There is no charge at most municipal courts throughout the area. The U.S. Tennis Association has named the McMullen Tennis Complex one of the top five facilities in the country.
The Long Center boasts the only indoor 50 meter aquatic facility on Florida's west coast, and is recognized as an official Olympic training facility.
The Clearwater Beach Library & Recreation Complex offers a fitness center, three lighted tennis courts, lighted basketball courts, a seasonal swimming pool, a boat launch and a beautifully landscaped waterfront park perfect for reading, fishing and picnics.
Five professional sports teams call the Clearwater area home. Football's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, baseball's Tampa Bay Rays, hockey's Tampa Bay Lightning, soccer's Tampa Bay Rowdies and arena football's Tampa Bay Storm provide exciting action all year.
Clearwater has hosted the Philadelphia Phillies' Spring Training since 1947. The Toronto Blue Jays spend their spring in Dunedin and the New York Yankees train in Tampa. The Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League play from April through August. Collegiate athletics also abound in the area. One of the most popular games is the Outback Bowl on New Year's weekend, the culmination of a weeklong series of fun events, including Clearwater Beach Day, appealing to all ages.
The Bright House Clearwater Super Boat National Championship Festival and the TriRock Clearwater Triathlon, road races, bicycle races, triathlon events, swimming, canoe/kayak races, power boat races and marathons are held throughout the year. International yacht racing is also common here and the Clearwater Community Sailing Center on Sand Key is the site of many water-based events.
Try out the FlowRider at Surf Style. It is a surfing simulator that beginners can enjoy on skimboards on up to the more advanced kickflips.
Pro and amateur beach volleyball are drawn to Clearwater's sand. It was one of only two United States sites for the FIVB World Beach Championships, the series that determined who played in the Summer Olympics.
Designated as one of three United States Road to Rio sites for the 2016 Olympics, Clearwater hosted the Youth World RS:X Windsurfing Championships in 2014 and more sailing classes will be here in 2015.
You wanna bet?
At Derby Lane in St. Petersburg, greyhounds race all year long and also there is live poker. Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa provides various games of chance. Tampa Bay Downs hosts some of the finest horses in the country during its season.