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, 10 a.m. 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 $2 per hour for parking at Duke Gardens, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. To pay for parking, you can use the mobile phone app Pay by Phone (we are location 3109), or 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. The machines will accept cash as well as credit cards, but they do not provide change. If a machine is malfunctioning, please go to the information desk inside the Doris Duke Center. If the center is closed, please contact Duke University Parking & Transportation.

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, in the Terrace Gardens, and in the Asiatic Arboretum near Pine Clouds Mountain Stream.  

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.