Live in the Northeast or Canada and want a place to get away from the cold in sunny Florida? Or you’re ready to make the official move? Don’t get stuck with a rental property, buy and build your own home in the Meadows of Astatula!
Thanks to the sunny weather year-round, the high quality of life and major theme park attractions, Orlando is a well-known city. Despite its status as a recognizable city, there are many features about Orlando and Central Florida that aren’t well known. Take a look at our list of fun facts about the City Beautiful!
1. Four origin stories for how Orlando got its name exist but there’s no official documentation on the name, and still no conclusion has yet to be reached.
2. Orlando has plenty of homes with water for boating or fishing nearby because it is home to more than 100 lakes.
3. Lake Eola is not actually a lake, but a giant sinkhole, with the deepest point at 80 feet.
4. The City has over 100 parks and 21 community center’s offering athletics, camps and social programs.
5. The first highway in Central Florida was Colonial Drive and it was originally a paved brick road.
6. There are over 50 swans at Lake Eola, there are five different breeds – whooper, trumpeter, royal mute, Australian black and black neck.
7. The fountain at Lake Eola’s actual name is the “Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain.” The fountain is noted as the “official” symbol of the City of Orlando.
8. More than 66.1 million people visited Orlando in 2015.
9. The largest public library building in the state of Florida is the Orlando Public Library with 290,000 square feet.
10. The Citrus Bowl was the site of five 1994 World Cup soccer matches and also hosted the 1996 Olympic soccer first and second rounds.
11. The Orlando Wetlands, located in east Orange County, is home to over 30 species of wildlife that are listed on the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Threatened and Endangered Wildlife list.
12. Orlando’s City Hall has two free art galleries that are open to the public year round.
13. The Wells’ Built Hotel located in Parramore was a historic hotel now turned into a museum of African American history. Famous celebrities who visited the hotel include B.B. King, Ray Charles, Thurgood Marshall, and Jackie Robinson.
14. The City of Orlando has had various nicknames over the course of the city’s history, including City Phenomenal and City of Light. Orlando is currently known as The City Beautiful.
Orlando and Central Florida has a lot to offer and is a great place to move to. Want to live in Central Florida, only a short drive away from Orlando? Move to our peaceful and serene community in Astatula! You can buy your own lot and build your own home! Contact us HERE to learn more!