Best Of 2023

Best Community Pulse: Audubon Park
photo by Michael Lothrop

There are lots of great neighborhoods in Orlando, but none are quite as socially vibrant as the Audubon Park Garden District. Sure, hoods like downtown, Mills 50, Thornton Park and the Milk District are social hot spots. Audubon Park, however, has much more of a for-us-by-us ethos. While it proudly maintains its small scale, its outsized events calendar — which includes a fantastic array of regular and annual markets and festivals — reveals a neighborhood that's remarkably active. But there's something different in the air at their gatherings than at other such events elsewhere; people really seem to know each other and share a deeply communal ethos. (

Best of Orlando 2023: City Life

Best of Orlando 2023: City Life
Best Apartment Building or Community
Photo courtesy The Yard at Ivanhoe

1st: The Yard,

2nd: Village at Baldwin Park,

3rd: 55 West,

Best Boutique Hotel

1st: The Alfond Inn,

2nd: Grand Bohemian Hotel,

3rd: The Wellborn,

1st: Cornerstone Charter Academy,

2nd: Lake Eola Charter School,

3rd: UCP of Central Florida,

1st: JCC of Maitland,

2nd: Primrose School of Lake Nona,

3rd: Conway Learning Center,

Best Event Venue
photo courtesy Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

1st: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts,

2nd: Will's Pub,

3rd: The Plaza Live,

1st: Mills 50,

2nd: Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour,

3rd: Historic Downtown Sanford,

Best Local College or Trade School
Photo courtesy of University of Central Florida/Facebook

1st: University of Central Florida,

2nd: Rollins College,

3rd: Valencia College,

Best Local Festival Overall
Photo by Brian Harris/courtesy of Orlando Fringe

1st: Orlando Fringe Festival,

2nd: Come Out With Pride,

3rd: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando Paws in the Park,

Best Local Mural
Photo by Matt Keller Lehamn

1st: LGBT Center Pulse Mural,

2nd: Milk District, electrical boxes

3rd: Sam Flax,