Orlando, Florida is one of the world's most visited family destinations. Not only home to the world-famous theme parks, it's also home to a number of beautiful parks, museums, local restaurants, waterfront attractions and much more! Orlando offers an affordable mix of urban sophistication and outdoor adventure.
Get out and explore it all - there's no wrong way to explore Orlando.
- There is no official documentation on how Orlando received its name, although it is known that the city was originally named Jernigan, after the first permanent settler in the area.
- Orlando is home to more than 100 lakes.
- Lake Eola is actually a giant sinkhole. Its deepest point is 80 feet.
- The tallest building in Orlando is the SunTrust Center at 441 feet.
- The Orlando Citrus Bowl, currently under renovation, was originally constructed in 1936 with a capacity of 10,000.
- Gatorland, the first theme park in Orlando, opened in 1949. Its main attraction was a 15-foot gator which was said to be the biggest in the world.
Enjoy Theme Parks
From Disney World to Discovery Cove®, you have the means to experience it all!
Walt Disney World is a world-famous Resort consisting of four Theme Parks - Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park; two Water Parks - Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park & Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park; & over 25 Resort hotel properties, with a variety of additional entertainment offerings.
NCODA Summit attendees can purchase specially priced Disney Theme Park tickets, by calling 407-566-5600 or clicking here. Note: The cut-off date for advance purchase savings is October 21, 2019.
Discovery Cove® is a unique all-inclusive day resort. Come nose to bottlenose with bottlenose dolphins during the signature dolphin swim, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays, hand-feed exotic birds, and encounter playful otters and curious marmosets. Relax and explore rocky lagoons surrounded by lush landscaping, tropical reefs, winding rivers and white, sandy beaches.
Eat, Drink, and Play
Orlando’s diverse dining scene has dishes to please every taste and price points to meet every budget. Whether you prefer fast-casual eateries, upscale eateries or a middle ground between the two, your taste buds are in for a thrill.
Orlando also has a lot of homegrown culinary legends. Head to downtown Orlando for James Beard-nominated Chef Kathleen Blake’s The Rusty Spoon. Winter Park is home to Brandon McGlamery’s Prato and Luma on Park, as well as James and Julie Petrakis’ The Ravenous Pig. And in Mount Dora, you can experience 1921 by Norman Van Aken, the only Floridian on the James Beard list of “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage.”
Shingle Creek Golf Club is a par-72 championship course lying along historic Shingle Creek, headwaters to the enchanting Florida Everglades. Reinvented by Arnold Parmer Design Company, its undulating fairways, interconnecting waterways and a backdrop of dense oaks and pines create 7,213 yards of unforgettable golf. This exciting course will inspire and challenge every type of golfer. And for players looking to perfect their swing, Brad Brewer Golf Academy—a Top 25 Golf School—offers private and group lessons for adults and juniors.
Shop 'Til You Drop
Orlando’s elegant malls, factory outlets and fashionable boutiques make the destination a veritable wonderland for serious shoppers.
At Disney Springs™, more than 100 stores are available now and coming soon. They range from World of Disney — the largest Disney character shop on the planet — to top brands such as Coach, Free People and Lily Pulitzer.
Close to Universal and SeaWorld, The Mall at Millenia focuses on high-end luxury. At more than 150 stores, you’ll find world-famous brands such as Apple, Bloomingdale’s, Cartier, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade New York, Prada, Saint Laurent, Tiffany & Co. and Tory Burch.
Orlando Museum of Art
Founded in 1924, the Orlando Museum of Art is the leading cultural institution in the region. Their mission is to inspire creativity, passion and intellectual curiosity by connecting people with art and new ideas. The Museum has dedicated itself to collecting, preserving and interpreting notable works of art; to presenting exhibitions of local, regional, national and international significance; to developing first-rate educational programs; and to presenting creative and inclusive programs to reach every segment of a diverse community.