Orlando Area Travel Information

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Orlando, FL is best known for its various tourist attractions in the area.  As one of the most visited cities in the United States, this city thrives on the business of tourism today.  In 1872, however, the area wasn't quite as busy.  The first people to settle the newly incorporated area were Army personnel who had been stationed at the Pine Castle AAF.  After World War II was over some of these servicemen chose to stay in the area and raise their families. Combine these hotel and theme park packages to have an enjoyable and safe time

City Info

  • County seat of Orange County
  • Land Area: 100.9 sq. miles
  • City-owned parks: 97
  • Number of radio stations: 5 AM; 7 FM
  • Number of television stations: 15

Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature — Jan: 60°F; July: 83°F
  • Average annual rainfall — 48.7 inches
  • Average annual snowfall — 0.0 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Orlando:

  • Atlanta, GA — 439 miles
  • Charleston, SC — 380 miles
  • Charlotte, NC — 525 miles
  • Chicago, IL — 1,158 miles
  • Dallas, TX — 1,090 miles
  • Memphis, TN — 827 miles
  • Miami, FL — 238 miles
  • New Orleans, LA — 532 miles
  • Nashville, TN — 688 miles
  • Raleigh, NC — 595 miles
  • Washington, DC — 852 miles

Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Ambulance: 911; Police: 911; Fire: 911
  • Florida Hospital — Address: 601 E Rollins Ave, Orlando, FL, United States, 32803; Phone: 407-303-6611
  • Lakeside Alternatives Hospital — Address: 1800 Mercy Drive, Orlando, FL, United States, 32808; Phone: 407-875-3700
  • Regional Medical Center — Address: 1414 S Kuhl Avenue, Orlando, FL, United States, 32806; Phone: 321-841-5111

Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

Major Shopping Areas:

  • Altamonte Mall
  • Belz Factory Outlet Mall
  • Florida Mall
  • Lake Buena Vista Factory Shops
  • Osceola Square Mall
  • Oveido Maketplace
  • Premium Outlets
  • The Mall at Millenia

Major Dining Areas:

  • Downtown Orlando
  • Kissimmee
  • West Orlando
  • Metro Orlando
  • Florida Mall
  • Church Street
  • International Drive
  • Disney — Lake Buena Vista

Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Apopka Seaboard Air Line Railway Depot
  • Carroll Building (Apopka)
  • Railroad Depot
  • Annie Russell Theatre
  • Tinker Building
  • Twin Mounds Archeological District
  • Callaham Neighborhood
  • J.A. Colyer Building
  • Coolidge House
  • Astronaut Hall of Fame (Titusville)
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium

Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Wesley Snipes (Actor)
  • Johnny Damon (MLB Player)
  • Backstreet Boys (Musical Group)
  • NSYNC (Musical Group)
  • Mickey Mouse

Interesting facts about Orlando:

  • The city attracts more visitors than any other amusement/theme park destination in the U.S.
  • No city in Florida is more than 75 miles from either the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The popular sports drink, Gatorade, was developed at the University of Florida and named for the Florida Gators football team.
  • Disney World covers 30,500 acres (46 square miles) which makes it twice as big as the island of Manhattan.
  • Universal Studios is the largest motion picture facility in the country outside of Hollywood.
  • Money gathered throughout the year in Walt Disney World them park fountains is donated to local non-profit organizations.
  • More than 26,000 feet of lights outline the World Showcase Pavilions in Epcot.
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