Comfort Suites UCF Area - Research Park
12101 Challenger Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32826
Phone: (407) 737-7303
Fax: (407) 737-7304
Home to the UCF Knights—the baseball team of the University of Central Florida—the Jay Bergman Field was built with an indoor training facility, pitching mounds and batting cages. It was completed in 2001 and named after the head coach Jay Bergman. It can accommodate up to 1980 people at a time. The field has a parking garage next door, so you can be rest assured that you will find parking space easily.
The University of Central Florida started of in 1963 as Florida Technological University and has today flourished into one of the largest universities in the country, with a strength of more than 59,000 students from 140 different countries. The campus, which is located north east from downtown Orlando, is spread across 1415 acres (5.73 square kilometers) and comprises various facilities, from the residence buildings on its perimeter to the athletics village in the north corner of the campus and the Central Florida Research Park. It offers undergraduate and professional degrees in various fields and employs close to 2000 professors.
Oviedo in Florida is home to the splendid First Methodist Church of Oviedo. Located on Kings Street, it offers Sunday worship at 8:00a, 9:30a and 11:00a respectively. The church building is a city landmark of tremendous historic significance. It was added to the prestigious National Register of Historic Places on July 18, 2007.
Quench your need for adrenaline and experience some extreme rush at Orlando Speedworld. A variety of race cars are out there driving at breathtaking speeds through sharp curves, uphill and downhill slopes for the cheering masses. The three mile oval-shaped track also hosts crash and skid events, assuring the sweet sound of timbers colliding or rubbers burning in the scotching track heat. If that's not enough, you can get sloshed while having fun, as beer is available on the grand stands itself.
If you think what Tony Hawk does can be emulated only through arcade games, then think again. Grab your latest skating board and hop into the Orlando Skate Park. The Park is well-equipped to include skaters of all skill levels. Divided into Beginners Arena, Big Flow and Bowl, learn the tricks of the trade in here, to skate your way to some freestyle twists and turns impressing many in the process. Timely competitions are held drawing a variety of audiences. The Park also has a store to buy the latest apparel or skates or even mend existing ones.
Scenic Boat Tour, located north of Orlando in the friendly old-style Florida town of Winter Park, provides guests a chance to discover and witness firsthand the fascinating history of the region aboard an excursion boat. Travel through 12 miles of the area's canals and lakes that pass by grand mansions, Rollins College, Isle of Sicily, Kraft Azalea Gardens and more. The tours are narrated, last for an hour and provide amazing glimpses of the natural flora and fauna of the Sunshine State. Scenic Boat Tour has been offering the visiting adventurers, historians and naturalists an alternate Orlando attraction. These world-famous tours have been running for half a century. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
A park that is usually crowded with locals looking for a break from the concrete jungle, the Orlando Festival Park lies just a few miles from downtown Orlando, and is thus easily accessible. The interesting name of this public park, perhaps, can be attributed to the number of events that are held here throughout the year, ranging from concerts, to community events and cultural festivals. Apart from the numerous events, this park is also home to facilities like volleyball courts, a skate park, and walkways. Call or see the website for further information.
This 52-acre preserve offers a meandering nature trail perfect for quiet hikes. Stroll through wetlands, taking in the educational displays that dot the path. You may encounter native Florida birds, such as herons and egrets, and, if you're lucky, a deer or two. Leashed pets are allowed. All in all, Howell Branch Nature Preserve is a nice spot for a relaxing getaway.
The Black Hammock Wildlife Exhibit, marina and gift shop are all situated in the Black Hammock Adventure Complex, which is a short trip northeast of Orlando on the shores of Lake Jesup in Oviedo. Guests can meet a number of native species of the state along with a few exotics too. The wildlife onsite includes brightly colored birds, Squishy (a ball python), baby alligators as well as a 12-foot, nearly 700-pound alligator named Hammy. You can bring your own boat and then take advantage of the marina’s boat launch or even rent a boat slip. The gift shop offers numerous souvenirs and gator memorabilia. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
This lovely 50-acre botanical garden situated on Lake Rowena offers visitors a chance to escape into Old Florida. Wander miles of paved paths through forests of giant camphors, oaks and palms. The formal Rose Garden is the largest in the South, but don't pass up the opportunity to visit the herb, butterfly, palm and bamboo gardens as well. Towering over all this natural wonder is the Leu House. Built in 1888, it now serves as a decorative-arts museum.
For an all-day getaway, consider a trip to this lovely spot. The park offers nearly 9000 acres of unspoiled Florida wilderness. Hike miles of trails along the scenic Econlockhatchee River and perhaps spot some of Florida's famous wildlife along the way. If you prefer more active recreation, consider making use of the preserve's off-road bicycling trails, fishing spots and horse trails. If you want to spend the night, the preserve does offer camping facilities (tents only). The park is located one mile west of SR 520 on Maxim, to Bancroft, South to Paddock, West to Dallas; follow signs.
According to Newsweek, this piece of 1950s architecture serves as one of the best art museums in the South. Founded in 1924, the museum now consists of three permanent exhibits - the American Collection, housing nearly 900 paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures from the 19th century onward; the Art of Ancient Americans Collection, boasting 500 artifacts of jade, gold and clay from Mexican, Costa Rican and Peruvian cultures; and an African collection of more than 70 artifacts, including masks, from various West African countries. OMA also hosts rotating exhibits. Residents of Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties receive free admission.