Orlando is a destination rich in history and culture. In Orlando, The Wells' Built Museum of African American History preserves Central Florida's unique African-American history and heritage through tours of the museum and South Street Casino. The casino, which served as one of the first entertainment venues for African-Americans in Orlando, was part of the world-renowned Chitlin' Circuit and home to famous performers like B.B. King, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art houses the largest collection of Tiffany glass from the artist's renowned stained glass windows to his famous lamps.
Besides its history, Orlando is famous for being the theme park capital of America. Orlando and the surrounding areas have major international parks, smaller attractions, and an incredible family-entertainment orientation. Among Orlando's premier theme park offerings are Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World.
Orlando has been hosting millions of visitors a year for decades, so it has lots of experience in how to treat guests and make them feel welcome.
Facts about Orlando
- Prior to the arrival of the first European settlers in 1837, the area now known as Orlando was occupied by the Seminole tribe of Native Americans.
- Throughout the 1860's, cotton plantations and cattle ranches were the hallmarks of Central Florida.
- The official nickname for Orlando is "The City Beautiful," and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola.
- Orlando is home to the University of Central Florida (UCF), which is the second largest university campus in the United States in terms of enrollment, only behind Arizona State University.
- There are over 2000 lakes in the Greater Orlando area.
- Orlando’s Wet N’ Wild Water Park is the first water park in the world. It is also one of the few water parks that can stay open 365 days of the year!
- The Greater Orlando area is home to 71 skyscrapers, the tallest of which is the SunTrust Center in downtown Orlando. It stands at 441 feet (134 meters).
- Orlando attracts over 51 million tourists a year (3.6 million of them are international tourists). The Orlando International Airport (MCO), is the 13th busiest airport in the United States, and the 29th busiest in the world.
- Orlando became the county seat of the new Orange County in 1856. It remained a rural backwater during the Civil War, and suffered greatly during the Union blockade. The Reconstruction Era brought on a population explosion, which led to Orlando's incorporation as a town on July 31, 1875, and as a city in 1885.
- The period from 1875 to 1895 is remembered as Orlando's Golden Era, when it became the hub of Florida's citrus industry. The Great Freeze of 1894–95 forced many owners to give up their independent groves, thus consolidating holdings in the hands of a few "citrus barons" who shifted operations south.
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This year, we have teamed up with Orlando Convention Aid to help you make the most of your time in Orlando. Available discounts include restaurants, golf, attractions, nightlife, shopping and much more. Each listing offers detailed information and discount coupons that can be printed. They can also make your dinner reservation, book your group dinner party or event. This web site will help you plan your time during your stay in Orlando.
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