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. December & January weekday closing time: 5:30 p.m.

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.

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.

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:

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

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