out Price section, click “Start Parking”
  • You will need to start a parking session each time you visit, however the App will remember your parking code so you only need to enter it once per year.

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.

For questions regarding parking fines and fees, please call Parking Revenue Recovery Services, Inc. at 877-302-7275.