PARKING AT THE LONG CENTER
We want you to have a wonderful time, with a chance to relax and enjoy all of the fun, pre-show activities we have in store for you. Now is a good time to start planning your trip to the Long Center and where you’ll park, so you don’t feel rushed getting to the performance. Here are some important tips to help you plan ahead:
TIP 1: ARRIVE EARLY!
The Long Center opens 90 minutes before each performance, as does our box office. You can enjoy many family-friendly activities at the venue right until showtime. When you arrive early, traffic is typically lighter, and parking garage space is plentiful. Nearby parking garages, including the City-owned Palmer Events Center Garage, which is located just east of the Long Center, start to fill up 30 minutes before showtime, so arrive early and skip the last-minute parking stress.
TIP 2: CONSIDER ONE TEXAS CENTER GARAGE IF THE PALMER EVENT CENTER GARAGE ADJACENT THE LONG CENTER IS FULL
Located off of Haywood Avenue near the southeast corner of S. 1st Street & Barton Springs Road, this garage is only a four-minute walk to the Long Center. The price is $8 per vehicle ($10 for special events) for the garage. (Parking in the surface lot near the garage costs more than $8.) You can avoid the traffic–and traffic circle–on Riverside Drive by parking here. (Garage entrance is pictured left.) NOTE: This garage is not staffed at all times; you must pay via credit card at the automated gate upon exit. Daytime parking rates will apply for matinee performances conducted on weekdays.
TIP 3: VALET PARK EARLY!
If you arrive an hour early, enjoy extra pampering by letting valet parking professionals park your vehicle for you ($18/vehicle). Just step out and head straight to the pre-show fun waiting for you in the lobbies and lounges. Valet Parking will close 15 minutes prior to show time (evenings at 7:45 p.m., matinees at 2:45 p.m.), so valet park only if you are arriving early. If you’re running late, skip the valet line and head straight to one of the garages.
The entrance to Valet Parking is off of Riverside Drive as you head east toward the intersection of Riverside Drive and S. 1st Street. The Valet entrance will be the first of two driveways on the right side of the street. The second drive on the right leads to the entrance of the Palmer Garage.
TIP 4: RIDESHARE DROP-OFF/PICK-UP
If using a rideshare service to travel to the Long Center, instruct your driver to drop you off using the LEFT Valet Parking Lane. This is the same area where rideshare drivers can easily pick you up following the performance.
Look for directional signage on Riverside Drive (heading east) as you approach the Long Center’s main driveway for additional drop-off/pick-up guidance.
TIP 5: ADA ACCESSIBILITY
The Palmer Events Center garage has 24 accessible/handicapped parking spaces located closest to the elevators on each level.
- Patrons may also enter the valet line through the first entrance to the Long Center off of Riverside Drive and pull up to the curb to drop off guests with mobility issues at the main entrance.
- Elevator access is available through the Ground Level lobby door next to the box office.
- Staff will be available to direct you should you need assistance.