Best Of 2017

Best Place to Make You Feel Like an 
International Tennis Star

Four Seasons Orlando

10100 Dream Tree Blvd.


Sure, the USTA opened its gleaming new national campus in Lake Nona, but racqueteers wanting to treat themselves ought to head to the Four Seasons for a lesson with accomplished pro Alain Labrecque. He's taught everywhere from Canada to Malaysia to Switzerland, and he'll get you that much closer to channeling your inner Federer, Rafa or Serena. The resort's Har-Tru clay courts go easy on your joints, but a follow-up 80-minute massage will have them feeling as limber as a teenage gymnast's. Players are spoiled with heated memory-foam massage tables, inhalation bowls for relaxation, and cupping therapy to take care of that tennis elbow. More post-tennis pampering can be had in the serene solarium, or in the "Experience Shower" – a multisensory, light-and-sound ablutionary escape. Game, set and match. (We hate to repeat ourselves, but the Four Seasons really is spectacular, if you can afford it.)

Sports and Recreation

Sports and Recreation
Best Sportsball Booze

Double Mason jar cocktails at Orlando City Stadium

655 W. Church St.

You're no longer confined to imbibing Bud Light or Heineken when taking in a game. At Orlando City Stadium, your drinking dollars are best spent on a plastic Mason jar filled with one of two signature soccer cocktails. If you're sitting in the Supporters Section, security will make you dump it into a plastic cup and ditch the jar once you enter the stands, so best to slurp one down at halftime at your leisure.

Best New Building in Orlando

Universal's Volcano Bay Universal Studios 407-363-8000

Chunky glass and steel towers rising oh-so-architecturally from the street? Bo-ring! Craggy Polynesian volcano bulging with yellow and green tubes, gushing with water and festooned with tiki heads?? Now that's more like it. There's another skyline besides Orlando's rather yawny downtown, and it's our theme-park skyline. The 20-story tall Volcano Bay, art-directed with authentic scenic painting, is uniquely Orlando and fun: Wave pools and water coasters replace parking garages and cubicle farms.

Best Adult Sports League

1. Orlando Roller Derby,

2. Orlando Sport and Social Club, 407-896-9510,

3. Central Florida Soccer League, 407-869-1070,

Best Attraction That's Not a Theme Park

1. Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St., 407-514-2000,

2. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., 407-246-2620,

3. Gatorland, 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-855-5496,

Best Bar Game That's Not Pool or Darts

1. Cards Against Humanity,

2. Cornhole

3. Skee Ball

Best Beach

1. New Smyrna Beach,

2. Clearwater Beach,

3. Siesta Key,

Best Bowling Alley

1. Colonial Lanes, 400 Primrose Drive, 407-894-0361,

2. Splitsville, 1494 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 407-938-7467,

3. Kings Bowl, 8255 International Drive, 407-363-0200,

Best Canoeing/Kayaking

1. Wekiwa Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, 407-884-2009,

2. Wekiva island, 1014 Miami Springs Drive, Longwood, 407-862-1500,

3. Blue Springs, 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City, 386-775-3663,

Best City Park

1. Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St., 407-246-4484,

2. Cranes Roost, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs, 407-571-8180,

3. Mead Botanical Garden, 1500 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park, 407-599-2800,