“On your trip to Taos and New Orleans, why not come to Orlando also and dig [the] crazy Florida scene of spotlessly clean highways and fantastic supermarkets and Cape Canaveral?” – Jack Kerouac, 1961 letter to Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Orlando, Florida, is the seat of Orange County, Florida, and boasts an estimated population of approximately 235,000 in 2014 – making it the fifth largest city in Florida. Easily accessible via Interstate 4 and the Florida Turnpike, Orlando features world-class theme parks such as Walt Disney World Resort , Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando, as well as water parks such as Aquatica and Discovery Cove, outdoor recreation, shopping, fine dining, lively nightlife, championship golf and more. Other popular attractions in the Orlando Florida area include Cirque du Soleil, Discovery Cove, DisneyQuest, Holy Land Experience, Wet ‘n Wild Water Park, Gatorland, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! and WonderWorks, among others.
Enjoy dining, shopping or partying the night away at Universal CityWalk or Downtown Disney. Family-friendly dinner theaters include Capone’s Dinner & Show, Medieval Times, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure and more! However you plan to spend your Orlando, Florida, vacation getaway, you will find a wide variety of hotels, resorts and vacation rentals to meet your family’s needs. For more information about Orlando, visit www.orlandoinfo.com.
RICH’S TRIVIA: Orlando is known as both “The City Beautiful” and “The Vacation Capital of the World.”
ORLANDO, FLORIDA RESOURCES
Orlando Fact Sheet
Orlando Arts & Culture
Orlando Day Trips
Orlando 2014 Festivals & Events
Orlando Free Attractions
Orlando Night Life
Orlando Outdoor Recreation
Orlando Spectator Sports
Orlando Water Parks
Other Orlando, Florida Areas
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Downtown Disney, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Highway 192, Kissimmee, Florida
International Drive, Orlando, Florida
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
ORLANDO, FLORIDA INFORMATION
Nickname: “Theme Park Capital of the World,” “Vacation Capital of the World”
Population: 2,082,628 (Metropolitan Area)
Average Annual Temperature: 72.4° Fahrenheit
Airports: Orlando International Airport, Orlando Sanford International Airport
Number of Hotels in Orlando, FL: 456 (112,000 hotel rooms)
Number of Restaurants in Orlando, FL: 4,500
Number of Golf Courses in Orlando, FL: 150 (within 45 minutes of downtown Orlando)
Orlando Theme Parks: Walt Disney World® Resort (Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Park , Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios™, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park), Universal Orlando (Universal Studios® Florida, Islands of Adventure®), SeaWorld® Orlando
Orlando Water Parks: Discovery Cove, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Wet ‘n’ Wild® Water Park, Aquatica by SeaWorld.
Orlando Museums: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Mennello Museum of American Art, Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando Museum of Art, Wells’ Built Museum of African American History & Culture
Other Orlando Area Attractions: Gatorland, The Holy Land Experience, Orlando Science Center, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, Titanic – The Experience, WonderWorks
Orlando Day Trips: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Central Florida Zoo, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Silver Springs, Wild Waters Water Park, LEGOLAND Florida
Orlando Dinner Theaters: Capone’s Dinner & Show, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Pirates Dinner Adventure
Orlando Entertainment Complexes: Downtown Disney, Old Town, Pointe Orlando, Universal CityWalk
Orlando Malls: Artegon Marketplace, Florida Mall, Mall at Millenia, Orlando Fashion Square
Orlando Spectator Sports: Orlando Magic (NBA basketball)
Getting to Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida, is easily accessible via the Orlando International Airport, which provides bright, attractive and easy-to-navigate terminals that contain a variety of restaurants and specialty stores. Upon arrival at the Orlando International airport, the trip from your gate to the main terminal aboard an enclosed shuttle with large windows is an experience that provides an incredible preview of Florida’s unique environment – the perfect way to start your Orlando adventure!
Continue to explore the Orlando Florida Guide for comprehensive travel information and have a great trip!