Best Of 2019

Best Advertisement for a 
Resort Chain We've Never Heard Of
Photo by Mark Thor

Exploria Stadium

655 W. Church St.,

Orlando City Soccer Club's stadium – formerly known as Orlando City Stadium – has provided a home for both men's and women's soccer teams and helped revitalize the West Church Street neighborhood where it's located. But on June 4, we were all surprised to learn that the naming rights had been sold to Exploria Resorts, which immediately had us asking: "Who?" The vacation club and timeshare company operates properties in four different states, including five properties in Florida, and apparently their status as a homegrown Central Florida company was a big factor in awarding them the naming rights. Exploria CEO and president Thomas Morris was aware of his company's dark horse status, stating in the official press release, "Exploria is not a household name and our goal all along was to provide some grand credibility."

Sports & Recreation: Best of Orlando 2019: Orlando's best teams, players, springs, theme parks and more

Sports & Recreation: Best of Orlando 2019

Photo illustration by Adam McCabe

Sports & Recreation

Best Adult Sports League

1. Orlando Roller Derby,

2. Orlando Sport and Social Club,

3. Mayhem on Mills

Best Attraction That's
Not a Theme Park

1. Orlando Science Center,

2. Gatorland,

3. Leu Gardens,

Best Beach

1. New Smyrna Beach,

2. Clearwater Beach,

3. Siesta Key,

Best Bowling Alley

1. Splitsville,

2. Aloma Bowl Winter Park,

3. Boardwalk Bowl Union Park,

Best Canoeing/Kayaking

1. Wekiwa Springs,

2. Wekiva Island,

3. Kings Landing,

Best City Park

1. Lake Eola Park,

2. Mead Botanical Garden,

3. Kraft Azalea Garden,

Best Dog Park

1. Lake Baldwin Park,

2. Paw Park Sanford,

3. Barber Park,

Best Escape Room

1. Escapology,

2. The Escape Game Orlando,

3. The Escape Effect,

Best Go-Kart Center

1. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games,

2. Fun Spot,

3. Lil 500 Go-Kart Track,