Recreational Activities

Sports Signups & League Play


Tavares Babe Ruth League

The City of Tavares offers youth baseball and softball for children ages 4-15 in both the spring and fall seasons.  League play is held at both our Woodlea Sports Complex and Fred Stover Sports Complex; additional games are also held in neighboring communities. 


Fees for participation are $85 per child and birth certificates are required.

Registration for the 2019 spring season will begin on January 7, 2019 in the Tavares Recreation Department offices located at 123 N. St. Clair Abrams Avenue.  You may also register on Saturday, January 26th from 9:00am - 12:00pm at Tavares City Hall located at 201 E. Main Street.

Games will start with our Babe Ruth League Opening Day Ceremony at Fred Stover Sports Complex on Saturday, March 2, 2019.  The season will conclude with a Spring Fling Family Fun Day for all the kids and parents on Saturday, May 18th at Fred Stover Sports Complex.

For more information on league schedules and registration dates, please click on the attached PARENT INFORMATION PACKET.  You may also call the Tavares Recreation Department at (352) 742-6181, or visit the Tavares Babe Ruth League website.

Tavares Adult Co-Ed Kickball League

Are you looking for something as adults you can do that is fun, active, and where you can make new friends?

The Tavares Adult Co-Ed Kickball League is a wonderful opportunity to get out of the house, exercise and enjoy a game we all used to play as kids.  Each team has between 9-20 players and games are played on Wednesday evenings at Woodlea Sports Complex.   

For more information or to register, please call the Tavares Recreation Department at (352) 742-6181.

Tavares Junior Tennis League

The City of Tavares has partnered with DTennis to offer a junior tennis program for children ages 5-12.  Classes are held on Mondays at the Aesop's Park Tennis Courts.  Spring and Summer sessions are coming soon.

For more information or to register, please contact the City of Tavares Recreation Department at (352) 742-6181 or DTennis at (352) 340-3015.


Tavares Father Daughter Dance

The City of Tavares is hosting their annual Father Daughter Dance at the Tavares Pavilion on the Lake Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm.  An enchanting evening for any dad and daughter, this year's event is themed: "Boots & Bows".  It will feature music, dancing, picture cut-outs and plenty of good timing fun.  Also included are photo opportunities, raffle prizes, light refreshments and plenty more.  Please see the attached flyer for details. 

Advanced tickets are required and available through the Tavares Recreation Department located at 123 N. St. Clair Abrams Avenue or by visiting the Tavares City Hall Utility Billing window. 

  • Early-Bird ticket sales through February 1st are only $10 per person
  • Tickets after February 1st are $15 per person  
For more information, please contact the Tavares Recreation offices at (352) 742-6370.

Tavares Summer Camp Program

Attention families! The City of Tavares summer camp, Camp Ascend will begin registering campers on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the Tavares Recreation Department located at 123 N. St. Clair Abrams Avenue in downtown Tavares.  Camp Ascend, where conquering new heights helps to create memories that will last a lifetime, is a summer day camp consisting of three separate sessions.

SESSION #1:  Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 21
SESSION #2:  Monday, June 24 through July 12
SESSION #3:  Monday, July 15 through August 2

At Camp Ascend, we put our focus into developing teamwork and leadership skills while inspiring your child's inner creativity!  Each session will last 3 weeks during the summer and will be open to children ages 5 to 10 years old who have completed kindergarten. 

Hurry....Space is limited to the first 50 campers per session.  For more information, please contact the
City of Tavares Recreation Department at (352) 742-6370.

Mother Son Night Out
WELCOME TO THE TAVARES WIZARDING WORLD....The City of Tavares is hosting their annual Mother Son Night Out at the Tavares Civic Center on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm.  An exciting evening for moms to have fun with their sons, this year's event is themed after the famous books of Harry Potter with special items, entertainment and magical features.  There will be games, prizes, light refreshments, special adventures and much more. 

Tickets will be $10 per person and go on sale beginning in April.  Please purchase your tickets in advance at the Tavares Recreation Department located at 123 N. St. Clair Abrams Avenue.

For more information, please contact the City of Tavares Recreation Department at (352) 742-6370. 

Tavares Senior Shakedown

Please join the City of Tavares and our senior citizen community as we offer a fun, entertaining and energetic afternoon of dancing, karaoke, games and more!  Held on the first Monday of each month starting in November, this event is free to attend and sure to bring a smile to your face.

  • Monday, November 5
  • Monday, December 3
  • Monday, January 7
  • Monday, February 4
  • Monday, March 4
  • Monday, April 1
  • Monday, May 6

Try your hand with the karaoke machine, show off your favorite dance moves, or just congregate with your friends.  Held at the Tavares Civic Center (located behind the Tavares Public Library) from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.  For additional information, please call (352) 742-6370.

Community Recreational Opportunities

The Big House Sports Complex

Located at 1544 Lane Park Cutoff Road in Tavares, the Big House offers a variety of competitive and recreational sports opportunities.  From senior citizen days and adult nights, to before/after school care for your kids, there is something for everyone at the Big House.

The Big House features 9 maple wood basketball courts that convert into 16 volleyball courts for a variety of play.  They offer youth and adult leagues, clinics, camps and open play for all ranges of skill level.

To find out more information, or to register for one of their programs, please visit them at or call (352) 562-7878.

Tavares Youth Football League

The Tavares Youth Football League is a private, volunteer-based organization offering a football and cheerleading program for children ages 7-14.  They strive to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment. Through this active participation, Tavares Youth Football (TYFL) programs teach fundamental values, skills and knowledge that young people will use throughout their lives.

TYFL seeks to provide fun athletic learning opportunities for children, while emphasizing the importance of academic success.  Specifically, TYFL seeks to familiarize players and spirit participants with the fundamentals of football. TYFL strives to inspire youth, regardless of race, creed or national origin, to practice the ideals of sportsmanship, scholarship and physical fitness.

To learn more about the Tavares Youth Football League, please visit their website at or call Kendall Vansant at (352) 638-7574.

Golden Triangle YMCA

The Golden Triangle YMCA is a local branch of the Central Florida YMCA.  Located at 1465 David Walker Road in Tavares, their purpose is to improve lives of all in Central Florida by connecting individual, families and communities with opportunities based on Christian values that strengthen Spirit, Mind and Body. 

Offering both youth and adult sports programs, group exercise classes, swimming facilities and open gym, the YMCA is the starting point for many youth to learn values like respect, honesty, caring, responsibility and faith, which make our leaders of tomorrow great.  At the Y, sports and recreational activities have a way of encouraging us to take on challenges. Friendly competition, lots of variety and a supportive environment means team sports and recreation is fun, and it makes for a healthier lifestyle.

To learn more about joining the YMCA or to register for one of their programs, visit their website at or call (352) 343-1144.

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