100 things you must do in Orlando before you die
A list of things everyone who lives in Orlando should do at least once
Published: December 4, 2013
57. Sip a butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Islands of Adventure, Universal Orlando, universalorlando.com/harrypotter).
58. Tailgate for a UCF Knights football game at Bright House Networks Stadium (University of Central Florida, East Plaza Drive, ucfknights.com/brighthouse/tailgating.html). Just be sure and read up on the game-day rules before heading to the stadium.
59. Order a gigantic 30-inch pizza and a growler of beer at Lazy Moon Pizza (11551 University Blvd., lazymoonpizza.com).
60. Narrowly avoid flying debris at Crash-A-Rama (Old Speed World Dragway, 19164 E. Colonial Drive, tourofdestruction.com), which happens every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving and makes your pulse race as wildly as the doomed vehicles on the course.
61. Make a fool of yourself while ice skating at the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den (8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., mvpsportsclubs.com).
62. Get down froggy-style at Jeremiah’s Italian Ice (various locations, jeremiahsice.com), a welcome treat when it’s Key West Tropical hot and even when it’s not – especially when they break out the seasonal pumpkin ice in fall and winter.
63. Get stoned at Walt Disney World.
64. Challenge a regular to a game of pool at the Hideaway Bar (516 Virginia Drive, thehideawaybar.net). Their billiards setup is a single table, but you’ll have to battle the best of them to get on it.
65. Explore the expansive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art (445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, morsemuseum.org).
66. Pet a panther, or any other wild animal ranging from backyard ’possums to fallow deer, taken in for rehabilitation at Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge (18515 E. Colonial Drive, btn-wildlife.org).
67. Dance your ass off at Grits and Gravy at Independent Bar (70 N. Orange Ave., facebook.com/independentbarorlando), one of downtown’s longest-running dance nights, dedicated to ’50s, ’60s and ’70s soul, funk and rock & roll.
68. Muster the courage to demonstrate your vocal prowess at Big Daddy’s (3001 Corrine Drive, bigdaddysorlando.com) daily karaoke night.
69. Sit in the big chair at Wall Street Plaza (Wall and Court streets, wallstplaza.net) during a block party. Make sure somebody snaps your picture.
70. Take a pickle shot at Ollie’s (3400 Edgewater Drive, olliespublichouse.com) or Finnhenry’s (39 N. Orange Ave., finnhenrys.com). Both bars offer a menu of “dirty” shots, all of which include a liquor (tequila, whiskey or vodka) with a side of pickle juice. Trust us, it goes down smoother than you’d think.
71. Horrify yourself at Legends: A Haunting at Old Town (5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, legendsoldtown.com), the only year-round haunted house in town. It dishes up the scares like nobody’s business.
72. Attend Orlando’s epic and outrageously colorful Come Out With Pride parade. (Come Out With Pride, October 2014, comeoutwithpride.com)
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