North Central Florida is simply the mecca for outdoor enthusiasts including access to the best fishing, hunting, golf, spring and cave diving, observation and swimming with Manatees, camping and trail hiking, kayaking and canoeing, tubing, and other recreational options in the state. It also provides highly competitive, elite team recreational sports in baseball, football, basketball, lacrosse, and other sports. It also is home to two of the nation’s most successful collegiate athletic programs—the University of Florida and Florida State University. Professional sports are also accessible with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, Major League Baseball with the Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves, and multiple spring training facilities for Major League Baseball teams. Whether your interests are based in passive or active recreational activities—North Central Florida has you covered! We encourage you to explore Visit Florida and Florida Sports Foundation for additional information.