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
Best of Home Shopping
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

ART GALLERY

1 Gallery at Avalon Island
South Magnolia Avenue, Downtown Orlando
avalongallery.com

2 CityArts Factory
Downtown Orlando
orlandoslice.com

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

NON-THEME PARK ATTRACTION

1 Orlando Science Center
Loch Haven Park
osc.org

2 Coca-Cola Orlando Eye 
I-Drive 360
officialorlandoeye.com

3 Gatorland
South Orange County
gatorland.com

PLACE FOR A STAYCATION

1 Walt Disney World 
Lake Buena Vista
disneyworld.disney.go.com

2 Grande Lakes Orlando
Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott
grandelakes.com

3 Universal Orlando Resort
Orlando
universalorlandoresort.com

PUBLIC GOLF COURSE

1 Dubsdread Golf Course
College Park
historicaldubsdread.com

2 Shingle Creek Golf Club
Universal Boulevard, Orlando
shinglecreekgolf.com

3 Winter Park Golf Course
North of Downtown
cityofwinterpark.org

PRIVATE GOLF COURSE

1 Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge
Bay Hill
bayhill.com

2 The Country Club of Orlando
Country Club Drive, Orlando
countrycluboforlando.com 

3 Isleworth Golf & Country Club
Windermere
isleworth.com/golf


Orlando Museum of Art (ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART)

MUSEUM

1 Orlando Museum of Art
Loch Haven Park
omart.org

2 Orlando Science Center
Loch Haven Park
osc.org

3 Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Winter Park
morsemuseum.org

BUSINESS HOTEL

1 Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
Downtown Orlando
grandbohemianhotel.com

2 Courtyard Orlando Downtown
North Magnolia Avenue
marriott.com

3 Rosen Hotels & Resorts
Orlando
Rosenhotels.com

PLACE TO GET MARRIED

1 Harry P. Leu Gardens
Orlando 
leugardens.org

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

3 Historic Dubsdread Ballroom
College Park
dubsdreadcatering.com 

TRIVIA NIGHT

1 Graffiti Junktion 
Multiple Orlando-area locations
graffitijunktion.com

2 Curtis Earth at Bikes,  Beans and Bordeaux
Audubon Park
bikesbeansandbordeaux.com

3 Doug Ba’as at Hamburger Mary’s
Church Street
hamburgermarys.com

ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE

1 Walt Disney World (including Disney Springs)
Lake Buena Vista
disneyworld.disney.go.com

2 Universal Orlando Resort (including CityWalk)
Orlando
universalorlandoresort.com

3 Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Downtown Orlando
drphillipscenter.org


Enzian (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)

MOVIE THEATER

1 Enzian
Maitland
enzian.org

2 Epic Theatres at Lee Vista
South Orlando
epictheatres.com

3 Cobb Plaza Cinema 
Café 12
Downtown Orlando
cobbtheatres.com

LIVE MUSIC VENUE

1 House of Blues
Disney Springs
houseofblues.com/orlando

2 The Plaza Live
Milk District
plazaliveorlando.com

3 The Social
North Orange Avenue, Downtown Orlando
thesocial.org

CHARITY GALA

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

2 Headdress Ball
Benefits Hope & Help Center of Central Florida
hopeandhelp.org

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

FESTIVAL

1 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Park Avenue, Winter Park
wpsaf.org

2 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Walt Disney World
disneyworld.disney.go.com

3 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival
Loch Haven Park
orlandofringe.org

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