The 20 worst places to park your car in Tampa Bay

Parking in Tampa Bay is bad all around, but some spots are way worse than others.

There's no one particular reason for our parking woes, but maybe it has something to do with being the "hottest" housing market in the nation, or that Tampa Bay spends less money on public transit than any other major metro area.

Either way, here are some of the worst places to park your car in Tampa Bay.
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Target at Walter’s Crossing
1544 N Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa
The swarm of Karens looking to shop at Target, Whole Foods and Home Goods is just too much for this parking garage. With limited access points, relatively tight parking spots and an influx of minivans, this parking garage is overall just not a fun experience.
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Target at Walter’s Crossing

1544 N Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa
The swarm of Karens looking to shop at Target, Whole Foods and Home Goods is just too much for this parking garage. With limited access points, relatively tight parking spots and an influx of minivans, this parking garage is overall just not a fun experience.
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The roundabout lot at Clearwater Beach
160 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach
Expect more “LOT FULL” signs when trying to park at Clearwater Beach during the summer. This tourist trap might be one of the worst places to park in the world, let alone Tampa Bay. If you do end up finding a spot, you're going to have to earn it by navigating that traffic circle (and pay a pretty penny, too).
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The roundabout lot at Clearwater Beach

160 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach
Expect more “LOT FULL” signs when trying to park at Clearwater Beach during the summer. This tourist trap might be one of the worst places to park in the world, let alone Tampa Bay. If you do end up finding a spot, you're going to have to earn it by navigating that traffic circle (and pay a pretty penny, too).
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The city lot by Eddie and Sam’s
610 N Franklin St., Tampa
It’s a guaranteed ticket here if you don’t get back within minutes after your parking spot expires. It also always seems to be under construction, with scattered traffic cones getting in your way as you try to navigate around. Getting some pizza shouldn’t be this stressful.
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The city lot by Eddie and Sam’s

610 N Franklin St., Tampa
It’s a guaranteed ticket here if you don’t get back within minutes after your parking spot expires. It also always seems to be under construction, with scattered traffic cones getting in your way as you try to navigate around. Getting some pizza shouldn’t be this stressful.
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Any street parking in Ybor City
E 7th Ave., Tampa
Ybor on a Saturday night is basically only accessible via Uber. On March 1, the City of Tampa slashed free parking spots in Ybor by 26%, making it more expensive for people to enjoy the historic district. The city plans to create 100 new street parking spots in the traffic-congested district, but all will require payment. Not only that, but the curbs are like two feet tall, and if you open your door into one, it will be dented. 
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Any street parking in Ybor City

E 7th Ave., Tampa
Ybor on a Saturday night is basically only accessible via Uber. On March 1, the City of Tampa slashed free parking spots in Ybor by 26%, making it more expensive for people to enjoy the historic district. The city plans to create 100 new street parking spots in the traffic-congested district, but all will require payment. Not only that, but the curbs are like two feet tall, and if you open your door into one, it will be dented.
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Busch Gardens’ general parking lot
10165 McKinley Dr., Tampa
Not only does it cost around $20 to park, but then you have to walk (sometimes from Mel's hot Dogs) all the way to a tram, sweat in the heat while waiting to board, and then ride the tram for about a mile before arriving at the park’s entrance. Oh, and expect it to be packed in the summer. *See photo for reference*
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Busch Gardens’ general parking lot

10165 McKinley Dr., Tampa
Not only does it cost around $20 to park, but then you have to walk (sometimes from Mel's hot Dogs) all the way to a tram, sweat in the heat while waiting to board, and then ride the tram for about a mile before arriving at the park’s entrance. Oh, and expect it to be packed in the summer. *See photo for reference*
Photo via Google Maps

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