Visitor hours & parking

Hours: The Gardens outdoors are open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to dusk. See café hours here and gift shop hours here.

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

Commencement & Mother's Day traffic/parking: Please note that traffic in the area of Duke's West Campus will be heavy on Sunday, May 8, due to commencement activities. And Duke Gardens will be unusually busy all weekend, due to commencement and Mother's Day visitors. Please plan ahead. The overflow (paid) lots noted below will be open as usual. And this Sunday only, Duke will open its H Lot (see map) for free visitor parking all day until 10 p.m. You can access the lot via Anderson or Lewis streets. You can also enter Duke Gardens via the pedestrian gate at the end of Lewis Street.

Parking Alert

Duke Gardens' pay-to-park lots routinely fill to capacity in spring and when the weather is nice. Please consider using ride share services or public transportation

Overflow parking is available 7 days a week on Lewis Street, which is a left turn off Anderson Street just north of our main entrance. The PayByPhone zone for these on-street spaces is 11119, and PayByPhone is the only way to pay for this overflow option.

Weekend overflow parking is also available in the Campus Drive lot, on the corner of Anderson Street and Campus Drive. The PayByPhone zone for the Campus Drive lot is 3121. There are no university parking pay stations, but you may pay for parking in this lot with a credit card or cash at any of the pay stations in the Gardens' main lots using code 3121 or 3109. Please remember that you'll need your license plate number to pay at the pay stations.

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 PayByPhone (we are location 3109), or look for machines in each of the two parking lots. The university parking 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.

Downloading the app: We recommend downloading the PayByPhone app while you're home, so you'll have the strongest WiFi or cell reception possible for a quick download. Once you have the app on your mobile device, you'll be able to pay for your parking on site with ease.

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
Juneteenth (June 20, 2022)
Independence Day 
Labor Day
Thanksgiving  
Christmas Eve & Day
New Year’s Eve & Day

Restrooms: The Doris Duke Center restrooms are open during limited hours, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, except some holidays. There are also restrooms in the Terrace Gardens and the Asiatic Arboretum that are open from 8 a.m. to dusk and remain open on holidays.

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

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