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Getting to Know Orlando, FL

When you choose Orlando as home, you have the best of sports, shopping, beaches, parks and events within your reach. While the area is well-known for its theme parks, there's much more to Orlando--think abundant green spaces, warm weather, high culture and higher education. This beautiful Central Florida city is filled with fun attractions for all ages, shopping to rival any larger city, and a wide array of apartment options.

 

Orlando Attractions
Whether long days at the beach is your passion or you'd rather meander through museums, Orlando has something for everyone. Home of the NBA's Orlando Magic, residents get their basketball fix at Amway Arena. Downtown offers fine shopping, Lake Eola, concerts and events as well as a vibrant scene for dining and bar-hopping. Golf is serious business in Orlando, where you'll find tons of scenic courses, some private but many public. When you're looking a little farther afield, you'll find Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Cocoa Beach. No matter where you plant your feet in Orlando, you'll position yourself close to all the attractions.

 

 

Best Neighborhoods in Orlando

Whether you're looking for family-focused communities or neighborhoods rich in diversity, Orlando accommodates with plenty of choices. Enjoy the cobblestone streets and Spanish moss-laden oaks in family friendly Winter Park or choose to be near downtown Orlando in College Park. The vibrant East Orlando neighborhood is home to University of Central Florida and the family-oriented Lake Nona area, near Orlando International Airport, is ideal for young professionals who travel for business.

 

Orlando Apartments

Houses for rent in Orlando might be the choice for large families moving to the area; however, many beautiful apartments have three bedrooms and spacious floors plans. You can find apartment homes with pools, clubhouses, dog runs and trails for hiking nearby. Orlando vacation rentals are numerous, and living in pet-friendly apartments with a shorter lease promises the best of luxury living for many. Search through Apartment Guide to find outstanding apartments in Orlando, FL to fulfill your specific needs. Easy to use and easily searched, Apartment Guide shows you the most up-to-date listings.

 

Free Fun Things to Do in Orlando

It costs you nothing to admire the eclectic collection of art, jewelry, glass and sculpture on display at Grand Bohemian Gallery, but it might be hard to walk away without making a purchase. Orlando's "secret garden," Kraft Azalea Gardens in Winter Park, is a popular spot for long walks and quiet.

 

Popular with the whole family is a stroll along Disney's BoardWalk, where you can come for free and spend minimally (think ice cream or cotton candy). Or, pack a picnic and your swimsuit on an adventure to one of Orlando's nearby natural springs like Rock Springs. Popular with locals is downtown's Lake Eola Park, which hosts a weekend Farmers Market.

 

Orlando Sports

Orlando is a sports fan's paradise, with UCF's collegiate teams and professional sports teams, including Orlando Magic basketball and Orlando Pride soccer teams providing plenty of action.

 

For Families with Kids

Although Orlando is famous for its theme parks, there are plenty of fun things to do with your kids, including gathering for a free movie under the night sky in Central Park in Winter Park. For families with toddlers, Leu Gardens is a good choice with its free storytime events once a month.

 

Orlando, FL Schools

For moms and dads looking for the highest-rated schools for their children, check out Niche.com's 2018 Best School Districts report; it ranks Seminole, Orange and Volusia county schools on top, based on data gleaned from the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Orlando's Natural Beauty

Winding rivers, diverse species of palms, botanical gardens, abundant wildlife and birds are part of the natural world in and around Orlando. A short drive reveals majestic Atlantic Ocean beaches and its sea life. Orlando rentals make it simple for you to enjoy the great outdoors.

 

Orlando, FL Parks and Bike Trails

Head to Lake Eola Park to walk the nearly one-mile path, attend an outdoor concert, feed the swans or rent a paddleboat. If you're a biking enthusiast, Orlando offers more than 150 miles of paved off-street biking within a 30-mile radius of downtown.

 

Dog Parks around Orlando
When you move to Orlando with your dog, be sure to hit the city's numerous on- and off-leash parks. Standouts include Greenwood Urban Wetlands, which requires dogs to be leashed but provides well-maintained green space in downtown. Another favorite is Barber Park that has off-leash play areas for large and small dogs (this park also has basketball courts, play areas for kids and tons of paths to explore).

 

Orlando Getaways

Here are our top picks for the best beaches and day trips near Orlando:

 

  • Daytona Beach: Spend hours lounging on the beach, catch a NASCAR race or cool off at the water park, all just an hour away in Daytona Beach.
  • St. Pete Beach: A two-hour drive puts you in St. Pete Beach for sunbathing, browsing the galleries or taking a cruise to Shell Key to glimpse wildlife.
  • Key West: The nearly seven-hour drive to Key West is worth it for the diving, snorkeling and fishing opportunities.
  • Miami beaches: Hop on Florida's Turnpike for a 3.5-hour drive to the wide beaches of Miami, where you can enjoy South Beach nightlife after a day in the sun.
  • Atlanta: Tour the CNN Center, visit the expansive Georgia Aquarium or stroll through 30 acres of plants, statues and fountains in the Atlanta Botanical Garden, all for a six-hour drive.