The spring and summer are the perfect seasons to start pushing your physical limit again as Mother Nature warms the world around. But if you’re also itching to get away, why not combine your sport of preference with a vacation? Shake those winter days once-and-for-all in these enticing destinations that stake claim to the best experience in their respective sports. Here’s the top 3 summer recreational activities to add to your list of fun things to do by yourself, with friends or with family:
Deep-sea Fishing Enthusiasts – Destin, Florida
Known as the "luckiest fishing village," Destin in Northwest Florida is home to some of the best saltwater fishing in the United States. There’s a good reason why: the 600' depth curve of the Gulf of Mexico draws closer to Destin than any other spot in Florida. Combine that with its’ proximity to the “East Pass” and you’ve got quick in-and-out access to some of the best saltwater fishing around, making this a top choice for summer recreation enthusiasts. The Gulf of Mexico is home to thousands of species of fish, ranging from bottom fish red snapper to fast moving Cobia and everything in between like Blue Marlin, Shortfin Mako, Swordfish, Sailfish and more.
Tennis Lovers - Miramar Beach, Florida
If tennis is one of your favorite outdoor recreational activities this summer, then head to Miramar Beach where you’ll find a vacation resort mecca for tennis lovers called TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort. Its Racquet Club is legit with USPTA-certified professional tennis instructors, 12 Rubico clay tennis courts, private and group lessons, clinics and player-matching servicers. For some post-set relaxation, you’ll enjoy the 52 private acres the full-service resort has to offer that’s bordered by the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and a nature preserve. Without ever getting in the car, TOPS’L lets you relax at the beach, play tennis and racquetball, hike, kayak or paddle board, all while experiencing the resort’s natural beauty.
Die-hard Hikers – Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee are a die-hard hiker’s dream. In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are eight hundred miles of hiking trails, from a half-mile to 70 miles long – all within an ethereal haze, or “smoke,” that gives the park its name. It preserves the world's best examples of deciduous forest and a matchless variety of plants and animals. You can enjoy it on your own or partake in tours that can include backpacking trips, inn-based tours, and day hikes. Tom Branch Falls, Indian Creek Falls, Cataloochee Valley, Chimney Tops, and Clingmans Dome are all hikes that won’t disappoint as you immerse yourself in the beauty of raw, untouched nature. Be sure to add this outdoor activity to your list of things to do this summer.