Best Of 2022

Best Theme Park Ride
photo by Seth Kubersky

1st: Jurassic World VelociCoaster,
Other roller coasters may be taller, faster or longer than VelociCoaster, but we can't think of another ride that packs in so many exhilarating elements back-to-back-to-back. Unlike the Incredible Hulk, which now relinquishes its crown as Universal's most intense coaster, VelociCoaster starts strong and then builds, delivering increasing intensity for the first linear induction launch right through the barrel roll over water that serves as a heart-stopping finale. The first half of the ride is full of surprising turns and head-chopping rockwork; the second half will peel your face off while making you forget which way is up, and — if you're anything like us — every second will have you scream-laughing through tears.

2nd: Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure,

3rd: Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind,

Best of Orlando® 2022: Attractions and Recreation

Best of Orlando® 2022: Attractions and Recreation

Local Legend: Savannah Boan

Do you dare venture into the swamp lair of Savannah Boan and her reptilian companions? Well of course you do, it's Gatorland! Boan is dedicated to educating the public about alligators, and she's not afraid to get up close and personal with a gator, croc or snake.

1st: Player 1 Video Game Bar,

2nd: Arcade Monsters,

3rd: Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Orlando,

Best Attraction That's Not a Theme Park
Photo by Matt Keller Lehman

1st: Gatorland,
If you want to visit a local tourist attraction that exists on a human scale and truly reflects the unique characteristics of the Central Florida that it calls home, all signs point to Gatorland. Enter the gator maw out front and you'll find yourself in a home to all manner of exotic gators — including rare leucistic albino gators — and sundry other critters. This is a place where you're guaranteed to learn a little something in between the fun of the zip lines and close encounters. And you can't beat the iconic Gator Jumparoo Show.

2nd: Orlando Science Center,

3rd: Cypress Cove Nudist Resort,

1st: The Axe Hole,

2nd: The Axe Trap,

3rd: Epic Axe Throwing,

Best Beach
photo by Jesse Kunerth/Adobe Stock

1st: New Smyrna Beach,

2nd: Siesta Key,

3rd: Clearwater,

1st: Splitsville Luxury Lanes,

2nd: Aloma Bowl,

3rd: Boardwalk Bowl,

Best Canoeing or Kayaking

1st: Wekiwa Springs,

2nd: Wekiva Island,

3rd: Kings Landing,

1st: Lake Eola Park,
Lake Eola Park, located at the center of our urban core, is the heart of the City Beautiful and wins Orlando's Best City Park in this poll pretty much every year. Here farmers markets, aggressive swans and political demonstrations meet. From communal moments of joy like the annual Christmas tree lighting to moments of community mourning such as the days following the Pulse tragedy, Lake Eola is a reliable constant in our ever-changing lives.

2nd: Central Park, Winter Park,

3rd: Kraft Azalea Garden,

1st: Dubsdread,

2nd: Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge,

3rd: Winter Park Golf Course,

Best I-Drive Attraction
courtesy photo

1st: Icon Park and the Orlando Eye,

2nd: Fun Spot Theme Park,

3rd: WonderWorks,