Orlando is the heart of Central Florida and is one of the most visited destinations in the entire world, with over 57 million visitors in 2013 according to the latest stats. It is perhaps most known for its various theme parks such as Disney World, which includes Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, MGM Studios, and Animal Kingdom; as well as Universal Studios, Sea World, LegoLand, and more than 50 other local attractions.
However, Central Florida and the surrounding areas are much more than theme parks and attractions. The Greater Orlando area has over 2000 fresh water lakes great for boating, fishing, exploring and water sports; 176 Golf courses, 800+ tennis courts and over 3,000 acres (1214 Ha) of public parks. It is also located within short driving distances from both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Coast beaches.
Main parks in Greater Orlando area include the World of Orchards, Central Florida Zoological Park, Harry P Leu Gardens, Arboretum of the University of Central Florida, and many more.
The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical area is the 26th biggest in the United States. It experimented a 4.18% population growth from 2010-2012, 25th in the nation during the period.
According to Forbes.com and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission the city of Orlando and its suburbs has:
Known as the "Shopping Capital of the World" boasts 68 Major shopping centers and regional malls covering over 52 million square feet (4.7 million M2) of retail space.
Great Local Museums such as the Orlando Museum of Art, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center, Orlando Science Center, Orange County Regional History Center, Mennello Museum of American Art, International Trolley Museum and several other interesting and educational local institutions are housed within the Greater Orlando area.
The NBA’s Orlando Magic (Basketball), Atlanta Braves Spring Training (Baseball) and the AFL’s Orlando Predators (Arena football) play their home games in Orlando. MLS’s expansion Orlando City S. C (soccer) will make its debut in 2015. A few minor league baseball teams and spring training complexes are located within a 30 minute drive.
The Greater Orlando area is much, much more than entertainment for the youngest ones within the city limits. There are many places and areas that can be enjoyed by adults or the entire family within short driving distances from the city. Such as:
Lake Eola Park is popular destination in the Downtown area, with many people taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings to walk at lunch or the evenings.
Besides seeing over 400 animals, you can take to the sky and enjoy our aerial adventure course, ZOOm Air Adventure Park or bring your flip-flops and swimsuit to cool-off in the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground.
Imagine a place where you and your family can touch and swim with dolphins, wade with mysterious rays, snorkel among thousands of exotic fish, hand-feed tropical birds in a free-flight aviary and relax on pristine beaches.
Premium Outlet shops in Orlando.