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Welcome to Orlando in Central Florida. Amusement parks like Disney World, Animal Kingdom, MGM Studios, Epcot, Universal, Sea World, and Wet 'n Wild have made this one of the world's favorite family vacation locations. But with such a wide variety of attractions that include not only theme parks and water parks but also golf, tennis, sporting and cultural events, ballooning, auto racing, canoeing, outdoor recreation and fishing, Orlando is quickly becoming an ideal local not just for families but for people of all ages and interests.

Orlando's average yearly temperature is a mild 72 degrees F (22 degrees C). Though the summer months experience hotter weather, most of the year is very comfortable.

The Orlando area offers visitors over 90 attractions, approximately 3,800 restaurants, 44 million square ft. of shopping plazas, and 125 golf courses. With so much to see and do you are sure to leave Central Florida with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

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Orlando's Historic Downtown Neighbourhoods and Parks

Orlando has a surprising number of public parks with special facilities that provide recreational opportunities for local residents as well as tourists. With the help of the City of Orlando's website I have compiled a list of some of the special outdoor public spaces that Orlando has to offer. These places include a very reasonably priced golf course, Loch Haven Park - Orlando's center of culture and science, the Dickson Azalea Park, a variety of wetland areas, an ecology center, camping and more. In one word, public spaces that offer free or inexpensive recreational and educational opportunities:

Lake Cherokee is bordered by a 3.8 acre scenic park and surrounded by the Lake Cherokee Historic district, a residential neighborhood with architecture representing virtually every significant period of Orlando's history.

Lake Eola Park is a popular destination in the downtown area, with many people taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings to walk at lunch or in the evenings. The sidewalk that circles the lake is .9 miles in length, making it easy for visitors to keep track of their walking or running distances. Other activities available to park visitors include renting ($10 for ˝ hour) swan-shaped paddle boats, feeding the live swans and other birds inhabiting the park, being paddled around the lake on a romantic gondola cruise (www.gondola.com), seeing a concert or a play in the Walt Disney Amphitheater, watching the children play in the playground, grabbing a bite to eat at The Terrace on Lake Eola or relaxing amid beautiful flower beds and a spectacular view of Orlando's skyline.

Orlando Loch Haven Park covers 45 acres and serves as the region's premier cultural park. Nestled between three lakes, Lake Estelle on the north, Lake Rowena on the east, and Lake Formosa on the south, the park is located on North Mills Avenue and Princeton Street. The park was renovated in February 2001. With the many museums or theatre groups located in the park, there is always something new to see or do. The lawn areas in the center portion of the park are wonderful places to sit and enjoy the lake views shaded by majestic oak trees. One of Central Florida's oldest and largest oak trees, "The Mayor", grows in the park near Orlando's Mennello Museum of American Folk Art.... read more about Orlando's Historic Downtown Neighborhoods and Parks

Orlando Nightlife
Disney’s contribution to nightlife comes in the shape and form of Pleasure Island, located at Down Town Disney. Depending on the type of park ticket you have, you may or may not be included. Pleasure Island has a lot to offer to suit all tastes. It offers 8 different themed nightclubs, with 2 more on the way. There are dance clubs playing a variety of music from different eras. There are comedy clubs, jazz clubs and so much more....read more>>

Todays Orlando conjures images of fabled societies and a well known 2-dimensional mouse; however, the low-lying city near Floridas Atlantic Coast has done much more to diversify its image since its backwater orange growing days. Worlds and Lands of the extreme and ultimate fictional reality are interlaced with Floridas booming tech-science industry and a handful of significant cultural points of interest. Most attractions are not located in Orlandos central metropolitan area and it is therefore advisable and in most cases necessary to rent a car during your stay.

Orlando has humble beginnings as an American military base staking out the Floridian peninsula against Native Americans. The Seminole Indians fought in 3 wars against the settling United States Government until they were effectively defeated in the 1850s. Orlandos military significance stretches into modern day with its proximity to both Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Kennedy Space Center...read more »

Author: Cara Goldsbury

Is it possible for sophisticated travelers to really enjoy themselves in the land of Mickey Mouse? Absolutely! Walt Disney World has undergone a transformation much like that of Las Vegas, with an abundance of fantastic themed resorts and sumptuous dining choices.

Maybe your image of Disney is of lackluster, motel-style accommodations. Not so! All deluxe property choices are unique and offer that special Disney touch. You’ll find them to be adorned with impressive lobbies, painstakingly landscaped grounds, first-rate restaurants, elaborately themed pools, and gracious accommodations. All offer top-notch recreational facilities and services. In fact, each resort is so marvelous it can be difficult to choose which fantasy you wish to indulge.

Let me tell you about my favorites:.....read more>>