Concerts

10 Best Parking at Broward and Palm Beach County Concert Venues

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7. Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale

Verdict: Very Good

If Parker Playhouse only hosted more music, it would be a dream destination.

Parking is right around the back, and it gives the appearance of being cost free, because the price of parking is included with your ticket. The surface of the lot is rough, which makes for a bumpy ride at times and a challenge for those who may be unsteady on their feet -- like the extremely intoxicated or your bubbie. And the parking can be tricky to find, since you have to turn into the area before reaching the adjacent War Memorial Auditorium. Still, management makes it their mission to ensure convenience, and we think they've succeeded. Besides, you can walk across the street and snag some price LPs at Radio-Active Records. Double score.

6. Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach

Verdict: Good and Convenient

Parking at Cruzan is incredibly convenient due to the relative ease of finding a spot and the fact that it is free. Mostly, it's still made for the masses with a parking area out back that requires only a minimal stroll and fees that are included in the cost of your ticket.

Those who arrive early for tailgating can camp out in the dusty lot. Still, for those for whom money is no object -- a category I personally cannot relate to -- there is the option to purchase "guaranteed premier parking" which allows you to select your spot online in advance or just show up and park. Better spots cost more, so the more you spend, the greater your access. Natch.

Just please don't ever leave your kids in the car while you head in to watch Lil Wayne yell obscenities and skateboard across the stage.

5. Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale

Verdict: Decent if You're Fortunate

The search for a parking spot at Culture Room can be daunting. It isn't a venue for the easily intimidated. The fact that it doesn't have its own private lot ought to indicate that it's every person for each person-self. Still, I find the private parking nearby fairly easy to find, and reasonable, as well. Usually a good spot is just a short walk and a few quarters away. And once inside, the tiki atmosphere and a reasonable amount of booze'll make you forget cars even exist. And if that's the case, don't drive home.

4. Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton

Verdict: Good to Great

A great venue needs great parking, and Mizner measures up on both counts. While many city centers charge excessive amounts to leave your car, Mizner provides parking free of charge. What's more, it offers -- count 'em -- four garages that can be accessed from three entrances, all factors that add to the ease.

For those wishing to avoid any possible congestion, there's also street parking and a valet option. Plus, preferred parking can be purchased for concert night convenience.

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Lee Zimmerman