Best of Orlando 2017 - Fun & Leisure

Our readers voted online for their top picks in dozens of categories, from sweet shops to car dealers, bloggers to wedding venues. We carried our snazzy "Best of Orl" sign to various winning spots for photos, then had a "blast" coloring it for the cover.

Gallery at Avalon Island

Roberto Gonzalez

Best of Food & Drink
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Best of People & Media
Best of Fun & Leisure
Best of Health & Beauty
Best of Kids & Pets

Big Picture

To Pat Greene, art is about challenging people. He considers the exhibitions inside the forest green, Queen Anne-style building housing the Gallery at Avalon Island to be a surprise, not unlike a wrapped gift. "Why would you go to something if it's predictable?" says Greene, the gallery's director. He mines his surprises by researching all mediums of art—a habit he learned from his grandmother, Edee Greene, a journalist and women's rights advocate who lived to age 87 with her thirst for knowledge intact. "It's not just putting up pretty pictures,'' Greene says. In addition to the contemporary exhibits of paintings, sculpture and mixed media, Greene welcomes boundary-pushing music, film and literary readings to maintain a revolving door of new experiences. "I do want people to learn something," he says. "That's what people appreciate."  
—Megan Stokes


1 Gallery at Avalon Island
South Magnolia Avenue, Downtown Orlando

2 CityArts Factory
Downtown Orlando

3 Boom Art by Rogers Studio
Ivanhoe Village
(search Boom-Art)


1 Orlando Science Center
Loch Haven Park

2 Coca-Cola Orlando Eye 
I-Drive 360

3 Gatorland
South Orange County


1 Walt Disney World 
Lake Buena Vista

2 Grande Lakes Orlando
Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott

3 Universal Orlando Resort


1 Dubsdread Golf Course
College Park

2 Shingle Creek Golf Club
Universal Boulevard, Orlando

3 Winter Park Golf Course
North of Downtown


1 Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge
Bay Hill

2 The Country Club of Orlando
Country Club Drive, Orlando 

3 Isleworth Golf & Country Club

Orlando Museum of Art (ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART)


1 Orlando Museum of Art
Loch Haven Park

2 Orlando Science Center
Loch Haven Park

3 Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Winter Park


1 Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
Downtown Orlando

2 Courtyard Orlando Downtown
North Magnolia Avenue

3 Rosen Hotels & Resorts


1 Harry P. Leu Gardens

2 Disney’s Wedding Pavilion
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Lake Buena Vista

3 Historic Dubsdread Ballroom
College Park 


1 Graffiti Junktion 
Multiple Orlando-area locations

2 Curtis Earth at Bikes,  Beans and Bordeaux
Audubon Park

3 Doug Ba’as at Hamburger Mary’s
Church Street


1 Walt Disney World (including Disney Springs)
Lake Buena Vista

2 Universal Orlando Resort (including CityWalk)

3 Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Downtown Orlando



1 Enzian

2 Epic Theatres at Lee Vista
South Orlando

3 Cobb Plaza Cinema 
Café 12
Downtown Orlando


1 House of Blues
Disney Springs

2 The Plaza Live
Milk District

3 The Social
North Orange Avenue, Downtown Orlando


1 Runway to Hope Spring Fashion Soiree
Benefits children and families affected by pediatric cancer

2 Headdress Ball
Benefits Hope & Help Center of Central Florida

3 Hats and Heroes Ball
Benefits Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric 
Transplant Center


1 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Park Avenue, Winter Park

2 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Walt Disney World

3 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival
Loch Haven Park

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