Parking

Plenty of free, long-term parking exists all over Historic Downtown Sanford. Park like a local with our parking guide!

Best Free, Long-term Parking
The absolute best long-term parking lot is the little used “Hood Avenue” lot. Marked as Courthouse Parking, this lot on the northwest corner of Commercial Avenue and Palmetto Street (and bounded by Hood Avenue on the west, hence the name) is rarely used and features free parking 24×7. It also allows trailer parking (such as RV’s, etc.) on weekends. And it is only a block or so north of the Sanford Welcome Center (230 E. 1st St.), making it easy to find.

Free On-street Parking
There is also plenty of on-street parking in Historic Downtown Sanford, and lots of overflow parking in the nearby residential areas as well. Some parking areas have time limits so plan accordingly. Be kind and careful not to block sidewalks, through traffic, and driveways.

Other Convenient and Free Parking Lots

  • 1st Street and Palmetto Avenue: The public parking lot on the northeast corner of 1st Street and Palmetto boasts 7 handicap spots. There is also on-street parking all around this block, and a grassy field just to the north were parking during large events is allowed.
  • 2nd Street and Palmetto Avenue: The city also just added a paved lot on the southwest corner of 2nd Street and Palmetto. This provides quick and easy access to the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center.
  • Civic Center and Chamber of Commerce: Across Sanford Avenue from the above lot is the Civic Center and Chamber of Commerce parking lots. These are rarely used, so you’re bound to find a convenient spot there.
  • Sanford Avenue: Parking is also available along Sanford Avenue – first come, first served.
  • Park Avenue and 1st Street: There are a few City and County lots on both sides of Park Avenue, north of 1st Street, that allow parking daily after hours and all day on weekends. Pay attention to the signs for the available hours. A city lot at the northwest corner of Park and 1st offers free parking and several handicap spaces as well.

As with any other city, avoid any spaces and areas that are marked as no-parking/tow-away zones.

Free Waterfront Parking
And, best of all, if you are in the mood for a bit of a stroll and want to soak up a bit of Sanford’s prime waterfront location, consider parking on Seminole Boulevard along the RiverWalk. Enjoy a stroll, and then it’s two short blocks to all the downtown action.

There is an abundance of no-limit parking all over the downtown area, so take advantage of that and stay for as long as you like! There are so many great places to visit.