Visitors to Orlando, Florida return again and again to the enchanted city and it’s easy to see why; with world-class theme parks, fascinating arts and culture, award-winning spas and luxurious golf resorts, there’s a unique experience for everyone. Nicknamed “The Theme Park Capital of the World”, Orlando is arguably best known for its multitude of colossal parks that attract millions of thrill-seekers every year and form the backbone of the tourism industry for the city. As well as the world’s top destination for theme parks and leisure attractions, Orlando is also a busy hub for international conferences and conventions, drawing multinational businesses and corporations to its tropical plains every year.
There is a great deal of natural beauty to behold too, due to the wetlands on which most of the city is founded, that give rise to spectacular lakes and swamps. The largest is Lake Apopka, measuring over 12 miles in length and fed by a natural spring and which itself feeds several other lakes in the surrounding area. Lake Eola is a much-visited landmark in Downtown Orlando, and the site of the famous fountain, an unofficial symbol for the city. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the park and lake as you breathe in the fresh air and relish the lush green surroundings.
Although recent developments over the past few decades have seen a growth in modern builds in Downtown Miami, altering the city’s skyline, there are still areas of the city that are original and reminiscent of a bygone era. These include ‘Lake Eola Heights’ and ‘Thornton Park’, where the brick streets are equally lined with historic houses as with century-old oak trees. For those with an interest in the history and culture of the city, there are a great number of worthwhile museums telling the story of the city from its origins, including the Orange County Regional History Centre and Heritage Square, the Winter Park History Museum and the Art and History Museums in Maitland. The Arts also have an important place in the culture and society, which can be witnessed at any one of the fine arts museums, exhibition centres and at the annual Florida Film Festival which takes place in April.
Sports enthusiasts will revel in the opportunities to enjoy experiences unique to Orlando, such as riding on an airboat over the swamps, zip-wiring through the treetops and over Alligator Breeding Marches in Gatorland, or cheering on Magic NBA at a basketball game in the Amway Centre.
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