Best Of 2019

Best Replacement for Kaká
Photo by Orlando City Soccer


In 2015, the biggest name on the Orlando City Soccer Club squad was Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, better known to soccer aficionados worldwide as Kaká. Widely accepted as one of the best players of his generation, the Real Madrid and A.C. Milan player made his way to the City Beautiful to grace us with his beautiful game. But last year, the Brazilian maestro retired, leaving a fame vacuum on the field. We needed a new "designated player," as MLS calls their stars (who earn far more than the league's salary cap). Enter Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha, better known to soccer aficionados as Nani. (Sensing a trend here?) Our No. 17, formerly of Manchester United, has made his mark as a playmaker and goal scorer, drawing crowds to see his fancy footwork and on-field theatrics week after week.

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,