Spring Break Crush - how to avoid delays around Med Center, Museums, Zoo, and Rodeo

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ABC13's Katherine Whaley Spring Break traffic outlook (KTRK)

Between the Houston Museum District, the Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theater, Hermann Park, and of course The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, spring break week will bring huge spring break crowds. 350,000 people per day, to be specific. All of these attractions sit within a five-mile radius, around the Texas Medical Center.

The City is trying to get ahead of the crush with suggested routes and parking options.

If you are heading to the museums, take advantage of dedicated lots and garages for each institution. If those get full, you can park in midtown or downtown and ride the METRORail.

If Hermann Park or the zoo is your destination, you can park in the paid Texas Medical Center lots and ride the Zoo Express Shuttle, the white TMC shuttles, or walk.

And Rodeo-goers should take advantage of METROrail, METRO Park & Ride, or the Rodeo Express Shuttles.

The most important tip -- plan ahead.

"I am again asking all Houstonians and visitors alike to help us coordinate traffic management for multiple overlapping events," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said during Tuesday's press conference.

The mayor and the city of Houston also provided additional specific information about routes and parking:

SUGGESTED DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Traveling from TX-288 South to:

MUSEUM DISTRICT

o Exit Southmore St / Calumet St / Binz St and take Southmore or Binz west

HERMANN PARK / ZOO

o 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)

o Exit Holcombe Blvd / Old Spanish Trail and take Holcombe west

HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO

o Exit Holcombe Blvd / Old Spanish Trail and take Old Spanish Trail west

Traveling from TX-288 North to:

HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO

o Exit Yellowstone Blvd and take Old Spanish Trail west

TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (TMC)

o Exit Yellowstone Blvd and take Holcombe west

HERMANN PARK / ZOO

o 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

o Exit Binz St / Calumet St and take Binz west

Traveling from I-610 East to:

HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO

o Exit 1C Kirby Drive or Exit 1B Fannin St and proceed north

o Merge onto TX-288 N and Exit Yellowstone Blvd and take Old Spanish Trail west

TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (TMC)

o Merge onto TX-288 N and Exit Yellowstone Blvd and take Holcombe west

o Exit Main, head north, cross Holcombe to John Freeman Blvd

HERMANN PARK / ZOO

o Merge onto TX-288 N 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

o Merge onto TX-288 N and Exit Binz St / Calumet St and take Binz west

Traveling from I-610 West to:

HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO

o Exit 1B Fannin St or Exit 1C Kirby Drive and proceed north

Traveling from US 59 North to:

MUSEUM DISTRICT

o Exit Main St and proceed south to Southmore

o Merge onto TX-288 S and Exit Southmore St / Calumet St / Binz St and take Southmore or Binz west

HERMANN PARK / ZOO

o Exit Richmond Ave / Downtown for parking in Midtown / Downtown

o Merge onto TX-288 S 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

TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (TMC)

o Merge onto TX-288 S and Exit Holcombe Blvd / Old Spanish Trail and take Holcombe west

HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO

Merge onto TX-288 S and Exit Holcombe Blvd / Old Spanish Trail and take Old Spanish Trail west

o Merge on TX-288 S and onto I-610 W and Exit 1B Fannin St or Exit 1C Kirby Drive and proceed north

Traveling from US 59 South to:

HERMANN PARK / ZOO

o Merge onto TX-288 S 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

o Exit Fannin St and proceed south

o Merge onto TX-288 S and Exit Southmore St / Calumet St / Binz St and take Southmore or Binz west

TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (TMC)

o Merge onto TX-288 S and Exit Holcombe Blvd / Old Spanish Trail and take Holcombe west

HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO

o Merge onto TX-288 S and Exit Holcombe Blvd / Old Spanish Trail and take Old Spanish Trail west

o Merge on TX-288 S and onto I-610 W and Exit 1B Fannin St or Exit 1C Kirby Drive and proceed north

Parking Options

MUSEUM DISTRICT

o Park at member associations in their parking garages

o 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 / ZOO

o 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

o Paid public parking in designated TMC parking lots - paid parking prices range from $6 to $12 daily. From there, take METRORail or the TMC Zoo Express to your destination

TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (TMC)

o Paid public parking in designated TMC parking lots - paid parking prices range from $6 to $12 daily. Take the TMC Zoo Express your destination. For additional information visit www.tmcparking.org.

HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO

o Ride the Rodeo Express or METRO Park & Ride - for more information visit www.rodeohouston.com

o Paid public parking in one of the paid lots identified on the map - for more information visit www.rodeohouston.com
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