Orlando, Florida Travel Information
Ensure your vacation is the best it can be with our free Orlando Travel Guide. This fun and informative guide will teach you about the city, its popular landmarks, climate, and so much more.
As most of us know, Orlando located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2010 the US Census, reported a population of 238,300, making Orlando one of the smaller US cities. Of course, it is best known for the Walt Disney World Resort (located approximately 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Downtown Orlando in Lake Buena Vista), founded by the Walt Disney Company in 1971, and for the Universal Orlando Resort and Sea World.
This theme park city was the most visited in America in 2009.
With so much vacation fun available it may surprise some to learn that it is 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 well into the first decade of the 21st century.
Orlando is also home to the University of Central Florida, which is the second largest university in the United States in terms of enrollment (as of 2011).
Orlando attracts an incredible 51 million tourists a year (only 3.6 million of them are international though).
Its airport, the Orlando International Airport (MCO), is the thirteenth busiest airport in the United States, and the 29th busiest in the world.
Average Temperature in Orlando:
During the height of Orlando's humid summer season, temperatures rarely fall below 70 °F (21 °C), and daytime highs average in the 90s (32–37 °C). During the cooler seasons, humidity is lower and temperatures are more moderate, and can fluctuate more readily. Average daytime highs in January are about 72 °F (22 °C), and average night time lows are around 50 °F (10 °C).
Geography:The geography of Orlando is mostly wetlands, consisting of many lakes and swamps. The terrain is generally flat, making the land fairly low and wet. The area is dotted with hundreds of lakes, the largest of which is Lake Apopka.
Size:The city’s total area is 101.0 sq mi (261.5 km2). 7.5 sq mi (19.3 km2) of this are water, and 93.5 sq mi (242.2 km2) are land. The city sits at 98 ft (34 m) above sea level
Time Zone:Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5).In summer, Daylight Savings Time (UTC-4)
Motto:Orlando is nicknamed "The City Beautiful" and O-Town.
: : POPULAR TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS
Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort (also known as Disney World), is the world's most-visited entertainment resort. Located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, approximately 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Orlando, Florida, United States, the resort covers an area of 30,080-acre (47.00 sq mi; 121.7 km2) and includes four theme parks, two water parks, 23 on-site themed resort hotels (excluding eight more that are on-site, but not owned by the Walt Disney Company), including a campground, two health spas and physical fitness centers, five golf courses, and other recreational venues and entertainment.
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort is a theme park resort in Orlando, Florida. It is wholly owned by NBC Universal and its affiliates. The resort consists of two theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure), Universal CityWalk (a night-time entertainment destination), and three Loews Hotels (Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort). Universal Orlando Resort is the second-largest resort in Greater Orlando, after the Walt Disney World Resort.
Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve located along South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando, Florida. It was founded by Owen Godwin in 1949, and still privately owned by his family today. Billed as the "Alligator Capital of the World," Gatorland features thousands of alligators and crocodiles, a breeding marsh with boardwalk and observation tower, reptile shows, aviary, petting zoo, swamp walk and educational programs.
: : FUN FACTS
The names of some of the approach procedures that all aircraft follow into their arrival at Orlando International Airport are named CWRLD ONE, COSTR ONE, PIGLT ONE, MINEE TWO and GOOFY FIVE. Any pilot that flies into there can confirm this.
• Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was
• You'll find the biggest collection of Tiffany glass anywhere in the world at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park.
• There are so many awesome attractions in Orlando that it is estimated that it would take the average traveler 67 full days to experience every one.
• Orlando is home to the first water park ever... Wet 'n Wild opened in 1977 and it's still one of the only water parks that stays open 365 days a year.
: : THINGS TO KNOW
With its year round summer climate, summer attire is always the best choice. A light Jacket in the winter months for night time is also suggested.
Smoking is prohibited in public areas and office buildings in the state of Florida. Orlando banned smoking from restaurants and night clubs as well, except on some outdoor terraces, so check before lighting up to avoid offending.
Orlando Regional Medical Center
24 Sturtevant Street,
Orlando, FL, United States
Florida Hospital Orlando
601 East Rollins Street,
Orlando, FL, United States
Emergency Numbers: Throughout the USA you can simply dial 911 for any emergencies.
Public Transportation: Orlando is served by LYNX; it provides local transit service covering a five-county area: Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, and Volusia. LYNX provides regularly scheduled bus service to 65 routes on comfortable buses equipped with bike racks.