• June 23, 2022

4 Spots to Park at a Cincinnati Reds Game for $2 or Less

Free parking is available in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. You really just need to know where to look. Let’s start with the $2 garage.

1. If you’re tight-fisted like me, one of the best places to park is the garage on 6th St. near Broadway. The great part is that it is never crowded. The other nice thing is that the walk to/from Great American Ballpark is a similar distance to the $10 lots. Also, this will take you past the In Between Tavern, which is a popular pre-game beer spot.

If $2 is out of your budget, you can always park for free. In Cincinnati, most parking meters only work from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday (it will indicate on the meter).

two. The best thing to do is drive on 3rd Street a couple minutes before 6. All metered parking on the left becomes free during that time. If you get a spot on the street there, you’re a parking genius. You’ll be up there with Corey Patterson’s shots from the Great American Ballpark, and it won’t cost you a thing!

3. If you don’t mind a short walk to Great American Ballpark, there is much more free parking available in Covington and Newport KY. Street parking in Covington is usually not metered at all, but if it is, it’s also usually not monitored after 6. We used to live in the 600 block of Greenup St. and walk from our apartment. Your best bets for street parking are probably Greenup, Scott, and Garrard, which run from north to south. It will be about a 15 minute walk across the bridge.

From there, you can cross the blue suspension bridge and enter through the right field gate. If you’re walking that way, you want to take the side of the bridge closest to the stadium (right), you’ll get there faster. That side gives you stairs to street level by the right field gate of the Great American Ballpark.

Four. Due to Newport’s increased popularity, free parking is becoming more difficult to find. I like to eat at Dixie Chili, and leave my car there on the street and walk. That’s on Monmouth St. which runs N to S in the heart of Newport. There are more metered spots in the area now, but again they are free after 6. The yellow bridge across from Newport will drop you off at the US Bank Arena. Back on that bridge, walk on the side closest to the Great American Ballpark the shortest route (left). It will give you a ladder to the left field gates. Now you have many options so you can stop complaining about expensive parking.

Parking doesn’t have to be expensive, and neither does the rest of your trip to Great American Ballpark.

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