In town to take in a hockey game? See where the Florida Panthers like to spend their time.
Whether the team is in town or not, there’s always something to see at BB&T Center. Home to the NHL’s Florida Panthers, this 20,000-plus seat arena offers visitors an opportunity to escape the heat outside and cozy up to the coolest game on earth during any of the club’s 41 home games throughout the season. But even when the primary tenants take their show on the road, the party’s still bumping at Broward County’s preeminent venue, with some of the top acts in entertainment performing in front of sell-out crowds.
LAS OLAS BOULEVARD
Want to spend your downtime like some of the Florida Panthers biggest stars? When they’re not scoring goals and making saves, players can usually be found spending their time traversing the charming palm-tree-lined streets of Las Olas Boulevard. Located deep in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, this scenic stretch of trendy boutiques and hip restaurants is the perfect place to shop ‘til you drop or waste away the day sipping on cocktails. And, if you’re lucky, you might catch the players enjoying some of their favorite hot spots, such O-B House or Caffe Europa.
FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH
When they’re looking for more sunshine than shopping, the Florida Panthers head down to the breathtaking beachfront that runs alongside historic Ocean Drive: Fort Lauderdale Beach. From volleyball nets to jet ski rentals, there’s no shortage of fun ways to spend the day in an area that has become a popular hangout for both the home team and those just visiting. With crystal clear waters complimenting the ocean breeze, players can either stay active or relax with a good book — or playbook — while unwinding with the sand from one of the Atlantic’s most beautiful coastlines between their toes.
ANGLIN’S FISHING PIER
The moment they put the hockey stick down, current and former Florida Panthers like Nick Bjugstad, Jamie McGinn and Willie Mitchell love to pick up a fishing rod. And although these players often prefer to cruise through the intracoastal’s canals in search of snook and snapper, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea’s famous Anglin’s Fishing Pier offers tourists a very similar experience for those who want to cast their lines without the worry of chartering a boat. With a bait house on site, visitors have everything they need to enjoy a one-of-a-kind tropical fishing experience.
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Fort Lauderdale for an afternoon, hop in the car and head 20 minutes west to the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs. The official practice facility of the Florida Panthers, this state-of-the-art facility features three sheets of ice for both professionals and first-timers alike! Skate rentals are available for those wishing to take a few laps around the rink, while both figure skating and hockey lessons are offered for patrons looking to get a bit more serious. There’s also no better place to watch a professional hockey team hone their skills up close, with a chance to score autographs and photos after practices.