Visitor hours & parking
Gardens hours: The grounds are open 365 days a year, 8 a.m. to dusk.
Doris Duke Center hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Winter hours: The Doris Duke Center will close at 5 p.m. every day from Nov. 22, 2017, through March 15, 2018. Winter hours begin on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving each year.
Admission: It is free to explore Duke Gardens. But there is a fee for parking.
Parking: Duke University charges $1 per half hour for parking on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To pay for parking, look for machines in each of the two parking lots. The machines accept bills, coins or credit cards, but they do not provide change. The machine will print a ticket for you to place on your dashboard. If a machine is malfunctioning, please go to the information desk inside the Doris Duke Center. Please see this video to learn more about how to use the new parking machines installed in January 2018.
Weekend overflow parking: Due to overwhelming attendance, and limited parking on site and in the adjacent Admissions lot (on Anderson Street at Campus Drive), Duke University now offers a free parking option for Gardens visitors in a nearby overflow lot (Duke University H Lot) at the corner of Yearby Avenue & Anderson Street. The lot is a 5-minute walk from Duke Gardens. It will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays & holidays. Please see this map for location.
How to get here: See our "getting here" page for directions by car or public transportation.
Restrooms: Duke Gardens has restrooms in the Doris Duke Center and in the Terrace Gardens. The Doris Duke Center restrooms are open during center hours. The Terrace Gardens restrooms are normally open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The Doris Duke Center is closed on the following holidays:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Christmas weekend (Friday-Monday, Dec. 22-25, 2017)
New Year’s weekend (Friday-Monday, Dec. 29, 2017-Jan. 1, 2018)
If you have a question in advance of your visit, please call the information desk at 919-684-3698.