Orlando, Florida, is also known as The City Beautiful and there is good reason. The tree-lined streets, lush parks, and many lakes that are scattered throughout the Orlando area, like Lake Eola, Orlando’s center piece, truly makes it a beautiful city. Orlando is ranked one of the most visited cities and that is because of all the tourism that is provided by theme parks and attractions. Orlando is one of the world’s fastest-growing cities and is a mecca for business. The Orlando Convention Center hosts over a million conference delegates a year, and is the second largest convention center in the United States. The city is growing and the growth inherently provides much to do, see, and unique places to eat, both mainstream and independent.
What to See
Lake Eola – This Lake is open to the public and is the center piece of downtown Orlando. It has a beautiful fountain that lights up at night and the park has shaded pathways and benches around the whole lake. The lake is home to an array ducks and swans.
Walt Disney World – It is a given that Disney is a place to be seen in Orlando. With its shows, rides, and characters that keep children’s attention and creates a sense of childhood for adults. Downtown Disney is also a hot spot for some after park dinning, shopping, and entertainment.
Universal Studios – Universal is the place for those looking for rides that will satisfy the biggest of adrenaline junkies. Universal has entertainment and shows to watch within its studio walls as well as City Walk which provides additional dining and entertainment outside of Universal.
What to Do
Church Street Station – The station was built in 1889 and still stands to this day, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Church Street is mostly lined with nightclubs and restaurants, and the Amway Arena is just a short walk away.
Amway Arena – Home of the Orlando Magic and is also used as a venue for a large list of artists and shows.
Wall Street – Ironically vehicles are not even allowed on this street, it is dedicated to pedestrians, because Wall Street has eight venues and it attracts large crowds post business day for happy hour and dinner. Later in the evening Wall Street shifts to night clubs only, but once on Wall Street there is no other cover to get in the other eight venues.
Where to Shop
Mall at Millenia – One of Orlando’s main malls. Just Millenia as it is called by the locals is a bi-level mall offering a large selection of shops, boutiques, and restaurants to choose from. Located right off Interstate Four it is one of the busiest malls in the Orlando area.
The Florida Mall – The Florida Mall is an upscale shopping mall located in unincorporated Orlando. In addition to the mall of shops and restaurants, The Florida Mall also controls an outdoor shopping plaza next door called The Terrace at The Florida Mall, it features a Target Marshall’s to name a few.
Orlando Premium Outlets – Features hundreds of top of the line clothing and outlet stores for shoes, jewelry, and other gifts and specialty items. This outlet mall has a food court as well.
Local Businesses, Restaurants & Employers
Where to Eat
Texas de Brazil
Boma – Flavors of Africa
4 Rivers Smokehouse
Earl of Sandwich
Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen
Yellow Dog Eats
Café Tu Tu Tango
Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe
The Ravenous Pig
Seasons 52 Fresh Grill
Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
Lazy Moon Pizza
Hawkers Asian Street Fare
Orlando has a large network of Lynx’s www.golynx.com/ bus lines in the and just a short drive away is Winter Park that has an Amtrak www.amtrak.com train stop (code WPK) which goes from Miami Station all the way up to New York’s Penn Station.
Disney World https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/ – Spanning several square miles, Disney is the largest employer in the Orlando area. The people that live here in Orlando understand that Disney is essentially a small city within a city. In order to properly run Disney, it requires a large amount of employees from landscapers to executive positions.
Orange County https://www.ocps.net/Pages/default.aspx Orlando’s a large city within Orange County, so naturally the city employs a large part of Orlando’s overall work force.
Publix http://www.publix.com/ From Lakeland, Florida just outside of Orlando started the Publix grocery store company and it has grown very much since its beginnings. It is a great company to work for and provides consistently good products to its consumers.