The Downtown Huntsville area has really been growing in the last several years. As a result, it can sometimes be difficult for newcomers and locals to find the best parking for their desired destination. To make it easier on your next trip, here are some prime downtown parking locations for some of the more frequented areas.
Central City Garage
Whether you are headed to the Madison City Courthouse or just want the best vantage point for exploring the downtown area, park at Garage O on 116 Clinton Ave E. Known as the Central City Garage, this multi-storied lot is smack in the middle of many restaurants, event venues, shops, and professional businesses.
Step out onto the North Side Square to dine at Beezr or The Poppy & Parliament or keep walking to Clinton Avenue, where you can find The Garage at Clinton Row – home to several versatile boutiques, clothing shops, and gift stores.
During the week, the garage rate is $0.50 per hour with a maximum of $4 per day. It’s also open Tuesday through Saturday after 6pm for $2 per vehicle, and event parking is always $5. If you need to visit downtown multiple times a week, opt for a parking permit. At $56 a month, this will help you to save money and park at most city-run garages and lots.
This garage also makes use of the Passport Parking app. Download it to easily check your vehicle in and pay for a spot right from your phone. The app also allows you to set the length of session and extend the time if you end up staying somewhere longer than planned.
Downtown Hidden Lots
While the city is currently constructing a brand new parking garage on Fountain Circle, across from City Hall and adjacent to Big Spring Park, there are a couple hidden lots downtown that are a perfect alternative. Both lots are metered, or marked for reserved parking, from 8am to 5pm on weekdays, but are open to the general public (for free) after 5pm, and all day during weekends.
The first is located across the street from the Episcopal Church of the Nativity on Eustis Avenue, on the block between Eastside Square and Green Street. The second is located one block further down on Eustis Avenue, between Greene Street and Lincoln Street. Convenient to all the restaurants, bars, and shops around the Square, these lots are also only a few minutes walk to Big Spring Park, where you can discover the many murals, feed the ducks on the lake, grab a glass of wine at Domaine South, or dig into a delicious plate of pasta at Pane e Vino.
Von Braun Center
When visiting the Von Braun Center to see a concert, musical, or the Huntsville Havoc, you have many parking options in the immediate vicinity of the event venue. City parking is available directly off Clinton Avenue at the former Meadow Gold lot and the Monroe Street Parking Garage located at Monroe Street and Church Street. You’ll have to walk a little further, but like all city lots, it’s only $5 to leave your car here.
The VBC also has private parking options for $10 per car. The North Hall Lot — accessible from Clinton Avenue and Pollard Street — provides closer access to the North Hall, Concert Hall, and Playhouse events. This is a smaller lot, so it’s best to arrive early if you want to park here.
Additional venue parking can be found on Monroe Street at the Box Office and Administrative Office lot. There are several handicapped spaces at this location that will put you in close proximity to the Concert Hall, East Hall, and Arena events.
If you are attending a South Hall event, turn off Clinton Avenue onto Pollard Street and follow the signs to the South Hall Parking Garage. This is also a great spot if the smaller lots on the other sides of the VBC are full.
Five Points Historic District
The Five Points neighborhood — spanning from Andrew Jackson Way NE to Grayson Street SE and Oshaughnessy Avenue NE to Wells Avenue SE — includes a unique mix of businesses and historic homes that are definitely worth exploring. While there aren’t any garages in the immediate vicinity, you can find free street and lot parking off both sides of Pratt Avenue.
Metered parking is also available here and throughout downtown. It costs $0.50 per hour Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm. After this window and on holidays, the meters are not enforced.
Enjoy local businesses in this region, including 1892 East and The Toy Place Downtown. If you are an architectural fiend, definitely take a stroll along the residential streets to admire the historic significance of the properties.
Just north of Huntsville Hospital along Pelham Avenue is the burgeoning neighborhood of Twickenham Square. Although it is where many Downtown locals live and work, there are also many reasons for visitors to drive to the area. You can find eateries like Ruth’s Chris Steak House and shops like The Pants Store. If you are staying in the area, there’s also a Homewood Suites by Hilton and a Publix Market & Pharmacy to make your trip easier.
While most businesses in this area have their own parking lot, you can also park at the Twickenham Square garage. This city garage is located in the middle of the neighborhood, so you’ll have quick access to any place nearby.
Hopefully, with this list in mind, your next trip to Downtown Huntsville will go a little smoother. As an added bonus, consider downloading helpful apps like Best Parking, Parker, or ParkMe. Just enter the city or exact address, and these apps will direct you to nearby garages or lots and let you know how many spots are available as well as the pricing.
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