- The City has more than 100 lakes and parks! Making it a very lush and green city! Some of our favorite parks are: Dickson Azalea Park, Lake Eola Park, Festival Park, & Loch Haven Park
2. Before being known by its current name, Orlando was called Jernigan after the first permanent settler in the area. This name originates from the first permanent settlers in the area, Issac and Aaron Jernigan who were two cattle farmers. Jernigan appears on a map dated in 1855 of Florida and by 1856 the area had become Orange County.
3. Lake Eola is actually a giant sinkhole! Its deepest point is 80 feet. The park itself is 23 acres, featuring an amphitheater, swan paddle boat rentals, movie nights in the park, and a Sunday farmers market. The lake is also completely surrounded by a 0.9-mile paved walking/running path, which makes it easy for visitors of the park to keep track of their distance walked or run.
4. The Downtown Orlando Library is home to the 26,000SF Melrose Center. Not only does the Melrose Center give members access to amazing programs & software, but members can also reserve the audio studio, video studio, photo studio, fabrication lab, simulation lab, and conference room. They also offer 200 unique classes so that you can learn how to use all the amazing software and hardware they have to offer. All for free for members of the Library!
5. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts located in Downtown Orlando, which opened in 2014, was named among “The 50 Coolest Places in the World in 2015” by Travel + Leisure. The Center spans two city blocks, has multiple performance spaces, and a beautiful urban park filled with art. From food truck Friday to Tedx events to musical performances and comedy, The Dr. Phillips Center has something for everyone!