Moving to Orlando? Orlando is most famous for its family oriented tourist destinations, but it’s also a great city for permanent residents. With its subtropical climate, abundance of natural lakes (second only to the Twin Cities for the most natural lakes within a metropolitan area), and the nickname “The City Beautiful”, Orlando has a lot to offer those who decide to stay for more than just a few days vacation.
The Walt Disney World phenomenon began with the opening of the Magic Kingdom in 1971. Three more theme parks were added over time: Epcot Center, MGM Studios and the Animal Kingdom…along with water parks, golf courses, and countless hotels. Other attractions in the area include Sea World, Universal Orlando, Gatorland, and Blue Spring State Park (home to manatees during the winter months). Explore your inter child and indulge the children in your life with a visit to a magical place where you’ll meet fairytale princesses, crime-fighting superheroes, and giant killer whales.
True golfers know that golf is more than a sport … it’s a way of life. Some of the biggest names in golf live, work and play in Orlando (Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Chris DiMarco, Se Ri Pak, Ernie Els and Mark O’Meara call the area home). Beginners and experts alike can benefit from spending time at some of the country’s top-ranked golf academies located in Orlando. And you can watch your favorite players in action at annual golf events held in Orlando, like the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour.
The restaurant industry is huge in Orlando because of the heavy tourist population. Experience sophisticated cuisine at a celebrity owned restaurant, treat your kids to a meal with their favorite Disney character, or try a new dish from a foreign country. With year round warm weather, outdoor activities are always popular in Orlando. Get a bird’s eye view of the city in a hot air balloon, or kayak in one Orlando’s many natural lakes, beaches and swamps. For more fun in the water, try scuba diving or water skiing.
Like other large cities in Florida, Orlando has a growing Hispanics population (most of Puerto Rican and Cuban decent). Orlando’s demographic is also largely African American and Russian. Immigrants gravitate towards Orlando for the employment opportunities…and some, Russians for example, also for the warmer weather.