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About Orlando

Country
» United States of America

State
» Florida

County
» Orange

Official Language
» English

Demonym
»Orlandoan

Government
»Mayor–Commission

Area
»110.7 sq mi (287 km2)

Population
»238,300 (77th)

Currency
» USD $ United States Doller

Time Zone
»Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)

Orlando is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, and the county seat of Orange County.

Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2,134,411 at the 2010 census, making it the 26th largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, and the third largest metropolitan area in the state of Florida.

In 2010, Orlando had a city-proper population of 238,300, making it the 77th largest city in the United States, the fifth largest city in Florida, and the state’s largest inland city.

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The City of Orlando is nicknamed “The City Beautiful” and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. Orlando is also known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World” and in 2014 its tourist attractions and events drew more than 62 million visitors.

The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the thirteenth busiest airport in the United States and the 29th busiest in the world. Buddy Dyer is Orlando’s mayor.

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As the most visited American city in 2009, Orlando’s famous attractions form the backbone of its tourism industry: Walt Disney World Resort, located approximately 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Downtown Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, opened by the Walt Disney Company in 1971; the Universal Orlando Resort, opened in 1999 as a major expansion of Universal Studios Florida; SeaWorld; Gatorland; and Wet ‘n Wild.

With the exception of Walt Disney World, most major attractions are located along International Drive. The city is also one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions.

Like other major cities in the Sun Belt, Orlando grew rapidly during the 1980s and into the first decade of the 21st century.

Orlando is home to the University of Central Florida, which is the second-largest university campus in the United States in terms of enrollment as of 2012. In 2010, Orlando was listed as a “Gamma−” level of world-city in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory.

Orlando ranks as the fourth most popular American city based on where people want to live according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.

Economy in Orlando

Orlando is a major industrial and hi-tech center. The metro area has a $13.4 billion technology industry employing 53,000

The metro area has a $13.4 billion technology industry employing 53,000 people; and is a nationally recognized cluster of innovation in digital media, agricultural technology, aviation, aerospace, and software design. More than 150 international companies, representing approximately 20 countries, have facilities in Metro Orlando.

More than 150 international companies, representing approximately 20 countries, have facilities in Metro Orlando.

The metro area has a $13.4 billion technology industry employing 53,000 people; and is a nationally recognized cluster of innovation in digital media, agricultural technology, aviation, aerospace, and software design. More than 150 international companies, representing approximately 20 countries, have facilities in Metro Orlando.

More than 150 international companies, representing approximately 20 countries, have facilities in Metro Orlando.

The metro area has a $13.4 billion technology industry employing 53,000 people; and is a nationally recognized cluster of innovation in digital media, agricultural technology, aviation, aerospace, and software design. More than 150 international companies, representing approximately 20 countries, have facilities in Metro Orlando.

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Orlando has the 7th largest research park in the country, Central Florida Research Park, with over 1,025 acres (4.15 km2). It is home to over 120 companies, employs more than 8,500 people, and is the hub of the nation’s military simulation and training programs. Near the end of each year, the Orange County Convention Center hosts the world’s largest modeling and simulation conference: Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Metro Orlando is home to the simulation procurement commands for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

It is home to over 120 companies, employs more than 8,500 people, and is the hub of the nation’s military simulation and training programs. Near the end of each year, the Orange County Convention Center hosts the world’s largest modeling and simulation conference: Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Metro Orlando is home to the simulation procurement commands for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

Near the end of each year, the Orange County Convention Center hosts the world’s largest modeling and simulation conference: Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Metro Orlando is home to the simulation procurement commands for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

Lockheed Martin has a large manufacturing facility for missile systems, aeronautical craft, and related high-tech research.

The Naval Training Center until a few years ago was one of the two places where nuclear engineers were trained for the US Navy.

Now the land has been converted into the Baldwin Park development. Numerous office complexes for large corporations have popped up along the

Interstate 4 corridor north of Orlando, especially in Maitland, Lake Mary, and Heathrow.

Orlando is close enough to Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and Kennedy Space Center for residents to commute to work from the city’s suburbs. It also allows easy access to Port Canaveral, a cruise ship terminal.

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Orlando is the home base of Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Red Lobster and Olive Garden and the largest operator of restaurants in the world by revenue. In September 2009, it moved to a new headquarters and central distribution facility.

Florida’s export shipments of merchandise in 2014 totaled $58.6 billion.

The state’s largest market was Brazil. Florida posted merchandise exports of

  1. $5.1 billion to Brazil in 2014, representing 8.7 percent of the state’s total merchandise exports. Brazil was followed by
  2. Canada ($4.2 billion),
  3. Colombia ($3.1 billion),
  4. Venezuela ($2.6 billion),
  5. Hong Kong ($2.4 billion).

Top 5 Products imported by The United States

  1. Cars (8.3%),
  2. Computers (5.4%),
  3. Crude Petroleum (5.3%),
  4. Packaged Medicaments (2.6%),
  5. Broadcasting Equipment (2.5%)

Top 5 Import origins ofThe United States

  1. China (22%),
  2. Mexico (14%),
  3. Canada (9.8%),
  4. Japan (7.8%),
  5. Germany(6.0%)
Tourism in Orlando

Orlando, for most people, conjures up the image of theme parks, mainly Walt Disney World, but it has a lot more to offer than that.

With the estimated 52 million tourists a year, Orlando and many other areas in the region have developed a lot to offer the less theme park minded (or theme park exhausted) traveler.

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Other cities in the metropolitan area include Altamonte Springs, Davenport, Kissimmee, and Winter Park. Lake Eola in downtown Orlando, Florida.

When people think of Orlando most think of theme parks and a vast urban sprawl.

However, the city proper contains none of the major theme parks (Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World), dinner attractions (Arabian Nights, Medieval Times), or even most small theme parks (Gatorland, Holyland Experience, Ripley’s Believe-it-or-not, etc.).

However, since Orlando is the larger city associated with most of these popular attractions, you will find details and descriptions of them below.
Most tourists visit Orlando between June and August while another peak time for tourism is March and April.

Ironically, the less busy times for tourism correspond to the best weather in the Orlando area; the summer months can be exceptionally busy with families who are making a trip while kids are on summer vacation.

Visiting when the weather isn’t so hot means fewer people in the area and that provides some advantages, but you will be able to enjoy cooler weather.

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Many say central Florida has two seasons: hot and hotter. Orlando has warm, balmy springs and autumns; hot summers complete with daily thunderstorms; and temperate winters affected by the occasional cold front.

To See
  • Arboretum, University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Blvd,
  • Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Ave, Beautiful landscaped gardens and lakes set in nearly 50 acres of land, featuring flora gathered from around the globe since 1936, including the largest rose garden in Florida and America’s largest camellia collection outside of California.
  • The Leu House, Harry P. Leu’s former home set within the grounds and dating back to the 1880’s, has tours every 30 minutes around its museum illustrating Florida living at the turn of the 20th century (closed during July). Y
  • Historic Bok Sanctuary, 1151 Tower Blvd. Lake Wales. The Bok Sanctuary features acres of intricately landscaped gardens filled with an exotic array of flowers and trees.
  • Torii Shinto, College Park, Torii Shinto is a private tropical garden.
  •  Hercules, a 21.5′ diameter Live Oak provides protection from the few cold days that Orlando hosts,
  • A World of Orchids, 2501 Old Lake Wilson Rd. Kissimmee. Closed since mid-2012.
  • Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art,
  • Houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany including Tiffany art glass, leaded-glass windows, lamps, jewelry, pottery, paintings, and the chapel interior he designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
  • Cornell Fine Arts Museum, 1000 Holt
  • Rollins College. Features items from Cornell’s renowned permanent collection. $5. edit
  • The Orlando Museum of Art. Ongoing exhibitions of American portraits and landscapes.
    The Orlando Science Center. A 207,000 ft² (19,000 m²) hands-on learning center with hundreds of interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages.
  • Orange County Regional History Center,  Features exhibits and artifacts from the earliest days of the region to the modern day. Includes information on everything from the time of the Seminole
  • International Trolley and Train Museum. Features 14 model railroad trains with sound and lighting traveling through an indoor garden with 12 ft (4 m) high mountains, waterfalls, and more than 30 trestles and tunnels.
  • Victorian-style half open/half closed trolley or the 5/8-scale replica of an 1880 locomotive (a Mason Bogey) with its passenger cars.
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium, 8201 International
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