Nothing but a small town until the 1950's, the proximity to Cape Canaveral and the theme parks has since transformed Orlando into a business center and top United States tourist destination. It's around Orange Avenue that you will find most of the bars and restaurants but just east of there lays Lake Eola with the wooden homes of the first settlers. For parks and museums head north of downtown where you can find Loch Haven Park, Orlando Museum of Art and Orlando Science Center.
(The huge pool with the performing killer whales at SeaWorld)
Resorts and Adventure Parks
One can not talk about Orlando without mentioning its world famous resorts and adventure parks. Here you will find Universal Studios and SeaWorld but the largest entertainment complex on earth and the biggest attraction of them all is Walt Disney World. Both Universal Studios and Walt Disney World are completely self sufficient vacation spots with their own hotels, restaurants and golf courses.
Two more reasons why Orlando has become so popular over the years is the proximity to both Kennedy Space Center and Daytona Beach with its hugely popular Daytona International Speedway. The Space Coast, as it's often called, is also a bird watchers paradise and the surfing capital of the east coast.