Florida holidays with a sporting flavour
Florida’s reputation as one of the world’s most desirable holiday destinations is well founded. Indeed, Walt Disney World and endless golden beaches make it an obvious choice for families visiting Orlando, while the natural delights of the Everglades National Park provide adventure, stunning scenery and exotic wildlife. But the bright, loud charm of these popular destinations won’t be for everyone. For those looking for something that most tourists don’t normally choose to expose themselves to, why not find out more about the sunshine state’s deep love of sport?
Sport has always been a family affair in America, and Florida has a sporting pedigree that is second to none. By contrast to the UK, American sports are often lightning-paced and hard-hitting. Instead of the gentle atmosphere of cricket or the low-scoring mentality of football, sports like basketball and American football feature high-octane excitement and plenty of action. Although you may need to study the rules in advance (it’s well worth the effort), American games are guaranteed to entertain you and your family.
Florida is home to two professional league basketball teams (Orlando Magic and the recent NBA champs, Miami Heat), three American football franchises (including the world-famous Miami Dolphins) and even two major league ice-hockey teams, despite the State’s tropical climate. A day trip to one of these team’s phenomenal stadiums to watch a game is always a thrilling experience. Pick a side to root for and get your family into the spirit: you may even become loyal fans!
If you’re looking for a game that’s more relaxed but still exciting, Florida is also home to two baseball teams (Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays). Watching a slow-burning, all-day game of America’s answer to cricket, your family is sure to enjoy a great day out at the ballpark (complete with peanuts or ‘Cracker Jack’).
What’s more, you needn’t spend your holiday as just a spectator. Florida’s climate gives you the perfect excuse to get active outdoors in a state that likes to play hard. Whether you want to dominate the tennis courts or hit the numerous scenic golfing links, it’s likely you’ll be doing so in glorious sunshine. And what could make a better postcard picture than the family thrashing around playing volleyball on the beach?
So, if you want to get involved in the often spectacular world of American sport, or just want to have some fun in the sun, then look for more information about holidays to Florida.