Rocket launches and ‘A Salute to the Songwriters': 9 things to do this weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. — As Florida continues its phased reopening, you may be wondering what you can do on your days off.

Several businesses have begun to reopen, including restaurants, museums and beaches.

Here are nine things to do this weekend:

Read: Florida to enter ‘full phase 1’ of reopening Monday: What that means for restaurants, gyms, theme parks

1. Visit CityWalk

CityWalk partially reopened Thursday, with limited operations and new guidelines to keep guests safe.

Selects restaurants and shops will be open from 4-10 p.m. Restaurants have limited menus and limited seating. Hollywood Drive-In Golf is also open.

Universal officials said everyone will be required to wear a face mask. You can either bring your own or one can be provided for you.

There will also be temperature checks. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will be turned away.

To learn more, click here.

2. Watch a rocket launch

On Saturday, the United Launch Alliance was to launch its Atlas V rocket carrying the USSF-7 mission for the U.S. Space Force.

The mission was set to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:24 a.m., but it was postponed till 9:14 a.m. Sunday.

The mission has been dedicated in honor of the front-line workers and those affected by COVID-19, officials said.

3. Take a trip to SEA LIFE Orlando aquarium or Madame Tussauds Orlando

SEA LIFE Orlando aquarium and Madame Tussauds Orlando reopened Friday.

Officials said interactive experiences including touch tanks at SEA LIFE Aquarium and photo props at Madame Tussauds have been temporarily removed.

The attractions will operate at 25% capacity.

Officials said health care workers will be given a complimentary ticket.

Tickets to both attractions are available for $30 per adult and $25 per child. Single attraction tickets are $20 per adult and $15 per child.

Read: Union, Walt Disney World reach agreement on safety protocols, benefits for cast members returning to work

4. Order lunch from Orlando To Go

Orange County and Visit Orlando created a program that invites residents to order takeout or delivery from hundreds of restaurants featured on Orlando To Go.

To learn more, click here.

5. Take a trip to a museum or art gallery

If you’re wanting to get inspired, considering taking a trip to a museum or gallery that is reopening in Central Florida.

To find out which museums are reopening, click here.

6. Go to the beach

Central Florida has several beautiful beaches that have reopened with some restrictions. Under DeSantis’ plan, beach access should be limited to parties of 10 or fewer with 6 feet of distance between groups.

7. Visit a state park

A limited number of state parks will be open for daytime use only. Visitors will not have access to certain amenities, such as pavilions, picnic areas and campsites due to sections of the park being closed or staff and visitor safety considerations.

To find out which parks are open, click here.

Read: CityWalk reopens with limited operations and new guidelines, drawing hundreds

8. Go to a drive-in movie theater

If you’re wanting to watch a movie this weekend, there are a couple drive-in movie theaters in Central Florida that are worth visiting.

Here are some drive-in theaters in Central Florida:

9. ‘A Salute to the Songwriters'

A commercial-free, three-hour concert is airing nationwide Saturday at 7 p.m. on more than 100 country stations across the United States.

The concert will benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund created for songwriters and it will feature Christi Brooks and special guest host Luke Bryan alongside 12 of Nashville’s most accomplished songwriters.

The concert will be available to listen to on K92.3 at 7 p.m. Saturday.

To learn more, click here.

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Katlyn Brieskorn,

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.

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