Seaside Park & Ride on the Free Shuttle

April 22, 2024 by SoWal Staff

Here are the updated details for the free Seaside Shuttle.

2024 Update:
Seaside runs a shuttle that is accessible to guests, locals, and employees at no cost. The complimentary shuttle will pick you up from a designated lot off of Hwy 331 South and loop to Central Square, with pickup and drop off at the Lyceum gateway. Multiple shuttles run simultaneously to minimize wait times and accommodate as many riders as possible. Shuttle hours of operation are 6 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week.

The shuttle is not running to Grayton Beach and back as in year's past because the lot in Grayton is under construction to add parking, restrooms, trolley stop, etc. However the lot is still open for parking if you want to take the Grayton Beach TDC Shuttle to downtown Grayton and the adjacent public beach and back.

2023 Update:

After numerous parking and traffic studies, input from well-renowned parking consultants, and three implementations of various paid parking methods, the pay-by-the-hour rate structure launched in 2022 offered the most flexibility and ease of use for our guests. Beginning March 1, the hourly paid parking program will be in effect. Parking rates will vary by day, occupancy levels, and events. This allows us to maintain proper vacancy levels so visitors have available parking to use and ensures that the parking is most efficiently managed.

The paid parking experience will have guests park their vehicle on Smolian Circle. Upon arrival, you will notice signs placed around Smolian Circle letting you know what zone you have parked in. Input your license plate number and payment information, then head into Seaside to enjoy your day! We encourage visitors to download The Passport Parking app in advance for a simple parking experience. The Passport Parking App can be downloaded here.

The Trolley Route from Grayton Beach, when running:

Once on board, the bus will whisk you away from the public parking lot in Grayton on CR 283 just north of Scenic 30A, 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. 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!


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Is the shuttle from Grayton to seaside still running?
Yes it is.
My brother is in a air B&b in Watercolor. They didn't realize they are overc2 miles from a beach or anything and stuck with no transportation. They can't bike because the kids don't know how to ride a bike yet. Does your shuttle pick up from Watercolor anywhere ar do you have ANY recommendations for transportation? The golf carts are all booked and its $1,000. + for a rental car! Please help! Thank you 972-489-6889
He can park at the Van Ness JR public access between WaterColor and Seaside. Or any other public access with parking. Or park at the Grayton public parking lot on 283 and take the free shuttle to the beach.
Are masks required on the shuttle?
Not at this time.
What's the address to this public parking area?
Does this parking area allow for overnight parking? Trying to find public parking since my condo only allows for 2 cars
Public parking in South Walton does not allow overnight parking. Parking in SoWal is limited and you should not bring more vehicles than you have spaces at your rental. Unfortunately, many of the rentals in South Walton do not have enough parking.
Is the Seaside Shuttle running still? Are the hours the same?
Yes it is running but there is also free parking in Seaside this off season.
Is the shuttle still running?
What times does the Seaside bus come to Grayton transportation center?
According to Seaside: The Seaside Shuttle picks up from the public parking lot on 283 South, directly across from the Shops of Grayton (Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill and Black Bear) located in Grayton Beach from 6 a.m. to midnight. You might check directly with them if it is critical for you - Most employees at Seaside park in Grayton and ride the shuttle so it should be consistent.
Hi ! Wondering if the shuttle picks up at Grayton at certain times or is it random? If there is a schedule could you please share. Thank you !!
Time varies but about every 20-30 minutes.
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