Best of Orlando 2018 - Fun & Leisure

There are treasures to be found all over Central Florida—and here’s your exclusive map to some great finds. Our annual Best of ORL list is based entirely on reader picks in dozens of categories. Plus check out our snapshot profiles of selected winners.


Roberto Gonzalez

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Dubsdread’s Perfect Read

Rodney Reifsnider remembers hearing groans from the golfers behind him when they realized he was playing a round with his mother. “They’d say, ‘Aw, I got a woman in front of me,’ because they thought it would slow them down,” he says. Although the negativity never made her quit, Reifsnider suspects it’s the reason she would golf only with him, despite her natural ability (she averages a score of 100). As general manager of Dubsdread Golf Course, Reifsnider wanted Orlando’s oldest course to reach beyond the stereotypical golfer and find ways to acquaint more women and minorities with the sport. In 2015, Dubsdread began offering Ladies Links, a women’s monthly group lesson that teaches everything from putting to driving a golf cart, erasing intimidation from every aspect of the game. The most recent session was Hawaiian-themed, where about 20 women learned to navigate sand traps and sipped “Sandgrias.” And more than 230 women attended Dubsdread’s National Women’s Golf Day event on June 5. “I think [golf] gives women an alternative way to socialize,” Reifsnider says. “When they’re at Dubsdread, it’s their club.” — M.S.


Dubsdread Golf Course
College Park

Winter Park Golf Course
North of Downtown

Twin Rivers Golf Club


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

Isleworth Golf & Country Club

Interlachen Country Club
Winter Park

Charles Hosmer Morse Morse Museum of American Art (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)


Charles Hosmer Morse Morse Museum of American Art
Winter Park

Orlando Museum of Art
Loch Haven Park

Orlando Science Center
Loch Haven Park


Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

The Alfond Inn
Downtown Winter Park


1 Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
Downtown Orlando

The Alfond Inn
Downtown Winter Park

Hilton Orlando
Destination Parkway, off I-Drive


Harry P. Leu Gardens

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

3 Casa Feliz Historic Home & Venue
Winter Park


ICON Orlando (formerly the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye)
International Drive

2 Topgolf Orlando
Universal Boulevard

3 The Escape Effect
International Drive


Orlando Science Center
Loch Haven Park

2 Gatorland​
South Orange County

3 ICON Orlando (formerly the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye)
International Drive


AMC Dine-In Disney Springs 24
Disney Springs

Regal Winter Park Village Stadium 20 & RPX​
Winter Park

Epic Theatres at Lee Vista
South Orlando


Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Downtown Orlando

Hard Rock Live
Universal Orlando Resort

The Plaza Live
Milk District


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

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

UCP of Central Florida’s An Evening at the Palace Gala
Benefits individuals with a spectrum of disabilities

Graffiti Junktion (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)


Graffiti Junktion​
Seven Orlando-area locations

2 Curtis Earth at Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux Audubon Park

Red Cypress Brewery
Winter Springs


1 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Walt Disney World

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Park Avenue, Winter Park

Orlando International  Fringe Theatre Festival
Loch Haven Park

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