Dec. 5, 2023
Let's dive into the world of pickleball, where every state boasts its unique charm for this rapidly growing sport. While personal preferences play a role, some states stand out as exceptional destinations for pickleball enthusiasts. Here's a rundown of the top 5 states to play pickleball:
Honorable Mention: Missouri
Missouri, home to the renowned JustPaddles, is a hidden gem for pickleball lovers. With the best BBQ in the nation, welcoming Midwest hospitality, and two Chicken ‘N Pickle facilities (in Overland Park, KS, and Kansas City), Missouri deserves a spot on your pickleball vacation list.
The Golden State, with its diverse landscape from San Diego to San Francisco, offers thousands of pickleball courts. Whether in coastal towns or bustling cities, California's warm climate and scenic beauty make it a prime destination for outdoor sports. Despite battling the occasional heat in the valley or wind near the coast, the experience of playing in one of the top pickleball states is worth it. Explore tournaments like the WPT San Diego Open or the USA Pickleball Nationals in Palm Springs, CA.
Everything truly is bigger in Texas, including its pickleball fervor. With courts spread across major cities and small towns, Texas's relatively mild winters allow for year-round play. Boasting a population of over 29 million, there's no shortage of partners and fierce competition. Don't miss the unique and fun experience at Chicken ‘N Pickle if you're in the Grapevine, Grand Prairie, or San Antonio areas.
Surprisingly making the list, Utah has emerged as one of the best states for pickleball. Home to top players like Callie Jo Smith, Allyce Jones, and Tyler Loong, Utah's active community enjoys hitting pickleballs amidst the stunning Rocky Mountains and the Wasatch Range. The state's vibrancy extends beyond pickleball, offering a plethora of outdoor activities. Mark your calendars for the World Pickleball Tour event in St. George, UT in 2024.
Arizona, a true hotbed for pickleball, has been a frontrunner since embracing the sport in the early 2010s. Boasting the first-ever USA Pickleball Nationals in 2009, the state continues to see a surge in court constructions. Retirement communities have played a crucial role in Arizona's pickleball rise. If you're playing in Arizona, schedule matches before 9 AM or after 7 PM to escape the heat!
Unsurprisingly, Florida takes the crown as the ultimate pickleball state. Naples, renowned for being one of the most court-dense cities per capita, stands out as a pickleball paradise. The Sunshine State, home to the US Open of Pickleball, offers a perfect blend of outdoor and indoor facilities. Naples, in particular, provides numerous opportunities to play in the Atlantic Ocean after enjoying a cool indoor match. Whether through PPA, APP, WPT, or a quick Google search, finding a competitive game in Florida is a breeze.
So, wherever you are, your state is undoubtedly the best for pickleball – after all, it's the love for the game that matters the most!