Visitor hours & parking

COVID-19 Update:  Duke Gardens will remain closed through the winter season. We do not yet have a reopening date. Read more here.

This decision is in keeping with Duke University’s policies aiming to minimize health and safety risks to the Duke community and beyond, and to encourage social distancing to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This closure includes all indoor and outdoor areas. When we have a reopening date, we will post it here and in social media in advance of the date.

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming visitors again in the future.

All information is subject to change on short notice. See more updates and advisories from Duke University at Read more about the Duke United campus-wide health and safety initiative.




Gardens hours: The grounds are open 365 days a year, 8 a.m. to dusk.

Doris Duke Center hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Winter hours: The Doris Duke Center closes at 5 p.m. daily from the Monday following daylight saving (Nov. 4, 2019) through the second Monday in March of the following year (March 9, 2020).

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

Parking Alert


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


Free weekend overflow parking is available in the H Lot at the intersection of Yearby and Anderson, a 5-minute walk away. 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.  


For additional parking alternatives on campus, please see Duke University's parking site

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 go to the information desk inside the Doris Duke Center. If the center is closed, please contact Duke University Parking & Transportation.

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 (+Friday, Nov. 29, 2019)
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.