Visitor hours & parking

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. Please note that we expect very heavy attendance at Duke Gardens during graduation and Mother's Day weekend, May 11-13. Please plan ahead for the likelihood that you will need to use the overflow parking lots.

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 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 require you to enter your license plate number; they do not print out a receipt for your dashboard. If a machine is malfunctioning, please go to the information desk inside the Doris Duke Center. Please see this video to learn more about how to use Duke's new parking machines installed in January 2018.

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.