It’s hard to talk about the city of Orlando without mentioning Mickey Mouse and Disney World, but Disney World and many of the other Orlando amusement parks, water parks, and attractions are actually located south of Orlando. Little do most people know that Orlando is brimming with cultural activities. Traffic in the city of Orlando gets just as congested as the entrance to the gates of the Magic Kingdom, but locals know that taking the Lynx transit system is cheap and easy.
The crime rate in Orlando is higher than in many other parts of the country, but it’s still a bit lower than the state of Florida, overall. In spite of the crime, heavy traffic, and extreme heat, there are a lot of things to love about Orlando. Living in Orlando can be pretty nice, if you know where to go. Here are some of the more popular neighborhoods:
Lake Mary-Lake Mary is a middle class area that has lots of amenities including affordable housing, golf courses, a shopping mall, and theaters. It’s an intergenerational community of families and seniors.
Winter Park-this area is just north of Orlando. It was once a haven for retirees that wanted to escape the cold northern winters, but it’s become a popular place for younger families as well. Winter Park is home to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Natural Art and over 70 parks. If you’re looking for a festival or celebration, you won’t have to go far to find one in Winter Park.
Longwood-this Orlando suburb is also north of Orlando. It’s just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Disney to enjoy the sunny, Florida weather, without sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. It’s close enough to take a day trip to Disney when crowds are light, or any time that you want to. Longwood is listed as one of Sperling’s Best Places.
Lake Nona-this community sits on 7,000 acres southeast of the Orlando International Airport. The area is home to several medical facilities and is becoming known as the area’s medical hub. Lake Nona is an upper class community with a beautiful lake and many recreational activities.
College Park-seniors will find it easy to get around this area where the streets are all named after major colleges and universities. It’s a scenic area that is great for walking around one of the many lakes. The area is home to the Orlando Science Center, Loch Haven Park, Mennello Museum of American Art, and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.
The warm weather makes it possible to hold fairs and festivals all year long. Find your favorites at Experience Kissimmee Florida. Take in a car cruise night, enjoy a farmer’s market, or attend a wine festival. For a little culture, check out the Bach and Shakespeare festivals. If you thought that Orlando was all comics and cartoons, you can find a little sophistication at the Orlando Opera. If you love music, you need to check out one of the many great performances of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
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