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Located in Orange County, Orlando is the number one tourist destination in the world. Over 37 million visitors a year enjoy Orlando's entertainment, sports, shopping, dining, and nature activities, all in wonderfully warm climate with lush, colorful Florida scenery. Orlando International Airport has been rated among the top five airports, in customer convenience, worldwide. The number of airlines servicing the airport continues to grow.


Orlando dates back to 1838 during the height of the Seminole Wars. The U.S. Army built Fort Gatlin south of today's Orlando City limits to protect settlers from attacks by Indians. A small community grew up around the Fort and was known as Jernigan, named after a family, that had established one of the settlements in the area. In 1846 after the settlement had expanded northward, the community officially was renamed Orlando. No one knows for sure where the name Orlando came from, but it has been suggested it was named after a character from Shakespeare’s, "As You Like It".



There is as large a variety of Shopping opportunities in Orlando, as there are attractions. Outlet centers and factory stores abound and offer some of the best bargains in town. The shopping areas are also popular for their fun environments, such as at Pointe*Orlando, the Church Street Station Exchange, Disney Village Market Place or Old Town in Kissimmee



What most people think of as Orlando actually is Kissimmee and Lake Buena Vista. That is where the majority of the theme parks and Walt Disney World are located. SeaWorld is the only park located in Orlando. Now guests can be Trainer for a Day, working alongside real SeaWorld animal trainers to learn training techniques, feeding, and show preparation. The most well known attraction at SeaWorld is "Shamu" the killer whale, who interacts with the trainers, takes breathtaking leaps; and makes a big splash in the 52-degree water.



Central Florida is well known for its Fishing opportunities. There are numerous lakes and rivers in the area including Lake Tohopekaliga and the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes where large mouth bass abound. A short drive away is the Atlantic Ocean and many salt water flats areas where you can catch Grouper, Amberjack, Bonito, Cobia, Dolphin, Mackerel, Snapper and more.

      

Another popular outdoor activity in Central Florida is Golfing. In Orlando, the golfing enthusiast will find the golf courses are open 12 months of the year. Between May and October, courses are rarely crowded, you can pick your tee time and be assured of a leisurely round. Many of the private courses are also open to the public during those months. With over 100 golf courses in the Orlando area to choose from, there's a course for golfers of all skill levels. Many of the courses have been designed by renowned golf course architects, and host well know tournaments.

There are many opportunities to enjoy Central Florida's natural beauty. There are several parks, a short distance from Florida which offer glimpses of lush plant life. Cypress Gardens, in Winter Haven, has stunning outdoor floral displays as well as world-class water-ski shows daily. Bok Tower Gardens is a sanctuary abounding with azaleas, camellias and magnolias.