Orlando Sports and Recreation

Sports & Recreation

Orlando ranks 5th best city in the U.S. for an active lifestyle according to WalletHub. The four county region has a multitude of sports and recreation options with more than 100 top-rated golf courses, miles and miles of walking and cycling trails and triathlon certified training at the National Training Center where Olympians also happen to train. In 2016 Orlando will also be home to more than 100 tennis courts as the “new home of American tennis” with the United States Tennis Association and a brand new $27 million sports complex in Seminole County. 

The region’s mild climate makes outdoor recreational pursuits a year round lifestyle choice in Orlando. This is one reason that more professional golfers live here than in any other city in the United States.

But, there are plenty of sports and recreation options for amateur sports enthusiasts and spectators as well. Highlights include the following:

  • The region is home to more than 100 top-rated golf courses, which are available for play 365 days a year. The annual Arnold Palmer Invitational is just one of the tournaments that attract top players to Central Florida.
     
  • The NBA’s Orlando Magic play on their home court in the Amway Center in downtown Orlando, as do the ECHL's Orlando Solar Bears. Before the new Amway Center opened, the Orlando Magic’s corporate home was based at Orlando’s RDV Sportsplex, a sprawling sports and entertainment destination that houses a fitness club, ice skating rink, tennis courts, salon and spa, retail and restaurants, corporate event facilities. The Sportsplex is adjacent to a Florida Hospital Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation complex.
     
  • A new 25,500-seat soccer stadium, scheduled to open in 2017, will be home to the MLS's Orlando City Soccer Club and the NWSL's Orlando Pride.
     
  • USTA is building a state-of-the-art facility, the USTA National Campus. The facility, scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2016, will feature 100-plus courts and house the USTA’s Community Tennis and Player Development divisions.
     
  • The region’s park network is extensive and well maintained, providing space for activities ranging from youth to adult recreational sports programs to corporate picnics and family reunions. A growing number of hiking and bike trails also dot the region; providing safe, traffic-free expanses for weekend exercise as well as for athletes in training. More information: Orange County Parks | Seminole County Parks & Preservation | Lake County Parks & Trails | Osceola County Parks | City of Orlando Parks & Recreation
     
  • Orlando Speedworld is Central Florida's most active stock car racing speedway. And, nearby Daytona Beach is home to the world-famous NASCAR and Daytona 500, as well as to the annual Bike Week gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts.
     
  • The Atlanta Braves, of MLB fame, host their spring training at the state-of-the-art ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. That unparalleled sports mecca is also home to hundreds of other annual sports competitions, ranging from youth soccer to professional fastpitch softball and the annual Disney Marathon.
     
  • The Camping World Stadium is the only facility in the world that plays host to back-to-back NCAA Bowl games: the Russell Athletic Bowl in December and the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on New Years Day. The stadium is also home to the Florida Blue Florida Classic, our state’s premier black college football game.
     
  • Lake County is home to the National Training Center, a facility where local residents, national and international athletes of all levels gather to train and build strength. World-class track and field athletes from the USA, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Great Britain, Jamaica, Netherlands/Antilles, Nigeria and Barbados are among those who have taken advantage of this stellar resource while training for the Olympic Games.
     
  • From the Silver Spurs Rodeo in Osceola County and indoor sky diving on Orlando’s International Drive, to scuba diving in the Wekiva Springs in Seminole County, to “blueway” waterway trails on the lakes of Lake County, there is something for everyone to be found in the Orlando region!