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 closes at 5 p.m. daily from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving each year through March 1 of the following year.

Admission: It is free to explore Duke Gardens. But there is a fee for parking.

Parking: Duke University Parking & Transportation charges $1 per half hour for parking at Duke Gardens, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Please note that beginning Aug. 20, 2018, the paid parking hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. To pay for parking, look for machines in each of the two parking lots. The machines require you to enter your license plate number. You will have an option to print a receipt, but you do not need to place the receipt on your dashboard. If a machine is malfunctioning, please go to the information desk inside the Doris Duke Center. 

Weekend overflow parking: Due to overwhelming attendance, Duke University now offers a free parking option for Gardens visitors in a nearby overflow lot, the 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. Please note that the weekend overflow parking in the Campus Drive lot adjacent to Duke Gardens is not free.  

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 is closed on the following holidays:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day 
Christmas weekend  
New Year’s weekend   

If you have a question in advance of your visit, please call the information desk at 919-684-3698.