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Beat the Traffic: Avoid congestion near Hermann Park on Labor Day

by Katherine Whaley / KHOU 11 News

Posted on September 5, 2011 at 11:35 AM

If you are planning to enjoy the Houston Zoo or Hermann Park this Labor Day holiday, you will want to avoid traffic and congestion.  Whether you come for the Playground for All Children, the Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Zoo, picnic grounds, and the Hermann Park Mini Train, parking can be a challenge.  Here are a few tips to help you navigate:

Use METRORail: Riders can catch METRORail at the Fannin South Park and Ride lot located at 1604 West Bellfort or park downtown and catch METRORail at any of the downtown rail stations. Riders can disembark at Hermann Park/Rice University station, at Fannin and Sunset; Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo, at Cambridge and Ross Sterling; or the Museum District station, between Ewing and Binz, to access all of Hermann Park’s amenities.
Park in the Medical Center: During the weekends, visitors to Hermann Park can take advantage of expanded parking options, thanks to an agreement with Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza. Hermann Park visitors can now use the parking garage located at 6400 Fannin, next to the Hermann Professional Building, on weekends. The current maximum rate for weekends is $7.00 (subject to change by Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza) and visitors have the option of paying by cash or credit card.
Carpool: buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Keep in mind the following traffic advisories:


Be aware that it is no longer possible to turn left into Hermann Park. Pay attention to the “No Left Turn” signs posted along the light rail track


Be aware that Hermann Park Drive will allow two-way traffic from the Sam Houston Monument to Cambridge


Know that HPD, METRO Police and Urban Park Rangers will be monitoring traffic at all intersections and may respond to direct and reroute traffic at  Cambridge, Fannin and Hermann Park Drive if conditions warrant