Florida has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. The state has everything you could want in a vacation, from beaches to five-star resorts to fine dining to incredible shopping. Nonetheless, Florida has long been regarded as a family-friendly vacation destination. Disney World and the various theme parks in and around Orlando are to blame for the Sunshine State's stereotype.
While Florida appears to be wholesome and family-friendly on the surface, there is plenty of adventure to be had for single travelers, couples, and groups looking for some fun in the sun. Although Las Vegas attracts a lot of wannabees due to its reputation for anything goes, Florida has so much more to offer than the clichéd visit to Sin City.
Every sport that occurs in the water happens in Florida. When you visit Miami, you can go scuba diving, water-skiing, canoeing, or kayaking. If you like to surf, Cocoa Beach is the birthplace of 11-time World Surf League #1 pro, Kelly Slater, and the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop. Other places to catch a wave in Florida are South Beach… New Smyrna Beach Inlet… Ponce Inlet… Jacksonville… Pensacola Beach… Sebastian Inlet… and Reef Road.
One of the top reasons for a group to have a party in South Florida is the deep sea fishing. Red Fish, a copper-colored fish can often be caught year-round, is King Mackerel. A migrating fish can typically be caught into October, are always fun to catch also swimming in the Florida waters is Shark, Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, and Tuna. There are plenty of fish and many great guides to take you and your crew on the fishing trip of a lifetime!
Florida is rife with casinos throughout the state. Regardless of where you visit in Florida, there is likely to be a casino around the corner to try your luck. Not only do the state’s great casinos offer you fun, but you can also book a room to stay at the hotels on-site. Florida’s Seminole Tribe owns six of the casinos in Florida. These can be found in Tampa, Coconut Creek, Okeechobee, and other well-placed cities around the Sunshine State. There are even more gambling sites than just those six owned by the Seminole group.
No city in Florida is better for casinos than Miami. The South Florida city has a variety of casinos in and around it allowing gamblers to scratch their betting itch. The Big Easy Casino in Hallandale Beach, The Casino at Dania Beach, Casino Miami, Harrah's Pompano Beach, and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood are just some top-rated casinos you can explore around the most fun city in America.
While Las Vegas does have more casinos to gamble at, Miami offers a better experience. Why? Miami not only offers first-choice casinos and resorts, but you have easy access to the beach. You won’t be stuck in the hot desert on a visit. There is nothing better than hitting the beach before spending an evening playing blackjack or pulling slots. In Miami, the minimum age to play casino games is 21.
Not only will you find casinos on land, but you can also book a casino cruise off the Florida coast. What is a casino cruise? It is the chance to head out to sea for a few hours while playing casino games such as poker, roulette, and slots.
More and more horse racetracks around the United States are closing. Today, there are far fewer racetracks operating around the country than just 30 years ago. Florida remains one of the leading lights in the US in terms of horse racing, and some of the world’s biggest races occur in the Sunshine State.
If your group is looking for an exhilarating day, look no further than the famous Gulfstream Park racecourse. Gulfstream Park is home to some of the biggest horse races each year. The racecourse hosts the Florida Derby and the annual race showcases some of the best Grade I horses in the country.
A day out at the Florida Derby offers you a brilliant experience you won’t find anywhere else. Gulfstream also hosts the Pegasus World Cup, one of the richest horse races in the world. The racecourse is a beautiful place to spend a warm Florida day. If you cannot make one of the big events with your group of friends, then head down to Gulfstream Park for its daily races.
Gulfstream may host some of the biggest horse racing events in the world, but it isn’t the only racetrack in the state. Head over to Tampa to experience a day out at Tampa Bay Downs – another gorgeous green racecourse.
Hialeah Park, where the flamingos call home, is one of South Florida’s most famous gambling hot spots. Opened in 1922 and known simply as “The World's Most Beautiful Horse Race Course”, the venue offers on-site gambling. Take a break from watching the ponies, and you can play the slots, electronic roulette, or blackjack games. There is also a poker room giving you the chance to enter one of the regularly scheduled tournaments. Even if there are no on-site horse races, you can watch the simulcasts at the casino’s sports bar and place bets on your favorite pony. Hialeah Park opens at 9 a.m. and stays open until the wee hours offering fun for groups. You won’t have to go home until 3 a.m.
There is no better state in the US than Florida when it comes to professional and collegiate sports. You will find high-level sports in a variety of disciplines, from football to basketball to baseball. While those traditional sports are on offer, there are other sports and events to take in.
Florida is home to 11 big-time sports teams from the NHL, NBA, MLB, NFL, and MLS. There is always something going on throughout the year, and you will find a major league sports game to enjoy. Miami’s professional sports team landscape is immense. The NBA’s Miami Heat, who play their home games in downtown Miami, are consistently one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams.
The Miami Marlins play in one of MLB’s most beautiful stadiums, loanDepot Park. A ticket to a Marlins game doesn’t just give you the chance to watch baseball, but you will spend the day exploring an amazing venue. The food alone is worth attending a Marlins game, and bachelor parties can find a day out at a ballgame to be the perfect starter for a night on the town.
The NFL’s Miami Dolphins are the oldest professional sports team in the city and one of the most famous in football. Hard Rock Stadium is home to the Dolphins but also plays host to other events including the Miami Open Tennis Championships, Miami Grand Prix Formula One Race, WWE WrestleMania, College Football National Playoff games, and concerts. Miami is a city of big events, and you will always have something huge going on during a trip to this South Florida city.
Whether you're a die-hard hockey or soccer fan or not, get your hands on a ticket to a Florida Panthers NHL game or an Inter Miami soccer match. Both teams provide a fun day out for sports enthusiasts.
Florida isn’t just home to professional sports clubs. The state has a number of high-level college sports programs including the University of Miami, Florida State University, the University of Florida, UCF, and South Florida University. Each university offers multiple sports to watch in person.
There are also minor league sports teams found across the state. Fancy a trip to Florida in the winter to escape from the cold weather of home? MLB spring training has famously taken place in Florida since the early 1900s. Fans of the squared circle can also attend WWE, NXT, and AEW shows in Orlando and Jacksonville to get their wrestling fixes.
Florida is famous for its golf courses. The PGA and LPGA Tours visit Florida’s incredible courses throughout the golf season. The PGA Tour plays a minimum of three tournaments a golf season in Florida. Why? The Sunshine State’s weather is optimal for playing golf year-round, and its courses are some of the best crafted. Florida has more than 1,300 public or private golf courses to play. This makes Florida an ideal place to visit for bachelor parties and group vacations.
The great thing about Florida is that you can organize a golf course road trip. Start your golf-cation in Miami at the famous Blue Monster. Opened in 1962, this par 72 course was designed by Gil Hanse. The Blue Monster is renowned for its 7,590 yards (6.94 kilometers) in length. After playing the Blue Monster, head over to the Champion Course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens. The gorgeous piece of earth is another 72-par course. Initially designed by Tom Fazio, the course was revamped by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. It features the Bear Trap, one of the most challenging holes on the PGA Tour.
Across the state, in Tampa, you will find even more exciting golf courses. Streamsong Red Course is one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses to play in the US. Copperhead Course is another popular place to play in Tampa while further north in Orlando is the Watson Course and Bay Hill.
Florida has more golf courses per capita than any other American state. Groups and bachelor parties are spoiled by choice when visiting the Sunshine State. You won’t regret booking a trip to Florida for your golf-cation.
South Florida offers visitors an incredible experience for singles, bachelor or bachelorette parties, and groups of friends. You will find a variety of great activities for adults, from gambling to horse racing to sports.
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