Where to park in downtown Lakeland

We’re breaking down all you need to know about parking — from parallel spots, garages, lots, and accessible options.

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Parking options downtown, labeled by color and type

Screenshot via the City of Lakeland’s interactive parking map

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Did you know that your car is tagged downtown to track how long you’ve been parked? What about the City of Lakeland’s interactive parking map or app?

Don’t fret — we’re breaking down all that you need to know about parking.

Free on-street parking is available to everyone downtown for up to two hours every day and is unlimited after 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and all weekend long. Car tagging and tracking begin at 9 a.m., and your two hours start as soon as you park.

This means that your time will continue whether you’re parked on Main Street or Kentucky Avenue, accruing time within the same zone, unless extended by $1 per hour, up to an added two hours.

Wondering where else you can park? Check out the city’s garage, lot, and accessible options.

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Parking lots + garages | Screenshot via the City of Lakeland’s interactive parking map

Parking Garages

Effective Oct. 1, all off-street city metered parking lots + garages will charge $1/hour for parking with a daily rate of $6.

  • Main Street Garage offers free parking after 3 p.m.
  • Summit Parking Garage offers free parking Monday-Friday from 6 p.m.-3 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 6 a.m.-3 a.m.
  • Orange Street Garage offers free public parking during events such as the Christmas Parade.
  • Heritage Parking Garage offers free parking on the first and second floors after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

Parking Lots

  • City permit parking lots provide free, convenient parking after 5 p.m.
  • Munn Park parking lot is free after 5 p.m. and on weekends.
  • Oak Street Parking has free spaces for the first 2 hours, after 5 p.m., and on weekends.

Accessible Parking Options

  • Residents with accessible licenses or placards may park on-street for double the listed time. For example:
    • Two standard hours free = Four hours free for accessible plates or placards
  • For those interested in off-street parking, Munn Park, Lot D, and the Main Garage’s Cedar Street entrance allow for unlimited free parking.
  • Residents with a Combat Wounded license plate or Purple Heart license plate can park for free all day.

Any public, accessible-marked space is available for free, unlimited parking.

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If you want to park for free, make sure to look for the white and green.

Photos by @thelaltoday

ParkMobile vs. 717 parking apps

Upon registration, residents and visitors can pay for parking, add to meters, extend free parking, and log visits downtown via the ParkMobile Parking App. You’ll know you’re in a city-owned zone and can pay via ParkMobile by the green and white signs. If you see a blue sign for 717 Parking Enterprises, that particular lot is privately managed, meaning it has its own parking rules, rates, and payment system via the 717 Parking App.

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