A photographer documented the 'Peculiar Paradise' of early 1980s Florida

While working for National Geographic Magazine, photographer Nathan Benn returned to his home state of Florida in 1981, an era that saw…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Spaceship Earth attraction at Disney Epcot in Orlando, Florida during construction.
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19 fun things to do in Orlando this week (1/16-1/22)

Some of our picks for the best things to see and do in Orlando this week.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Friday, Jan. 18J. Phlip at CelinePhoto by Vitali Gelwich
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22 fun things to do in Orlando this week (1/9-1/15)

Some of our picks for the best things to see and do in Orlando this week.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Thursday, Jan. 10Molly Gene One Whoa-Man Band at Lil IndiesPhoto by Aaron Bowen
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You can now rent this insane Orlando mansion

It's only fitting that Orlando has rentals this over the top. Located inside Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, this Disney-themed vacation home is…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

You can now rent this insane Orlando mansion
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17 fun things to do over the holiday weekend (12/22-12/25)

Avoid or enjoy company at these holiday events this long weekend.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Through Sunday, Dec. 23Wekiva Island's Winter Wonderland
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25 things to do if you're sober in Orlando

As many things as there are to do in Central Florida, a lot of them involve drinking alcohol in some way. So…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Take a clear-bottom kayak tour
    Multiple locations  
     Head over to one of Florida’s many gorgeous springs and grab a clear kayak. It’s a unique experience where you get to see even more of what Florida’s nature has to offer.
    
    Photo via Get Up and Go Kayaking
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25 cheap holiday date ideas for the broke Orlandoan

Between buying presents for your friends, your family and the annual white elephant gift exchange at your office holiday party, the holiday…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Light Up UCF 
    Through Jan. 6 2019
    Winter carnival with ice skating, pictures with Santa, rides, games, movies and more. Prices for activities vary. lightupucf.com.
    Photo via Light Up UCF/Facebook
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23 essential holiday activities in Orlando everyone should do at least once

We've rounded up all the best wintertime activities in the Central Florida area. From celebrating Christmas with Mickey to seeing real snow…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Wekiva Island Winter Wonderland 
    Nov. 8-Jan. 6
     Wekiva Island gets decked out in holiday spirit with snow slides, movies, train rides, Santa Claus visits and more. wekivaisland.com.
    Photo via Wekiva Island/Facebook
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21 Christmas tree farms and Santa villages to visit in Central Florida this holiday season

Whether looking for the perfect Christmas tree or just to forget the Florida heat with some holiday fun, there are tons of…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Severt’s Christmas Tree Farm
    Multiple locations
    
    With over 40 years of experience, this family-owned farm harvests trees Fraser Fir Christmas trees from North Carolina and Virgina. Locations span across Florida, with Central Florida stores in Winter Springs, Kissimmee and Lake Mary. Open every day with varying hours.
    
    Photo via Severt’s Christmas Tree Farm/Facebook
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19 fun things to do in Orlando this week (11/21-11/27)

Some of our picks for the best things to see and do in Orlando this week.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Friday, Nov. 23Bad Santa & the Angry Elves at Iron Cow
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Every free holiday event happening in Orlando till the end of the year

Orlando knows how to deliver over the holidays and there are tons of free events for all ages to choose from. Here's…

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Saturday, Dec. 8
    Winter Spark Parade
     Holiday festival with artists, vendors, food and an opportunity for pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus, followed by a lighted parade down New Broad Street.
    3-7:30 pm; Downtown Baldwin Park, 4915 New Broad St.; free; 407-443-6110; baldwinparkevents.com. 
    Photo via Winter Spark in Baldwin Park/Facebook
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The best ways to see Christmas lights in Orlando this year

Christmas palm trees, fake snow and a whole lot of twinkly lights. The most wonderful time of the year has arrived in…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Christmas Wonders  
    1642 Sunburst Way, Kissimmee 
    Through Jan. 1 2019
    There isn't a square inch of this house without a Christmas light, and for that we applaud the Christmas Wonders house. See the impressive lights between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, and 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 
    
    Photo via Orlando Weekly
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20 fun things to do in Orlando this week (11/14-11/20)

Some of our picks for the best things to see and do in Orlando this week.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Thursday, Nov. 15Giraffage at the SocialPhoto by Holy Mountain
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23 fun things to do in Orlando this week (11/8-11/13)

Some of our picks for the best things to see and do in Orlando this week.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Saturday, Nov. 10Parallels at Soundbar
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25 Orlando dates you'll actually want to go on this fall

Though in many ways fall in Florida is just a second summer, it does cool down enough so that you can do…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Go on a camping trip to Rainbow Springs State Park
    Though Dunnellon is about an hour and a half drive away, the beauty of Rainbow Springs is well worth the drive. The park’s campground has 60 sites for tent and RV campers. And while there, you can enjoy the springs, nature trails and tubing. Prices vary depending on the dates you choose. More information here 
     Photo via Florida State Parks
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Everyone we saw in downtown Orlando on Halloween night

We sent a photographer to downtown Orlando to document the madness on Halloween night, and here's what that looked like.October 31, 2018…

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Everyone we saw in downtown Orlando on Halloween night
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25 fun things to do in Orlando this week (10/31-11/6)

Some of our picks for the best things to see and do in Orlando this week.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Monday, Nov. 5Eat to the Beat: Boyz II Men at Epcot
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24 fun things to do in Orlando this week (10/24-10/30)

Some of our picks for the best things to see and do in Orlando this week.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 26-27Oktoberfest at the German American Society of Central Florida
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25 fun things to do in Orlando this week (10/17-10/24)

Some of our picks for the best things to see and do in Orlando this week.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Thursday, Oct. 18Ha*Ash at House of Blues
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25 natural springs in Central Florida where you should camp this fall

As the temperature cools down, camping in Florida is finally tolerable again and what better way to celebrate than taking a trip…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

25 natural springs in Central Florida where you should camp this fall
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Every outdoor movie playing in Orlando through the rest of the year

Nothing beats the combination of lawn chairs, discrete booze consumption and a movie you've seen 50 times, so here's every outdoor screening…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Every outdoor movie playing in Orlando through the rest of the year
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24 fun things to do in Orlando this week (10/3-10/9)

Some of our picks for the best things to see and do in Orlando this week.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Saturday, Oct. 6RARE Music Festival with DJ Diesel (Shaq) at Orlando Amphitheater
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The best things to do in Orlando this Fall that are absolutely free

In a city like Orlando, it can seem hard to find events that aren't overly expensive. However, there are tons of free…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Saturday, Oct. 6 
    Zombietoberfest
    The undead take over Audubon Park with vendors, food trucks, two beer gardens, live music and braaaaaaains.
    5-10 pm; Audubon Park Garden District, Corrine Drive and Winter Park Road; free; audubonparkgardens.com
    
    Photo via Audubon Park Garden/Facebook
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20 fun things to do in Orlando this week (9/26-10/2)

Some of our picks for the best things to see and do in Orlando this week.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Friday, Sept. 28David Byrne at the Dr. Phillips Center
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20 Central Florida pumpkin patches and corn mazes for your fall-loving self

Even though it doesn't feel like fall around here, it doesn't mean we can't enjoy everything else this season has to offer.…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Painted Oaks
    
    
    15100 Lake Pickett Road, (407) 929-0970 
    The Painted Oaks pumpkin patch pumpkin patch opens Oct. 6 and will run through Oct. 30. Unlike many of the events listed, admission and parking are free seven days a week. Pumpkins will be priced at $1/lb and pony rides, hayrides and petting zoo at $5. 
    
    Photo via Painted Oaks Academy
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20 fun things to do in Orlando this week (9/19-9/25)

Some of our picks for the best things to see and do in Orlando this week.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Thursday, Sept. 20The Little Mermen at Soundbar
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21 fun things to do in Orlando this week (9/12-9/19)

Some of our picks for the best things to see and do in Orlando this week.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Tue., Sept. 18, 8 p.m. Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Beacham (photo by Matthew Salacuse)
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19 fun things to do in Orlando this week (9/5-9/11)

Some of our picks for the best things to see and do in Orlando this week.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Tuesday, Sept. 11Alina Baraz at the BeachamPhoto by Natalie Somekh
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19 fun things to do in Orlando this week (8/29-9/4)

Some of our picks for the best things to see and do in Orlando this week.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Tuesday, Sept. 4Birdcloud at Will's Pub
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Photos from the iDrive Nascar photo booth at the 2018 Best of Orlando party

Last night, we celebrated everything that is the Best of Orlando at The Beacham, The Social, 64 North, Patio, and Aero. Congratulations…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Photos from the iDrive Nascar photo booth at the 2018 Best of Orlando party
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