The best decisions you can make in Orlando right now

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Orlando's the place to be. But, we'll admit, it's even better if you make the right moves. Here's some key things to keep in mind as you brave the City Beautiful.
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Get an Express pass at Universal
Time is money. Or, in this case, more opportunities to get a little queasy on really fun rides.
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Get an Express pass at Universal


Time is money. Or, in this case, more opportunities to get a little queasy on really fun rides.
Smile for the photo booth at Will’s Pub — and stay for the show
Not only will you have a good night, you'll get a lasting memory in the form of a photo booth print.
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Smile for the photo booth at Will’s Pub — and stay for the show


Not only will you have a good night, you'll get a lasting memory in the form of a photo booth print.
Learn Orlando’s backroads (and avoid I-4 at all costs)
Any true Orlandoan knows the defeating feeling of putting your car in park on I-4 because you haven’t moved for at least five minutes. Get to know the locals-only routes for a much less stressful commute.
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Learn Orlando’s backroads (and avoid I-4 at all costs)


Any true Orlandoan knows the defeating feeling of putting your car in park on I-4 because you haven’t moved for at least five minutes. Get to know the locals-only routes for a much less stressful commute.
Wait in line for one of Orlando's most hard-to-get tables
It's no secret Orlando is home to some great eats. Unfortunately for us, that means some of the best spots for a killer meal are some of the busiest. You may have to battle your way through a reservation list and a bit of a wait, but at these spots, it's always worth it.
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Wait in line for one of Orlando's most hard-to-get tables


It's no secret Orlando is home to some great eats. Unfortunately for us, that means some of the best spots for a killer meal are some of the busiest. You may have to battle your way through a reservation list and a bit of a wait, but at these spots, it's always worth it.
Don't feed the swans at Lake Eola, but pet all the dogs
Feeding wild animals is never a good idea, and we can promise you the Lake Eola swans don't want your scraps. Let's not forget what happened to Lake Eola feathered royalty Queenie, whose past lover died from a popcorn overdose.
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Don't feed the swans at Lake Eola, but pet all the dogs


Feeding wild animals is never a good idea, and we can promise you the Lake Eola swans don't want your scraps. Let's not forget what happened to Lake Eola feathered royalty Queenie, whose past lover died from a popcorn overdose.
Get standing room tickets for an Orlando City home game
Sure, you do have to stand the whole time, but that's a small price to pay for an afternoon of excitement.
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Get standing room tickets for an Orlando City home game


Sure, you do have to stand the whole time, but that's a small price to pay for an afternoon of excitement.
Tip your bartender at your favorite neighborhood bar
We're all in this together — spread love to your community and leave a nice tip.
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Tip your bartender at your favorite neighborhood bar


We're all in this together — spread love to your community and leave a nice tip.
Catch a cult classic at Enzian Theater
With weekly showings and special events like cult classic nights, Enzian Theater is never a bad idea to scratch your cinematic itch.

Catch a cult classic at Enzian Theater


With weekly showings and special events like cult classic nights, Enzian Theater is never a bad idea to scratch your cinematic itch.
Get an Orange County Library card
You can get books home-delivered, learn how to use Photoshop, reserve free meeting spaces, use Melrose Center podcasting facilities for super cheap, take a free sewing class, learn ESL, check out comic books, get five free movies a month from Kanopy... the list of free and nearly free stuff is almost endless.
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Get an Orange County Library card


You can get books home-delivered, learn how to use Photoshop, reserve free meeting spaces, use Melrose Center podcasting facilities for super cheap, take a free sewing class, learn ESL, check out comic books, get five free movies a month from Kanopy... the list of free and nearly free stuff is almost endless.
Preorder your Pub Sub
Order your Pub sub online and thumb your nose 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.
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Preorder your Pub Sub


Order your Pub sub online and thumb your nose 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.
Visit the Lake Eola Farmers Market on the weekend
Grab a drink — make it a mint limeade, if the vendor is around — fill up on good food and stroll to your heart's content.

Visit the Lake Eola Farmers Market on the weekend


Grab a drink — make it a mint limeade, if the vendor is around — fill up on good food and stroll to your heart's content.
Pay your respects at the Pulse site
Remember the 49 people killed in our city, and vow to work in whatever you way you see fit to prevent a tragedy like this ever happening again.
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Pay your respects at the Pulse site


Remember the 49 people killed in our city, and vow to work in whatever you way you see fit to prevent a tragedy like this ever happening again.
Tune into WPRK
One of the country's longest-running student radio stations is right here in our backyard. Give it some well-deserved love: 91.5 FM on the radio dial or listen live at wprk.org.
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Tune into WPRK


One of the country's longest-running student radio stations is right here in our backyard. Give it some well-deserved love: 91.5 FM on the radio dial or listen live at wprk.org.
Watch a rocket launch from Cocoa Beach
Just a drive away from Orlando is Florida's own taste of the final frontier: the Space Coast. Catch a rocket launch and grab some unforgettable Instagram pics.
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Watch a rocket launch from Cocoa Beach


Just a drive away from Orlando is Florida's own taste of the final frontier: the Space Coast. Catch a rocket launch and grab some unforgettable Instagram pics.
See at least one show at Orlando Fringe Festival
It's art, it's weird, it's Orlando's finest amalgamation of all things creative.
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See at least one show at Orlando Fringe Festival


It's art, it's weird, it's Orlando's finest amalgamation of all things creative.
Check out at the show dogs at the AKC National Championship
These very good boys and girls take over the Orange County Convention Center every December.
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Check out at the show dogs at the AKC National Championship


These very good boys and girls take over the Orange County Convention Center every December.
Hang out on Wekiva Island
Reserve a cabana at Wekiva Island and make new friends while partying your ass off.
Photo via Wekiva Island/Facebook

Hang out on Wekiva Island


Reserve a cabana at Wekiva Island and make new friends while partying your ass off.
Take a Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
What better way to get to know your city than a boat tour? Sit back, relax, take in the local sights. If you squint your eyes, it's just like Venice!
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Take a Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour


What better way to get to know your city than a boat tour? Sit back, relax, take in the local sights. If you squint your eyes, it's just like Venice!
Take advantage of the Melrose Center at the downtown library
Sign up to use a photography studio, a video production studio, an audio recording studio, 3-D printers, interactive whiteboards and myriad other creative tools at the Orlando Public Library's technology hub for extremely reasonable prices. Like, extremely reasonable prices.
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Take advantage of the Melrose Center at the downtown library


Sign up to use a photography studio, a video production studio, an audio recording studio, 3-D printers, interactive whiteboards and myriad other creative tools at the Orlando Public Library's technology hub for extremely reasonable prices. Like, extremely reasonable prices.