Visitor hours & parking

COVID-19 Update:  Duke Gardens is pleased to be open to the public again as of June 1. Read more about the phased reopening and related policies here.


Gardens hours: Duke Gardens is open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk.

Doris Duke Center hours: The Doris Duke Center will be closed during Duke Gardens' phase 2, but the restrooms will be open during limited hours (currently 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily). There are also restrooms in the Terrace Gardens and the Asiatic Arboretum, which are open later.

Admission: It's free to explore Duke Gardens. But Duke University charges a fee for parking (see below).

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Parking Alert

Duke Gardens' pay-to-park lots routinely fill to capacity by 10 a.m., especially on weekends. Please consider using ride share services or public transportation

Parking fees & machines: 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. Please be sure not to insert your credit card into the cash slot. If a machine is malfunctioning, please inform a volunteer or staff member or contact Duke University Parking & Transportation.

How to get here: See our "getting here" page for directions by car or public transportation.

The Doris Duke Center is closed on the following holidays:

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

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