How to Park in Downtown Gettysburg

Both tourists and locals have to park in Gettysburg.  It’s definitely worth visiting and shopping downtown, so don’t let parking it deter you. Downtown is the best part of Gettysburg and it’s easy to park.

I’ve lived here for 30 years and I rarely have trouble parking. But realize you might need to walk a block or two.

Unless you are a Gettysburg resident, and unless you park in the garage, your parking will technically be limited to two hours plus a 15 minute “grace” period.  If you’re at a meter and you need more, come back and re-feed your meter.  If you’re in a non-metered space you probably won’t be ticketed if you go over two hours, but definitely don’t park overnight.

Meters are the easy.  There are over 300 of them in the business district around the square.  If you drive a bit around the blocks near the square you’ll almost certainly find an open metered space.

You can use the parking app to pay at the meters, but the app is quirky.  You can’t buy less than one hour on the app, for instance.

It’s a lot easier to use quarters.  You’ll need 12 quarters to park for two hours near the square, however. Locals keep a stash of quarters in their car.

There is also a parking garage, located at 74 East Racehorse Alley, just behind the Gettysburg Hotel between Carlisle Street and North Stratton Street. You can park all day there and not worry about the two-hour limit.

Parking garage rates are cheaper == only $.75 per hour.

It’s easy to park in Gettysburg – enjoy your visit.

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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