Orlando is located in Central Florida with 1.5 million residents and more than 40 million visitors a year. It is one of the busiest tourist destinations in the world with Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and a host of other attractions.
Orlando also hosts world class entertainment including professional sports, bowl games, concerts, performing arts, and more. Orlando is home to the NBA's Orlando Magic and Arena Football Orlando Predators. During spring training, baseball fans can check out the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros.
The nightlife never stops in Orlando with dinner theaters, clubs, and live performances such as Cirque du Soleil.
Orlando also offers a variety of recreational activities including water sports such as boating, canoeing, fishing and water skiing with its more than 300 lakes. If you enjoy the beach, it is only an hour drive to the Atlantic coast where you can learn to surf, windsurf or bodysurf. And if you love to golf, there's more than 125 golf courses to pick from including courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. The list goes on and on with fun and recreation in Orlando. The City of Orlando Parks and Recreation website is chock full of information on bike trails, hiking, sports, and parks.
Orlando has over 115 city neighborhoods. In addition to the City of Orlando, there are surrounding cities that many people refer to as Orlando including Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Maitland, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Sanford, Union Park, and Winter Park. The counties that make up the Orlando area include Orange County, Osceola County, Seminole County, and Lake County.
An Orlando map can quickly get you familiar with the area. Or, get a bird's eye view of City of Orlando neighborhoods.
Orlando's winter season averages highs of 72 degrees and average lows at 50 degrees. The summer season is sweaty with average highs peaking at 92 degrees and the lows at 73 degrees. The summer is when the humidity kicks in with the average precipitation measuring over 7 inches. The rainy afternoons creates the thick, humid air. The winter season averages below 3 inches precipitation which lends itself to an enjoyable break from the humid summers.
Getting around Orlando can be cumbersome. You can alleviate some of the hassle by getting driving directions before getting on the road. There are more than 202 million toll transactions in Orlando-Orange County every year. If you go through tolls on a regular basis, we advise you to purchase a pre-paid toll pass such as E-PASS to avoid long waits at the tolls. Another option is the Sun Pass that works statewide and on the turnpikes.