Tampa Named One Of The Best Recreation Cities In America
This summer WalletHub went on a mission to identify the best recreation cities in America, and Tampa ranked towards the top of results.
To compile this list, WalletHub dove deep into 100 of the largest cities in the country. Then, four different categories were measured. They were the weather, quality of parks, overall costs, entertainment, and recreational facilities. Within those respective areas, 48 different metrics were evaluated and scored. The final list was then compiled and arranged by top scores.
“The best cities have a wide range of leisure activities, both indoor and outdoor,” WalletHub explained. Tampa thrived in both of these areas, and how accessible the activities are to residents and visitors.
Tampa Ranked As The 3rd Best City For Recreation
Only Las Vegas and fellow Florida city Orlando ranked above Tampa for their recreational greatness. Tampa finished this evaluation with a 56.97 score. The quality of the city’s parks was the area where the city shined the brightest.
If unwinding in local coffee shops is your thing, you will be pleased to know that Tampa is ranked as the fifth-best city in the country for that.
Some of our outdoor activities that added to our standing included biking and tennis courts. Furthermore, pickleball has become incredibly popular in the area. There is even a community organization specific to this sport.
As for indoor recreation, WalletHub highlighted activities such as bowling alleys, movie theatres, and pool halls. Sweet treats were equally as important. The number of ice cream and frozen yogurt shops per capita was also measured.
While it is obvious the south Florida weather played to the advantage of Tampa, that did not guarantee the city would score so highly in the indoor recreation space. The live music halls, sports venues, and sports-fan friendliness also contributed to Tampa’s top ranking here.