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Fun sports destinations while living in Florida

Jacksonville is the home of multiple sports teams.

Jacksonville is the home of multiple sports teams.

If you are a sports nut considering a move to Florida, then you may be pleasantly surprised with your many options available in and around some of the major cities. Plenty of these metros have a multitude of sports options, so you could benefit to consider many different options. No matter what sport you like, there is something in the Sunshine State that could catch your eye, so bring your moving containers and set up shop near one of these cities.

The Tampa area has many sports teams, including three in the four major professional sports. The National Hockey League's (NHL) Lightning plays at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, while the National Football League's Buccaneers play in Raymond James Stadium. The area is also the home to Major League Baseball's (MLB) Rays, who play at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. This is also the home of the University of South Florida, which has multiple NCAA Division I teams. Raymond James Stadium is also the home of the Outback Bowl, which is a college football bowl game played each year.

Heading down to South Florida will bring you to Miami, another great spot for sports fans. Miami is the home of four teams from the major pro sports leagues, so you have quite the varying options here. The NFL's Dolphins play in Sun Life Stadium, while the NHL's Panthers play at the BB&T Center. The National Basketball Association's (NBA) Heat play at the American Airlines Arena, and MLB's Marlins hold their games at Marlins Park. The city is also the home of Miami Hurricanes and Florida International NCAA Division I sporting events. The Orange Bowl takes place at Sun Life Stadium, pitting two of the best college football teams in the country every January.

Central Florida is the home to Orlando, which has much more than amusement parks. You can enjoy the NBA's Magic, who play at the Amway Center. While this is the only major professional sports team in the city, the area is also the home to the University of Central Florida, and the Knights play NCAA Division I sports in the city. Orlando is the home of two bowl Games, both taking place at the Citrus Bowl. The Russell Athletic Bowl and the Capital One Bowl are staples during the college football season.

The Northeast part of the Sunshine State is also the home of another professional team. The NFL's Jaguars play at EverBank Field. Both the Jacksonville University Dolphins and the University of North Florida's Ospreys are a part of NCAA Division I athletics. Additionally, the city is the home of the annual Gator Bowl, a college football bowl game that takes place at EverBank Field.

If a college town is more of the atmosphere you want to live around, then heading to Gainesville may be a better choice. The city is the home of the University of Florida, where the Gators play NCAA Division I sports. It is less than two hours from both Jacksonville and Orlando.

Another college town that may be a great fit is the state's capital of Tallahassee. This is the home of both Florida State University and Florida A&M University. The Seminoles of Florida State, as well as the Rattlers of Florida A&M participate in NCAA Division I sports. This may be a great spot, especially if living on the state's Panhandle is something you are considering. The city is about two hours and 30 minutes from Jacksonville, as well as two hours and 20 minutes from Gainesville.