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

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81. Get your nerd on at Player 1 Video Game Bar (8562 Palm Parkway;

82. Stop by the Lure Design studio (1009 Virginia Drive; and poke through their storefront, where you'll find cheeky cards and silkscreened gig posters from years' worth of Orlando shows.

83. Show your friends how smart you are by conquering one of Orlando's many "escape room" attractions.

84. Try all 20 dishes from our recent cover story, "Plate expectations: The 20 local dishes we absolutely love right now."

click to enlarge Disney's Haunted Mansion
  • Disney's Haunted Mansion

85. Make out with somebody (anybody) in Disney's Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom (1180 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista).

86. Like that arty type? Pony up the class fee for Orlando Museum of Art's Art Night Out (usually around $30; includes a workshop and an "adult beverage"), where you'll learn to do things like marble paper, do hand-lettering or paint a seascape, and they'll say "Best date ever" (

87. Watch a pianist tear up the keys at Pat O'Brien's at Universal CityWalk (Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd.;

88. Be oddly moved by bubble-snowflakes on Main Street at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom (1180 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista).

89. Pub crawl through Orlando's thriving craft-beer scene, starting with the venerable Redlight Redlight (2810 Corrine Drive; and work your way down to Orlando Brewing (1301 Atlanta Ave.; just south of downtown Orlando.

90. Find a new favorite record at Rock and Roll Heaven (1814 N. Orange Ave.;

91. Take a date on a swan boat ride around Lake Eola (boat rentals are in the park near South Rosalind Street and East Robinson Avenue).

92. See a show at the Timucua Arts White House (2000 S. Summerlin Ave.; This unique music venue is located in the home of local musician Benoit Glazer and his family, but they have transformed it into an acoustically pleasing, fully functional venue with three tiers of seating. Most shows are free, but you're expected to bring a bottle of wine to share. A pittance for such a gorgeous experience.

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

94. Many filmmakers have chosen Orlando as the setting for their movies, but none made as big a bang as Lethal Weapon 3, in which there's a scene where they actually for-real blew up Orlando City Hall. The old building was scheduled for demolition anyway and was situated right next to the current City Hall. You know you always wanted to go see where Mel Gibson's mullet (and likely many Florida Man mullets) has gone before you, so go check out the scene of the explosion (400 S. Orange Ave., 407-246-2121;

95. Test your taste for tart with a mazagran – espresso, lemon juice and a touch of brown sugar, served over ice – at Propagation (1221 N. Mills Ave.; Or, if you can't handle the pucker, just stick with a flat white while you soak up one of the most serene indoor atmospheres in Orlando.

96. Experience home-grown horror at Legends: A Haunting at Old Town (5770 W. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee;, a haunted experience like no other.

97. Conquer your fear of heights by riding the Orlando Eye (8401 International Drive;, a new 400-foot tall observation wheel overlooking I-Drive.

98. Attend a Spooky Empire ultimate horror weekend, an intense convention full of all things macabre that takes place in May and October (

99. Take in a drag show at one of Orlando's many fabulous venues – may we suggest the Parliament House, Funky Monkey Bistro & Bar at Pointe Orlando, or Hamburger Mary's? The great RuPaul says drag queens need charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent, and Orlando's queens have all that.

100. Spend a day wandering around downtown Sanford, a short drive north of Orlando, and find yourself pleasantly surprised by all of the interesting shops, bars and restaurants lining the quaint city's streets. Stay long enough to watch the sun go down over tranquil Lake Monroe – it's worth it.

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