If you're a sports buff, you're in the right place, no matter what time of year you visit. Orlando Magic basketball fans are passionate about their championship team and the gleaming new Amway Center arena scores big points with the beer and chili dog crowd.

When golf fans aren't busy following the pros in tournaments like the Arnold Palmer Invitational, they're hitting the links at Palmer's own Bay Hill Club or another of the area's more than 176 courses.

You can also play tennis, fly across a zipline or go water skiing, wakeboarding, boating, horseback riding, bass fishing, biking and hiking. How about a ride in a hot air balloon? Climb into one of Bob's Balloons in Lake Buena Vista to float above the landscape of wetlands, farms and forest. You can't miss Disney's iconic Spaceship Earth sitting like a colossal golf ball on a tee overlooking Epcot.

If floating with the birds isn't enough of a thrill, you can fly like one at Sammy Duvall's Water Sports Centre by Bay Lake at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Wing it solo parasailing, or go tandem with a friend up to 180 metres of line from your boat, then celebrate your flight with organic ales and cocktails at the resort's Wave Lounge.