a place that
Gets the Games
Orlando has a multitude of sports and recreation options with four professional sports teams, over 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.) The mild climate makes outdoor recreational pursuits a year-round lifestyle choice. Plus, Orlando plays host to national competitions including the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Pro Bowl, Citrus Bowl, Daytona 500, Silver Spurs Rodeo and more.
National Sporting Events
Orlando hosts more than just 75 million visitors each year – it also hosts the NFL Pro Bowl, the Arnold Palmer Invitational PGA golf tournament, Silver Spurs Rodeo, the Citrus Bowl, the Daytona 500, Bike Week and even the Major League Gaming’s Call of Duty esports competition.
Silver Spurs Rodeo
The Silver Spurs Rodeo is the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi and is annually ranked among the top 50 events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The Silver Spurs Rodeo history stems from a humble gathering of Osceola County ranchers.
The world’s largest motorcycle event, thousands gather for Bike Week each year in Daytona. Bike Week is run by the Daytona Chamber of Commerce. New Smyrna Beach, 30 minutes from Orlando, also hosts an annual bike week.
The Horrible Hundred is Central Florida’s premier cycling event held in Clermont. This two-day cycling and fitness expo draws riders from around the country.
RAM Rodeo Circuit Finals
Osceola County hosts the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo each year in downtown Kissimmee.
Winning Sports Teams
State-of-the-art facilities in Downtown Orlando host year-round professional sports including the Orlando Magic (NBA), Orlando City Lions (MLS), Orlando Pride (NWSL), Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL), NCAA regular season football games and major televised bowl games.
The Orlando Magic competes in the NBA at Amway Center with famous past players including Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard.
The Orlando Solar Bears ice hockey team compete in the South Division of the ECHL’s Eastern Conference.
Orlando City Soccer
The Orlando City Soccer Club competes in the Eastern Conference in the MLS league.
The Orlando Pride plays in the National Women’s Soccer League, the top level of women’s soccer in the U.S. The team plays their home games at Exploria Stadium in downtown Orlando.
The Land of Recreation
No snow days. Hundreds of parks. Hundreds of miles of trails. Freshwater springs. Beaches to the east and west. And miles and miles of golf courses.
Top-Rated Golf Courses
Orlando is home to more than 100 top-rated golf courses, which are available for play 365 days a year. From Bay Hill, legendary golfer Arnold Palmer’s home away from home, to ChampionsGate and Dubsdread, you’ll never run out of new courses to play.
With emerald springs and lush tropical hammocks, there are four natural springs less than an hour from Orlando. Visiting the springs is perfect for observing abundant wildlife or cooling off on a summer day. Springs near Orlando include Wekiwa Springs State Park, Kelly Park, Blue Spring State Park and De Leon Springs State Park.
Hiking and Nature Trails
Orlando features many natural areas just a few miles from the downtown business district. Mead Garden offers 50 acres in the heart of Winter Park, a few miles north of the tip of Orlando. Enjoy a lazy afternoon exploring the nature trails or dipping your feet in the freshwater ponds.
Whether you’re training to become an Olympic athlete or just playing one on a regular basis, it’s pretty easy to keep up your exercise routine in Orlando – no matter what it is.
USTA National Campus
The 64-acre United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus is a state-of-the-art, technologically advanced facility for players of every level and was designed with the goal of ensuring the sports continued growth far into the 21st century.
The National Campus offers 100 courts of varying surfaces, providing American pros with a home base to train and residents a place to play 365 days of the year, all while brushing shoulders with some of the game’s rising stars. The facility also hosts national, individual and collegiate events.
National Training Center
The National Training Center (NTC) is a state-of-the-art sports and fitness facility located in Clermont, Florida. The facility, part of Orlando Health South Lake Hospital, is a warm-weather training destination for hundreds of high school, collegiate, professional and amateur athletes from around the country and the world.