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.

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.

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. 

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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. 

Huey Magoo’s is a chicken tender restaurant started in Central Florida by two former Wingstop executives. Get affordable and family-friendly meals at locations spreading throughout Florida.

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. 

Insomnia Cookies offers tasty cookies and ice cream in the Orlando area. With two locations, delivery, and late night hours Insomnia Cookies is one of the most popular spots for college students.  

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. 

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

Loving Hut is an Asian inspired vegan cuisine restaurant dedicated to health, compassion, and sustaining the planet. They have several locations in Florida and are always growing!

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.

The Mad Cow Theatre is a professional theater in downtown Orlando. Since its opening in 1997, it has been growing into a venue that supports and presents all kinds of musicals and plays.

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. 

Maoz Vegetarian is a fast service restaurant serving authentic falafel and freshly made vegetarian food.

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. 

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.

Pinchos, mofongos, tostones, empanadas, alcapurrias, hamburgers, and more Spanish delicacies!

An authentic Peruvian restaurant which features traditional Peruvian cuisine. This restaurant focuses on family, tradition, and memories.

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.

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.

PACKING ~ MOVING ~ STORAGE ~ DELIVERIES. Home or office moves with honest, seasoned journeyman professionals with fully equipped large truck that includes FREE wardrobe boxes and mattress bags. Full Service, fast and efficient. 

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.

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.

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

 

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.

Orlando Weekly is the Orlando Metro area's source for alternative news, opinion, events and culture covering the issues that shape Orlando as well as happenings in the community. "We are the source for our region’s fun, smart, socially conscious types – the people who want to make Orlando a better place to be through good storytelling, revealing criticism and kickass events that celebrate the best things about our cultural landscape."

Authentic Filipino and Hawaiian food from the OverRice food truck!

The Paragon School is a model of excellence in exceptional student education, combining research-based methods with innovative strategies to help high functioning students with autism or Asperger's Syndrome maximize their potential.

Are you looking to try something different? This Peruvian style food truck might be what you're looking for! They have won several awards including 2017 Best Food Truck "Orlando Sentinel Foodie Award" and 2017 Best Latin "Orlando Sentinel Foodie Award".  

Pio Pio Latin Cuisine features both Columbian and Peruvian dishes. They take traditional Latin American meals and give them a modern twist. The restaurant is both sit down and take out.

The escapades and tales of several of the most notorious pirates are brought to life at this amazingly well done mini golf course. Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf is about more than just cascading waterfalls and extraordinary landscaping, it's one of the best-enchanted themed mini golf courses in town!

Player 1 is a gamer bar that serves craft beers and cocktails you can drink while enjoying games of all kinds. They have rentals on games from many different consoles as well as retro arcade games set to free play.

The Playwrights' Round Table is a very busy theatre company. They are always having auditions, callbacks, practicing for a coming up production, doing a play, or doing workshops. If you want to see one of their many productions or be involved in one all that information is on their website.

If you’re looking for a sensational East-meets-West gastro experience, look no further than Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria in Orlando. This hidden gem offers everything from fragrant teas to tantalizing desserts, along with original gourmet Thai-fusion sandwiches created by celebrity chef and owner Pom Moongauklang. The teahouse also presents a gallery of local artists to appeal to your optical palate as well, making this spot a must-see for art and food lovers alike.

Pop Thai is spot to get authentic, tasty Thai food with a wide variety of choices and affordable prices. Try it sweet, try it spicy, and make sure you try it!

Orlando's #1 station for commercial free Hip-Hop! Tune in now for the latest hits!

Looking for a cool trendy place for mini golf? Putting Edge should definitely be on your list. If you decide to visit, get ready to step out of reality into an illuminated world with no limits. They're definitely what some call "an escape from the ordinary."

Quantum Leap Winery is a local place that aims to find environmentally friendly ways to sell wine to consumers and markets. They want to reinvent the way wine is shipped and share the best ways to do that. 

Real Radio plays alternative rock music and has personalities that will always keep it real with their listeners. From contests, to podcasts the Monsters on Real Radio will keep you updated. 

Every member of the staff is beer-sever certified through the Cicerone Certification Program. They boast twenty-four draft handles, two traditional hand-pumped beer engines, over three hundred bottled beers, and a fine collection of craft sodas.

Reformed Theological Seminary offers theological graduate education to students wishing to become pastors, teaches, counselors, and missionaries. It has campuses all over the country including one in Orlando, Florida.

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