100 things to do in Orlando before you die (updated for 2015)

100 things to do in Orlando before you die (updated for 2015)

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61. Get dressed up and do dinner and a show, all on the same block: See a play at Mad Cow Theatre (54 W. Church St.; madcowtheatre.com) and eat a swanky supper afterward just steps away at Kres Chophouse, the Rusty Spoon or Amura.

62. Plan your own SunRail pub crawl. Start by hitting a bar or two in downtown Orlando, ride the rail up to Winter Park for a beer anywhere along Park Avenue, then head up to Sanford where SunRail is a short walk to the bars and restaurants along First Avenue.

63. Volunteer. There are dozens of organizations that could use your help – try searching at volunteermatch.com – and we can personally recommend the satisfaction of a good  shift in the warehouses at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (foodbankcentralflorida.org) or the Mustard Seed of Central Florida (mustardseedfla.org).

64. Get some free therapy from Eliza, "the computer psychologist" from 1985. "She" is one of the earliest interactive computer interfaces, and you can solicit her advice at Orlando Science Center (777 E. Princeton St.; osc.org).

65. At Sushi Pop Restaurant, watch as they prepare the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sorbet right at your table: grape, raspberry or strawberry sorbet frozen tableside with liquid nitrogen, topped with marshmallow foam and peanut butter powder (310 W. Mitchell Hammock Road, Oviedo; sushipoprestaurant.com).

66. Mark out (that's industry slang for freak out) with the roar of the crowd at a taping of a WWE NXT professional wrestling match at Full Sail Live (3300 University Parkway, Winter Park; wwe.com/events).

click to enlarge Take advantage of Orlando's bike share program
Take advantage of Orlando's bike share program

67. Ride one of Orlando's bright orange Juice bicycles, available for rent in various places around the city (orlandobikeshare.com).

68. Take a class or spring for a membership at "fabrication laboratory" Factur and get the run of their MakerBot Replicator v5, Weller Digital Soldering Station and Shopbot CNC Router (520 Virginia Drive; factur.org).

69. Eat and drink your way through DeLand's burgeoning artisanal food scene, including Dally in the Alley (dallyinthealleybistro.com), Trilogy Coffee Roasting (trilogycoffee.com), Persimmon Hollow Brewing (persimmonhollowbrewing.com), and Cress (cressrestaurant.com).

70. Take the Summit Plummet at Disney's Blizzard Beach water park (1500 W. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista).

71. Take advantage of Bite30 (bite30.com): Every June is a citywide celebration of culinary delights, offering fabulous prix fixe menus at around 30 of Orlando's best restaurants.

72. Stop by New Beginnings Church (13 N. Hampton Ave.; jesusneverfailsorlando.com) when you're down on your luck in the middle of the night to gain inspiration from the boasting neon "Jesus Never Fails" sign.

73. Race the motorized zoo animal scooters  – we swear the hippos are the fastest – with your friends at Artegon Marketplace (5250 International Drive; artegonmarketplace.com).

74. Consume copious amounts of Butterbeer Ice Cream at Diagon Alley at Universal Studios. Wash it down with a Deathly Hallows (Guinness, Hog's Head Brew and Strongbow) in Hogsmeade Pub (6000 Universal Blvd.; universalorlando.com).

75. Celebrate Valentine's Day in style: Post up outside the Mennello Museum of American Art with a picnic blanket (bring the kids and the dogs, if you're so inclined) and take in their Indie-Folkfest, a picnic party with live music, food and drink (including craft cocktails), and art and craft booths. (Feb. 13, 2016; mennellomuseum.com)

76. Lose yourself in the visceral, testosterone-chugging, fossil fuel-incinerating joy of Monster Jam, every January at the Citrus Bowl (1 Citrus Bowl Place).  

77. Attend Orlando's epic and outrageously colorful Come Out With Pride parade (Oct. 10, 2015; comeoutwithpride.com).

78. Solve a murder and laugh your ass off at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows. (8267 International Drive; sleuths.com).

79. Relive your cinematic past with friends at Enzian's Wednesday Night Pitcher Show (1300 S. Orlando Ave, Maitland, enzian.org).

80. Drink around the world at Epcot (200 Epcot Center Drive, Lake Buena Vista), where you can try cocktails, wine and brews at most of the international pavilions.

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