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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 opened in the Summer of 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 opened Volcano Bay Water park nearby and has not revealed the future for the Wet 'n Wild land.
Fun Spot America is a Central Florida’sfamily 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.
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.
Gods & Monsters is the place to be for nerds of every fandom. They have collectables, comic books, and more in lots of different categories. It's also a great place to host an event, with opportunities for social gaming and cosplay.
Gratitude Coffee acquires its ingredients from suppliers within the community and turns them into a mouthwatering dream. This intimate cafe provides countless books to read while sipping on a hot or cold beverage or chewing on a pastry! Gratitude Coffee also sells numerous coffee related memorabilia.
This will be a dining destination for you and your love ones. The grilled tuna is phenomenal, as is the cheesy bread appetizer. Come for the crab legs, have some lobster, and take in the ocean or lakeside view. This will be the spot any and all days of the week.
Gringos Locos is a Mexican restaurant with five locations in the Orlando area. With some of the most cleverly named menu items, customers are able to customize meals in a variety of ways. Always fresh, always delicious, ask them about their happy hour specials for some very well-priced Mexican cuisine.
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.
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!
At Hot Krust Panini Kitchen, you get paninis, wraps, and salads, all freshly made to order. Choose from chicken, turkey, beef, veggie, or seafood for your panini. They also offer burger paninis, or "burgerinis." Want more? Hot Krust also offers wings and gourmet soups. With gluten free, halal, and vegan options, there is something for everyone at Hot Krust. Catering is also available for your events.
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.
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.
Icon Orlando, previously known as the Orlando Eye, is a giant Ferris wheel that resides in the city of Orlando. Standing at 400 feet, this ride will take guests up and around to see the sights that Orlando has to offer. After purchasing tickets, guests can have their pictures taken if they choose and those will be available for purchase at the end of the ride. Visitors have to be careful when crossing the threshold into the little air conditioned bubble of the Ferris wheel but the employees are there to help you if needed. Be sure to take a camera to take photos of the beautiful scenery!
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.
The Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company in Orlando is a craft brewery and tasting room that offers different types of brews. Private events can be held on location. There are year round brews as well as special releases.
Few people know that the prolific author, Jack Kerouac spent a short time living in the College Park region of Orlando when On The Road was published. It was here that he wrote Dharma Bums. The house is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it is home to the Kerouac Project, a program that offers residency to writers working on their own projects. The house is not available to tour due to the residency programs, but check out the website for special events that allow you access.
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.
Jay Blanchard Park houses a bunch of activities for people of all ages to partake in. There's a playground for the younger kids, plenty of grassy areas for the older kids to play a game of soccer, pavilions for family get togethers, tennis courts, and a paved eight mile road for walkers, joggers, runners, bikers, and even those who want to roller blade.
A service-disabled, veteran-owned company that produces military training solutions using 3D modeling and simulation software. These military training solutions go on to train personnel from soldiers to sailors about how to repair or use military technology.
Joysticks Arcade Lounge and Retro Bar is one of the coolest and most unique way to spend some time. It has a nerd-friendly atmosphere with tons of unique furniture and classic arcade games. You can order from a list of spectacularly themed specialty drinks and shots.
Kadence provides an exceptional one of a kind experience, this is the place where food becomes an art. Kadence is well known for its multi-course tasting menu and its secret menu sake bar. The restaurant requires a reservation and the Omakase (Japanese phrase that means 'I will leave it up to you') experience is surely unforgettable. The provided dishes mainly revolve around the highest quality selection of seasonal fish, which are prepared by the chefs right in front of the guests.
When dealing with Florida's heat (always), this family owned business will hit the spot. Kelly started scooping ice cream as a part-time job, but years later it inspired her to generate her own dairy creations. Kelly, her husband, and her daughter started serving these treats from a food truck. Now they have two additional store fronts and event catering options. Head on over to Audubon Park or Lancaster Park to check it out.
King Cajun Crawfish is a a taste of Louisiana with a twist. Founded in 2010, this crawfish restaurant mixes classic Louisiana dishes with Vietnamese flavors. They call it Viet-Cajun. Try classics like gumbo, jambalaya, and Po' Boys. Or explore the ocean with their assortment of shellfish and fish options. Crab, mussels, shrimp, oysters, and catfish can all be found on the menu at King Cajun. They also offer chicken wings and salads. Make sure to try their famous Shabang sauce with your meal.
La Madeleine Country French Café is the cutest place to eat. They have 76 different French food items on the menu, all made with French techniques. They aren't too expensive and the food is really yummy! With only two locations in Florida, both in the Orlando area, the Florida Mall and the Millenia Mall, this is a real treat for those who like French cuisine.
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.
Located on a beautiful 42-acre campus, Lake Highland Preparatory School offers Pre-K through 12th-grade a remarkable education and unique opportunities to learn and lead. Ingenuity is inspired in the classroom, and our nationally ranked academics, arts, and athletics prepare students to excel in college and beyond.
Lake Nona Deli and Market is an Italian American eatery. They offer ziti, alfredo, lasagna, bruschetta, and more for catering events. If you're on the lookout for a fast easy meal or quick bite, try their pizza by the slice or whole pie, sandwich, or salad. Don't look for a kid's menu but what kid says no to pizza?
Sandwiches offer several preselected items and the chance to build your own with over ten choices served hot or cold. Lake Nona Deli and Market has seven salads with your choice to add chicken, lamb, or tuna to any. Located in a grocer so you will never have to shop hungry again.
Lazy Moon creates hand-tossed slices and pies that are up to 30 inches. Their slices are bigger than the average slice you would get anywhere else. Their "Lazy Fav" slices consist of The Jason's Mom, The Cuban, Down Home, and The Buff slice. Besides the huge slices, Lazy Moon is known for selling Local Beers on Draft, as well as local beer in cans. They're also a half bar selling wine and handcraft cocktails, for example, The Lazy Mule and The Bee's Knees. While you're waiting for your food to come out, play a game of Bocce Ball with your friends and family with Lazy Moon's inside two-lane Bocce Ball Court.
Le Cafe De Paris was established by Claude and Chantel, two cafe-loving individuals who later fell in love. Le Cafe De Paris is a French cafe and family business that incorporates French foods and culture into an American community. If you're interested in something new and diverse, check out their website for more information.
At Leaders Preparatory School, we firmly believe in our total school program and its ability to continue to create future leaders in the 21st century. Our ultimate goal is to educate each student with faith, knowledge, wisdom, character, and life skills, using the best and most effective methods and tools through the Islamic vision.
If you’re craving oysters, an oyster bar would be the best place to dine! Open for 65 years, Lee & Rick’s Oyster Bar is a family owned restaurant and was the first of it’s kind when it opened in 1950. Since 1950 Lee & Rick’s Oyster Bar has only improved from 9 to 50 bar stools.
Legumati Vegan Eatery in Orlando is known for having innovative vegan dishes. One of the most notable items on their menu is the "OG Crunch". The restaurant shares a space with Foxtail Coffee Co. and is part of the Hourglass District.
If you find yourself in need of a hat, this is the place to go! They have regular baseball caps, complete with your favorite team logo, whether it's MLB, NFL, or NHL. There are also visors and knitted caps here, along with other sports related items like jerseys. There are eight different locations in the Orlando area alone and the store is spread sporadically through the rest of Florida, always in shopping centers.
Lineage Coffee Roasting is a craft coffee roaster from Orlando, Florida. This hipster delight was started in 2012 by Jarrett and Justine in their backyard. Now, they have 3 locations in Orlando and source coffee from all over the world.
Mills 50 does not disappoint when it comes to Asian cuisine options. Neither does Little Saigon. They offer an extensive menu of Vietnamese dishes. They’ve been in Orlando for over 25 years (thank goodness) and always provide prompt service. Try Little Saigon for your next business / work lunch. There's parking behind the restaurant or on the street. Quick tip: don’t forget a jacket, it’s frigid in there.
One of five stores world wide, M&M's World just so happens to be located in the Florida Mall with an entrance all to itself. Other locations include New York City, London, Las Vegas, and Shanghai. Other than the usual souvenir products like t-shirts, mugs, and keychains, customers can make their own bag of the colorful chocolates with their favorite colors. This shop is great for anyone who loves the colorful coated chocolate candy bites.
With seven locations around America, there's only one Madam Tussaud's. Madam Tussaud's is a rather unique place to visit, as it's a wax museum that is housed around the same area as the Icon Orlando Ferris Wheel. In this wax museum, guests can expect to find their favorite celebrities young, old, and passed away. They update their "exhibits" to keep up with the times, but some of the most memorable faces that have been seen here are Michael Jackson, Einstein, the most recent President of the United States, Oprah, Taylor Swift, and even Shrek. Photos can be taken with the historical figures or celebrities, but the flash must remain turned off the cameras as it can dilute the color of the waxing that the creators work so hard on. You'll really feel like you're standing next to your favorite celebrity when you're here!
There's a lot that goes on at the Magical Midway Thrill Park. Located in Orlando, Florida on the famous International Drive, it features two wooden elevated go-kart tracks, a fast track, bumper cars, bumper boats, a carousel, a Space Blast tower, and some cool indoor arcades to get your game on. The biggest attractions here are the world's largest Sling and Star Flyer. For food options, they've got some great hand tossed New York style pizza and ice cream, just to name a couple favorites.
If you're looking for freshly made quick latin bites try their tasty, mouth-watering Colombian Empanadas as well as other options that are very delicious. These include Maritacos, burgers, desserts, and drinks. For more information or catering contact information visit their website.
Market On South is a vegan eatery located in the Milk District in Orlando and it is home to both Valhalla Bakery and Dixie Dharma. All of the food, drinks, and sweets at Market On South are vegan. Valhalla Bakery caters cakes and pastries for Market on South, while Dixie Dharma caters the food menu.
Talk about a restaurant with character! Kirt and Maxine Earhart opened this gem in Colonialtown to offer a wide variety of entertainment, but maintain a level of comfort, as if dining in your friend's home. The couple has accumulated many awards, including “Best Neighborhood Restaurant”, as they’re praised for their vast beer and wine selection and savory entrees. This spot is a perfect mix of lively and intimate for your next date night or boujee brunch. Meals average ~$15 a plate.
This is a fenced in dog park that is both a place for people to socialize and a healthy place for their furry friends. It is also a place for pet owners to get information about taking care of their pets.
Melao Bakery is a small, local hispanic/latino restaurant bakery that offers a taste of the various foods from the island of Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries. Once only serving brunch type meals, Melao now covers a wide range of food from breakfast to dinner and even desserts. The local success of its inaugural shop, which was opened in the city of Kissimmee, has created business opportunities to other local food and retail shops in a commercial plaza. Due to its success and overwhelming demand, Melao opened a second location in Orlando. Now serving residents of Osceola and Orange County, Melao continues to increase its presence in a heavily populated latino region in Central Florida.
Meson Sandwiches is a taste of Puerto Rico, right here in Orlando. They pride themselves on serving home-style food that actually tastes homemade. It's that extra pop of flavor that you can't get at any run of the mill chain restaurant. My favorite is the Cubano sandwich. Pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. With classic Puerto Rican dishes such as Mallorcas and Sorullos, your tastebuds will be on the island in no time.
Metro Espresso Pizza Cafe has combined two of America's favorites (Coffee and Pizza) into one restaurant. Besides pizza (including gluten-free) and coffee, this cafe serves pasta, salad, onion rings, wings, and so many more delectable foods. Metro Espresso Pizza Cafe also delivers to selected locations.
Known for their Hong Kong style dim sum and Chinese classics, Ming’s menu is the real deal. The portion to price ratio is satisfying: it's difficult to finish an entree in one sitting. Also, they’re online ordering is extremely user-friendly, so if you’re looking for your new Chinese take-out joint, this. is. it. Logistics: there’s plenty of parking, and this dining room is family-friendly.
Tune in to Mix 105.1 for the latest celebrity gossip, news, and new music. Start off your day with The Morning Mix with celebrity interviews, relationship topics, and more. You can also catch hits from the 90s every Friday night.
Moonfish features anywhere from your usual eats to exotic eats with their Asian cuisine. If you’re looking for steak, sushi, or anything in between, look no further. Along with lavish pricing and an upscale atmosphere, Moonfish Restaurant is a great place for a somewhat "posh" night out.
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Get your ramen and other noodle dishes with an extra serving of nerdy goodness from Naroodle Noodle Shop. It is themed after the anime, Naruto, so in addition to delicious quick service food, you will also find Naruto playing on the tvs and artwork from the show on the walls.
Nona Blue is the child of a tavern soul and foodie heart. A neighborhood hangout where you want to bring your date and hangout after work with some friends. Their large sharable menu lends to the concept of Nona Blue being a social place. So, whether coming by yourself to get away or bringing the office to unwind after a hard day Nona Blue is the place you want to go, where everybody will soon know your name.
Ocean Sun Brewing is a company that offers a lot to do in the way of activities all centered around having great beer with great people. With an above average size taproom, they host everything from trivia to yoga and scattered around the facility are games such as darts, cornhole, and board games, the taproom is a great place to hang out and have a good time.
Specializing in 8 and 12 inch hot dogs, Oh My Dog! has some yummy inventions that include the beloved American treat. There's only one located in Florida so check it out when you visit the Florida Mall. Located in the food court of the Florida Mall, this is one treat you don't want to miss.
The Opera Orlando does seven shows a season. They do musicals and regular plays. They have different education programs also available. If you want more information on auditions, productions, and educational programs in the arts check out their website.
Orange Blossom Market was inspired both by a love for all things vintage, and by a desire to revitalize the West Orlando area. Their shop features beautifully crafted, hand-picked furniture, collectibles, and decor shipped from all over the world, with many pieces originating in Florida. Sunday through Wednesday they are open by appointment only.
The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is located in the middle of Orlando near all of the attractions at the south end of International Drive, making it a primary location for events and exhibits. The complex is the 2nd largest convention center in the U.S. with two buildings joined by a pedestrian sky-bridge, 2,100,000 sf of exhibition space, general assembly areas, meeting rooms, a theater, lecture hall, food courts, business centers, and logs of on-site parking with covered loading docks and truck bays.
The Orange County Regional History Center is the best place to learn about the history of this region. It has exhibits that follow the history of Florida through its natural places, indigenous people, first contact by Spanish explorers, it's position as an early tourism destination, and more. Temporary exhibitions, educational programs, and events make this a great place to come back to again and again.
Orlando Antique Exchange is a beautiful antique shop with one-of-a-kind furniture and decor. They also offer several art pieces, some of which are showcased in a designated "painting room" with tons of vintage paintings and frames. They are closed on Sunday and open on Monday by appointment only. Check their website and Facebook for promotional offers.
Their beers became the first to be declared ‘Fresh from Florida’ and in 2006 they were certified as an organic brewery, making them the only U.S.D.A. certified organic brewery east of Colorado. Florida’s craft beer industry has since boomed and the organic movement has truly taken root. Their beers can be found in over 500 locations in Florida!
Orlando Coin Exchange is a great place in Orlando to buy and sell coins, currency, bullion, and other precious metals. They are a family owned company that strives to get you the best prices whether you are buying or selling. Call for appointments to sell or stop by to shop.
The Orlando Culinary Academy is an affiliate of Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America. It has programs in culinary arts, patisserie and baking, culinary operations, and hospitality and restaurant management.
Orlando's Farmers' Market in Lake Eola Park isn't your regular farmers' market. There is different types of things to shop for. For example, food, handmade items, local produce, and other various items that are from other locals.
The Orlando Fashion Square Mall is one of the area's smaller malls. It does have many stores worth checking out, including some discount shops that are sure to help you find the best deals. It also has a Premier Cinema 18, where you can watch all the latest films.
The Orlando Repertory Theatre has presented Sensory-Friendly performances since 2013. These performances have been modified for people with sensory processing disorders and people who have special needs. They also provide three public sensory-friendly performances each season. The Orlando Repertory Theatre did an excellent thing by having sensory-friendly performances because they help people with disabilities be able to enjoy the theatre. Orlando Repertory Theatre has shows that toddlers will love and they also do holiday theme shows as well. For more information check their website.
The Orlando Science Center is the perfect place to learn all about science, especially for kids of all ages! It has interactive exhibits that allow children to experience their lessons in a hands-on way. This includes exhibits about dinosaurs, nature, and the planet as well as a flight lab and an observatory. The Orlando Science Center is also a great place to host a child's birthday party or a wedding.
The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is a theater that provides quality professional productions in partnership with UCF. It is recognized nationwide as an acclaimed theater. It puts on many Shakespeare plays as well as other shows throughout the year.