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With three National Football League teams, two Major League Baseball teams, two National Hockey League teams, two NBA teams, a Major League Soccer team, minor league teams, college teams, and a spring training lineup, the Sunshine State is no stranger to great sports traditions. Catch your favorite team sprinkled around the state and check out a game to cheer them on from the stands.
If you’re traveling near the Miami area, make sure to stop in the American Airlines Arena in downtown Key Biscayne to see NBA's Miami Heat run-and-gun their way into the playoffs. Save some time to travel to Orlando and visit the Amway Center, home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.
While in South Florida, pay a visit to the Hard Rock Stadium and score tickets to either the NFL’s Miami Dolphins or the University of Miami’s Hurricanes for fast pig-skin action. Over in on the Gulf Coast, catch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play at their home field, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Or head north to see the Jacksonville Jaguars tackle their way to a touchdown at EverBank Field.
If peanuts and crackerjacks are more your thing, then head to Marlins Park to see the MLB’s Miami Marlins steal home. Newly built, this ballpark comes with a retractable roof, so games go on rain or shine. Head to Tampa for more MLB action and visit Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. As a relatively new team, the Rays were originally called the Tampa Bay Devil Rays but dropped "Devil" in hopes of being thought of like rays of sunshine.
For indoor action this winter, catch the NHL’s Florida Panthers hit the ice at the BBT Center in Sunrise, FL. Cheer the Panthers to victory and see some non-stop action on the rink. Then head for the Tampa Bay Times Forum to see the Tampa Bay Lightning play on their home rink.
The state of Florida is brimming with collegiate sports, especially with its interstate rivalry between the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee and the Gators at the University of Florida in Gainesville. With these two schools going head to head each fall for their division in football, make sure to wear your maroon and gold or orange and blue all year long. The Miami Hurricanes are another contender for the ACC, while the University of South Florida’s Bulls play in the America Conference along with UCF’s Knights.
With the sun and sand setting the scene, it’s no secret that most pastimes in Florida center around nature’s playground. For those looking to play some sports while visiting Florida, all you need is a bathing suit to get your adrenaline pumping. Enjoy outdoor recreation from water sports to golf and fishing all year long and soak in the vitamin C from every city. Learn to surf, rent a jet ski, go snorkeling and scuba diving, or kayak through Florida’s waterways. Hop on a fishing charter or head for the pier and try your hand at some fresh catch. Whichever region of Florida you are visiting, expect to be catching some rays while taking advantage of Florida’s natural wonders.
While on land, take advantage of Florida’s wide-open land and get your golf on. With grassy pastures and perfectly manicured greens, enjoy some solitude on the fairways in Florida. With championship golf courses in West Palm Beach, Naples, Ponte Vedra Beach, Miami, and Jacksonville, book a tee time from literally anywhere in the state.
Rated four stars by Golf Digest, Lake Buena Vista Golf Course offers a world class Disney experience on and off the course. Set amidst a backdrop of luscious pine forests, the course is a premier destination for golf in the Orlando region.
Not only does Lake Buena Vista offer a world class course, it is features a cozy clubhouse and state of the art practice facility, located at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Included in the practice facility are four driving ranges and four putting greens, all ample opportunities to hone your skills.