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Orlando Introduction


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Orlando, Florida, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., thanks to its status as one of the world's premier leisure destinations. Orlando's cleanliness, friendliness, temperate climate and diverse offerings make it a popular getaway for families, honeymooners, seniors and corporate travelers, many of whom immerse themselves in area theme parks, such as Walt Disney World Resorts, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Studios Florida.   Click here to see the full Orlando travel guide on Travel42 »

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Orlando Geography


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There's a difference between Orlando the city and Greater Orlando, which encompasses Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard and Lake counties. Many attractions and facilities associated with Orlando are actually outside or on the edge of the city proper but still within the area popularly thought of as Orlando.   Click here to see the full Orlando travel guide on Travel42 »

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Orlando History


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The Sunshine State's theme-park city had humble beginnings. In 1838, U.S. Army volunteers built Fort Gatlin, south of what is now downtown, to protect area settlers from attack during the Second Seminole War. By the time the war ended in 1842, the small community had become known as Jernigan, after the pioneering Jernigan family from Georgia.   Click here to see the full Orlando travel guide on Travel42 »

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Orlando Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The theme parks that draw most visitors to Orlando are getting larger all the time: Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios, Universal's Islands of Adventure and SeaWorld Orlando seem to be in a mad dash to out-build one another, regularly adding multimillion-dollar rides and attractions to lure more guests.   Click here to see the full Orlando travel guide on Travel42 »

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Orlando Nightlife


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Orlando's choices for evening entertainment are plentiful, but neither the nightclubs nor the comedy clubs are confined to any particular neighborhood, nor do they tend to stay in favor for more than a year or two. Universal's CityWalk is a lively place to go for music, drinks and dancing. Downtown Orlando is a must-see for the twenty- and thirtysomething crowd. Winter Park and nearby Winter Park Village are home to pubs, bars and restaurant lounges popular among all age groups.   Click here to see the full Orlando travel guide on Travel42 »

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Orlando Restaurants & Dining


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Orlando's restaurant scene has grown up along with its diverse clientele, who flock to the theme parks, shops, and the Orange County Convention Center. With 5,300 restaurants in the area, the pickings are big. Catfish, alligator, grits, barbecue, seafood and longtime Florida specialties remain menu staples at a few Orlando restaurants. But these days, you'll find that international cuisines are more the norm—from Mexican and Cuban to French.   Click here to see the full Orlando travel guide on Travel42 »

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