20 Things You Have To Do In Central Florida This Summer

20 Things You Have To Do In Central Florida This Summer

No summer 2017 bucket list can be complete without a cat cafe. Yes, you heard me correctly.
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Whether you consider Orlando the Home of the Mouse or the City Beautiful, you are in for a real treat, because summer is approaching fast and it is the best time of year to experience both aspects of this Central Florida city. Theme parks upgrades, new restaurants, and the subtropical weather give you endless possibilities for things to do this summer. If you want the ultimate local experience in Orlando, here are 20 things you need to try this summer that combine the newest additions of 2017 with some of the city's unique classic activities.

1. Pandora: World of Avatar (open May 27, 2017)

Walk into the vibrant alien land of Pandora, from the captivating James Cameron movie Avatar, and see a different side of nature.

2. Volcano Bay (open May 25, 2017)

Talk of Universal's newest water park has been all the rage since the classic Wet 'n' Wild shut down. We're all excited to cool down in this hot addition to the Universal family.

3. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

If you missed Jimmy Fallon while he was in town, don't worry... You can always feel like your with him now that he has his own ride at Universal. But, Jimmy, if you read this, please come back to Orlando soon!

4. WhirlyDome

Enjoy a drink while playing a sport on bumper cars, or test your skills in laser tag... How can you pass up an opportunity like that?!

5. Forever Florida (St. Cloud)

Zipline 1000 feet through Florida conservation land, or take a horseback ride back in time on an original 1800s trail ride.

6. Wekiva Island (Longwood)

If you are looking for a laid back afternoon in the water, this is the perfect place to bring some floaties and your friends. This Wekiva River hot spot also has events, corn hole, a bar, and canoes and kayaks to rent.

7. Orlando Watersports Complex

If you don't have a boat to practice some sweet jumps on a wake board, just go down to the cable park and ride (or in my case, learn to ride).

8. Paddleboard Orlando

Practice balance and strength all in one while having fun in the water. PBO offers serveral locations to rent boards and go on tour, and they hold sunset paddles that allow you and your puppy pal to enjoy a refreshing ride at the end of the day.

9. Lake Baldwin Park

This park in one of the cutest neighborhoods of the city allows your dog to cool off in the water when the walk gets too hot.

10. Orlando Farmer's Market

Every Sunday you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Eola in the heart of downtown Orlando while checking out local vendors. I suggest following my routine of listening to the talented live musicians with a fresh coconut and a platter of Filipino/Hawaiian fusion from Over Rice before you go shopping for super-cheap produce and handmade goods.

11. Orlando City Stadium

Vamos Orlando! Enjoy our own MLS teams, the men's Orlando City Lions and now the women's Orlando Pride at their official stadium. Not to mention the soccer games bring lots of pub crawls to downtown Orlando...

12. Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

From song and dance to political speakers and from local production to Broadway, the Dr. Phillips Center has it all this summer.

13. SAK Comedy Lab

Who doesn't want to be the next Jimmy Fallon or Tina Fey?! Follow in their footsteps by signing up for improv classes, or just attend a show as an audience member.

14. Orlando Cat Cafe (Clermont)

Every cat lover's dream is to relax in a coffee shop, writing or reading with cuteness surrounding them! The cats are so popular you have to book your activities with them online... YOGA WITH CATS? SIGN ME UP.

15. Foxtail Farmhouse (Winter Park, open August 2017)

As if Foxtail Coffee Co. was not already the cutest industrial-chic, ethically-sourced coffee shop to come to Winter Park in 2017, summer will bring Foxtail Farmhouse, an extension of the store serving as a specialty espresso bar and will hold coffee roasting classes. Sorry Starbucks, but my heart belongs to Foxtail.

16. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

The name is as much of a mouthful as the mouth full of heaven you'll have when you visit. Their unique menu proves that cooking is an art - I never thought I needed to mix the words "chocolate" and "gnocchi" until Toothsome came along. Once you leave this place, visions of truffle fries will dance through your head.

17. Tin Roof

What started in Nashville, the Music City, became a growing phenomenon of bringing local bands to one place to showcase their talents. Tin Roof is a fun, relaxed place to enjoy live music with your friends, located right next to the iconic Orlando Eye.

18. Joysticks Arcade Lounge and Retro Bar

HEEYYY YOU GUUUYSS! In the age of nostalgia, Joysticks is what everyone needs to feel like they are back in the 80s. Adults can enjoy craft beer and themed cocktails in the Goonies, Haunted Mansion, or Lightsaber Lounge. With no cover and free arcade games, it's definitely worth checking out.

19. Downtown Orlando Bar Scene

Maybe video games are not your things, and that's okay. There are so many bars to choose from, you will definitely find one that fits your style. You can find anything from an authentic Irish meal for brunch at The Harp and Celt, to the freshest mix of music from the DJs at the Other Bar, to a spicy take on a pickleback (called a Dirty Finn) at Finnhenry's.

20. Netflix

After completing the quite strenuous Orlando summer bucket list, you're going to need to go home and decompress with a solid Netflix session, in which you watch Bill Nye Saves The World.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Be White Feminists

I am white. I am a feminist. But I try very hard to avoid being a "white feminist."

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Preamble 1: I'm not sure if you're aware, but it's a humid, grey April afternoon and being a woman comes with extra challenges, to which I definitely did not agree but they were probably in some fine print that I skimmed. Bummer. Anyway, feminism! Feminism's place in 2019 is contested but I am coming from a place of having heard many of the sides; given that, it would be lovely if you would hear my side.

Preamble 2: Before I get into this topic, I want to acknowledge the place of privilege from which I come. Look at my fully Irish name, I am white. Believing in social, economic, and political gender equality, I am a feminist. But I try very hard to avoid being a "white feminist". As a student at Texas A&M;, a university that sometimes strays into homogeneity in both thought and demographic, I've been noticing a pattern in many conversations concerning gender equality. The pattern is that of white feminism.

White feminism is a Western-styled picking and choosing of feminism that entails a set of beliefs tolerating the ignorance of issues that mostly impact women of color.

Contrast this philosophy with intersectional feminism, which recognizes multiple identities and experiences within us, while promoting more united gender equality. Without intersectionality, our essence cannot stand against oppression and stand for equality without acknowledgment of the nuances of different historical struggles. As women, we face difficulties, but not all women face the same oppressions and marginalizations – and that cannot be overlooked in narratives.

As far as gendered-based violence goes, the Justice Department estimates that one in five women and one in seventy-one men will experience rape in the US. However, here's where the necessary nuances come in.

Women and men of color are more likely to experience this form of violence than white women or men. Women and men who are LGBTQ+are more likely to experience this form of violence than straight women or men. Lower income women and men are more likely to experience this form of violence than women or men in the highest income brackets.

So, yes, one in five women and one in seventy-one men are rape victims. But quoting that statistic without disambiguating the data can mislead readers or listeners of the ways that different identities amalgamate into this final number. Essentially, disproportional oppressions exist. All people are at risk for gendered violence, specifically rape, in America, but some people are more at risk.

If you need more of an explanation, think of the following analogy. White feminism is to intersectional feminism what #AllLivesMatter is to #BlackLivesMatter. Everyday Feminism contends, "the former's attempt at inclusiveness can actually erase the latter's acknowledgment of a unique issue that disproportionately affects a specific group of people".

If you ever find yourself guilty of white feminism, (I've been there!) know that we are all evolving. As long as you are open to education, we are all on the same side.

Here are three vital steps you can take to make your feminism intersectional!

1. Reflect on yourself. 

Reflect on your long-held beliefs based on your perspective alone could not apply to someone else. Reflect on your privileged experiences and acknowledge them for what they are.

2. Think about others. 

Once you've figured your internal state out from step one, you ought to look at the experiences of others with the same level of validity as your own. Ethically, feminism focuses on equality. Yes, that means stopping sexism, but it also expands to mean stopping complicated systemic oppressions that affect more than just white women. That said, white feminists are not the enemy in the fight for equality, rather, they are underinformed.

3. Don’t be afraid to grow. 

Say you were wrong. There's less shame in it than you think. In fact, I genuinely wish our culture was more forgiving of people who made an honest mistake in their past, but their hearts were/are in the right place.

Allow yourself to move onwards and upwards. We are all works-in-progress. We are all striving for better versions of ourselves. Intention is everything and your intention should be to always learn.

Intersectional feminism is challenging, like all educations. If you're doing it right, it should force you to think and even make you feel a little bit uncomfortable. After all, while feminism is here to help, it is not here for your (or my) comfort.

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