Orlando Sports & Activities

Tennis, anyone? Or maybe you'd rather surf, parasail, or ride a horse. Should you feel the need to stretch your legs and travel outside the theme parks, you can take part in these activities and many more around Orlando.

But if your vacation is based solely at Disney, you’ll have plenty of recreational opportunities to choose from. Disney is known for its championship golf courses, of course, and several lighted courts—both clay and hard—are found at five Disney resorts. Disney's Fort Wilderness is the place to saddle up for a ride through the woods, and the Contemporary Resort is number one for water sports, including parasailing.

Anglers get hooked on fishing charters; runners and bikers get their adrenaline rush on trails across the property. If you'd rather be a spectator, take yourself out to a ball game at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Popcorn? Check. Hot dogs? Check. Does it get any better than this? For Disney recreation information, call 407/939–7529.

There are many ways to enjoy the outdoors here. You can navigate the more than 2,000 lakes and waterways, perhaps on a sportfishing excursion—something to consider in what is one of the bass-fishing capitals of the world. You can also take to the air in a glider or hot-air balloon, or stay firmly planted hiking or biking a trail.

According to the folks at the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau, there are more than 170 golf courses and 20 golf academies in the area. Indeed you'll probably be amazed by the country club–like golf courses (and tennis courts) run by the City of Orlando and accessible at bargain prices.

Orlando’s sports arena and its three pro teams (basketball, hockey, and arena football) bring in the crowds. Throughout Central Florida, professional baseball comes down from the frozen North to warm up during spring training.


Bob's Balloons. Bob's offers one-hour rides over protected marshland and even flies over the Disney area if wind and weather conditions are...


Orlando Magic. The most popular pro sports team in town, the Magic entertains locals and visitors in the multimillion-dollar, state-of-the...


Walt Disney World Paved trails take you past forests, lakes, wooded campgrounds, and resort villas. If you're 18 or older, you can rent bikes...


Disney has one of the nation's largest fleets of rental pleasure craft. There are marinas at the Caribbean Beach Resort, Contemporary Resort...


Central Florida freshwater lakes and rivers swarm with all kinds of fish, especially largemouth black bass but also perch, catfish, sunfish...


Orlando Predators. With a new home in the CFE Arena on the University of Central Florida campus, this professional arena-football team plays...


With more than 170 golf courses and 20 golf academies in the area, it’s no wonder the International Association of Golf Tour Operators has recognized...

Horseback Riding

Orlando Area Horse World Riding Stables ( 3705 Poinciana Blvd. , Kissimmee , FL , 34758 . 407/847–4343 . www.horseworldstables.com...

Ice Skating

The Ice Factory. Ice-skating in Florida? Yup! This Olympic-class facility has two rinks. Teens are drawn to Friday's DJ Night, and there are...

Miniature Golf

If mini golf is your game, Disney's Winter Summerland, next to Blizzard Beach, has 18 holes on its faux-snow "winter" course and 18 on its tropical...


Fort Wilderness Resort. One of the original Disney resorts (the Polynesian and Contemporary were the others), Fort Wilderness Resort offers...


Walt Disney World The World has several scenic running trails from the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and Contemporary in the Magic Kingdom area...

Skydiving and Parasailing

iFLY Orlando. OK, so technically you aren't really skydiving, but you come pretty close in this 12-foot-high, 1,000-horsepower wind tunnel...

Spectator Sports

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This complex is proof that Disney doesn't do anything unless it does it in a big way. The 220-acre facility...


Surfing? Here, in landlocked Central Florida? You bet. Early in the morning, before Typhoon Lagoon opens to water-park visitors, you can hit...


Walt Disney World You can play tennis at several Disney hotels: Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (two hard courts), BoardWalk...

Top 3 Recreational Experiences

Bob's Balloons. Think you see a lot from the top of the Tower of Terror? That ain't nothin' compared to what Bob will show you from the top...


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