Catch the Orlando Magic during one of their home games at the Amway Center. The sports team has proven to be one of the most successful new franchises during their short time in the NBA and made the playoffs in just about half of their first few seasons.
Amway Center is a multi-purpose arena and home to the NBA's Orlando Magic and Arena Football's Orlando Predators.
The arena's seating accommodates up to 17,000 spectators for basketball games, but can also be rearranged to seat a few thousand concert-goers in a more intimate setting.
The Amway Center opened in 1989 with a performance by Bill Cosby. It has hosted a myriad of talented performers like Jimmy Buffett, Elton John, Billy Joel, Cher, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith and a host of other legendary performers.
Family-friendly events are also a big hit here, with shows like Disney on Ice, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey's, Mannheim Steamroller and Blue Man Group returning to sold-out crowds.
Orlando City Soccer Club is an professional soccer team that competes in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS) and became the league's 21st franchise on November 19, 2013.
The Orlando Magic is an professional basketball team since 1989 with notable NBA stars as Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis, Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, and Rashard Lewis.
Get ready for arena football's best bone-crushing sports action. The Orlando Predators are one of the premiere teams on the circuit, with two Arena Bowl championships under their belt and a slew of league records.
The Orlando Predators have enjoyed immense success in the Arena Football League.
Founded in 1991, the Predators have enjoyed an 18-season playoff streak. They also clinched the Arena Bowl championship in 1998 and 2000.
The team has earned its place in Arena League history. In fact, they made history in consecutive weeks during the 1992 season. In mid-June, the team shutout the San Antonio Force 50-0. It was the first shutout in Arena League history. Then the following week on the road against the Detroit Drive, wide receiver Barry Wagner has the most amazing 49 seconds of any Arena League game ever.
Trailing 42-32 with 49 seconds left on the clock, the Predators needed a miracle, and Barry Wagner delivered. He caught two touchdown passes, got two two-point conversions, recovered an onside kick and made a game-ending tackle. With a safety added in, Orlando won, 50-49. The comeback is known as "The Miracle Minute" and ranks #1 on the AFL's 20 Greatest Highlights Countdown.
Catch the sports stars of tomorrow at a UCF Knights game at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Of the school's 16 varsity sports, some of the more popular Orlando sports picks include basketball and football. Of note: The Knights have brought home conference championships in men's football and women's basketball.
The UCF Knights are all of the athletic teams for the University of Central Florida in Orlando. All the teams are called "The Knights," while some of the women's teams are referred to as the "Lady Knights."
In all, UCF has 16 varsity sports teams, and all compete in the NCAA's Division I and in Conference USA.
The Knights football team were Conference USA champs in 2007 and the Knights women's basketball team were the 2009 C-USA champs.
The men's varsity sports teams include: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer and Tennis. The women's teams compete in Basketball, Cross country, Golf, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and field, and Volleyball.
Get out and get moving on the Cady Way Trail, a 3.5 mile biking, jogging and skating trail that draws outdoor enthusiasts from all over Orlando. The recreation trail runs from Fashion Square Mall to Cady Way Park and passes through a golf course and bird sanctuaries.
Little Big Econ State Forest's name comes from combining the names of the Little Econlockhatchee River and the larger Econlockhatchee River, which flow through the property. Three trailhead parking areas have been established for hiking and horseback and mountain-bike riding, as well opportunities to go fishing, bird-watching, picnicking and nature study.
Head out on a day trip to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, considered the country's top birding spot, especially during the winter months. Fishing and boating are two other popular recreation pastimes at this gorgeous, 140,000-acre refuge.
Jump the wakes like a rock star with the pros at Aktion Parks. Whether you're into wake boarding, knee boarding or water skiing, you'll get plenty of instruction and sports action, as well as competition opportunities.
Experience one of the most exotic and fun water parks in Florida, the CoCo Key Water Resort. With overhead canopies and a variety of towers, slides and floats, the water park provides water recreation fun for everyone.
Get underwater and up close with manatees and other creatures of the deep. Fun 2 Dive SCUBA and Manatee Snorkeling Tours will teach you SCUBA basics with a dive the same day. Or, opt for the snorkeling trip with manatees, wrecks and reef diving.
Just a short drive from Orlando, learn to surf with the School of Surf, based in downtown Cocoa Beach, run by professional surfers. No matter your age or skill level, the CPR certified instructors offer the best personal instruction. Lessons are based on the fundamentals of surfing and ocean safety.
Get soaked in plenty of fun at Typhoon Lagoon, a Disney World water park that delivers action and thrills. The park includes restaurants, an outdoor pool bar and two picnic areas. It's an all-day water recreation adventure where you can cool off, eat and relax all in one place.
Go for the thrill of it at Funspot Action Park, where go karts, thrill rides and kiddie activities await the entire family. A multi-level go-kart track will have you zipping around like a pro in no time.
Experience the thrill of skydiving in the great indoors. At iFLY Indoor Skydiving Orlando, you'll get the extreme sports sensation of free falling, in the safety of a vertical wind tunnel. Group packages, pictures and DVDs of your experience are available.
Strap yourself in and go on a parasailing flight high above Orlando and Walt Disney World. At Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre, you'll enjoy spectacular views during a thrilling ride on your extreme sports adventure. Go up solo or with a partner to double your fun.
Brush up on your outdoorsman skills or fly fishing technique at Bass Pro Shops on International Drive. The hunting and fishing mecca not only sells gear, but also holds live workshops and events throughout the year that make it worth the trip.
Have a blast at Blizzard Beach, a Disney water park that features free-fall water slides, toboggan races, chair lifts, and other fun blizzard-themed rides. It won't take long to find out how Blizzard Beach got its cool name, since it's the perfect place to chill out on a hot day. You've got to sample each of the nearly one dozen water slides, including the one that's the tallest in the world!
Tour practically every nook and cranny of Central Florida with Florida Dolphin Tours. The tour company doesn't just book dolphin encounters. You can also swim with the manatees, watch a Space Shuttle launch, go to an Orlando Magic game, visit Cocoa Beach by air boat or glide past gators in the Everglades.
Watch some serious go-karters duke it out for the title every weekend at the Orlando Kart Center. The future NASCAR stars of tomorrow just might be driving here on any given day.
There's nothing like the thrill of catching a largemouth Bass. Your friendly guides at Peacock Bass will take you to the central lakes of Florida where all the magic happens. The tour company even boasts a record 43 largemouth bass caught in one day by a client. Remember, records are made to be broken.