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 stingy 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 good thing is that the walk to / from Great American Ballpark is a similar distance to the $ 10 lots. Plus, you’ll pass the In Between Tavern, which is a popular spot for pre-game beer.
If $ 2 is out of your budget, you can always park for free. In Cincinnati, most parking meters are only in effect from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday (you will say so on the parking meter).
two. The best thing to do is drive on third street a couple of minutes before 6. All metered parking on the left becomes free for that entire time. If you get a spot on the street there, you’re a parking genius. You’ll be within shots of Corey Patterson from Great American Ballpark and it won’t cost you a thing!
3. If you’re not interested in a short walk to Great American Ballpark, there is much more free parking available in Covington and Newport KY. Street parking in Covington is generally not metered at all, but if it is, it is also 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, who run north-south. It will be a 15 minute walk across the bridge.
From there you can cross the blue suspension bridge and enter the right garden gate. If you walk that way, you want to take the side of the bridge closest to the stadium (right), you will get there faster. That side gives you stairs to street level next to the Great American Ballpark right field gate.
Four. Due to the rise in popularity of Newport, free parking is more difficult to find. I like to eat at Dixie Chili, leave my car on the street and walk. That’s on Monmouth St. which runs N to S in the heart of Newport. There are now more measured points in the area, but they are free again after 6. The yellow bridge across from Newport will drop you off at the US Bank Arena. Back on that bridge, walk around the side closest to the Great American Ballpark to take the shortest route (left). It will give you a ladder to the left garden gates. You now have many options so you can stop complaining about expensive parking.
Parking doesn’t have to be expensive, nor does the rest of your trip to the Great American Ballpark.