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Orlando Facts & Information

Location Central Florida
Climate Tropical, hot, humid
Land Area 94 square miles
Population 199,336
Persons Over 65 11.3%
Female Persons 51.6%
Ethnic Groups 61.1% white, 26.9% black, 0.3% american indian, 2.7% asian
Housing Units 88,486
Median Household Income $35,732
Description of Flag The flag of Florida consists of a white base with a red diagonal cross. In the center of the flag is the state seal.
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Orlando Culture

In common with other cities, downtown Orlando has languished -- until recently, when a spate of condos, restaurants and retail began to flourish. Orlando's centerpiece is Lake Eola, which is a 43-acre showplace for strolling and jogging on a 1.4 mile loop around a downtown lake. Residents often are found here, eating at a small outdoor café, taking gondola rides or renting swan paddle boats. Residents and visitors also are often found taking in local plays at

the Walt Disney Amphitheatre. On weekends, downtown has a popular farmer's market.

Once a white bread community, the area has diversified into a melting pot with Asian enclaves just outside of downtown. Orlando has one of the largest Vietnamese communities in the entire state with Korean, Thai and Chinese restaurants and stores patronized by all ethnic groups.

The area is rightfully proud of its neighborhoods, which include trendy Winter Park, long-established College Park and new kid-on-the-block Thornton Park.The later is a center of new urbanism that rings downtown. Here's where residents live in lofts and walk to trendy stores and shops.Winter Park is an upscale suburb of Orlando that is home to 25,000 residents. If you want to see how they live, take a ride on the Scenic Boat Tour, a local attraction for more than a century that takes visitors past lakefront mansions.

College Park is not often visited by tourists, but it has long been home to residents who live on streets with names such as Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth. A somewhat improbable resident, writer Jack Kerouac lived here when he wrote On The Road. His former home is a museum. Visitors might want to take a look.


Orlando Shopping

The Orlando area is home to eight world-class malls, with the most upscale possibly being the Mall at Millenia. This two-story, 150-store mall is anchored by world famous Bloomingdale's and Macy's. Altogether, Orlando's malls have nearly 1,000 stores, restaurants and movie theatres. But Orlando also has a variety of all-price outlets. One of the newest on the scene is Festival Bay at International Drive, which features beachwear and outdoor clothing. Many of the retailers

here are new to the local scene. They include Ron Jon Surf Shop and Bass Pro Shop outdoor World. Not far away, the Florida Mall has 270 stores, including such upscale outlets as Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Brooks Brothers. The area's granddaddy of shopping is the Altamonte Mall, which also has an 18-screen AMC theatre. Another 60 stores such as AIX Armani Exchange and Abercrombie and Fitch can be found at PointeOrlando, located on International Drive, which has its own diverse collection of t-shirt and gift shops.

Outlet centers are not neglected. Burberry and Cole Haan are among stores found at Orlando Premium Outlets, Belz Factory Outlet World and Kissimmee Value Outlet Shops.

Orlando's shopping scene is also boosted by the theme parks, all of which have fully stocked gift shops. In addition, there's a diverse mix of shopping, restaurants and nighttime activities at Walt Disney World Resort's Downtown Disney, Universal Orlando's CityWalk and The Waterfront at SeaWorld.

To slow down the pace, suburban Winter Park's brick streets shaded by old oaks welcomes shoppers with art galleries and stores that are similar to those found on Rodeo Drive.


Orlando Restaurants
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Orlando. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine    
 Mikado 8701 World Center Dr 407 239-4200 Japanese
 Bongo's Cuban Cafe 1498 N Buena Vista Ave 407 828-0999 Cuban
 Bob Marley Tribute to Freedom Universal CityWalk 407 224-2262 Caribbean
 Atlantis 6677 Sea Harbour Dr 407 351-5555 Seafood
 Cafe Tu Tu Tango 8625 International Dr 407 248-2222 International
 Black Swan 1 N. Jacaranda 407 239-1999 International
 Pebbles 12551 Apopka-Vineland Rd 407 827-1111 Californian
 Manuel's on the 28th 390 N. Orange Ave 407 246-6580 International
 Dux 9801 International Dr 407 345-4550 International
 Mythos Universal Studios 407 224-4533 American
 Motown Cafe Universal CityWalk 407 224-2500 Southern
 Rainforest Cafe 1800 N Buena Vista Dr 407 827-8500 American
 Mama Della's 5601 Universal Blvd 407 503-1432 Italian
 NASCAR Cafe Universal CityWalk 407 224-7223 American
 Enzo's on the Lake 1130 S. U.S. 17/92 407 834-9872 Italian
 Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville 6000 Universal Studios Blvd 407 224-2155 American
 Christini's 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd 407 345-8770 Italian
 Pacino's 5795 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy 407 396-8022 Italian
 NBA City 6068 Universal Studios Blvd 407 363-5919 American
 Maison & Jardin 430 S. Wymore Rd 407 862-4410 French
 Hard Rock Cafe 5800 S Kirkman Rd 407 351-7625 American


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