Orlando

History

It was believed that around 6,000 to 12,000 years ago, the Seminole tribe peopled the present Orlando. In 1837, the Europeans came, and after many wars with the native tribes, the Seminole tribe moved away. In 1838, the U.S Army built Fort Gatlin, which was located some miles from today’s downtown Orlando. Aaron Jemigan was the first to inhabit the area, thus the area was named after him at first. In 1840, a small town had been established and renamed Orlando, after Orlando Reeves, who died by an arrow after shooting a native enemy. In 1875, the city was assimilated.

During the 1880’s and 1890’s, the citrus market flourishesd, and fruit farmers came by large numbers. Orlando became the citrus industry mecca, thus making the town flourish. Housing industry flourished in the 1920’s, but the decline came when the depression and several hurricanes affected Florida. During World War II, military bases were established in Florida. The area also experienced population boom. Orlando became a tourist destination when, in 1971, Walt Disney World was opened. At present, Orlando is a highly successful city with famous tourists spots and other booming industries.

Getting There

Tourists have a lot of options on how to get to Orlando, Florida.

By plane
*Orlando International Airport – Orlando’s primary airport
*Orlando-Sanford International Airport – caters more European flights than Orlando International Airport
*Daytona Beach International Airport
*Melbourne International Airport
*Orlando Executive Airport – services general aviation

By train
*Amtrak

By bus
*ATC Buses
*Greyhound
*Runways Transportation Company

Other services
*Disney’s Magical Express – complementary shuttle service for guests who will stay in Walt Disney World Resort hotel
*Lynx Route 111

Weather

Average highest temperature is 91°F, usually on July. Average lowest temperature is 49°F, usually on January. June is considered the wettest month, with an average precipitation of 7.3 inches.

Climate of Orlando is subtropical. A warm and bearable environment is expected all over the year.

What to Wear

During summer months, it is advisable to wear light-colored and cool clothing, especially those made from cotton. Women can wear skirts and cool sundresses. Flip flops are definitely something to bring. If you plan to stay outdoors for longer hours, bring along a hat, a pair of shades for eye protection, and apply a generous amount of sunblock with a high SPF, applying every 2 to 3 hours.

When on business meetings, wear appropriate clothing made of light-colored and cool materials. For night outs, it is advisable to wear appropriate outfits.

During the rainy and cold seasons, be sure to have a jacket or sweatshirt.

Fishing

Near Orlando are many bodies of water where anglers can engage in light tackle fishing or fly fishing. Here are the fishes that anglers may encounter in their fishing adventures.

*red fish
*sea trout
*black drum
*tarpon
*king mackerel
*cobia
*jack crevalle
*barracuda

BEST MONTHS TO FISH

*red fish – whole year round
*sea trout – whole year round, but the big fishes are usually present from winter to spring
*black drum – whole year round
*tarpon – July to September
*king mackerel – June to August (summer)
*cobia – spring to early summer
*jack crevalle – summer
*barracuda – summer

WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR WHEN FISHING
The following are the most appropriate outfit when going for a fish:

• hat
• sunglasses
• light long sleeves, cool light-colored cotton outfits
• jacket or other rain gear
• boat shoes
• sun screen with high SPF

The following should also be in your A-list:

• camera
• cooler
• water or your preferred beverages
• food
• medicine kit
• fishing apparatus

Attractions and Activities

Whether you go for something as exciting as Sea World, as educational as Harry P. Leu Gardens, or as serene as Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine, Orlando has all of these places. In Orlando, you have a lot of options. Check out some of these sites and attractions and take your pick.

*Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 North Forest Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: (407) 246-2620
Fax: (407) 246-2849
rbowden@cityoforlando.net

*Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine
8300 Vineland Ave.
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 239-6600

Homepage

*Sea World Orlando
7007 SeaWorld Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
Phone: (407) 351-3600
Fax: (407) 363-2615
http://www.seaworld.com/orlando/default.aspx
guestcorrespondence@seaworld.com

*Gatorland
14501 South Orange Blossom Trail U.S. 441
Orlando, FL 32837
(407)855-5496
customerservice@gatorland.com

*Outta Control Dinner Show
9067 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 351-8800
http://www.wonderworksonline.com/orlando/experience/outta-control-magic-comedy-dinner-show/
ops@wonderworksonline.com

*House of Blues
1490 E Buena Vista Drive
Orlando, FL 32830
1-407-934-BLUE

*Congo River Adventure Golf
6312 International Drive Orlando, FL
(407) 352-0042
http://www.congoriver.com/

*iFly Orlando
6805 Visitors Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 903-1150
Fax: (407) 903-1371
http://www.iFlyOrlando.com
info@iFlyOrlando.com

*Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
8501 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 352-7378
www.piratescove.net

*Painting with a Twist
6700 Conroy Rd.
Suite 125 Orlando, FL 32835
http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/orlando/
orlando@paintingwithatwist.com

Where to Stay

*Floridays Resort Orlando
12562 International Drive,
Orlando, FL 32821
(877) 821-3014
http://www.floridaysresortorlando.com/

*Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane,
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 597-3600

Home

*The Florida Hotel and Conference Center
1500 Sand Lake Road,
Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 859-1500
http://www.thefloridahotelorlando.com/

*Homewood Suites Orlando-UCF Area
3028 N Alafaya Trail,
Orlando, FL 32826
(407) 282-0067
http://homewoodsuites1.hilton.com/en_US/hw/hotel/MCOAFHW-Homewood-Suites-by-Hilton-Orlando-UCF-Area-Florida/index.do

*The Point Orlando Resort
7389 Universal Blvd,
Orlando, FL 32819
(866) 994-6309
http://www.thepointorlando.com/

*Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Parkway,
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 206-2400
www.ritzcarlton.com/

*Palisades Resort
14200 Avalon Road,
Orlando, FL 34787
(866) 324-1082

*Monumental Hotel Orlando
12120 International Drive,
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 239-1222
www.monumentalhotelorlando.com/

*SpringHill Suites Orlando Airport
5828 Hazeltine National Drive,
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 816-5533

*Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort
9560 Via Encinas,
Orlando, FL 32830
(Formerly Fairfield Bonnet Creek)
(866) 323-3087
www.wyndhambonnetcreek.com/

Where to Eat

Whether you are going to stroll in Walt Disney World or in other parts of Orlando, you can be sure to find restaurants everywhere. These food oases are perfect for formal dining, business meetings, family dining, romantic dinners, or group food trips. Different restaurants also offer different cuisines—from American, Italian, French, and Latin cuisines to Asian cuisines. Check out some of these fabulous Orlando restaurants.

*Victoria & Albert’s
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, WDW 4401 Grand Floridian,
Orlando, FL 32830-8416
(407) 939-3463
www.victoria-alberts.com/

*Chatham’s Place
7575 Dr Phillips Blvd,
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 345-2992
www.chathamsplace.com/

*Sweet Tomatoes
6877 S. Kirkman Rd @ International Drive,
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 363-1616
http://www.souplantation.com/locations/restaurant.asp?store_id=49&store_name=Ft._Myers

*Seasons 52
7700 W Sand Lake Rd,
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 354-5212
www.seasons52.com/

*Padrino’s Cuban Bistro
13586 Village Park, Suite 304,
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 251-5107
www.padrinosbistro.com/home.htm

*Miller’s Ale House Restaurants
8963 International Drive,
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 370-6688
www.millersalehouse.com/locations.asp

*Roy’s – Orlando
7760 W Sand Lake Rd,
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 352-4844
www.roysrestaurant.com/locations/FL/orlando.asp

*Pie-Fection
3120 South Kirkman Rd. Ste F,
Orlando, FL 32811
(407) 523-2200
www.pie-fection.com

*Matteo’s Family Style Restaurante Italiano Orlando
5350 International Drive,
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 345.4747
www.matteosristorante.com/

*Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant
8255 International Dr., Ste. 136,
Orlando, FL 32819-9350
(407) 363-7200
www.hanamizuki.us/

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