Best of Orlando 2015: Potpourri

Best of Orlando 2015: Eat and Drink​

Best of Orlando 2015: Personalities

Best of Orlando 2015: Goods & Services

Best of Orlando 2015: Potpourri

Bowling Alley

1 Kings Orlando
kingsbowlamerica.com/orlando
8255 International Drive, #120
Orlando

2 Splitsville
splitsvillelanes.com
1494 E. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista

3 Colonial Lanes
coloniallanes.net
400 N. Primrose Drive
Orlando

Movie Theater

1 Cobb Plaza Cinema Café 12
cobbtheatres.com
155 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando

2 AMC Downtown Disney 24 with Dine-In Theatres
1500 E. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista

3 Enzian 
enzian.org
1300 S. Orlando Ave.
Maitland

Theme Park Ride

1 The Incredible Hulk Coaster
Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure
universalorlando.com

2 Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando
universalorlando.com

3 Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith 
Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios
disneyworld.disney.go.com

Bike Trail

1 West Orange Trail
orangecountyfl.net

2 Cross Seminole Trail
seminolecountyfl.gov

3 Cady Way Trail
orangecountyfl.net


Best Non-Theme Park Attraction: Airboat tours at Wild Florida—tons of huge gators, a great breeze, and beautiful scenery far away from the pavement. Explore the wildlife park and view hundreds of exotic and native species. wildfloridairboats.com

Best Local Haunt: A Petrified Forest in Altamonte Springs offers up a nice Halloween alternative to other somewhat-pricey attractions, with live entertainment, laser tag, backstage tours, and an extra scare Total Eclipse night. apetrifiedforest.com


Entertainment Experience

1 Cirque du Soleil La Nouba
cirquedusoleil.com
Downtown Disney
1478 Buena Vista Drive
Orlando

2 Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
drphillipscenter.org
445 S. Magnolia Ave.
Orlando

3 SAK Comedy Lab
sakcomedylab.com
29 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando

Kids’ Entertainment

1 Walt Disney World
disneyworld.disney.go.com
Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando

2 Orlando Science Center
osc.org
777 E. Princeton St.
Orlando

3 Orlando Repertory 
Theatre
orlandorep.com
1001 E. Princeton St.
Orlando

Performing Arts Group

1 Central Florida Community Arts
cfcarts.com
250 S.W. Ivanhoe Blvd.
Orlando

2 Orlando Ballet
orlandoballet.org
2211 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando

3 Orlando Shakespeare Theater
orlandoshakes.org
812 E. Rollins St.
Orlando


Best Venue to Hear Up and Coming Jazz Musicians: Rollins College and UCF’s music departments are alive with the next generation of jazz players, with the student-filled Flying Horse Big Band playing on the UCF campus. Rollins students and faculty offer free performances in the fabulous Tiedke Concert Hall.  rollins.edu/music; music.cah.ucf.edu/jazz.php

Best Underground Dance Party: Body//Talk. A monthly pop-up disco in Orlando’s Milk District where young people get creative and dance the night away to local electronic artists.  facebook.com/bodytalkparty


Music Venue

1 House of Blues
houseofblues.com
1490 E. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista

2 Hard Rock Live Orlando
hardrock.com
6050 Universal Blvd.
Orlando

3 The Social
thesocial.org
54 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando

Venue for a Night Out

1 Dr. Phillips Center
for the Performing Arts
drphillipscenter.org
445 S. Magnolia Ave.
Orlando

2 SAK Comedy Lab
sakcomedylab.com
29 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando

3 Universal CityWalk
universalcitywalkorlando.com
Universal Orlando Resort
6000 Universal Blvd.
Orlando

Art Gallery

1 CityArts Factory
orlandoslice.com
29 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando

2 Snap! Space
snaporlando.com
1013 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando

3 Gallery on the Edge
facebook.com/galleryontheedge
2300 Edgewater Drive
Orlando

Museum

1 Orlando Museum of Art
omart.org
2416 N. Mills Ave.
Orlando

2 Orlando Science Center
osc.org
777 E. Princeton St.
Orlando

3 Morse Museum of American Art
morsemuseum.org
445 N. Park Ave.
Winter Park


Best Place for Starving Artists and Art Lovers: The art collections by Rollins College at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and The Alfond Inn are truly remarkable and accessible, with free admission. rollins.edu/cfam

Best Old Standby: The Social. This venue has been open in Orlando for more than 21 years and hosts local and international acts. thesocial.org

Best Cheap Summer Outing With the Kids: Tubing at Rock Springs Run at Kelly Park. It’s $3-$5 to stay all day, so take a picnic lunch and enjoy (but on weekends, get there before it fills up, usually 10 a.m.) ocfl.net/cultureparks


Place to Get Married

1 Harry P. Leu Gardens
leugardens.org
1920 N. Forest Ave.
Orlando

2 Disney’s Wedding Pavilion
disneyweddings.disney.go.com
4101 Floridian Way
Bay Lake

3 Historic Dubsdread Ballroom
dubsdreadcatering.com
549 W. Par St.
Orlando 

Best of Orlando 2015: Eat and Drink​

Best of Orlando 2015: Personalities

Best of Orlando 2015: Goods & Services

Best of Orlando 2015: Potpourri

Foot Race

1 Walt Disney World
Marathon Weekend
rundisney.com

2 IOA Corporate 5K
downtownorlando.com

3 OUC Half Marathon and 5K
ouc.com

Festival

1 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
wpsaf.org

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

3 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival
orlandofringe.org

Charity Gala

1 Runway to Hope 
Spring Fashion Soiree
runwaytohope.org

2 Florida Hospital Golden Gala
floridahospital.com/foundation

3 Headdress Ball
headdressball.org


Best Answer to Climate Change: The Hive. A monthly think/do tank meet-up for sustainably minded activists to learn, plan and implement local solutions to global issues. ideasforus.org

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