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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100 Things You Must Do in Orlando
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No. 27 - Image via the Alfond Inn/Facebook
Image via the Alfond Inn/Facebook
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21. Attend Orlando's epic and outrageously colorful Come Out With Pride parade (comeoutwithpride.com).

22. Browse acres of antiques at one of Renninger's Antiques Center's multiple extravaganza events (20651 U.S. 441, Mount Dora; renningers.net). Start out on the sprawling lawn and then work your way up to the impressive collections housed in two separate buildings.

23. Throw away your umbrella and get soaked on purpose during the inevitable summer-afternoon downpour.

24. Take a pedicab back to your car after partying downtown; admire your driver's calves.

25. Argue over where College Park begins and ends with another longtime resident, but don't even get into the whole Mills 50/Colonialtown/ViMi thing.

26. Go to a reading at the Kerouac House (kerouacproject.org) and see the unassuming College Park room where Dharma Bums was written.

27. Get some culture while smashing a cocktail: Take a happy-hour tour of the stunning collection of contemporary art at the Alfond Inn (300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, thealfondinn.com).

28. Instead of taking the boring way around, do/see/ride all the Harry Potter attractions at Universal Orlando (6000 Universal Blvd., universalorlando.com) in the order of Harry's journey in the books: Gringotts Money Exchange to Diagon Alley to the Hogwarts Express and so on and so forth for seven damn books.

29. Discover the impossibly scenic nearby oasis that is Orlando Wetlands Park (25155 Wheeler Road, Christmas, orlandowetlands.org), a breathtaking wildlife preserve and one of Central Florida's most picturesque parks.

30. 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 ... Jersey Mike's Subs (no judgment!).

31. Learn Spanish. Whether you're reading a menu, listening to the radio or helping someone with directions, it's time to stop pretending that Florida is a monolingual state.

32. Take a leisurely 45-minute trip east on picturesque Colonial Drive to get your Christmas cards postmarked in Christmas, Florida.

33. See as many movies as you can at the Florida Film Festival, almost three decades old and still going strong (floridafilmfestival.com).

34. Ride an airboat and gawk at gators at Black Hammock Adventures (2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Road, Oviedo, theblackhammock.com). Riding airboats is a quintessentially Central Floridian activity, as is slugging a few beers after your experience.

35. Buy plants from Leu Gardens (1920 N. Forest Ave., leugardens.org) at their annual plant sale, a massive flora and fauna bonanza that takes place every March. Spend some time exploring the gorgeous formal gardens while you're there.

36. Order your Pub sub online (at publix.com) and scoff at the crowd in line as you stroll in and pick it up with no waiting. Follow @PubSubs_on_sale on Twitter so you always know when there's a bargain.

37. Watch a rocket blast off into space at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (Kennedy Space Center, State Road 405, Titusville, kennedyspacecenter.com). Make sure you reserve a spot early because tickets go quickly for this jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring event.

38. Feed a fuzzy giraffe or meet a rhino at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (3755 Seminole Blvd., Sanford, centralfloridazoo.org) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

39. Get married at the Acre (4421 Edgewater Drive, theacreorlando.com), one of the coolest wedding venues in Orlando – or just wait for someone to invite you to their wedding there.

40. Remember why Shakespeare is known as the greatest English-language writer in history by experiencing one of his plays, transformed and performed by the 30-year-old Orlando Shakespeare Theater company (812 E. Rollins St., orlandoshakes.org).

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