How to Do Seaside - Park & Ride on the Free Shuttle
June 15, 2021 by SoWal Staff
The next time you think about visiting Seaside, think again ... think how cool it would be to leave the driving AND parking to SOMEONE else.
Tucked away on the east side of Hwy 283 in Grayton Beach, just across from the Shops of Grayton, is a huge parking lot to park and ride Seaside’s free Shuttle. The parking lot is just north of the Scenic 30A 4-way stop in Grayton Beach.
The parking area is available both to the general public and to Seaside employees. First-timers pulling into the parking area will see a huge space up front and then a smaller area towards the back. The rear parking area is used primarily by Seaside employees and the front by the general public, but the general public can take advantage of either space. Both areas are well-lit for nighttime users.
[Of course if you are visiting Grayton Beach, the lot is also the best place to park, and there is a county shuttle to and from the beach, and the Red Bar.]
The free shuttle is a blessing for those wanting a break from the traffic on Scenic 30A. The air-conditioned and heated buses work continuously from a 6 a.m.-midnight with wait times usually no more than 10 minutes. The shuttle bus drivers stay in communication with one another to guarantee smooth pick ups.
Once on board, the bus will whisk you away and traverse along Scenic 30A, crossing two beautiful Western Lake bridges. The view is stunning and it’s always fun to watch runners, walkers and bikers as they make their way along the Timpochee Trail which extends the length of the highway.
Next, you’ll travel briefly through WaterColor before entering Seaside. The various Scenic 30A communities are all relatively close to one another and the transition is seamless. Entering Seaside, if you look quickly to the North (left), you’ll see the top of the Truman House deck on Natchez St. The house, easily recognized from the street by its bright yellow and pink-colored deck, was made famous by The Truman Show where Seaside was turned in to the fictional town of Seahaven for the film production.
Continuing through Seaside, you’ll soon be at your drop-off point just South of the Seaside Neighborhood School, right in the middle of all that awaits you. Whether you are visiting Seaside for the casual or fine dining experience, checking out the unique art galleries, shopping at the unique Seaside shops, having your photo taken in front of the cool little Seaside Post Office, you’ve ARRIVED and with no worries, knowing that you’ll get back to your car the same way. On our last Shuttle ride, the trip from the parking area to the Seaside drop took 7-1/2 minutes.
If you throw in the convenience of not having to deal with traffic or find a parking place, this no-hassle option is all thumbs up!