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The Other Orlando

Things to do and see outside of IRE23

Thanks to Mary Shanklin and Adam Rhodes for helping compile this local guide for the 2023 IRE Conference in Orlando, June 22-25. Shanklin served on the IRE23 regional committee and is currently a journalism instructor at the University of Central Florida. Formerly, Shanklin was a reporter at the Orlando Sentinel. Rhodes is currently a Training Director at IRE and received their undergraduate journalism degree from the University of Central Florida. 


  • Senor Frogs: For caloric revelry and drag entertainment
  • Ole Red & Tin Roof: To enjoy the local live music scene
  • Kennedy Space Center: Recently revamped, roughly an hour from Orlando 
  • Gatorland: Small locally owned attraction with albino gators for the ultimate campiness.
  • Morse Museum: Winter Park mansion turned museum that’s home to the world's most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany
  • Orlando Museum of Art: Local art museum near Winter Park 
  • ICON Park: Popular attractions/games/food (like The Wheel!) on I-Drive 


Neighborhoods to Note:

Dining, Dancing, Drinking:


If you have businesses or other resources you’d like to add to this list, send us a quick email at and we’ll be happy to add to the list! For more local tips, be sure to check out the IRE23 LGBTQ+ Resource Guide.

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