Orlando City Guide

Orlando, USA

Orlando is a large city in Florida most commonly associated with world class theme parks, although it has much more to offer. Universal Orlando is a resort with 2 theme parks 3 huge hotels, and a large shopping center. Sea World Orlando is a marine theme park that houses the biggest roller coaster in the Orlando area, as well as the famous killer whale show by Shamu. Discovery Cove is an exclusive (only 1,000 visitors per day) park offering visitors the opportunity to swim with the dolphins. Lake Buena Vista is home of the world famous Disney World, which is actually a composite of 4 theme parks, 2 water slide parks, countless hotels and resorts, 3 shopping centers, and 8 golf courses. The alligator capital of the world is located at the theme park of Gatorland.

Orlando also has a nice collection of museums, such as the Morse Museum of American Art, which houses the world’s largest collection of Tiffany art – glass, windows, lamps, jewelry, pottery, and paintings. The Orlando Museum of Art has nice exhibitions by American artists, as does the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. The International Trolley and Train Museum features 14 life size model trains on realistic and detailed tracks and tunnels. The Orlando Science Center is a huge hands-on experience with interactive exhibits for all ages.

Orlando is also home to a group of fine sports teams, like the Orlando Magic, Orlando Predators, Orlando Sharks, and the University of Central Florida Knights. The downtown area also has a lot to offer, and Orange Avenue is packed with restaurants, nightclubs, and bars, as well as theater and concert venues. Free concerts are often held on Wall Street, the night time hot spot where the hippest locals like to gather to party the night away.