Best Of 2017

Best Sideshow

Wrestlemania 33

April 2, 2017, in Orlando

While WWE's main event over at Camping World Stadium drew a huge crowd to see the Undertaker's final match – along with several hours of high-flying drama beforehand – the circus-like atmosphere of Wrestlemania extended all over Orlando for a week. Starting with the unveiling of a giant championship belt suspended from the flagpoles at the eastern edge of Lake Eola, wrestling mania took over Orlando with pop-up events at clubs, amateur wrestling nights, special ticketed Q&As with wrestling legends, podcast recordings – you name it. We're just thankful that the folding metal chair manufacturers convention wasn't in town at the same time, or else the city might have been taken to the mat permanently.

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,