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Science:

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Titusville, FL
General Information & Inquiries: 321-449-4444
Current operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m

Orlando Science Center (map)
777 E Princeton St
Orlando, FL 32803-1250
(407) 514-2000


User groups:

See our Friends and neighbors page.


Project places and labs:

CoLab

FAMiLab, a hackerspace in west Altamonte Springs. We have a temporary wiki-site up at http://familab.org/. If you are unfamiliar with the hackerspaces concept, we are a non-profit public organization structured to model a Direct Democracy with a small memberbase. Once a Hackerspace gets too large, it seems natural that they'd split to better serve the locations of the members. As they say in the hackerspaces community, "When there are fewer than 2 members per space, we know we have too many spaces. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it." It's partly the reclamation of corporate property, partly creating a safe-haven for socially-questionable but perfectly legal activities, partly a social club atmosphere to encourage hacking, and partly an attempt to legitimize and bring back the traditional Hacker Ethic to the world at large.

Most geeks become familiar with the Hacker Ethic early in their lives, but it's short so worth repeating:
1. Sharing
2. The "Hands-On" Imperative
3. Collaboration/Community

Sounds kind of like a pre-school code-of-conduct, but, cmon, who didn't have fun in pre-school?

The FAMiLab Open-Lab Hackerspace is having a meeting tomorrow at 8pm at our leased location at: South Seminole Business & Storage
Unit #134
540 N SR 434
Altamonte Springs, FL

And you are all welcome to attend. If you decide to come, you'll need a gate code, so when you get to the gate give me (tetsu) a call at 407-666-0933.


Restaurants:

Ethos Vegan Kitchen
1235 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 228-3899

Caffe Positano
3030 East Semoran Boulevard
Apopka, FL
(407) 774-8080

Stardust Video and Coffee (map) (has free wi-fi)
1842 E Winter Park Rd
Orlando, Fl 32804
407-623-3393

The Redlight Redlight (map) (for beer geeks)
535 West New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL
(407) 539-1711

White Wolf Cafe (map) (review)
1829 North Orange Ave.
Orlando FL 32804
(407)-895-9911


Games, comics, sci-fi and collectibles:

Sci-Fi City (map) (sci-fi, lan parties and RPG tables)
6006 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32807
(407) 896-1701

ACME Superstore (comics and collectibles)
905 E State Road 434 # 100
Longwood, FL 32750-5344
(407) 331-0433

Disney Quest (map) (gaming)
1486 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 828-3800

Hard Knocks (map) (gaming - laser tag and live action)
5707 Dot Com Court Suite 1025
Oviedo, FL 32765
(407) 359-9091

Coliseum of Comics
Multiple locations around Orlando. Check the web site.

Bad Apple Comics
Multiple locations around Orlando. Check the web site.


Ham radio and electronics:

Skycraft
2245 W Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
Open Weekdays 8:30am-6pm; Sat 8:30am-5pm

Amateur Electronic Supply (AES)
621 Commonwealth Ave
Orlando, FL 32803
800-327-1917
407-894-3238

Vacum Tubes Inc.

Acme Surplus
The kind of place Wyley E. Coyote would love. :-) Sanford, FL Not listed in phone book! Not a lot of electronics though. Larger electrical and pneumatic stuff, generators etc.

Tech Surplus Depot (map)
215 Pineda St
Longwood, FL 32750
(407) 830-7030

Barry Bobes and Associates
1967 High St.
Longwood, FL
407-330-3408
Dealer in military commodities, Everything from PRC-77's to Helicopters. Not listed in phone book. 'Aircraft & Military Electronics Excess' According to Larry Ware, someone on BA poisoned the well on this place: "Stuff available for $10 two weeks ago is now $80, his PRC-77's are now $300 each, old power tube sockets that were $5 are now $40, etc. When asked about the drastic change in prices, he responded that somehow his firm got "on the internet" and people were bidding his "junk" higher and higher." Perhaps if the speculators have moved on, it might be worth checking out.

Larry's Home for Wayward Test Equipment & Old Radios (tm)
Let your equipment retire in sunny central Florida.
Intensive Care, Private Bench Space, Frequent Use,
Factory trained HP, Tek & Fluke Surgeon on staff.
Good Home Guaranteed or double your junk back!
lrware@pipeline.com - Orlando, FL -

Radio Relics
321 East Evans St.
Orlando, FL
OR: 660 Clay Street,
Winter Park, FL
(407) 895-0146 or (407) 740-5581
Near Orange Ave., close to I-4. Princeton St. exit as I remember. Dennis Williams is the proprietor...a very nice guy. While most of his business is antique radio repair, he usually has some interesting pieces for sale. (Frank Nocera) Radio Relics: Mainly old BCB sets.

TNR Batteries
Sanford, FL near the mall.
Good source for getting battery packs rebuilt.

Astrotoo surplus
6949 West Nasa Blvd.
West Melbourne, FL 32904
Has a lot of NASA outtake.


Entertainment and the arts:

Enzian A full-time, non-for-profit alternative cinema.
Maitland, FL

Plaza Cinema Cafe
189 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
321-558-2878

Aloma Cinema Grill
2155 Aloma Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32792
(407) 678-8214

Drive in theaters:

http://www.driveintheater.com/list/florida.htm

For art geeks:

The Maitland Art Center
231 W Packwood Ave,
Maitland, FL


Geo-caches, walking tours, metal detecting and odd locations

Perhaps a link to the local geocaches, always a neat distraction.

Spook hill (map)
Lake Wales, FL

Well not a great spot but it is the largest metal detector store in the area, Kellyco:

http://www.kellycodetectors.com/indexmain.php


Flea markets:

Oh, one of the largest flea markets in the US, Webster Flea Market (unfortunately only once a month...)

http://www.websterfleamarket.biz/

http://www.wftv.com/travelgetaways/17324371/detail.html

Flea World
4311 S Orlando Dr
Sanford, FL 32773-6118
(407) 330-1792

Renningers Antiques & Farmers Market
20651 U.S. 441
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
(352) 383-8393
GPS coordinates:
N 28 48.414'
W 081 37.511'
218 ft above sea level


Gun ranges:

Shoot Straight is the biggest but most expensive.

Oakridge is small but uncrowded
6160 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32809
(407) 857-5663

East Orange is kinda like Shoot Straight
7210 Gardner St
Winter Park, FL 32792
407-679-1995

The Shooting Gallery (map)
2911 39th St # 800 (off of John Young Parkway)
Orlando, FL
(407) 428-6225
They rent full auto.

Rieg's
5512 S Orange Blossom Tr
Orlando FL 32812
(407) 859-5064

There is also one out towards UCF near Goldenrod IIRC (could not find this one)

Central Florida Rifle & Pistol Club
14646 Wewahootee Road
P.O. Box 621985
Orlando, FL 32862-1985


Repair shops:

Industrial Electronic Repair will fix laserdiscs
2434 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL
(407) 855-7214


Grocery:

Woo Sung Oriental Food Mart map
5079 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL
(407) 295-4077

Tien Hung Complete Oriental Foods & Gifts map
1110 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 422-0067


Stores not covered above:

Neighborhood Cafe:

Biking: (for bike geeks)

  • Orange Cycle -- 2204 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, Florida :: 407-422-5552

Camping, Hiking and Paddling:

Music: (for music geeks)


Honorable mention:

Wired's 100 Geeky Places to Take Your Kids This Summer

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