At the Central Florida Fair, thousands of farmers, animals, and curious locals gather at Orlando's Central Florida Expo Park to make new friends and learn about the region's rich agricultural heritage. Kids and future farmers show off more than 2,500 cattle, rabbits, horses, and sheep at the Youth Livestock Show, while the Horse Show Classic pits man against horse in a chess match for the ages. Visitors to the Fair can witness a bustling auction of locally grown livestock, watch national recording artists perform and touring family shows, and build up an appetite for fair food with multiple rides on the Ferris wheel.
With a candy-striped exterior and a single-gable roof with pink trim, Wonderland Playground appears to passersby like a real-life dollhouse. But its playful exterior doesn't even scratch the surface. Inside, tykes play on plush slides and jungle gyms, get in touch with their inner knight or princess inside Lilliputian castles, or explore the windy tunnels of an inflatable, Toy Story–themed structure.
As the founder and operator of Haole Paddle Board, Brian Jenkins connects his clients with the local waterways by standup paddleboard. The operation rests among the Lake Ivanhoe chain of lakes, supplying ample aquatic acreage for full- and half-day board rentals. Beginners can pair their rentals with introductory lessons to assure a smooth foray into the sport.
Tantalizing Tastes & Tours guides Jerry and Jasmine Bacon shepherd diners through the Fine Dining Tour, introducing palates to the seasonings and styles of four or five handpicked restaurants. Private chauffeurs depart at 6 p.m., driving guests to gourmand gems such as City Fire, at which diners indulge in upscale American fare, and The Nile, whose chef populates a menu with authentic Ethiopian dishes. As journeys roll along, panoramic views of downtown unfold, guides elaborate on places of interest, including Amway Center and City Hall, and rousing games of trivia require guests to consult their noggins to answer questions such as "Is Antarctica actually real?" Drivers will also pick up and drop off residents of other cities for an additional cost, including Kissimmee ($25), Lake Buena Vista ($20), and International Drive ($10). The directors request that guests refrain from wearing shorts, flip-flops, or clown noses on the excursion.
Equipment: Three indoor batting cages, L-screens, ball machines
Students should bring: Water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Orlando Athletics is fully air conditioned with three regulation batting cages
Most of the CPR-certified instructors at Central Florida Paddleboarding grew up exploring central Florida's myriad bodies of water. They use their firsthand, intimate knowledge of the region to lead group standup-paddleboard excursions through waterways such as New Smyrna Beach, Wekiva River, and Lake Fairview. As they paddle past banks flush with mangroves or beaches lined with palm trees, the crew points out manatees, turtles, and other various forms of alleged wildlife. Trained in water safety, they also teach paddleboarding with one-on-one personal instruction, rent and sell paddleboards, organize summer camps, and maintain balance during on-the-water birthday parties.