Across its 30 acres, Battlefield Orlando transforms from a jungle environment dense with verdant trees to an urbanized expanse of bunkers, forts, and three-story towers. Designed for paintball players of all skill levels, games focus on good sportsmanship and are supervised by referees who discourage any belittling. Clad in V-Force masks, players wield Tippmann 98 paintball guns as they plot their next offensive strike while crouched behind a helicopter or dressed in a Trojan costume. Along with games on its sprawling grounds every weekend, Battlefield Orlando hosts speedball games on its smaller field littered with inflatables.
Dennis Buice, a member of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, unlocks the ocean's depths for students during diving courses that follow the PADI curriculum. Scuba-diver classes start out by introducing students to diving in monitored, shallow water, and advanced sessions span a spectrum from PADI open-water certification to professional training in the rescue-diver course. PADI specialty courses explore focused subjects such as snapping underwater photographs or maximizing underwater time by using enriched air nitrox. Kids’ classes or Discover Scuba lets youngsters and newbies breathe underwater for the first time in the safety of a pool filled with less than 6 feet of water and no starving sharks.
At Combat City combatants are outfitted for controlled engagement using real weapons in a 40,000-square-foot, air-conditioned indoor arena housed in a converted Publix. After briefing players on using the gear and the rules of play, the staff releases players into the arena, where they test their skills among rooms, corridors, and plywood houses. In addition to the indoor arena, Combat City has 180 acres of open and wooded terrain available to combatants.
Donning armor of red, purple, and gold, Orlando City has established itself as one of the USL Pro’s most dominant teams, winning USL Pro championships in 2011—its inaugural season—and 2012. After their second championship, the squad’s success attracted the attention of the MLS’s Sporting Kansas City, who will serve as Orlando City’s parent squad for two years, beginning with the 2013 season.
A conch shell’s throw from Orlando's theme parks, Fantasy Surf utilizes a patented FlowRider system that combines the look of surfing, the feel of snowboarding, and the trick potential of skateboarding. Every hour, 25–30 riders can navigate immense indoor waves hanging 10 on provided Flowboards. Three inches of surfable water flow over walls, floors, and faux beach—all of which are padded to prevent catastrophic wipeouts and shark attacks. After conquering manmade mega-waves, grab a burger or slice at the Lull café, or head to the Offshore Surf Shop, where you can use today’s deal to receive a 25% discount on brand-name surf gear and apparel.
Nestled in the shadows of ancient oaks and towering cypress trees, Kissimmee Bay Country Club's 18-hole course takes golfers through 6,486 yards of fairways and greens lined with serene water hazards. In total, the course features a dozen ponds that come into play on nearly every hole, challenging players to try forced carries and other crafty shots. The verdant course also peppers a dash of wildlife into rounds, as sand hill cranes are often spotted along the fairways and waterways. Before taking to the course, golfers can warm up their swings at the driving range or motivate golf balls by showing them how easily they can be replaced at the pro shop.
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