City of Orlando, Florida

The city of Orlando is arguably the busiest city in the state of Florida. "The City Beautiful," as it's known to some, is home to the world's most popular and beloved theme parks, the second largest convention center in the United States, and one of the busiest airports in the world.

There are at least 3 possible inspirations for the city's name, but no one knows which one (if any) is the truth. The most common story (and the one favored by city officials) is that the name "Orlando" came from a soldier named Orlando Reeves who dies in 1835 during an attack in the Second Seminole War. The second possible inspiration is Orlando Rees, who was a cattle rancher who owned land near the area. Over the years, parts of these stories have merged. Another interesting possibility is that the city was named for the protagonist in the Shakespeare play, 'As You Like It.'

Downtown, Orlando boasts an impressive total of 19 completed skyscrapers. The city is bold and full of life, but the 115 neighborhoods that make up the city's metropolitan area give Orlando its heart and soul. Despite all the hustle and bustle, Orlando is a kind and welcoming city filled with unforgettable people, places, and history.

Central Florida Community Arts is a nonprofit musical arts organization for all ages. This cultural community includes Choir, Orchestra and Children & Youth Arts programs with seasonal productions. Music lessons, workshops and classes are also offered through the School of Performing Arts. 

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The Holy Land Experience is a living, biblical museum and park that brings the world of the Bible alive! Located in Orlando, Florida, it combines the sights and sounds of the biblical world in a unique and interactive way, unlike anywhere else!

Amway Center, located in Downtown Orlando, is a sports and entertainment venue. Home to the Orlando Magic NBA team and the Orlando Solar Bears ECHL team. Built with a capacity of more than 20,000 seats, the arena's urban setting, gives guests easy access to the Orlando entertainment core. Hosting concerts, events, shows and more, the area is designed to stage any event. 

Amway Center

Aquatica is part of SeaWorlds Parks and Entertainment, located in Orlando Florida close to all the central Florida Attractions. What makes this water park different from the others is it's integration with marine life. Slide down a water slide through dolphins at Dolphin Plunge. Experience thrilling water slides, relaxing rivers, wondrous wave pools and unique animal encounters. 

Bright House Networks Stadium, also know as "The Bounce House" though recent renovations have made the bouncing effect less obvious. It is located at the University of Central Florida in Orlando Florida and home to the UCF Knights football team. The stadium has a capacity of 44,206. 

UCF Bright House Networks Stadium

Camping World Stadium is located in Downtown Orlando Florida. It was formerly known as the Tangerine Bowl, Florida Citrus Bowl and Orlando Citrus Bowl. The stadium is currently home to the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, the Orlando City Soccer League, and the Russell Athletic Bowl and hosts other events, concerts and college football games. The Stadium Complex includes Tinker Field, McCracken Field, Thunder Field, and Festival Field when hosts events, concerts, sports, and community festivals throughout the year. 

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CFE Federal Credit Union Arena, formerly the UCF Arena is a sports and entertainment arena located at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. Home of the UCF Knights mens and womens basketball teams, the arena also hosts concerts, graduations, theater, events and other sporting events. 

CFE Arena - UCF

Discovery Cove is part of Sea World Parks & Entertainment in Orlando. This all-inclusive day resort gives you and your family an unforgettable experience with exciting animal encounters in a breathtaking tropical atmosphere. Swim with bottlenose dolphins, feed tropical birds, snorkel through a saltwater reef and play inches from a family of otters - all in one day.  

Disney's Blizzard Beach is a water theme park located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. The wintery scene is an exciting contrast to the heated water areas and water slides amidst the ski resort look.

Fun Spot America is a Central Florida’s family owned Theme Park offering 2 locations including Orlando and Kissimmee. Both family theme parks offer coasters multi level Go-Karts, thrill rides, family rides, an arcade midway and special events.

Magical Midway Thrill Park is located in Orlando, Florida on the famous International Drive featuring two wooden elevated go-kart tracks, a fast track, bumper cars, bumper boats, carousel, Space Blast tower, arcades. 

The first and only MLS team in the state of Florida, Orlando City Soccer Club has been a great addition to the Central Florida area. They have been able to bring a growing sport domestically and generate jobs and funds that benefit the economic growth of the area. They have also been able to attract some pretty crazed fans in their brief time as well.

In 1989, Pat Williams and Jimmy Hewitt joined forces to help expand the NBA to Orlando. Now the Orlando Magic are an integral part of the Central Florida area for their contributions in the community and admiration by the fans.

SeaLife Aquarium is located in Orlando and offers an interactive experience with sealife including endangered animals, sea turtles and more. 

 

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is a water theme park located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida. It is one of two operating water parks at the resort and features a Surf Pool and the largest wave pool in North America. 

The exciting new Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water park is opening early Summer 2017 featuring an all new concept in water parks with a gigantic volcano as it's central theme. The Krakatau™, the mighty Fire and Water Volcano towers 200 feet above the tropical landscape, streaming waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night.

Wet 'n Wild opened in 1977, and is considered to be the first major standalone water park. After 40 years of being one of the top water parks, the park closed on December 31, 2016. Universal Studios purchased the park with plans to renovate. Universal will be opening Volcano Bay Water park nearby and has not revealed the future for the Wet 'n Wild land. 

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Orlando International Airport (MCO) is an international airport six miles southeast of Orlando, Florida, United States. The airport is the 2nd busiest in the state of Florida, serving over 41 million passengers annually. This large airport features over 120 shops and restaurants and all the amenities you would expect from a large airport. They even have a Security Wait Time estimate on their website to keep you updated. 

Listen to 96.5 FM for local news, traffic, and weather conditions of Central Florida.

The Dramatic Education Inc has different programs available for their students. This theatre is for children in K-3. They do one performance per season with songs and choreography to Disney songs.

This station plays the best music of the 80s. The Rick Stacy Morning Show, Grace Vasquez, and Domino are the stars of 105.9 who will keep you entertained throughout your day. 

You can catch this Puerto Rican cuisine food truck on Narcoosee Road in Orlando, FL. Bring your family and friends to try some tasty mofongo. They are open Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. 

Listen to 90.7 WMFE for your daily national news! WMFE serves as Orlando's primary NPR provider with a vision to enlighten all Central Floridians. 

Classic hits from rock music on the weekends to acoustic on Sunday mornings. There are several radio personalities on 98.9 WMMO including Denise, Joe Rock, Hildi, and AJ. You can call on weekdays from 12-1pm to request a song. 

The Achilles Art Cafe is filled with artwork and colors, representing its owner's vibe. It serves coffee, tea, frappes, sandwiches, and more. The cafe is furnished with couches, making the atmosphere more comfortable and cozy for its customers.

Adventist University of Health Sciences is an Orlando college that works with the Florida Hospital to train students in healthcare. It has Associates, Bachelors, and Post-Graduate programs in several healthcare industries.

Aji Food Trucks serves tasty Peruvian cuisines on-the-go as a mobile food truck in Orlando, Florida. To find out their current location give them a call! 

The American College for Medical Careers is an Orlando college that trains students for medical careers. It has programs in dental assisting, cardiovascular sonography, diagnostic medical sonography, health information technology, medical assisting, medical coding & billing, and respiratory therapy.

The American University of Leadership is an Orlando based school that brings quality education to people from around the world through on campus and online classes. It specializes in business and leadership programs.

Pretzels are a well-known Amish delicacy! Experience a bit of the Amish culture. #EatAmish

Apple Core Antiques & Gifts is a beautiful shop that features a 5,000 sq. ft showroom full of unique furniture, gifts, and collectibles. Many of these gems date back from the Victorian era to the early 1940's, including beautifully crafted wooden furniture. Apple Core also offers a variety of special services to their loyal customers such as upholstery, refinishing, caning, and repair.   

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Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children has provided their services to the people of Central Florida for over 25 years and have been able to help families find an environment where hope and healing are inspired by the children that are treated. The staff of this institution makes your child's health their top priority.

Aspire Health Partners, Inc. is a non-profit behavioral healthcare institution that provides affordable services for the people of Central Florida. Aspire is able to provide these amazing services to children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. They provide these services throughout five Central Florida counties; Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole.

Roller Skating Center

This is A great gathering place for the community to come and share local foods and vendors. Family friendly and all around a good place to visit on a Monday night.

Bass Fishing Guide Orlando specializes in big game bass fishing in Central Florida 

Portuguese food made with a lot of love! Serving gourmet tacos and desserts!

Beth Marshall Presents is a theatre company made by Beth Marshall. She offers new plays every season. You won't see Beth Marshall Presents do a play twice. Beth usually does between four to eight plays per season, and she does a lot of different plays. Beth never sticks to a specific genre, and she picks a lot a plays with a powerful meanings.

Beth always struggled to find the perfect burger, so she created her own versions of it.

Orlando's Polynesian Food Truck, home of the delicious Original Pinëapple Drëam. This island inspired food has many customer coming back for more!

Bikes Beans & Bordeaux was created by two cycling enthusiasts, Jen and Darrell Cunningham. B3 sells kid-inspired meals, breakfast, sandwiches, and drinks such as coffee and tea. It focuses on serving more healthy and protein-based foods than the average cafe does. With fresh hot chocolate made with Ghirardelli chocolate that will make your mouth water, Bikes Beans & Bordeaux is a great place in Central Florida to relax and enjoy yourself.

On West Church Street in Orlando, only a few blocks away from the Camping World Stadium (formerly known as the Orlando Citrus Bowl), Charles Frizzel of Broken Strings Brewery and Jeanna Malines of Black Cauldron Brewing, opened a pretty unique brewery. Actually, there are two breweries under the same roof.

Blue Bird Bake Shop has established its nest in the Audubon Park Garden District of Orlando has their own brand of coffee and bakes sweet creations from scratch.

The best traditional Guyanese dishes available in Central Florida! Chef Bobbie mixes Indian and Caribbean flavors unlike any other food truck.

The Braille and Talking Book Library is a library dedicated to providing reading materials to blind and visually impaired residents. Its headquarters is located in Daytona and it has nine subregional locations in Coca, Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Clearwater, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, and Lake Worth to serve residents throughout the state.

Two breweries under one roof. Each brewery rotates brewing on the three-barrel brewhouse system. Broken String Brewery will brew more hop-forward varieties paying homage to musical legends.The large, open tap room serves beer from each brewery. At any given time, the tap room serves drafts from 12 taps.

Come in for a great atmosphere and even better kebabs. Just off of Semoran Blvd, Cappadocia is what you've been waiting for in Turkish cuisine.

The Celebration Theatre Company does three musicals a season. So all the musical theatre lovers in Orlando, especially in Orange County, should check it out. They have volunteer and production opportunities available. For all information about shows, volunteering, ticket prices, and auditions look at the website below. 

The mission of Central Florida Behavioral Hospital is to provide the kind of health care that patients recommend to their families and friends, physicians prefer for their patients, and in which their employees take great pride. Mental health and co-occurring substance abuse disorders are illnesses that may require intensive treatment. They believe in people’s innate capacity for healing and growth. With proper help and treatment, people suffering from mental health disorders and co-occurring substance abuse disorders have an excellent opportunity for recovery.

Central Florida Community Arts is a nonprofit musical arts organization for all ages. This cultural community includes Choir, Orchestra and Children & Youth Arts programs with seasonal productions. Music lessons, workshops and classes are also offered through the School of Performing Arts. 

The owners of Chi Phi (one from Chicago and the other is from Philadelphia) came together to share the best dishes from these two famous cities!

Enjoy a crunchy sweet snack also known as a churro! There are many different flavors with many cream filling options.

This one of a kind food truck serving seafood from Maine throughout the US and one of the happens to be in Orlando!

This family business specializes in seafood and is most famous for their crab legs.

Producing unique craft beer with excellent taste and consistent quality batch after batch. The brewery has an onsite tap and tasting room featuring flagship brands in addition to many other limited edition, seasonal, and specialty batches.

Dajen Eats is a cafe that serves healthy Jamaican foods, located inside a gas station.

Dandelion Communitea Cafe is a beloved organic cafe located in the heart of Orlando, Florida which serves healthy vegetarian food.

Dead Lizard Brewing Company is a local micro-brewery located between the Millenia Mall and Universal Studios. For three generations the family has been enjoying and sharing home-brewed craft beer with family and friends, and now are sharing it with you! Their beers are big and bold, yet embodied with subtle and distinct flavors.

Disney Springs is Walt Disney World's premier shopping and entertainment district. It's a great way to spend a Disney day outside of the parks. It is one of Central Florida's best places to shop, with high end shopping including stores you won't find anywhere else in the state. You can watch the latest movies at the amazing AMC dine in theater. Eat a delicious meal there or at any of Disney Springs' other world class restaurants - there are over 50 to choose from. Go bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes or check out the NBA Experience (new in 2019) for a fun way to spend the day. Catch one of your favorite bands performing at The House of Blues, or just enjoy some of the other live music throughout the Springs. With all this and so much more, you can't be bored here no matter how you choose to spend your time.

Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course has two lovely 18-hole mini golf courses. "A Family-Friendly Adventure" is full of whimsical scenes and it's fun for all ages. If you're looking for something a little more challenging yet fun, give "A Thrilling Challenge" a try!

Downtown CREDO is a coffee shop in Orlando that believes in connecting with its creative community. It prides itself on purchasing fresh coffee beans from Guatemala and Nicaragua. Whether you're craving a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or even an artistic atmosphere, Downtown CREDO has it.

The Dr. Phillips Center is the main center of performing arts in Central Florida. It is made up of several different venues that host all kinds of shows and events in the heart of Downtown Orlando.

This is a community park where the whole family can come together at one park and enjoy the day outdoors. It has everything for the whole family including a splash pad and nature path.

The Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar was conceived to fill the need for Orlando to have excellent coffee and food everyone can enjoy. From plant-based choices to coffee sourced through fair trade, The Drunken Monkey is ethical and budget friendly. They also host local events such as stand-up comedy nights and art shows.

El Inka Grill serves authentic Peruvian cuisine, with emphasis on tradition, flavor, and use of fresh ingredients. They have live music on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 6:30pm. El Inka Grill also has Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7pm.

El Potro offers a wide variety of flavorful homemade dishes and is one of Orlando's authentic Mexican restaurants. El Potro owns three locations in Central Florida: Winter Park, Orlando, and Apopka.

ESPN is known as the world leader of sports news. Tune in to hear the highlights of sports teams in Orlando, high school sports, and much more. 

These premium, 100% beef hot dogs will keep you coming back for more. Joey Fatone, former member of NSYNC, started this food truck to share more about who he is and where he came from.  

Florida College of Integrative Medicine is a school located in Orlando, Florida. It has programs for acupuncture and oriental medicine.

Florida Technical College is a two-year college with degree programs in healthcare, food and beverage, beauty, and criminal justice. It has locations in DeLand, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Orlando, Pembroke Pines, and Cutler Bay.

FM 101.9 strives to offer real alternative music with songs that you won't hear on other radio stations. Mel is on the air Monday - Friday from 10am - 3pm. James starts his hosting at 3pm and is an award winning producer. 

Foxtail Coffee serves responsibly roasted coffee beans. They uphold quality and ethical standards by working with farmers world-wide who pay fair wages and are environmentally friendly. Check out one of their 4 locations in Orlando, Florida.

A Gospel music radio station under Z Ministries a Christian station, home of Z 88.3. Listen to this FM radio to worship and praise during any time of day. 

 

Gatorland provides affordable family fun while showcasing thousands of alligators and crocodiles including four extremely rare leucistic "white" alligators. The free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one of a kind animal shows, natural alligator breeding marsh, and the "thrilling" Screamin' Gator Zip Line will ensure your day will be filled with Fun, Smiles and Special Memories!

Captain Dean Puller (AKA Captain Gator) has been bass fishing Central Florida waters for over 25 years. He can and will put you on the fish. Check out some of the pictures on his website to get a feel as to how good of a captain he is. 

 

Grillers offers the best Caribbean flavors using Latin and American grilling techniques. #WeGrillYouChill

Your back-porch bar. Your after-work bee-line. Your homebrew away from home. There’s always something going on, and community camaraderie is always on tap. 

The beer selection, laid back environment, and hospitality make them one of Orlando’s ultimate taproom bars to kick back and enjoy quality craft beer.

Looking to play mini golf in a relaxing tropical setting? Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf is the perfect place. With a beautiful golf course surrounded by swaying palms and dramatic waterfalls, you'll feel as if you're on vacation!

Nestled in Lake Buena Vista is the fabulous Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort where guests can experience beautiful Florida scenery. Hemingway's restaurant (located inside the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel) features an amazing menu of seafood, steak, and beverages that is sure to give anyone their money’s worth. 

The Hindu University of America is an Orlando based religious college. It offers graduate programs in Hinduism, Yoga and Meditation, Sanskrit, and other Hindu subjects.

This mini golf course is inspired by the 1950s era. As guests enter a classic drive-in theater box office area they can choose from either a "single-feature" (18 holes) or a "double-feature" (36 holes).

A comfortable and relaxing place for friends to hang out. Created by Lilian Trevisan, Holy Grain Coffee brings authentic Brazilian coffee and treats to Central Florida. Their menu includes teas, smoothies, sandwiches, and more!

A Hip Hop genre under the Christian radio station, Z 88.3 FM. These positive hits can be stream online or on the app. 

Come to Hotto Potto and try deliciously fresh Chinese fare. You can have a prepared meal or try the main draw, the Chinese hot pots, which are soup pots for guests cook their own food right in front of them. The make your own sauces, the delicious and numerous options for dinner and dessert, and the unique atmosphere will quickly make Hotto Potto a frequent favorite.

Vegan cuisine with middle eastern inspired foods. 

Indulge yourself with French cuisine at iCafe Dé Paris. Located in Orlando, this cafe's primary objective is to share authentic French treats and coffee with its customers. iCafe Dé Paris serves many kinds of coffee including Turkish Coffee and Affogato. For dessert, they carry French Macarons, Cheesecakes, Kunefe, and much more.

Infusion Tea is an Orlando-based tea cafe with a light and fun ambiance. They serve tea, salads, tacos, sandwiches, paninis, pizzas, and more! Infusion Tea offers event catering as well as regular delivery to those who are craving their food but don't have the time to drive over. If you love their menu options and environment, they also offer event bookings for birthday parties. 

Jack Lampman Antiques is owned and operated by Jack Lampman himself. He searches central Florida for unique and valuable items and sells them at a fair price. His shop features jewelry, watches, pottery, and more. Make sure to contact the shop through their website or call Jack directly as their store is open by appointment only. 

Stay up to date on the newest country music by listening to K92.3 FM! Obie & Ashley are on the air weekday mornings!

Come in and order out for some great, order only Korean food in the heart of Orlando. 

A variety of empanadas! From savory, spicy, to sweet empanada recipes!

Are you looking for a Spanish Christian contemporary station? If so, La Estacion Del Pueblo 1270 AM has what you're looking for. The hosts will also keep you updated on current news in Spanish. 

La Granja is a Peruvian restaurant franchise with locations spanning from Orlando to Miami.

This Puerto Rican food truck serves a variety of Frappes from piña colada, Ferrero chocolate flavored frappuccinos, and more! La Isla del Frappe also serves authentic Puerto Rican dishes. 

La Mexicananan Tortilleria is definitely amongst the top authentic homemade Mexican restaurants in the Universal area. This remarkable establishment not only serves some of the most mouthwatering food in the area, but right next door is an amazing bakery that's part of La Mexicananan Tortilleria. If you're in the area, make sure to stop by to grab some dinner or some of their incredibly delicious homemade bread.

Alcapurrias, pinchos, carne frita, and many more Puerto Rican dishes! 

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