This post is written by Mindy Justis, marketing manager for Experience Columbus. You can follow her on Twitter @MindyJustis.
Coming downtown to eat, drink and play, but unsure of the parking situation? We’ve got you covered with a rundown of the must-knows for landing a prime spot in downtown Columbus.
1. Arena District – If you’re taking in a concert, Blue Jackets hockey game or Clippers baseball at Huntington Park, you’ll be happy to know parking garages are plentiful here. Front Street Garage on the south west corner of Nationwide and Front Street is one of several great options.
If you prefer surface parking or plan to leave your vehicle overnight, try the gravel lots between Vine and Spruce St. just east of Neil Ave. Depending on the event, all-night parking can cost $5-$15.
2. Short North Arts District – The first Saturday of each month gets pretty packed for Gallery Hop. On this night, consider parking in any of the Arena District parking garages and taking a five-minute walk to the Hop. At other times, parallel parking pros will have no trouble maneuvering the on-street parking options along High St., on Park St., or on Goodale Ave. Just keep in mind this popular arts and shopping destination can draw a crowd frequently. The Hub Garage located at 20 East Hubbard St. provides a garage option.
Just to the north of the Short North Arts District, there are also affordable garages at South Campus Gateway at High and 10th.
3. German Village – This is another great neighborhood for showing off your parallel parking prowess, just be sure to watch for permit parking zones. If you prefer a garage, just west of German Village at Front and Sycamore, the Grange Insurance garage is a good choice.
That said, we recommend that once you get here, you park your car and leave it parked. German Village is made for walking. Even at your most leisurely pace, it won’t take you more than 25 minutes to get from the south end to the north end.
4. Brewery District – Whether you’re headed to a show at Shadowbox Live or grabbing a brew, there’s ample parking available in surface lots. Nearly all of the restaurants, pubs and other venues have them, plus additional on-street spots can be found along S. Front St.
Another great option is to hop on the CBUS, a free bus route that loops through the Brewery District on the south end of downtown and the Short North Arts District to the north. Buses depart every 10-15 minutes making this a great way to catch a lot of amazing downtown destinations quickly and easily.
5. Gay Street District/Scioto Mile riverfront – In the area surrounding Palace Theatre, City Hall and Leveque Tower, look for one of the many metered spaces to park. On weekends and evenings, the garage directly under the Statehouse is a great, affordable option. Or grab a CoGo bike from a nearby station and explore downtown on two wheels! CoGo stations are located at City Hall, 3rd St. and Gay St., and High St. and Broad St. in addition to 25+ locations spread around downtown.