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
85. The new See Art public art project at Lake Eola Park is not just a new mini-art walk, it’s an opportunity for iconic Orlando Instagramming. Gain a new Facebook profile pic as you sit in the giant hand of “Muse of Discovery” or dart between the sky-scraping legs of “Monument in Right Feet Major.”
86. Happy chickens lay the tastiest eggs, and there are few happier birds than the ones at Lake Meadow Naturals (10000 Mark Adam Road, Ocoee, lakemeadownaturals.com). Owner Dale Volkert sells his poultry products to upscale restaurants throughout Florida, but the farm store is open to the public 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
87. Devour the delicious biscuits and gravy at the Daybreak Diner (3335 Curry Ford Road, daybreakdiner.org).
88. Remember why Shakespeare is known as the greatest English-language writer in history by experiencing one of his plays, transformed and performed by the 25-year-old Orlando Shakespeare Theater company. (812 E. Rollins St., orlandoshakes.org)
89. Show up for half-off Tuesday at Johnny’s Fillin’ Station’s Other Side (2631 S. Ferncreek Ave., johnnysfillinstation.com). At half-off everything (including booze), it’s cheaper than eating at home.
90. Browse the collection of perfect, tiny things gathered at Ron’s Miniature Shop (751 W. Colonial Drive, ronsminiatures.com), the largest miniature shop and museum in Florida.
91. Kayak a bioluminescent lagoon. In the summer through early fall, the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon near Titusville are full of bioluminscence after dark – every movement in the water produces an eerie, sparkly light.
92. “Yeah, yeah, it’s just hummus, big deal,” you might think – until you dip something in the Happy Hempy Hummus at Dandelion Communitea Café (618 N. Thornton Ave., dandelioncommunitea.com). We don’t know what they put in there to make it so special, and frankly we don’t care as long as they keep it coming.
93. Attend an Orlando City Soccer Club game, the best local sports ticket in town these days. Plus, the Orlando City Soccer Club was recently granted entry into the MLS. (Orlando City Soccer plays its 2014 season home games at ESPN Wide World of Sports, 700 S. Victory Way, Kissimmee, orlandocitysoccer.com)
94. Improvise a song-and-dance routine on the interactive music-and-light sculpture, Light Waves, on the Magnolia Street side of the Orlando Public Library (101 E. Central Blvd., ocls.info/orlandopubliclibrary).
95. Sit in the firepit/bar at Linda’s La Cantina (4721 E. Colonial Drive, lindaslacantinasteakhouse.com). A bit of old Florida opulence for the early-bird set, Linda’s fantastic steaks pair magically with the sunken feature that spits fire from its center.
96. Visit the Holy Land Experience (4655 Vineland Road, holylandexperience.com). If you miss the daily afternoon crucifixion of The Passion – and you shouldn’t, because it is so over-the-top bloody – make your way to Calvary’s Garden Tomb and pretend to roll away the rock that Jesus wasn’t behind.
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