A popular city located in the Florida state of United States, Orlando is famed as "The City Beautiful”. Serving as the county seat of Orange County, Orlando is also called as the ‘The Theme Park Capital of the World’ and played host to more than 62 million tourists in the year 2014. The city is a major tourist destination in Florida and is also the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions. Orlando is home to the University of Central Florida, which is the second-largest university campus in the United States. Located at an altitude of 25 meters above sea level, the city spreads on an area of 287 km2. Having a city population of 238,300, Orlando is the 77th largest city in the United States, the fifth largest city in Florida, and the state's largest inland city. According to a 2009 Pew Research Center study, Orlando ranked as the fourth most popular American city where people want to live. English is the official language and is spoken widely.
Flights coming to Orlando land at the Orlando International Airport, which is a major airport in the city. It is the second busiest airport in the state of Florida, thirteenth busiest airport in the United States and the 29th busiest in the world. Orlando Sanford International Airport located in the suburb of Sanford is the next nearest airport while Orlando Executive Airport mostly primarily serves as base for executive jets, flight training schools, and general small-aircraft aviation. Orlando lies in the humid subtropical climate zone and 3 distinct seasons. The summer months from May to August are hot and humid. The months from September to December are the shoulder tourist season which means that the weather is comparatively cooler. This is the best time for those planning a budget trip to Orlando, as during winter from January to April, the peak tourist season begins and the price of the hotels skyrockets. Florida Citrus Bowl (January), Mardi Gras at Universal Studios (February), Winter Park Bach Festival (February-March), Orlando Bike Week (March), AIDS Walk Orlando (late March-early April), Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (September-early November), Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights (September-November) and Florida Film Festival (April) are the most popular festivals celebrated here.
The foremost attractions in Orlando which is a must visit for every one is the Walt Disney World. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot Theme Park, and MGM Studios are some of the many attractions that are located within the park. Orlando is extremely famous for its SeaWorld which allow tourists to get a peek into the life of underwater beings. SeaWorld in Orlando is among the world's largest marine parks and whale shows, touch pools and dolphin shows are among the many tourist attractions here. Universal Studios offering numerous opportunities of attractions and entertainment is another attraction.
Discovery Cove (to enjoy mysteries of the sea in an island resort setting), Typhoon Lagoon (Disney's most popular water parks), Islands of Adventure (housing five unique island offering rides and other entertainment options), Wet 'N Wild (One of the oldest water parks in Florida), Orlando Science Center (displaying variety of themed exhibits), Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe (a massive church housing a museum showcasing religious sculptures, paintings, and a relic of Saint Desiderius) and Gatorland (a wildlife hub) are some of the many attractions located in Orlando.
Eating and Shopping
A concoction of many cultures, the options of eating in Orladano is extremely diverse. From Michelis star restaurants to small café and bistros, everything is available. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, Memories of India, Luma on Park, Chef’s Table at the Edgewater, Saffron, The Capital Grille, Woodlands, Jiko-The Cooking Place and deep blu seafood grille are the award winning restaurants where you can enjoy cuisines from all over the world. The city is also very popular for its food truck culture and almost every street in the city is lined with these food trucks which offer yummy local as well as international delicacies. The city is extremely popular for its nightlife and Orlando Frank & Steins, Yard House, World of Beer, Orlando Brewing, Raglan Road, Brick House, Downtown Pourhouse, The Pub and Schumann’s Jäger Haus are some of the most noted place for enjoying a drink in Florida.
The Florida Mall, The Mall at Millenia, Orlando Fashion Square and Artegon Marketplace are among the largest malls in Florida. However, shopping in Florida is not limited only to designer boutiques or shopping malls. Market Street Gallery (for jewellery and crystal collectibles), Day Dreams (gift and clothes for children), Once Upon a Toy (best toy store) and Confetti (personalized gift baskets, sweets, treats, and party planning) are the major shopping hubs in Orlando. If you are looking for pedestrian shopping steer or bargain shops, then this might not be the best place for you.
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