HOUSTON -

With hundreds of thousands of people flocking to the numerous attractions Houston has to offer during Spring Break, the area experiences higher traffic volume. The mayor Tuesday announced a plan to combat the traffic congestion.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Museum District, the Houston Zoo and other area attractions draw more than 350,000 daily during the two weeks of Spring Break (March 7-16 and March 17–23), the city says.

"Houstonians look forward to spending time with families at our wonderful attractions during spring break. With our combined focus on traffic management their experience will be much more enjoyable," said Mayor Annise Parker. "Over the last two years the public has cooperated with the recommended master plan and the results were remarkable."

The mayor adds that the parking and traffic management plan is to provide Houstonians the opportunity to spend more time enjoying our city's attractions and less time in traffic and searching for parking.

With limited parking and a large number of people expected to converge on this area of the city throughout the week of Spring Break, the City of Houston recommends visitors use suggested driving directions, park in recommended parking locations and ride METRORail, which stops frequently throughout the Museum District, Hermann Park/Houston Zoo and continues to Reliant Park for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

Suggested Driving Directions:

Traveling from Highway 288 South to destinations:

  • Museum District -- Exit Southmore St./Calumet St./Binz St. and take Southmore or Binz west.
  • Hermann Park/Houston Zoo -- Exit N. MacGregor Way/S. MacGregor Way and take MacGregor/Braeswood west for parking in the TMC or take MacGregor west and Almeda north for parking in Midtown/Downtown.
  • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (TMC) -- Exit Holcombe Blvd./Old Spanish Trail and take Holcombe west.
  • Houston Rodeo -- Exit Holcombe Blvd./Old Spanish Trail and take Old Spanish Trail west.

Traveling from Highway 288 North to destinations:

  • Houston Rodeo -- Exit Yellowstone Blvd and take Old Spanish Trail west.
  • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (TMC) -- Exit Yellowstone Blvd. and take Holcombe west.
  • Hermann Park / Zoo -- Exit N. MacGregor Way/S. MacGregor Way and take MacGregor/Braeswood west for parking in the TMC or take MacGregor west and Almeda north for parking in Midtown/Downtown.
  • Museum District -- Exit Binz St./Calumet St. and take Binz west.

Traveling from 610 Loop East to destinations:

  • Houston Rodeo -- Exit 1C Kirby Drive or Exit 1B Fannin St. and proceed north. Merge onto Highway 288 North and Exit Yellowstone Blvd. and take Old Spanish Trail west.
  • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (TMC) -- Merge onto Highway 288 North and Exit Yellowstone Blvd. and take Holcombe west.
  • Hermann Park / Zoo -- Merge onto Highway 288 North and Exit N. MacGregor Way/S. MacGregor Way and take MacGregor/Braeswood west for parking in the TMC or take MacGregor west and Almeda north for parking in Midtown/Downtown.
  • Museum District -- Merge onto Highway 288 North and Exit Binz St./Calumet St. and take Binz west.

Traveling from 610 Loop West to destinations:

  • Houston Rodeo -- Exit 1B Fannin St. or Exit 1C Kirby Drive and proceed north.
  • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (TMC) -- Merge onto Highway 288 South and Exit Holcombe Blvd./Old Spanish Trail and take Holcombe west.
  • Houston Rodeo -- Merge onto TX-288 S and Exit Holcombe Blvd./Old Spanish Trail and take Old Spanish Trail west. Merge onto Highway 288 South and onto 610 Loop West and Exit 1B Fannin St. or Exit 1C Kirby Drive and proceed north.

Traveling from Highway 59 North to destinations:

  • Museum District -- Exit Main St. and proceed south. Merge onto Highway 288 South and Exit Southmore St./Calumet St./Binz St. and take Southmore or Binz west.
  • Hermann Park / Zoo -- Exit Richmond Ave./Downtown for parking in Midtown/Downtown. Merge onto Highway 288 South and Exit N. MacGregor Way/S. MacGregor Way and take MacGregor/Braeswood west for parking in the TMC or take MacGregor west and Almeda north for parking in Midtown/Downtown.

Traveling from Highway 59 South to destinations:

  • Hermann Park/Houston Zoo -- Merge onto Highway 288 South and exit N. MacGregor Way/S. MacGregor Way and take MacGregor/Braeswood west for parking in the TMC or take MacGregor west and Almeda north for parking in Midtown/Downtown
  • Museum District -- Exit Fannin St and proceed south. Merge onto Highway 288 South and exit Southmore St./Calumet St./Binz St. and take Southmore or Binz west.
  • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (TMC) -- Merge onto Highway 288 South and exit Holcombe Blvd/Old Spanish Trail and take Holcombe west.
  • Houston Rodeo -- Merge onto Highway 288 South and exit Holcombe Blvd./Old Spanish Trail and take Old Spanish Trail west. Merge onto Highway 288 South and onto 610 Loop West and use Exit 1B Fannin St. or Exit 1C Kirby Drive and proceed north.

Parking Options:

  • Museum District -- Park at member associations in their parking garages. Free and paid public parking in Midtown and Downtown. Paid parking prices range from $3.50 to $20 daily.  From there, take METRORail to your destination.
  • Hermann Park/Houston Zoo -- Free and paid public parking in Midtown and Downtown. Paid parking prices range from $3.50 to $20 daily. From there, take METRORail to your destination. Paid public parking in designated TMC parking lots. Paid parking prices range from $6 to $12 daily.  From there, take METRORail or the TMC Blue shuttle to your destination.
  • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (TMC) -- Paid public parking in designated TMC parking lots. Paid parking prices range from $6 to $12 daily. Take the TMC Blue or White shuttle to your destination. For additional information, visit TMCparking.org.
  • Houston Rodeo -- Ride the Rodeo Express or METRO Park & Ride. For more information visit www.rodeohouston.com. Paid public parking in one of the paid lots identified on the map. For more information, visit RodeoHouston.com.

For recommended and updated driving directions and parking information, visit HoustonTX.gov.