Directions & Parking


Equal Rights Heritage Center
25 South Street
Auburn, NY 13021

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Look for the sign!


From the West (Rochester): Take the New York State Thruway heading toward Albany to Exit 41 (Waterloo). At the exit, turn right onto 414 South for a short distance. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Route 318. Take Route 318 until you reach the T in the road, which is Routes 5 & 20. Turn left onto Routes 5 & 20 going east which will then take you approximately 11 miles directly into Downtown Auburn.

From the East (Syracuse): Take Route 690 West from Syracuse. Stay to the right and pick up Route 695- look for the Auburn signs. At the end of Route 695, stay to the right and merge onto Route 5 heading west toward Elbridge. Go straight through Elbridge on Route 5, which takes you directly into Auburn where Route 5 is also known as Grant Avenue and then becomes the Arterial. This leads into Downtown Auburn.

From the South (Ithaca): Take Route 34 North straight through to Auburn which will place you directly into the heart of Historic Downtown Auburn. Route 34 is also South and North Streets which intersect Genesee Street and Route 20.

From the North (Watertown): Take Route 81 South to the New York State Thruway. Follow the Thruway signs toward Buffalo. Get off at exit 40 (Weedsport). At exit turn right onto Route 34 over bridge, straight through Weedsport. Route 34 leads directly into the heart of Historic Downtown Auburn. Route 34 is also South and North Streets and intersects Genesee Street and Route 20.


On-Street / Short-Term Parking

For on-street metered & kiosk parking there is a .25 minimum for 15 minutes, and one hour is $1. Insert coins into the meter adjacent to your spot, or pay at a nearby green parking kiosk. You can also use Pango Parking with your cell or smart phone.

On-street metered & kiosk spaces have a 2-hour limit. If you remain parked in the same spot longer; you risk receiving a ticket, regardless if you pay more money. If you plan to spend 2+ hours Downtown, please park in long-term spaces. Please note, except for handicapped spaces, on-street spaces on Genesee Street and State Street don’t have meters. You must pay a parking kiosk to park there.

Reverse Angle Parking

Backing into parking spots has been proven as safer, offering improved visibility when exiting vehicles, accessing car trunk space and exiting parking spaces. Reverse angle parking is implemented on Genesee Street between Loop Road (near Wegmans) and the Cayuga County Office Building at 160 Genesee Street. Basic steps are drive just past the open space and stop, turn on your signal, and back into the space. Please be patient and don't follow too closely to let your fellow drivers back in.  

Parking Kiosk Locations

Parking kiosks are on Genesee Street between William Street (Parker’s Grille) and Loop Road (Wegmans), and on State Street. They are also in the lower level of the City Parking Garage, and in the Dill & Seminary Street lots. Kiosks are dark green with a blue “P” on the side. Meter attendants are on duty and enforce parking Monday – Saturday 9AM – 5PM. For further questions contact staff at Auburn Downtown BID 315.252-7874, or visit us at 25 South Street.

Kiosk Instructions

Deposit coins to cover the desired amount of time (.25 minimum). Press the big green button to print your receipt. Retrieve receipt from the lower slot behind the plastic shield. The receipt indicates the time when your parking term expires. Place the receipt inside on the driver’s side dashboard face-up so it’s clearly visible.

Please note you can pay at any kiosk to park anywhere. The kiosks in the Dill & Seminary Street lots make it easy to drive up & pay. You can use those receipts to park in any on-street space, including metered spots. If there’s time left on your receipt, you can move to another location until your time expires.

Long Term 2+ Hour Parking

The Downtown City Parking Garage offers convenient covered parking in the center of downtown, adjacent to Auburn Public Theater, Equal Rights Heritage Center and Seward House Museum. Stairs are located in the middle and at either end, and there’s an elevator in the middle. The garage is also equipped with electric car charging stations.

City Parking Garage 2 HOURS FREE & $6 a Day
The upper levels of the garage have a vehicular entrance and exit on Lincoln Street. The upper levels offer short-term and long-term parking options. The first 2 hours of parking are FREE each visit, in the upper levels of the garage, and capped at $6 a day. The street level metered section of the garage closest to Exchange Street is metered and the 2-hour free does NOT apply in this area.

The lower level of the Downtown Parking Garage has a vehicular entrance on Lincoln Street and exits onto William Street. This lower level offers short-term metered and kiosk pay-to-park rates of $1 per hour. The lower garage area has a total of 48 parking spots.

Long Term Parking Permits
Long-term permits are available for purchase in affordable monthly, quarterly, 6-month and year-long increments. Fees are $50 a month, $135 for three months, $250 for six months, and $450 a year. With 20 days monthly usage, daily rates range from $2.50 - $1.88 per day. A new automated entrance and exit kiosk will soon allow for easy payment in cash, credit or debit card. For more info on rates & permits, please call the City Treasurer’s 315.255-4143.  Visit Website.

Long Term Parking Lots
Court Street parking lot
is located near the Auburn YMCA & Cayuga County Office Building. The lot is serviced by parking meters, with a maximum time limit of 10 hours.

Dill Street parking lot is behind Lattimore Hall, to the right. The lot is serviced by a drive-up kiosk, with a maximum time limit of
8 hours. This lot is adjacent to the Centro Bus stop.

Seminary Avenue parking lot is behind Speno’s Music, Liberty Store & Moro’s Table. The lot is serviced by a drive-up kiosk, with a maximum time limit of 8 hours.

Centro Bus

Centro Bus has permanently relocated their local bus transfer station from Lincoln Street to Dill Street behind Lattimore Hall. 
For more info visit, or contact City Clerk Chuck Mason 315.255-4100 or  

Pay for Parking from your Car with Pango

Sign up for Pango Mobile Parking on your smart or cell phone, and pay & manage your parking session remotely. Download the app for free.

Pango Instruction Steps

To sign up, visit the website, and click on Drivers and select the drop down menu to become a Pango user, and then follow the prompted steps. You will need to provide your mobile phone number, license plate and the credit or debit card number you are linking the account to. A text message will then be sent, with more instructions.

Pango Parking Zones

Once set up, open the app and select $ Pay at the bottom of the screen. Then, under the Zone/Space drop down select where you are: an on-street space, in a parking lot, or in the garage. Your vehicle & payment method should be provided. Then hit P to start your session, and again, to end it. Please abide by the City’s 2-hour parking limit if you are in an on-street space. Pango will end your session after you’ve maxed out your time, per time limits for your parking location.

Header Photo by Jimmy Giannettino.