Internationally renowned for its top-class attractions and situated amidst countless lakes, Orlando has plenty to enjoy during a day stay, from Mediterranean food to theme parks galore. We’ve picked out some of the best for you below.
Your Orlando Daycation Destination Guide
Food – Whatever taste suits your palate, Orlando has a restaurant for you. The brewery Orlando Brewing combines beer and food with live music, whilst Santiago’s Bodega serves up tapas. The Greek Corner restaurant features classic cooking and festive belly dancers, and Trevi Pasta cooks Italian cuisine complete with house-made pasta.
ThemeParks – Walt Disney World is among the best-known tourist attractions in the world. Resorts, restaurants, and rides abound in a number of theme parks featuring characters from dozens of cinematic hits. Universal Orlando Resort is an expansive theme park brimming with film-based rides and shows, with restaurants to sate your appetite (although it’s probably wise to eat after the rides rather than before). SeaWorld Orlando is a theme park that includes thrilling rides, aquariums, dolphins, penguins and more.
LakeEola – Lake Eola Park is a nice getaway from the excitement of the city’s numerous theme parks, a prime spot for a leisurely stroll and to feed the swans.
Theaters – Mad Cow Theatre is the place to see plays and musicals old and new in a cozy setting, whilst those who prefer larger venues can visit the multi-level Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, which puts on performances from Broadway, as well as plays, concerts, and dance productions.
Six Intriguing Orlando Facts
Orlando has the nicknames The City Beautiful, and The Theme Park Capital of the World.
Before its current name, the settlement was known as Jernigan, after early settlers Issac and Aaron Jernigan.
It’s not entirely clear where the name Orlando actually comes from. Some believe it was named after a man by the same name who died nearby, others that it’s named after the character in Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
Orlando was established as a city in 1885.
The city has the largest population of Puerto Ricans in Florida.