Free parking is readily available in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. You really just need to know where to look. Lets start with the $2 garage.
1. If you are cheap like me, the on of the best places to park is the garage on 6th St. near Broadway. The great part is its never crowded. The other nice thing is the walk to/from Great American Ballpark is similar distance to the $10 lots. Also this will walk you past the In Between Tavern, which is a popular pregame beer spot.
If $2 is out of your budget, you can always park for free In Cincinnati, most parking meters are only in effect 8am – 6pm Monday through Saturday (it will say on the meter).
2. The best thing to do is to be driving on 3rd street a couple minutes before 6. All the metered parking on the left becomes a free for all about that time. If you score an on-street spot there, you are a parking genius. You will be about a Corey Patterson throws length from Great American Ballpark and it cost you nothing!
3. If you don’t care to walk awhile to Great American Ballpark, there is much more free parking available in Covington and Newport KY. On street parking in Covington usually isn’t metered at all, but if it is they usually aren’t monitored after 6 either. We used to live in the 600 block of Greenup St. and just walk from our apartment. Your best bets for on street parking are probably Greenup, Scott, and Garrard which all run North to South. It will be about a 15 minute walk across the bridge.
From there you can walk across the blue suspension bridge and enter through the right field gate. If you are walking that way, you want to take the side of the bridge closest to the stadium (right), you will get there quicker. That side gives you stairs down to the street level by the Great American Ballpark right field gate.
4. Due to the rise in popularity of Newport, free parking is tougher to find. I like to eat at Dixie Chili, and leave my car there on the street and walk. That is 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 you walk across from Newport will drop you off by the US Bank Arena. Again on that bridge, walk across the side closest to Great American Ballpark for the shorter route (left). It will give you a stairway to the left field gates. You now have plenty of options so you can stop complaining about expensive parking.
Parking doesn’t have to be expensive, nor does the rest of your trip to Great American Ballpark.