Guide to Parking in Downtown Greenville, SC

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A comprehensive guide to kid-friendly parking in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina for travelers and locals!

Not a fan of parking in Downtown Greenville? You might find yourself thinking, “I love to go downtown, but parking is a nightmare! The traffic, the congestion, the price…it’s not worth it!” But Greenville’s downtown is pretty fantastic and there is plenty of parking in Greenville if you know where to look. To help you out here’s Kidding Around Greenville’s Guide to Parking in Downtown Greenville.

Parking near the Peace Center in Greenville, SC

This article includes:
Parking Garages Near Me: Pay to Park Garages in Greenville, SC
Free Parking in Greenville, SC
Holiday Free Parking in Greenville, SC
Night Owl Monthly Parking Pass in Greenville, SC

Greenville has no shortage of restaurants and attractions, but finding a place to park can be daunting for many, especially those with small children. Wrestling with a stroller on a busy street, accidentally parking ten blocks from a destination, or overpaying for a spot does not sound like anyone’s idea of a good time. Utilizing one of the city’s many convenient parking facilities can help solve these problems and make getting in and out of downtown safe, convenient, and affordable, and each is only a few blocks from a variety of affordable kid-friendly activities and restaurants! 

The City of Greenville offers free parking in all garages for the first hour no matter where or when you park. The second hour costs $2 and each hour after that is $1. They have a daily maximum rate set at $7. There are two exceptions: the W. Washington St. deck and the West End lot are always $1 each hour (max $7). There are also several free nights and weekend options: the W. Washington St. deck and the Richardson St. garage are free on the weekends (6 pm Fri to 6 am Mon), and the Greenville County Square lot is free to the public outside of business hours (Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm) and on weekends. The Cancer Survivors parking lot is always free.

Whether it’s a quick trip or a whole day, enjoying beautiful downtown Greenville can be stress-free if you know where to park!

Pay to Park: Parking Garages in Greenville, SC

The garages below are Free the first hour, $2 the second, and $1 each hour after ($7 max)

Church Street Garage

Location: 320 N Church Street, 29601; next to the Wellness Arena; busy road
Attractions (Distance): Bons Secour Wellness Arena (200 ft), Hyatt Regency (fountains; .2 m), NOMA square (fountain; .3 m)
Restaurants (Distance): Kilwin’s Fudge (.3 m), Antonino Bertolo’s Pizza (.3 m)

Liberty Square Garage

Location: 65 Beattie Place, 29601; across from the Hyatt; busy road
Attractions (Distance): Hyatt Regency (fountains; 400 ft), Bon Secour Wellness Arena (.2 m), NOMA square (fountain; .2 m), O.P Taylor’s Toys (.3 m)
Restaurants (Distance): Kilwin’s Fudge (.2 m), Creme Shack (.2 m), Antonino Bertolo’s Pizza (.2 m), Marble Slab Creamery (.3 m)

Commons Garage

Location: 60 Beattie Place, 29601; adjacent to the Hyatt
Attractions (Distance): Hyatt Regency (fountains; 0), NOMA square (fountain; <.1 m), O.P Taylor’s Toys (.1 m), Bon Secour Wellness Arena (.2 m), Mast General Store (.2 m), Greenville Gemstone Mining (.2 m), ONE City Plaza (fountains; .3 m)
Restaurants (Distance): Kilwin’s Fudge (<.1 m), Marble Slab Creamery (.2 m), Creme Shack (.2 m), Antonino Bertolo’s Pizza (.2 m), Vic’s Pizza (.3 m)

North Laurens Street Parking Deck

Location: 210 N Laurens Street, 29601; behind Cafe and Then Some
Attractions (Distance): Hyatt Regency (fountains; 400 ft), NOMA square (fountain; 400 ft), O.P Taylor’s Toys (.1 m), Mast General Store (.1 m), Greenville Gemstone Mine (.1 m), ONE City Plaza (fountains; .2 m)
Restaurants (Distance): Kilwin’s Fudge (300 ft), Creme Shack (.1 m), Antonino Bertolo’s Pizza (.1 m), Marble Slab Creamery (.2 m), Vic’s Pizza (.2 m), Poppington’s Gourmet Popcorn (.3 m), Barley’s Pizza (.3 m)

ONE City Plaza Garage

Location: 34 Richardson Street, 29601; across from First Presbyterian
Attractions (Distance): ONE City Plaza (fountains; 400 ft), Mast General Store (400 ft), O.P Taylor’s Toys (.2 m), Greenville Gemstone Mine (.2 m), Hyatt Regency (fountains; .3 m), NOMA square (fountain; .3 m), M. Judson Booksellers (.3 m), Waterfall Fountain (Ice on Main in Nov!; .3 m)
Restaurants (Distance): Barley’s Pizza (400 ft), Marble Slab Creamery (.1 m), Vic’s Pizza (.2 m), Poppington’s Gourmet Popcorn (.2), Creme Shack (.2 m), Antonino Bertolo’s Pizza (.2), Kilwin’s Fudge (.3 m), Luna Rosa Gelato Cafe (.3 m) 

Poinsett Garage

Location: 25 W McBee Avenue, 29601; adjacent to Grace Church and across from Greenlink
Attractions (Distance): M. Judson Booksellers (.1 m), Waterfall Fountain (Ice on Main in Nov!; .1 m), Huguenot Mill at the Reedy River (.1 m), The Peace Center (fountains; .1 m), Swamp Rabbit trail (.1 m), ONE City Plaza (fountains; .2 m), Mast General Store (.2 m), Linky Stone Park (.2 m),  Greenville Gemstone Mine (.3 m), O.P Taylor’s Toys (.3 m)
Restaurants (Distance): Poppington’s Gourmet Popcorn (500 ft), Papi’s Tacos (.3 m), Luna Rosa Gelato Cafe (.1 m), Grill Marks (.1 m), Vic’s Pizza (.2 m), Marble Slab Creamery (.2 m), Creme Shack (.3 m), O CHA Tea Bar (fun drinks; .3 m), Barley’s Pizza (.3 m)

River Street Garage

Location: 414 River Street, 29601; at River Street and W. Broad Street
Attractions (Distance): M. Judson Booksellers (.1 m), Waterfall Fountain (Ice on Main in Nov!; 500 ft), Huguenot Mill at the Reedy River (.1 m), The Peace Center (fountains; .1 m), Swamp Rabbit trail (.1 m), Linky Stone Park (.2 m), Liberty Bridge/Falls Park (.4 m)
Restaurants (Distance): Papi’s Tacos (.2 m), Poppington’s Gourmet Popcorn (.2 m), Barley’s Pizza (.2 m), Luna Rosa Gelato Cafe (.2 m), O CHA Tea Bar (fun drinks; .2 m), Grill Marks (.2 m)

River Place Garage

Location: 300 River Street, 29601; at River Street and W. Broad Street (beside the Reedy River)
Attractions (Distance): Swamp Rabbit Trail (0 m.), Linky Stone Park (400 ft.), Huguenot Mill at the Reedy River (.1 m), The Peace Center (fountains; .1 m), M. Judson Booksellers (.2 m), Waterfall Fountain (Ice on Main in Nov!; .2 m), Liberty Bridge/Falls Park (.3 m), Medusa Tree (.4 m)
Restaurants (Distance): O CHA Tea Bar (fun drinks; < .1 m), Papi’s Tacos (< .1 m), Poppington’s Gourmet Popcorn (.3 m), Luna Rosa Gelato Cafe (.3 m), Mellow Mushroom (.3 m), Blueberry Frog (.3 m), Grill Marks (.3 m), Snack Works (.3 m), Barley’s Pizza (.3 m)

The garage below is $1 each hour (max $7)

West End Park and Ride Lot (Trolley Stop)

Location: 106 Augusta Street, 29601; at Augusta and S. Main
Attractions/Distance: Fluor Field (500 ft.), Lower Reedy River Falls (.2 m), Swamp Rabbit trail (.3 m), Medusa Tree (.3 m), Liberty Bridge/Falls Park (.3 m), River Lodge Picnic Shelter (.4 m), Swamp Rabbit trail spur (wooden; .5 m), Cancer Survivors Park (.5 m)
Restaurants (Distance): FunnelDelicious (400 ft.), Mellow Mushroom (500 ft.), Blueberry Frog (.2 m), Snack Works (.2 m)
Trolley Route Map**

Nights and Weekends Free Parking in Greenville, SC

Richardson Street Garage

Cost: Free weekends from 6 pm Friday to 6 am Monday; weekday rate is free the first hour, $2 the second, and $1 each hour from 6 am-6 pm M-F ($7 max)
Location: 66 Richardson Street, 29601; corner of Richardson and W. North/Buncombe Street
Attractions (Distance): ONE City Plaza (fountains; 400 ft), Mast General Store (400 ft), O.P Taylor’s Toys (.1 m), Greenville Gemstone Mine (.1 m), Hyatt Regency (fountains;.2 m), NOMA square (fountain; .2 m), M. Judson Booksellers (.3 m), Waterfall Fountain (Ice on Main in Nov!; .3 m)
Restaurants (Distance): Marble Slab Creamery (.1 m), Vic’s Pizza (.1 m), Barley’s Pizza (.1 m), Creme Shack (.1 m), Kilwin’s Fudge (.2 m), Poppington’s Gourmet Popcorn (.2), Antonino Bertolo’s Pizza (.2 m), Papi’s Tacos (.4 m), Luna Rosa Gelato Cafe (.3 m)

West Washington Street Deck

Cost: Free nights and weekends (after 6 pm M-F and Sat-Sun); weekday rate is $1 per hour from 6 am-6 pm M-F ($7 max) 
Location: 101 W Washington Street, 29601; adjacent to Greenlink and Barley’s
Attractions (Distance): ONE City Plaza (fountains; 500 ft), Mast General Store (500 ft), O.P Taylor’s Toys (.2 m), Greenville Gemstone Mine (.2 m), M. Judson Booksellers (.2 m), Hyatt Regency (fountains; .3 m), NOMA square (fountain; .3 m),  Waterfall Fountain (Ice on Main in November!; .3 m)
Restaurants (Distance): Barley’s Pizza (250 ft), Marble Slab Creamery (.1 m), Vic’s Pizza (.1 m), Poppington’s Gourmet Popcorn (.1), Papi’s Tacos (.3 m), Creme Shack (.2 m), Luna Rosa Gelato Cafe (.2 m), Kilwin’s Fudge (.3 m), Grill Marks (.3 m), Antonino Bertolo’s Pizza (.3 m)

Greenville County Square (Trolley Stop)

Cost: Free to the public outside of county business hours (8 am-5 pm Mon-Fri)
Location: 301 University Ridge at Howe Street, 29601; at the County Offices
Attractions (Distance): Lower Reedy River Falls (.2 m), Swamp Rabbit trail (.3 m), Medusa Tree (.3 m), Liberty Bridge/Falls Park (.4 m), River Lodge Picnic Shelter (.4 m), Swamp Rabbit trail spur (.5 m), Cancer Survivors Park (.5 m) 
Restaurants (Distance): FunnelDelicious (.2 m), Blueberry Frog (.3 m), Mellow Mushroom (.3 m), Snack Works (.3 m)
Trolley Route Map**

Always Free Parking in Greenville, SC

Cancer Survivors Parking

Location: 52 Cleveland Street, 29601; at Cleveland Street and Ridgeland Drive
Attractions (Distance): Cancer Survivors Park (0 m.), Swamp Rabbit trail & trail spur (300 ft.; wooden), Airplane Park (.2 m), and River Lodge Picnic Shelter (.2 m)

South Main Street Parking

Location: 911 South Main Street, 29601; adjacent to Fluor Field; Free with 47 parking spots, but with 2-hour maximum.
Attractions (Distance): Fluor Field (0 m. ), Gather Greenville (0 m. ), The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar (0.4 m.), South Carolina Children’s Theatre (0.2 m.)

Night Owl Monthly Parking Pass

Does your family spend a bunch of time downtown on nights and weekends? The city offers visitors a new option that could save your family money depending on how often you are paying to park.
Night Owl monthly parking is available for a discounted rate of $36 per month, which is half of the standard monthly parking rate.

The pass provides access to the customer’s preferred garage from:

  • 4 pm to 6 am Monday through Thursday
  • 4 pm on Friday to 6 am on Monday

The application for Night Owl monthly parking must be submitted along with payment, in person at the Parking Services office, located at 516 Rutherford Street.

Holiday Free Parking

The City of Greenville is gifting free parking for 2022 on Black Friday, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Garages include:

  • North Laurens Street Garage
  • West Washington Garage
  • River Street Garage
  • Broad Street Garage
  • Richardson Street Garage
  • West End Parking Lot
  • South Main Parking Lot
  • Over 900 free on-street spaces


Have a great time exploring Downtown Greenville!

About the Author
Darleen Shook has been an English teacher for the Greenville County School District for the past 12 years and currently serves as a substitute while pursuing a graduate degree from USC in Library Science. She has lived in the northwest region of the Upstate all her life and enjoys exploring the city and beyond with her husband, Justin, and their daughter, Kate.

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Julie
3 years ago

Great information 👍

Travis
3 years ago

I may actually go downtown more now that I know where to park as that’s been my only concern until now. Thanks for the helpful info!

Angela
3 years ago

This is great!