O R L A N D O

Orlando is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States. With the nickname “The City Beautiful”, Orlando is also the theme park capital of the world. It attracts more than 50 million visitors every year.

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THEME PARKS

Orlando is home to some of the greatest theme parks in the world. Whether you prefer Disney, Universal, Sea World or some of the others, most offer discounts to FL resident's and annual passes.

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CATCH A CONCERT OR SPORTS GAME AT THE AMWAY CENTER

Amway Center has hosted a variety of events, from concerts such as Ariana Grande, Justin Beiber, KISS and so much more It's also home to the Orlando Magic and Orlando Solar Bears.

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DOWNTOWN ORLANDO NIGHTLIFE

Downtown Orlando is known for some very exciting nightlife. When the sun goes down, downtown turns up! How up is completely up to you, so enjoy this handy reference guide for nightlife experiences in downtown Orlando from low-key to fever pitch.

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About Orlando

Orlando, also known as the City Beautiful is perhaps the most acclaimed tourist destination in the world. Apart from this distinction, Orlando has become a hub for the technology industry, including digital media, software, aviation and aerospace.  The dynamic city center offers culture, visuals arts, entertainment and a wide variety of eateries. The focal point of downtown is undoubtedly Lake Eola with its distinctive lighted fountain and surrounding walking trail. On the outskirts of this center point, lie five historic districts complete with bricked lined streets and Victorian architecture. Also included in this locality are upscale condominiums, such as The VUE, The Sanctuary and Waverly Place.

In 1857, Orlando got its start as cattle country. Settlers Robert Ivey and Jacob Summerlin bought acreage and used Lake Eola as a watering hole for their cattle. Originally named Jernigan, the city name was permanently changed to Orlando after Orlando Reeves, a soldier killed by Indians near Lake Eola. In 1875, the city of Orlando incorporated and in the next 20 years prospered in the citrus industry. In 1920, Orlando further expanded during the Florida Land Boom, but its greatest growth came in the early 1970’s when Walt Disney built his famous vacation resort, Walt Disney World.

Although the city of Orlando encompasses only 65 square miles, the residential neighborhoods on the outskirts of the downtown area make up the area’s population of approximately 220,186.  At present, Orlando has many redevelopments projects in the works including event venues, such as the Orlando Events Center and the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, residential projects and commercial towers. Metro Orlando is home to a growing technology industry and also over 150 international companies employing over 53,000 people. According to the Pew Research Center study, Orlando ranks 4th as most popular places to live.

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