clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Three Cities You Should Visit with Orlando City in 2016

New, 1 comment

Orlando City will head to several awesome cities in 2016, and there's no reason you shouldn't be able to tag along. While we can't get you a seat on the team plane, here's a quick guide to three cities you should definitely visit with the Lions this season.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Did somebody say road trip?

Watching Orlando City play at home is always a blast, but it's definitely worth checking out some of the other cities across Major League Soccer. Whether you're into skyscrapers or star spotting, beaches or bistro, the Lions' 2016 schedule has something for everyone.

So if you've got a free weekend, why not follow Orlando on the road to some of these awesome destinations across the United States of Soccer?

Boston, Mass.

Orlando City at New England Revolution (Saturday, April 30 @ 7:30 p.m. ET)

What to do: While many people judge Boston because of their special breed of sports fans ("I don't like you Jeter, but I respect you"), this is actually a really nice city for a weekend away. You've got an underrated shopping scene, great seafood and the whole place is a history buff's dream.

Walking the Freedom Trail through downtown is a great way to get a sense of the city. Though your kids will probably prefer one of these babies...

Duck boats. And you're damn right the driver makes you quack.

Supporter culture: The New England Revolution have the misfortune of playing in a football stadium located a healthy drive from downtown Boston, so Gillette Stadium doesn't quite have the atmosphere of places like Portland or Kansas City.

But any tailgating scene that includes clam bakes is worth checking out.

Their fan numbers may still be growing, but the product on the field is ready to compete. The Revs should give Orlando all they can handle come April.

Los Angeles, Calif.

Orlando City @ LA Galaxy (Sunday, Sept. 11 @ 7 p.m. ET)

What to do: If you're planning on flying to Tinseltown for Orlando's tilt against the Galaxy, you're going to have trouble cramming everything you'll want to do into just one weekend. Let's assume you can skip the beach (I mean come on, you're from Florida) and want to do something truly California.

One word: Disneyland.

Just kidding. Check out the Getty Center just outside LA, which provides some incredible views of the city and is one of the most stunning architectural designs on the West Coast. Plus, the art inside the museum is pretty impressive itself. Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Turner all hang on the walls at the Getty.

Supporter Culture: It's easy to support the league's most successful team, especially when they've got guys like Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos in the starting XI.

But give LA some credit. The StubHub Center is one of the nicest places in America to watch a soccer game and Galaxy fans keep the stadium rocking. Los Angeles is great if you're interested in getting into some pickup matches, but head out to the stadium for an impressive tailgating scene.

Chicago, Ill.

Orlando City at Chicago Fire (Sunday, Aug. 14 @ 3:30 p.m. ET)

What to do: Yeah, I'm biased.

But Chicago in the summer is a place you really want to be. Not now though. Now is awful.

When the Lions head to the Windy City in August, be sure to tag along. You'll get to enjoy some of the best lakefront views in the country, while hitting up restaurants that are without equal. I recommend Bandera or Publican for the food, plus Giordano's for the food coma.

The best museum in the city might be the Museum of Science and Industry in Hyde Park. Most people don't give the South Side a chance, but this place has a working coal mine and real German U-Boat. Seriously, they've got a Nazi sub.

Supporter culture: This is where the Fire has some work to do.

Toyota Park is basically in Indiana, so give yourself time to get from the city to the pitch. Once you're there, it's actually a really nice place to watch a soccer match, with a rabid and really knowledgeable fan base.

Plus, the Lions always seem to play some crazy games in Chicago.