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The Orange County Regional History Center allows visitors to explore 12,000 years worth of Central Florida history. The detailed exhibits go as far back as the Seminole Wars, and cover everything from natural disasters to the arraignment of Ted Bundy. You can even find out what Orlando was like before the establishment of Walt Disney World. Be sure to explore the gift shop for some excellent souvenirs.
The history of The Beacham dates back to the 1920s, when it was opened as a vaudeville and movie theater, but was closed down and replaced by the Tabu nightclub. However, The Beacham survives and flourishes to re-open in 2011 as a suave nightclub at the same location. Aiming to be an 'intimate' venue, the club shares a doorway with another very popular club, The Social. Together, the venues bring to the city a passel of entertainment, be it great bands, DJs, or interesting club nights. To keep a good image, however, the venue has imposed a strict dress code. So do see the website to plan a visit to The Beacham.
Lauded as Orlando's best entertainment venue for over a decade, The Social hosts a number of musical events that keep it almost always packed. The club is also known as 'the pit', but only in the best sense of the word. Patrons sit or dance in a pit, while musicians play jazz, rock and other types of music on a stage above. The food, which is served with a Southwestern flare, is good, but the martinis, all 27 varieties, are the club's claim to fame. And if you're planning to throw a party or even a corporate event, there could be no better place than The Social. Let the good times roll!
This tri-leveled nightclub is a growing favorite among the young Orlando crowd, with its three unique bars and two dance floors. There is one main room comprising of a bar and a dance floor, but what makes this nightclub stand out is its outdoor patio bar with its sidewalk cafe-like feel. There is something for everyone at Independent Bar—choose to either experience mad exhilaration with the contemporary music performances by local bands amidst heavy duty light and sound systems, or relax comfortably at the patio bar, which offers a sprawling view of downtown Orlando. Open from Tuesday to Thursday from 10p, Friday to Saturday from 9:30p and on Sunday from 10p.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Lake Eola is an ideal escape without having to leave the city. The lake is a part of a park complex that includes a lovely walkway, which encircles the lake and serves as a running track. The park is a whopping 43.2 acres (17.48 hectares), which makes it easy to feel like you really have left the city. Visitors can use the picnic facilities located throughout the park, or rent a boat to take out onto the lake.
Orlando’s first Catholic church, the St. James Catholic Cathedral parish can date it’s beginning to the year 1885. Over the years the church has seen several changes, including changes in location and the building which has undergone significant alterations over the years. The current structure dates back around 50 years to 1952. Notable features include the beautiful Rose window, impressive stone front and the majestic Wicks organ. Sunday Mass is held in three languages, in keeping with the diverse congregation, English, Spanish and Creole. English Mass is held at 7.30am, 9:00am, 10:30am and 5:00pm; Spanish Mass at 12:15pm and Kreole Mass at 6.30pm. Besides this services, prayer meetings and confession takes place at varied timings. For details, visit the website.