Your Guide to Parking in Grand Haven
A trip to the Grand Haven area is relaxing, refreshing, and most importantly rewarding, making it the ideal location for a week or even just an overnight trip. Parking can be tricky when traveling somewhere new, but fear not, we’re here to give you the inside scoop on premier parking locations so you can enjoy a stress-free day of fun in the sun. When it comes to parking in Grand Haven you have a couple of options including 3 hour parking, all day free parking, and even overnight parking.
Washington Avenue is the main street that runs through downtown Grand Haven, which is lined with several shops and restaurants. It’s a real hot spot! While enjoying shopping and dining, you can park your car at one of many 3-hour parking spots. Make sure you stay within the 3 hour time frame or you will return to a parking ticket. There are also a handful of nearby lots that offer free parking all day. If you plan on staying for more than 3 hours, there are two lots on Franklin Avenue between S. Harbor Drive and 3rd Street. These lots are a short walk from downtown, and just about a mile from the beach, which can be accessed via the boardwalk that runs along the Grand River.
If you’re looking for parking closer to the beach, look no further than Grand Haven City Beach. This lot fills up fast, so we recommend getting there early to secure a spot. From here you’ll have direct access to the beach! Overnight parking is not allowed here so you must have your vehicle gone by 10PM to avoid a ticket. Parking is also available at Grand Haven State Park which is free with the MI Recreation Passport. For visitors without the passport, non-residents are $9 daily or $34 annually and residents are $17 if bought in the park.
Another option for hassle-free parking in Grand Haven is to utilize the Beach Express park-and-ride service. Park at one of the convenient locations for pick-up and be dropped off at the Grand Haven City Beach. The Beach Express runs on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon-6pm and is free to ride.
If you’re interested in overnight parking, you’ll need to make a trip towards the kiosk located at the corner of First and Franklin for an overnight permit. These permits expire daily at 9AM, so be mindful of time. Franklin Street has three lots that can accommodate overnight parking, and Clinton Street has an additional two lots.
Check out the map below for where to park on your next trip to the Grand Haven Area!