This weekend I asked our Facebook fans what issues or topics they would like me to address on this blog. Kelli brought up an interesting point: parking. She mentioned that she often reminds people that city lots are only $2.00 for all-day parking on Saturday and Sunday. Did you know that? Probably not. And that was her point. Most people don’t realize it.
Parking in Old Town is not as difficult as it seems at first. It just takes some figuring out. If you are going to be in Old Town all day and it’s not Sunday, a city lot is your best bet. During the work week, arrive as early as possible–the city lots fill up pretty quickly. And I’m pretty sure the maximum you will spend at most of them is $8.00. Pretty decent for all-day parking, and much better than a $40 parking ticket (many of which I have because I don’t heed my own advice). Also, once you park your car, you can always take the free trolley to wherever you’re headed.
If you are only going to be around for a few hours–for dinner or some errands, I recommend trying to find free 2- or 3-hour parking. Most Old Town novices stick to King Street and the immediate block to its left and right. That’s definitely not the way to go. If you are willing to walk 3-4 blocks to your Old Town destination, there is always free parking on the side streets past Duke on one side and past Cameron on the other.
Everyone has their Old Town parking secrets though. So, if you’ve been parking in Old Town for years, where do you park? Help out the rest of us!