Greater Fort Lauderdale’s year-round sunshine, warmth, and access to the water makes it a sportsman’s paradise. Spectators can watch professional and Division I college sports teams like the Florida Panthers and Miami Dolphins, while those looking to participate can play at world-class golf courses, fish with the best, and scuba, snorkel, and sail along beautiful beaches.
Where Champions Play
Sports fans aiming to chill out should look no further than center ice at BB&T Center, home to the NHL’s Florida Panthers. BB&T Center is easily accessible from anywhere in Greater Fort Lauderdale and its top-notch amenities make catching a game a convenient and cool way to experience the sports scene.
Greater Fort Lauderdale is a hotspot for cycling and skating, including BMX, skateboarding, roller derby, and go-kart racing. Head to Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome to experience the only velodrome in Florida. The oval track is made especially for professional and recreational cycling and in-line skating.
For those who like to lace up their skates, Xtreme Action Park has an indoor Roller Skating Rink, as well as a go-kart track, bowling alley, and trampoline park. At more than 200,000 square feet, Xtreme Action Park is the largest action sports facility in the state and also plays host to matches in Florida’s premier roller derby league, the Gold Coast Derby Grrls.
For a beachside adrenaline rush, hop on the Flowrider Double at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. This stationary surfing stimulator overlooks the Hollywood Broadwalk and beach and is open to the public.
Soak Up the Sports
For those looking to immerse themselves in water recreation, Greater Fort Lauderdale offers an average ocean temperature that, even in winter, never falls below 72 degrees. Try your hand—and balance—at paddleboarding with help from the many instructions in the area. For snorkelers, coral reefs are accessible via the area’s public beaches, making it the easiest place in the hemisphere to obtain a close-up view of the ocean’s most remarkable ecosystems. Scuba diving sites are just as easy to get to—and plentiful! Greater Fort Lauderdale has the largest number of warm-water shipwrecks on this side of the world.
Those who prefer to be on top of the water instead of under it can charter boats for fresh or saltwater fishing in dozens of locations. The waters of the Gulfstream are teeming with sport fish like the majestic blue marlin in the winters and summers and the ever-present yellowtail snapper and mahi mahi, both fish that give a good fight and taste great on the plate. Speaking of boating, there are plenty of marinas and waterways to take your vessel out to the open sea or explore local lakes.
Often within an errant tee shot of the waterfront are many of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s famous golf courses, designed by such renowned architects as Robert Trent Jones and Tom Fazio. With inexpensive greens fees and warm weather for year-round play, golf is as can’t-miss as that 2-foot putt for birdie.