Orlando Florida

The city of Orlando, Florida is as diverse as any one city could get. Here you will find activities and events that suit every age, gender and interest level. Activities range from shopping some of the top designer and department stores in the world, to getting lost in world famous theme parks, to exploring the wilderness camping and hiking and so much more. Orlando is home to several large companies, including Tupperware and the American Automobile Association (AAA). They’re also the home to the University of Central Florida, ranked the second largest university in the country, with a fall 2012 enrollment of almost 60,000 students, and working with over $122 million in research annually. With so much going on throughout the city, check out some of our absolute must-see highlights of Orlando, FL.

What to see:
Check out these amusements and activities that make Orlando a favorite vacation spot for so many families.

• iFly Orlando: Indoor Skydiving - 6805 Visitors Circle, Orlando, FL 32819
iFly owns and operates vertical concept wind tunnels all over the U.S. Their iFly Orlando location houses a 12- foot, 1000 horsepower vertical wind tunnel, where patrons can rent blocks of time with the tunnel, a certified instructor, and rentals of all gear needed. iFly has had guests ranging from age 3 to 103 fly with them, so it is truly fun for the whole family if you’re feeling adventurous. 

• La Nouba, Cirque Du Soleil -  1478 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL ?
Cirque Du Soleil is a world renowned organization providing ‘high-quality artistic entertainment’, as they describe themselves. They’ve performed in front of over 100 million guests, in over 300 cities on five continents. La Nouba at Walt Disney World Resort is a show intertwining dreams and nightmares, bringing the audience on a journey into a frightening, exhilarating and threatening world. The show is recommended for all ages and is not something to be overlooked. Shows are booked up to six months in advance, and often sell out quickly.

• Thornton Park – Off East Central Blvd, Orlando, FL
Thornton Park, Orlando’s most stylish district features a variety of small boutiques, cafes and outdoor restaurants. The area is known for tourists and residents alike to relax, and unwind. It’s pet friendly, and is an excellent way to walk, shop, get a bite to eat and relax in the evenings and weekends. 

• Park Avenue – Park Ave, Winter Park, FL
Park Avenue in Winter Park, FL is a strip of Park Ave featuring the Park Avenue Shopping District. They’re the home of unique boutiques, mainstream shops, and world-class restaurant and dining options. 

Orlando Shopping: 
Orlando includes a wide variety of shopping opportunities of all shapes and sizes. The Florida Mall is Central Florida’s largest shopping destination. They sit on 1.9 million square feet, and boast 250 shops and dining choices. The Mall at Millenia features over 150 shops, including the likes of Louis Vuitton, David Yurman and Tiffany & Co. The Orlando Premium Outlets, owned and operated by Simon Malls, offer 180 outlet stores such as J. Crew, Lacoste, Coach and Polo Ralph Lauren. Orlando’s shopping opportunities offer something to be found for the whole family.  

Orlando Theme Parks: 
Disney has been overhauling their entire brand over the past five to ten years. Their most recent updates have included inaugurating their newest cruise liner, the Fantasy, the opening on Cars Land and Disneyland Paris, and a massive expansion of Fantasyland within the Magic Kingdom. Explore some of these changes, and our other Orlando theme park recommendations!

• Walt Disney World
With no explanation needed, Walt Disney World’s four theme parks and two water parks are sure to provide fun for the entire family, from toddler to grandfathers. 

• Discovery Cove - 6000 Discovery Cove Way Orlando, FL
Discovery Cove is a not so much a theme park, as it is an all-day resort experience. They offer interactions with rays, snorkeling with thousands of various exotic fish, and their signature 30-minute hands-on dolphin interaction. The park limits guest admission to 1,300 per day, providing a quieter, more relaxing and intimate experience. 

• Universal Orlando - 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Universal Orlando Resort is home to two distinct theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Universal Studios is based off popular movies and television series’, allowing patrons to ‘ride the movies’ at the park. They feature many rides, attractions and live shows. Islands of Adventure is built up of seven themed islands, with the newest one, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, opening in 2010. Universal Orlando Resort is one of the most diverse theme parks on the planet, and will appeal to all age visitors. 

• SeaWorld Orlando – 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL
SeaWorld Orlando is the world-renowned, marine-life zoological park. SeaWorld Entertainment also operates SeaWorld parks in San Antonio and San Diego. The park contains attractions such as rides and roller coasters, live entertainment and animal exhibits. Rides such as Kraken and Manta give an adrenaline rush to park goers, based off themes like the Kraken sea monster and aquarium animals like rays and sea dragons. Their live entertainment includes shows at Shamu Stadium, a seven-million gallon home to the park’s killer whale. Some of the animal exhibits include the penguin and shark encounter, as well as dolphin cover and stingray lagoon. 

Beaches in the Orlando Area:
The Orlando area is located about an hour from the Atlantic seashore, a good distance for day trips and long weekends like. 

• Daytona Beach
A popular vacation spot for families all over the US, Daytona Beach has so much to offer, including dining and nightlife spots, car racing, shopping, ocean excursions and beautiful beach fronts. 

• Cocoa Beach
Located on Florida’s ‘Space Coast’, Cocoa Beach is more of a hidden gem area. Its located minutes from Port Canaveral, a popular cruise ship port. The Kennedy Space Center is close as well, a popular destination for all families. 

Orlando Universities:
• University of Central Florida (UCF) - 4000 Central Florida Blvd. Orlando, Florida
UCF, the second largest university in the country, is home to 60,000 students studying 90 separate bachelor’s degrees and over 120 Master’s & Doctoral degree options. 

• Le Cordon Bleu Orlando - 8511 Commodity Circle, Suite 100 Orlando, FL
Le Cordon Bleu is the premier culinary institute around the US and possibly around the globe. Here students learn food preparation, organization and safe handling. They offer 18 campus locations; 16 within the continental US, plus an online and international program.
 
• Universal Technical Institute (UTI-MMI) – 2202 Taft Vineland Road Orlando, FL
UTI partners with some of the world’s best known names in auto manufacturing to provide the best opportunities for their students. The Orlando campus also includes two divisions of MMI, both motorcycle and marine mechanical institutions. Their partners, some exclusive to their institute, include BMW, Honda, NASCAR, Harley- Davidson and Volvo, to name a few. They offer programs such as automotive, diesel, marine and NASCAR tech.

• Valencia College – 190 S. Orange Ave, Orlando, FL
Valencia Community College enrolls over 35,000 students across their five campuses in Orlando, Kissimmee and Winter Park. They rank first in the United States amongst two-year schools for the number of Associate’s degrees awarded. Their most popular degree opportunities include criminal justice, horticulture and fine arts. 

• Full Sail University – 3300 University Blvd, Winter Park, FL
Full Sail University is primarily an entertainment media industry, which offers both campus and online degree opportunities. They have 25 bachelor, 8 masters and 2 graduate degree opportunities, including game design, recording arts, media communications and film production, amongst others. Multiple prominent figures have attended Full Sail, including Oscar winner Gary Rizzo for ‘Inception’, and Darren Lynn Bousman, screen writer and director for the ‘Saw’ movies. 

Our Orlando, Florida apartments reside in the heart of all that Orlando has to offer. Avery Place Villas, Cadence Crossing, Carlyle Court and Pendelton Park Villas are all located close to the heart of the city, only minutes from Orlando National Airport, as well as the up and coming 650-acre health and life science park at Lake Nona Medical City. Carlyle Court features superior studio living, targeting students looking for off campus housing. Cadence Crossing, located in East Orlando offers 1-3 bedroom layouts, with easy access to multiple major highways and interstates. Pendelton Park and Avery Place Villas both feature exquisite single-story floor plans, with beautiful interior designs and layouts. Each of our Orlando apartment communities are the best value for off campus housing for any of the above listed Universities because we are located in such a close proximity. Choose Aspen Square for your entire Orlando, FL apartment needs!

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