How to Do Seaside - Park & Ride on the Free Shuttle
October 6, 2020 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.
The Seaside Shuttle is active through November 30, 2020 and ready to solve your driving and parking needs. 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 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. To ride the shuttle, you will want to park in the rear parking lot.
The free shuttle is a blessing for those wanting a break from the traffic on Scenic Hwy. 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 up and go’s.
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 all “butt up” 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 became 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 Fine 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 a total of 7 minutes, 27 seconds!
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!
Please note: The shuttle operates on a limited capacity and masks are required on the Seaside Shuttle.