Patchogue’s parking situation could be confusing, even intimidating, to new or infrequent visitors to the village. To help, here are 10 key things to know about the parking and meters.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

1. Any stalls in Patchogue that aren’t marked with numbers are always free. Click here to locate the free lots. There’s a lot of free parking.

2. Even in the paid lots, parking is always free before 6 p.m. You can click here to locate the paid/metered lots as well.

3. The hours of operation for the on-street meters along Main Street, Ocean and Railroad avenues are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. It’s free to park on Sundays and holidays throughout the village.

4. Overnight parking is not allowed anywhere on the streets or municipal lots.

5. It’s $1 per hour for parking no matter where you’re at, or $5 to “park all night” after 6 p.m.

6. The parking kiosks accept cash, coins, credit cards and debit cards. You can even use the ParkMobile app or the website. Enter 8701 as the Zone Number for Patchogue. If you forget, the Zone Number is also listed on the kiosks. Click here to download the app to pay remotely. People like it.

7. Remember your space number! It’s the worst to have to walk back to your spot before paying at the meter stations — especially in the rain.

8. There are select, 15-minute free parking spots on the streets, for instance in front of Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company on East Main and Gino’s Pizzeria on West Main Street.

9. If you park in a lot, you have to pay at a lot meter station. If you park on the street, you have to pay at a street station.

10. There’s not a lot of shade in the village. If you’re looking to keep your car cooler in the summer, there’s some shadows to be found in the stalls immediately behind Patchogue Theatre at 71 East Main Street.

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