From a quiet farming area during the 1970s to one of the most popular vacation spots in the United States, Orlando, Florida is a beautiful city that attracts visitors from around the world. Orlando, Florida is located in Orange County as the county seat. The population was estimated at 199,336 in 2003. Nearby cities include Conway, Holden Heights, Pine Castle and Edgewood.
Orlando, Florida was settled after the Seminole Wars and was named after Orlando Reeves, a soldier who had been killed by Indians. The early economy boomed after a railroad was built there during the 1880s. Today, tourism fuels the economy with popular attractions that have a worldwide appeal such as Disneyworld and Seaworld.
Orlando, Florida has been home to well-known actor Wesley Snipes and football player Pete Pihos. The movies "Fried Green Tomatoes," Lethal Weapon 3" and "The Waterboy" were filmed in Orlando, FL. Local popular bands have included the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. Orlando's sports team include Predators (Arena Football) and Magic (NBA). For higher education, Orlando offers the University of Central Florida and Valencia Community College.
Orlando, Florida has a busy downtown area with plenty to keep residents and tourists busy. First visitors can dine at one of the cafes for lunch or a candle-lit restaurant at evening. The cuisines are diverse to fit any mood or taste. From Oriental to Japanese to Italian, or from deli sandwiches to burgers at a grill, it's all in Downtown Orlando, FL.
The downtown area also offers great shopping with many specialty shops for antiques clothing, jewelry, books, music, etc. Or, historians can take a walking tour through the Downtown Historic District. The entertainment and nightlife are always hopping downtown as well.
Orlando, Florida is known for its fun-filled vacations! Families often discover that there's just too much to do in a short period of time, so they come back again and again. Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL is probably the most popular attraction in the state - and the world. It features four theme parks, 24 resorts on the grounds, four miniature golf courses, two water parks, a video game park and an area for entertainment and shopping. It's an entire vacation wrapped in one big package!
Seaworld Adventure Park is another hot tourist spot in Orlando, with its abundant marine life and fabulous orca and dolphin shows. Next to Seaworld is Discovery Cove, a gorgeous sandy beach where visitors can actually swim with dolphins and snorkel with stingrays!
Kids of all ages get the experience of a lifetime as they "ride the movies" at Universal Studios Orlando. There are two amusement parks where visitors can choose the adventure of a lifetime.
For those who long for the winter in Florida, Blizzard Beach offers a water park and ski resort in one trip. Who says you can't wear a bathing suit during a blizzard? They do all summer long at Blizzard Beach as they bobsled down hills and turn and twist on water slides.
If seeing the occasional sunbathing gator along the highways of Florida just isn't enough, tourists can try Gatorland, where more than 3,000 gators are featured along with 89 crocodiles. There are also interesting snake and bird exhibits.
Other family adventures in Orlando, FL include the Epcot Center, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon and Disney-MGM Studios.
Those wanting to visit Orlando, Florida USA can learn more at Orlando's official city Web site.