Mon, 28 Oct 2013

"The City Beautiful", Orlando, Florida

Often called "The City Beautiful", Orlando, Florida is host to many tourist destinations that attract hundreds and thousands of visitors from time to time. It is Orange County's County Seat and the center of attraction of Florida's Metropolitan area. Orlando is also the 79th largest city in the United States and is famous not just for its tourist attractions but also for its awesome line-up of restaurants that offer various types of food that everyone will certainly enjoy.

You shouldn't think twice about visiting the place because here are some tips in making the most of your trip to Orlando, Florida.

Walt Disney World

First thing you have to do is to go around the city and check out its many attractions. Ranked number one in the list of Orlando's tourist attractions is "Walt Disney World" - where the magic happens and where you can feel like a child again.

Walt Disney World is home to theme parks such as Magic Kingdom, Orlando's first original theme park which was established in 1971 and is famous for the iconic Cinderella Castle; Epcot, a theme park about the past and the future and is host to a number of technologies; Disney's Hollywood Studios, formerly called MGM studios which features rides reminiscent of Disney movies such as Toy Story; There are also some water parks in Walt Disney World called Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon where in you can expect adventurous rides - there really is so much to do and so much to see in this park and that's why everybody loves it.

Another one of these attractions is Discovery Cove where you can go swim with dolphins, do some snorkeling, check out the extensive wildlife and just enjoy nature - while in the middle of the city. This is perfect not just for ocean and animal lovers but also for those who want some adventure in their lives. You can also opt to avail of a souvenir CD where in all your photos from the trip will be taken by an assistant and compiled in a CD. It's a great way to look back on your trip whenever you are feeling nostalgic and would like to reminisce.


If you are looking for some fun and some time to bond with friends then you would appreciate Mama's Comedy Show. Watch it live and love the hilarity of it all. It's one of the best local shows in the area.

Now, if you are the adventurous type and would like to really do something that says you're making the most of your trip to Orlando, Florida, then why don't you go skydiving? Try iFly Orlando at 6805 Visitors Center. It is the most popular and safest skydiving site in Orlando and will certainly make your trip enjoyable. If you are afraid of heights and would like to let go of that fear, this is perfect for you. Everyone from the age of three can try skydiving because of their awesome and safe amenities so check the place out whenever you can.

Islands of Adventure

Lastly, don't forget to check out Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure. This is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Marvel Super Hero Island, Jurassic Park, Toon Lagoon, Port of Entry, and Seuss Landing. It's one great way to bond with family and friends and is perfect for kids and kids at heart. The place truly is magical and will make your stay even more memorable.


Also, do not forget to check out restaurants such as the Cheesecake Factory, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Big Fin Sea Food Restaurant, and Benjamin French Bakery and Café as these are some of the best restaurants in the area. Visit Orlando now and enjoy your stay!

A Short History Of Orlando

Long before the first white people came, the Orlando region was inhabited by the American Indian tribe Timucua and later the Seminole people

In 1838, Fort Gatlin was built south of the present day Orlando City. In 1843, the first settler Mr. Aaron Jernigan and his wife arrived and Orlando was named "Jernigan". In 1850, the first post office opened. In 1856, the community officially changed name Jernigan to Orlando. In 1875, the Town of Orlando was incorporated. About 80 people now lived in the town.

In 1878, the first newspaper, "The Orange County Reporter", started. In 1880, the South Florida Railroad was built. In 1885, Orlando was incorporated as a city. In 1886, a mule-drawn streetcar line started in downtown. In 1891, St. James Cathedral was built. In 1900, the newspaper Florida Christian Recorder begins publication. In 1905, the City Hall was built.

In 1913, the Grand Theater opened. In, 1918, the Orange General Hospital opened. In 1920, about 9000 people lived in the city. In 1923, the Albertson Public Library started when Captain Charles L. Albertson, a retired Police Inspector of New York City and a winter resident of Orlando, offered his book collection to the town.

In 1928, Orlando Municipal Airport opened. In 1936, the Orlando Stadium opened. In 1949, theme park Gatorland opened. In 1956, the shopping mall Colonial Plaza opened. In 1958, WLOF-TV started. In 1971, Disney World opened.

In 1973, the SeaWorld theme park opened. In 1980, about 128,000 people lived in the city. In 1990, the Universal Orlando theme park opened. In 1991, the Orlando Predators football team started. In 2002, indoor shopping mall Millenia Mall opened.

In 2016, Omar Mateen, who identified himself as an "Islamic Soldier", killed 49 people and wounded 53 in a mass shooting at the nightclub Pulse. He was killed by the police. A couple of years earlier he had been investigated for terrorism by the FBI.