Best Spots to Play Tennis

By Marla Cimini

For racquet-toting travelers seeking precious tennis time, some vacation rental homes and communities feature private courts. And for those that don’t, many towns offer great facilities open to visitors and residents as well. Whether you’re a passionate tennis expert or an enthusiastic novice seeking to hone your serve, these tennis facilities are ideal for a friendly match. Choose one of these best spots to play tennis for your next vacation.

Best Tennis Spots

Palm Springs, California

With warm, desert sunshine year-round, Palm Springs offers players a number of convenient public facilities. This city’s DeMuth Park has four lighted courts, while Palm Springs High School offers eight (non-lighted) courts and a program to “match up” tennis buddies of all levels. Located downtown is Ruth Hardy Park, with eight courts as well as other activities, such as sand volleyball and basketball courts, and amenities like picnic tables, water fountains and restrooms.

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Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Tennis fans visiting Canada’s picturesque town of Whistler are always thrilled to learn that the area is home to dozens of public courts. So wherever you choose to practice your backhand, there is a net close by. Whistler Village’s Whistler Racquet Club offers rental options for both indoor and outdoor courts, as well as lessons and camps. The area’s newest recreational area is Bayly Park, offering tennis and a number other activities. Several area parks also have courts, including: Brio Park, Millar’s Pond and White Gold park.

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Northwest Florida Beaches

TOPSL - Florida

Along the Emerald Coast, travelers can find a number of spots to practice their skills. TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort in Miramar Beach, South Walton, features an award-winning tennis center with certified professional instructors and programs. Nearby in sunny Fort Walton Beach, it’s easy for tennis players to find places to play, as the town’s largest tennis center boasts 12 world-class, lighted courts. Open year-round, the Fort Walton Beach center also features a clubhouse, pro shop, as well as other sports facilities, too, including racquetball courts, outdoor basketball courts and an adjacent playground.

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Orlando, Florida

With warm weather all year long, Orlando is a true haven for tennis players with a multitude of courts open to the public. The majority of these offer free access, and numerous neighborhoods and public parks have at least one court. Among the vast selection of courts is the city’s Jay Blanchard Park, which features two courts surrounded by trees and tropical foliage, with nearby activities for family members who are too young to play. Located near downtown is the Orlando Tennis Center with several clay courts, as well as clinics and lessons for all ages.

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Charleston’s Islands, South Carolina

There are plenty of tennis courts throughout Charleston’s Islands, all open to the public and situated within a few miles of one another. Tennis fans staying on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands often head to Johns Island Park, which is a short drive away. There, the Alan Fleming Tennis Complex features six lighted hard courts. Nearby, Daniel Island’s Freedom Park tennis courts are located close to both Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. Located behind the high school, Freedom Park offers two lighted hard courts, which are open for day and evening matches.

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Delaware Beaches

Sea Colony - Delaware

The Delaware beaches offer plenty of idyllic spots for playing tennis. Sea Colony, which consistently ranks among the best tennis resorts in the nation, is a popular choice. The resort offers 34 courts, a wealth of tennis programs and a string of accolades. There are several area parks and schools with free tennis as well, including Little Salisbury Park and Gorman Avenue Park, both nearby in Ocean City, Maryland, and Indian River High School, featuring six courts.

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Park City, Utah

Park City isn’t just a popular ski destination; it’s an ideal place for passionate tennis players, too. Home to 11 tennis courts (four indoor and seven outdoor), the Park City Municipal Athletic and Recreation Center (PC MARC) welcomes visitors to their massive public facility that also features pickle ball, a bouldering wall, a pro shop and even childcare on site. Another nearby popular location for tennis is the area’s scenic Willow Creek Park, with two courts available for public use.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina

Known for its extensive tennis facilities, Hilton Head is a top vacation choice among tennis aficionados. With hundreds of courts spread across the island, Hilton Head offers a seemingly unlimited number of places to play this popular sport every day. One of the largest public facilities is the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, with 23 clay courts (some lighted), featuring lessons and exhibitions, as well as other services.

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Best Tennis Destinations

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Freelance journalist Marla Cimini has a passion for travel, music and culinary adventures (combining all three whenever possible). Her articles have appeared in USA TODAY and numerous publications worldwide.


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