Game On

Check out 21 sporting events boaters can get to, see or attend on their vessel.

Region: Florida

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Everbank Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

Everbank Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla. This NFL stadium is just north of the St. Johns River.

Parking: Dock at Metropolitan Park & Marina, which has nearly 80 slips for boats up to 80 feet in length, and walk to EverBank Field.

Everbank Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

Everbank Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

Tip: Prime times to visit this sports venue include January’s annual Gator Bowl (now called the TaxSlayer Bowl), which is the sixth-oldest college bowl, and the autumn Florida-Georgia game, which showcases one of college ball’s great longstanding rivalries.

Bacardi Columbus Day Regatta

Where: Biscayne Bay, Miami

Parking: The spectator fleet gathers in a protected anchorage at the north end of Elliott Key.

Tip: The internationally recognized regatta is the oldest event on Biscayne Bay, and for six decades it has drawn the nation’s top sailors for an October weekend of racing in several classes. But it’s not the race itself that’s the draw — the real headline is the massive raft-up of thousands of spectator boats, and the resulting party. Although the raft-up can get rowdy, attentive law enforcement has made the on-water fun more family friendly in recent years.

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Key West World Championships

Where: Truman Waterfront Park, Key West, Fla. This is ground zero for the thrilling culmination of Super Boat International’s offshore powerboat racing season.

Parking: Spectators always get unmatched, up-close viewing at this November event. Take your own boat or book a private charter to catch the action along the 6.2-mile course; races start off the Truman Waterfront.

Tip: When there are no races scheduled, visitors are welcome to interact with the powerboat drivers and their crews in the Truman Waterfront race village.

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