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BEST OF ORLANDO 2007 - SPORTS AND RECREATION 


Best airborne cult

The Quest Air crew
6548 Groveland Airport Road, Groveland
352-429-0213
www.questairforce.com

Situated in a remote corner of south Lake County, Quest Air specializes in hang-gliding adventures for both addicts and novices. The compound resembles a summer camp more than a “proper” airport, with a lake, swimming pool, game room and a collection of trailers housing the various flyboys and flygirls who call it home. This familial atmosphere is contagious for first-timers, who are accompanied on their maiden flights by the resident gliding evangelists who – enviably – seem to have nothing better to do all day than soar through the sky.

Best affordable kids’ activity

Archery at Oviedo Sports Complex
1251 E. Broadway St., Oviedo
407-971-5575

www.cityofoviedo.net

For $30 ($25 for Oviedo residents), you can take your budding Robin Hood to Saturday-morning classes where someone else teaches them how to shoot pointy sticks at targets, a steal for five 90-minute lessons. If you never got to try it as a kid (or if you suck with guns) they’ve got a class for big kids, too.

Best new local publication

The Standerd wake quarterly

It’s not necessary to be a water-sports fan to appreciate The Standerd, a new wakeboarding quarterly on thick, glossy pages. Page after page of gorgeous photography is light on text – and advertisements. That’s by design. Central Floridians Joey Meddock and Josh Letchworth are top wake photographers who got tired of seeing their work chopped up and crowded by busy text treatments and screaming ads, so they took matters into their own hands. The Standerd is supported by subscriptions, allowing it the freedom to pursue quality without compromise. (Available at Performance Ski & Surf, 8086 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-859-7544, or by subscription at www.thestanderdquarterly.com.)

Best place to see men on men in public … legally

Gracie Barra Orlando
618 N. Mills Ave., 407-839-5505
www.marciosimas.com

Those hip to the martial arts may not recognize the hidden subtleties of the Gracie Barra give-and-take. But those who drive down Mills Avenue near Colonial Drive would have to be blind not to receive its fruits. The windowed storefront comes alive in the evening with man-on-man action, and includes such driving distractions as one hot man on another’s back walking in circles around the room. Sometimes they are even shirtless. A lawn-chair rental business out front would work.

Best dip after dark

Twilight Discovery
6000 Discovery Cove Way, 877-434-7268
www.discoverycove.com

When night falls, but the temperature doesn’t, what could be better than a moonlight swim in the backyard pool? How about a few laps with a porpoise? This summer, SeaWorld takes their already-intimate Discovery Cove and makes it ultra-exclusive with dolphin encounters under the stars. It ain’t cheap, but the memories are guaranteed to last at least as long as the credit card charges.

Best place to rent an island

Canaveral National Seashore
386-428-3384
www.nps.gov/cana/

In the age of the Internets, rarely can a truly unique outdoor getaway go overlooked by the masses. But there is one such experience, so amazingly different in its simplicity, and yet so tantalizingly close to a billionaire-style retreat: a weekend on your very own island, right here in Central Florida. Such a fantasy can be realized at the Canaveral National Seashore, where a call will reserve a campsite on your own paradise – at least for a night – accessible only by boat. That means no toilets, no stress and no neighbors ... for only $10 a night.

Best bastard move

Grant Hill

Grant Hill is a douchebag. That nice-guy act served him well when he was sitting at the end of the bench in a fancy suit, nursing a career-ending injury and soaking up millions of Magic dollars. And we gave him the benefit of the doubt, waiting patiently for him to heal, even as the team lost. We even bought his wife’s crap CD. But now that Grant Hill is 100 percent, he’s shopping his services around the league to the highest bidder. We really know how to pick ’em.

Best blood lust

Mixed martial arts

You might think quiet little O-town couldn’t produce a lot of badasses. Think again, pussy. The explosion of mixed martial arts (MMA) in Central Florida has stunned fight fans. We now have two full-time fight promotions in town – Combat Fighting Championships and World Extreme Fighting – a handful of hard-core training facilities and a flood of top-notch pros to teach ’em all the business. Remember that the next time you start shit with some guy for cutting you off in the Publix parking lot.

Best new expression

To “pull a Donovan”

University of Florida basketball coach Billy “Big Tease” Donovan surprised everyone – including himself – by announcing that he had signed a whopper of a deal to be the Magic’s new head coach. Parades were planned, babies were being made. But Donovan had another, even bigger surprise in store for us: Just a day later, he begged Magic brass to release him from his contract, claiming bad decision-making. Chalk one up for the Gator mafia.

Best new team

Orlando Sharks
www.orlandosharks.com

Not much is known about the Major Indoor Soccer League’s newest expansion team, except that they will be called the Sharks and that they kick off the season Oct. 26 at Amway Arena. It’s hard to get excited about soccer – indoor soccer at that – but the fledgling team boasts lots of local talent and the coolest name in town. Even though we are pretty much landlocked.


Best long goodbye

Brian Hill

You can say this about Brian Hill – if the NBA ever shortens its season to 20 games, he’s got the formula down. The Magic started off 2006-2007 in surprisingly strong fashion, making quick work of just about every team in the league. But just as people started talking championship, the Magic entered into a horrific 60-game skid. Hill sealed his own fate with a season-long series of perplexing coaching mistakes and bad substitution patterns. Please, can we make this goodbye stick?

SPORTS AND RECREATION - READERS' PICKS

Best place to shoot pool
1st:
Sportstown Billiards
2414 E. Robinson St., (407) 894-6258
www.sportstownbilliards.com

2nd:
Trick Shots
740 Florida Central Parkway, Longwood
(407) 331-5393
trickshotsbilliards.com

3rd:
Clicks Billiards
1455 N. Semoran Blvd., Casselberry
(407) 678-9366
www.clicks.com/orln/orlandon.htm

Best place to bowl
1st:
Aloma Bowl
2530 Aloma Ave., Winter Park
(407) 671-8675
www.alomabowlingcenters.com

2nd:
Colonial Lanes
400 N. Primrose Drive, (407) 894-0361
www.coloniallanes.net

3rd:
Boardwalk Bowl
10749 E. Colonial Drive, (407) 384-0003
www.alomabowlingcenters.com

Best place to work out
1st:
Central Florida YMCA
(multiple locations)
www.centralfloridaymca.org

2nd:
LA Fitness
(multiple locations)
www.lafitness.com

3rd:
Gold's Gym
(multiple locations)
www.goldsgym.com

Best yoga studio
1st:
College Park Yoga
706 W. Smith St., (407) 999-7871
www.collegeparkyoga.com

2nd:
Bikram Yoga Orlando
2415 East South Street, (321) 663-7526
www.bikramorlando.com

3rd:
Full Circle Yoga
972B Orange Ave., Winter Park
(407) 644-3288
www.fullcircleyoga.com

Best public golf course
1st:
Dubsdread Golf Course
549 W. Par St., (407) 246-2551
www.historicaldubsdread.com

2nd:
Stoneybrook West
15501 Towne Commons Blvd., Winter Garden
(407) 877-7129
smartsites.legendarymarketing.com/page/42-1225.htm

3rd:
MetroWest Golf Club
2100 S. Hiawassee Road, (407) 299-1099
www.metrowestgolf.com

Best miniature golf course
1st:
Congo River Adventure Golf
6312 International Drive, (407) 352-0042
www.congoriver.com

2nd:
Pirate's Cove
8501 International Drive, (407) 352-7378
www.piratescove.net

3rd:
Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista
(407) 560-8760
Disneyworld.disney.go.com

Best place to skateboard
1st:
Van’s Skatepark
5220 International Drive, (407) 351-3881
www.vans.com

2nd:
Orlando Skate Park
400 Festival Way, (407) 898-9600
www.orlandoskatepark.org

3rd:
Mesh skate park
881 W. Warren Ave., Longwood
(407) 657-2002
www.meshskatepark.com

Best place to canoe/kayak
1st:
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka
(407) 884-2008
www.floridastateparks.org/
wekiwasprings/default.cfm

2nd:
Blue Spring State Park
2100 West French Ave., Orange City
(386) 775-3663
www.floridastateparks.org/
bluespring/default.cfm

3rd:
Rock Springs Run State Reserve
c/o Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka
(407) 884-2008
www.floridastateparks.org/rockspringsrun/default.cfm

Best public park
1st:
Lake Eola Park
195 N. Rosalind Ave., (407) 246-2827
www.cityoforlando.net

2nd:
Blanchard Park
2451 N. Dean Road, (407) 254-9030
www.orangecountyfl.net/dept/
CEsrvcs/parks/ParkDetails.asp?ParkID=8

3rd:
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka
(407) 884-2008
www.floridastateparks.org/rockspringsrun/default.cfm

Best dog park
1st:
Fleet Peeples Park
2000 S. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park
(407) 599-3399
www.ffpp.org

2nd:
(tie) Downey Dog Park
10107 Flowers Ave., (407) 249-6195
www.orangecountyfl.net/cms/DEPT/
CEsrvcs/parks/dogparks.htm

(tie) Paw Park of Sanford
427 S. French Ave., Sanford
(407) 330-5688
www.pawparksanford.org/

3rd:
Lake Eola Park
195 N. Rosalind Ave., (407) 246-2827
www.cityoforlando.net

Best theme park
1st:
Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort
1000 Universal Studios Plaza, (407) 363-8000
www.universalorlando.com

2nd:
Universal Studios Florida
Universal Orlando Resort
1000 Universal Studios Plaza, (407) 363-8000
www.universalorlando.com

3rd:
Epcot
Walt Disney World Resort
Lake Buena Vista, (407) 824-4321
Disneyworld.disney.go.com

Best theme park ride
1st:
The Incredible Hulk Coaster
Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort
1000 Universal Studios Plaza, (407) 363-8000
www.universalorlando.com

2nd:
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort
1000 Universal Studios Plaza, (407) 363-8000
www.universalorlando.com

3rd:
Dueling Dragons
Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort
1000 Universal Studios Plaza, (407) 363-8000
www.universalorlando.com

Best water park
1st:
Wet 'n Wild
6200 International Drive, (407) 351-1800
www.wetnwild.com

2nd:
(tie) Blizzard Beach
Walt Disney World Resort
1801 W. Buena Vista Drive,
Lake Buena Vista, (407) 560-9283
Disneyworld.disney.go.com

(tie) Typhoon Lagoon
1500 W. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, (407) 560-4141

3rd:
SeaWorld Orlando
7007 Sea Harbor Drive, (407) 351-3600
Disneyworld.disney.go.com

Best bike trail
1st:
West Orange Trail
Chapin Station
501 Crown Point Cross Road
Winter Garden (407) 654-5144
www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/
eastcentral/trails/west_orange.htm

2nd:
Cady Way Trail
Orange County Parks and Recreation Department
4801 W. Colonial Drive, (407) 836-6200
www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/
eastcentral/trails/cadyway.htm

3rd:
Hal Scott Regional Preserve
Entrance off of Dallas Boulevard two miles north of State Road 528
sjr.state.fl.us/programs/outreach/pubs/
recguide/sc03_hal_scott_regional_PP.html

Best whatever:
1st:
Tatame Sake Lounge
223 W. Fairbanks Ave.
Winter Park, (407) 628-2408
www.myspace.com/tatamelounge

2nd:
Dandelion Communitea Café
618 N. Thornton Ave., (407) 362-1864
www.dandelioncommunitea.com

3rd:
Austin's Coffee
929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
(407) 975-3364
www.austinscoffee.com


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