Best Of 2019

Best Worst Kept Secret in Theme Parks

Epic Universe

When Universal announced on Aug. 1 that it's building a third theme park a few miles away from its existing property, the only thing we really learned about the park was its weirdly redundant name: Universal's Epic Universe. That's because theme park insiders and permit-watchers had already scraped up plenty of rumors about the park, such as possible intellectual properties to be used – a Nintendo-themed area seems all but confirmed – as well as the location of the site – hard to hide the fact that they'd already started clearing land on the 750-acre site. Concept art has continued to fuel the rumor mill, along with the suggestion that Epic Universe will use a mixture of ticketed areas and open-to-the-public retail space.

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,