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100 Things You Must Do in Orlando

An updated list (in no particular order!) of things every person who lives in Orlando should do at least once.



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  • No. 93

81. Muster your courage (and your best bedroom dance moves) to demonstrate your vocal prowess at Big Daddy's (3001 Corrine Drive, nightly karaoke.

82. Order the biggest slice you've ever seen at Lazy Moon Pizza (11551 University Blvd. or 1011 E. Colonial Drive, – or for a real experience, order (and finish) the gigantic 30-inch pizza.

83. Reserve the chef's table at Luma on Park (290 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, From the moment you're seated under the spotlight and served some off-menu tidbit or other (truffle popcorn is a frequent amuse-bouche), you'll have a play-by-play view of all the haute kitchen action.

84. Dive into Nona Adventure Park, a water-based sporting center with a 60-foot-high climbing tower, a cable-rigged wakeboarding system, and an inflatable obstacle course (14086 Centerline Drive,

85. Wander the grounds of Orange County's first National Historic Landmark, the eccentric, gorgeous, Mayan Revival Maitland Art Center (231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland,

86. Vote in a local election instead of just complaining about the way things are ( You can still complain, but only if you participate.

87. Indulge in a perfectly done steak at Linda's La Cantina (4721 E. Colonial Drive,, which has been in business in Orlando since 1947.

88. Pick a side and cosplay at MegaCon as either a DC or Marvel character, then get in the huge group photo with some star creators (

89. Visit Holy Land Experience (4655 Vineland Road, on its annual free day. Every year the Biblical-themed amusement park is required to open its doors to the public for free in exchange for property-tax exemptions. The annual event is chaotic and crowded, but the experience is ... well, it's something.

90. As soon as it gets hot out (so, like ... May 1), go to Icebar Orlando (8967 International Drive,, belly up to the iceblock bar, and refuse to leave until November.

91. Make a Parramore day of it: Visit the Wells' Built Museum (511 W. South St.), stuff your face at Nikki's Place (the cornbread! 742 Carter St.), flip through vinyl at Re-Runz Record store (642 W. Church St.), have a beer at Broken Strings Brewery (1012 W. Church St.), get ice cream at Goff's Drive-In (212 S. Orange Blossom Trail), then end up at Stonewall Bar (741 W. Church St.) for a show or a cocktail.

92. Force yourself off your couch and then elbow your way into Lil Indies (1036 N. Mills Ave.) in Mills 50 on a Wednesday night and check out Orlando soul firebrand Eugene Snowden's "10 Pints of Truth" weekly residency. Boozy and broken-hearted in all the best ways.

93. Slide behind a table at the Milk District's Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria (67 N. Bumby Ave., on a Friday or Saturday late night. The food is delicious, the place is packed to the gills, and spirits will no doubt be high. All. Night. Long.

94. Relive the glory days when Orlando Live Events was Orlando Jai-Alai during the one week a year that they still host live jai-alai (this year, that's July 8-12). Wear your best Miami Vice suit, push up your sleeves, and let the betting slips fly (Orlando Live Events, 6405 S. U.S. Highway 17-92, Fern Park,

95. Scarf down a couple of roast beef sandwiches and some Beefy Spuds (tater tots) in the parking lot of Beefy King (424 N. Bumby Ave., Unrepentantly get a stranger to take a picture of you underneath their iconic sign.

96. Drown in pulchritude at the Weeki Wachee mermaid show ( Plus plunk down a few coins and get yourself a kitschy Mold A Rama wax mermaid figure from one of the few vintage machines left in Florida.

97. Visit Stonewall Orlando near the witching hour on a Tuesday night to see the spine-chillingly gorgeous local drag family, Black Haus (, stage their weekly Creature Feature show. Fake blood complements every shade of lipstick, you'll find out.

98. Surrender to your inner Parrothead at Margaritaville, where you can eat cheeseburgers and search for your lost shaker of salt to your heart's content. So far there's no tattoo parlor, so you'll have to get your "Mexican cutie" ink elsewhere (

99. Flex your thumbs at Arcade Monsters, where you'll find dozens of classic arcade games, pinball tables and consoles, along with beer, wine and snacks. They operate on a pay-by-the-hour system, so you don't even need to bring your quarters (15 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo,

100. Watch Florida's raptors get some TLC at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey rehab center in Maitland. Open to the public, the center's gazebo houses birds currently in rehabilitation and man-made wetlands (1101 Audubon Way, Maitland,

BONUS: 101. The next time a friend or relative calls you and says they're in Orlando for a convention or visiting the theme parks, use this list to show them the REAL Orlando. [email protected]


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