July 24, 2017

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Top 100 Things To Do in Orlando Before You Die

If you are like us, you want to experience all that Orlando has and check it off your bucket list… Ah, the bucket list: the running list of awesome, amazing, crazy, inspiring ideas you’d like to do in Orlando before you “kick the bucket.” Maybe you have one, maybe you don’t. Whether your bucket list is on paper, on Pinterest, or just potential, here are 100 crazy bucket list ideas for you to consider.  They say you live once, but does it really matter when you can accomplish so many things in a single lifetime…   Folks, , this is your life, make it memorable, make things happen…

1. Wrestle a gator at Gatorland (14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail,gatorland.com) – it’s much safer than it sounds.
2. Build a robot made of random items you can buy at the looks-like-a-mad-scientist’s-laboratory-just-exploded electronics surplus shop, Skycraft Surplus (2245 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, skycraftsurplus.com).
3. Catch a Blue Man Group show (CityWalk at Universal Orlando,blueman.com/universal-orlando) and a Cirque du Soleil La Nouba(Walt Disney World Resort, cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/lanouba) performance. Some people travel to places like New York or Las Vegas (or Orlando) to catch these kinds of shows – we have them right in our own backyard, all year round.

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4. Visit Holy Land Experience (4655 Vineland Road) on its annual free day. Every year the Biblically themed amusement park run by Trinity Broadcasting Network opens its doors to the public for free in exchange for property-tax exemptions. The annual event is chaotic and crowded, but the experience is … well, it’s something. Check the park’s website (holylandexperience.com) for the announcement of its admission-free date.

5. Find a new favorite record at Rock and Roll Heaven (1814 N. Orange Ave., rock-n-rollheaven.com).

6. Wear lingerie to CityWalk at Universal Orlando for a Rich Weirdoes performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Just make sure you wear a trench coat or something non-revealing as you move through the entrance checkpoint. (every second and fourth Friday and Saturday of the month, AMC Universal Cineplex 20, 6000 Universal Blvd., richweirdoes.com).

7. Take the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour (312 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, scenicboattours.com), which takes you through an amazing series of lush, narrow canals that connect the Winter Park Chain of Lakes.

8. See a show at the Timucua Arts White House (2000 S. Summerlin Ave.,timucua.com). This unique music venue is actually the living room of local musician Benoit Glazer and his family, but don’t by shy – they’ve transformed it into an acoustically pleasing venue with seating for up to 150. Most shows are free, but bring a bottle of wine to share. A pittance for such a gorgeous experience.

9. Go to a reading at the Kerouac House (kerouacproject.org) and see the unassuming College Park room where Dharma Bums was written.

10. Ride the Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure (universalorlando.com).

11. While the Cuban sandwiches are among the best in town and their eponymous soups are off the chain, it’s the avocado salad dressing at Black Bean Deli (various locations, blackbeandeli.com) that’s really worth savoring.

12. See as many movies as you can at the Florida Film Festival, more than two decades old and still going strong. (April 4-13, 2014, Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, floridafilmfestival.com)

13. RSVP on the website and join one of Greenwood Cemetery’s Moonlight Walking Tours, where you’ll see the final resting places of people with last names like Bumby, Carr and Tinker (1603 Greenwood St., 407-246-2616;greenwood-cemetery.net).
14. Anzac biscuits were originally baked to be sent off in care packages for Australian soldiers. But you can indulge in their extra-crispy deliciousness at Drunken Monkey (444 N. Bumby Ave., drunkenmonkeycoffee.com) in relative safety. We don’t want to start a war, but it might just be the greatest cookie in town.

15. Get downtown Orlando street magician Richard the Adequate to perform a magic trick for you before you stumble home from the bars.

16. Chug das boot full of beer at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café (205 E. First St., Sanford, willowtreecafe.com) while the crowd chants, German beer hall-style, “Tiki-toki, tiki toki … hoy! hoy! hoy!”

17. Gawk at the show dogs strutting their stuff at the AKC Eukanuba National Championship at the Orange County Convention Center (Dec. 14-15, akc.org/nationalchampionship)

18. Ride an airboat at Black Hammock Adventures (2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Road, Oviedo, theblackhammock.com). Riding airboats and gawking at gators is a quintessentially Central Floridian activity, and Black Hammock, located on gator-choked Lake Jesup, is the spot to do it.

19. Create a custom necklace at Dear Prudence Shop (2912 Corrine Drive,facebook.com/dearprudenceshoporlando), using beads you won’t find anywhere else. Pair it with a dress from their collection.

20. Bicycle down the West Orange Trail. You can even rent bikes at West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades at Mile Marker 0 on the trail. (17914 State Road 438, Winter Garden, orlandobikerental.com)

21.  Kennedy Space Center –  An exhibit-filled visitors complex with IMAX movies, interactive space-flight simulators, the Shuttle Launch Experience, Astronaut Hall of Fame and more. (50 miles east in the Cape Canaveral area.

22.  Forever Florida – A 4,700-acre working cattle ranch in St. Cloud offering horseback riding and swamp-buggy tours. (52 miles south of downtown Orlando.

23.  Daytona Beach – Travel to the birthplace of speed. (50 miles north and east of Orlando.

24.  St. Augustine – The oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the U.S. (58 miles due north of Daytona Beach.

25.  Mount Dora – For strolling, shopping, wining and dining, quaint Mount Dora in Lake County is worth the trip. (35-minute drive from downtown Orlando)



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