Friday, August 27, 2010

Five Things To Do in Orlando This Weekend: July 27-29, 2010

An Expensive Indulgence: Dinner at Hawk's Landing Steakhouse
They've just picked up their sixth Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, making this restaurant the place to be for excellent wine and outstanding steaks. It overlooks the 18th green of the championship golf course at the Orlando World Center Resort by Marriott, so fantastic views can be had along with your exceptional meal. Meat eaters will delight in the steak selections, including their signature Char Grilled USDA Prime Steaks. Don't miss the made-to-order hash browns with applewood smoked bacon -- other steakhouses' plain old baked or mashed will never satisfy again. (8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, 407-239-4200)

A Cheap Treat: Downtown BBQ Cookoff & Family Festival
Head downtown for a classic bbq cookoff contest. For only $10, you'll get a wristband allowing you to taste all the delicious meaty treats in the competition, plus delicious beans and slaw, and a vote in the People's Choice category. The event is rain or shine and features -- in addition to the great eats -- covered event tents, misters, water games, and ice cold beverages galore. It's presented by Trinity Downtown, a local church organization that is dedicated to caring for downtown Orlando and all the people in it. It's a great event a charitable cause, so eat, drink and save your receipts! (123 East Livingston Street, Orlando, 407-488-1919)

Free Fun: Full Moon Cemetery Walk at Historic Greenwood Cemetery
Located on the outskirts of downtown Orlando, Greenwood Cemetery is a tranquil and beautiful piece of Orlando history. Its 82 acres of rolling hills, exceptional graveyard art and achitecture, and flowering azaleas make it a unique place to spend some quiet time. Tonight, you can reserve a spot for a guided moonlight stroll of the cemetery. The walk will cover 4 miles in total and include biref visits to about 100 graves of notable individuals in Orlando's history. (Friday only, 1603 Greenwood St., Orlando, 407-246-2616)

Great for Grownups: The Mills 50 Pub Crawl
Take a $5 tour of the best bars in this uber-cool hipster enclave of downtown Orlando. The area features a mix of bars and clubs that attract artists, bikers, open-minded performers and the crowds that accompany all of the above. So if you're looking for funky fun in a growing artistic neighborhood, this is the event for you. All stops will include drinks specials. The crawl occurs monthly; this month's stops include Funky Monkey Wine Company, Wally's Mills Avenue Liquors, The Peacock Room and Paradise Orlando. (event begins at the Funky Monkey Wine Company's downtown location at 912 North Mills Avenue, 407-427-1447)

Fantastic for Families: If a Starfish Can Grow A New Arm, Why Can't I?
The Orlando Science Center presents this fantastic touring exhibit about tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. It's a hands-on experience that guides visitors through this complex branch of science, all presented in a kid-friendly format by Seamore, an animated starfish with a thing for Elvis Presley. Interactive activities within the exhibit include a cell puzzle station (construct a nerve cell and a blood cell), a stem cell Q & A kiosk, and information about the kinds of professionals who work in this exciting and sometimes controversial field. (777 East Princeton Street, Orlando, 407-514-2000)


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