Orlando, in Central Florida, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, boasting of a plethora of attractions. It is nicknamed as ‘The City Beautiful’ with its symbol being the Lake Eola fountain. It is also known as ‘The Theme Park Capital of the World’ due to the numerous theme parks in the city. After enjoying at the Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, make sure you explore the city’s beautiful neighborhoods. Walk amidst nature in the quiet Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve and watch amazing alligator shows at the Gatorland. You can also visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, which houses the 8 ft marble statue of Mary as well as a museum exhibiting religious paintings, sculptures, and Saint Desiderius’ relic. Come back for more on your next holiday and explore everything that the city has to offer!
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Orlando
Where to shop
Find plenty of shopping centers in Orlando that sell everything under the sun. Orlando Premium Outlets like the Saks OFF 5TH and Neiman Marcus Last Call are suitable places to find discounts on your favorite brands. For wonderful shopping experiences, with access to restaurants, wine bars, and movie theaters, visit the Park Avenue and Mall at Millenia. The festival Bay Mall at International Drive offers luxurious shopping, entertainment, recreation options, dining, and much more! Get discounts on quality merchandise and factory direct products at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores and explore the Florida Mall, which lures you with more than 260 stores.
What to eat
Orlando offers endless options to satisfy your gastronomic desires. Select from the various restaurants, burger joints, and barbecue venues and have a variety of culinary delights for your palate. Make your way through the crowd at Graffiti Junktion to try their big foods like the Green Mountain Burger, Cheese Head, and Fog City burger. Seasons 52 is an exotic restaurant with beautiful ambiance, serving special seasonal cuisines including the Cedar-Plank Roasted Salmon, Caramelized Sea Scallops, and Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon. Savor the best Italian wood-fired pizza at Bavaro’s, Rotisserie Chicken at Pio Pio’s, Lebanese cuisine at Maraya at Sabrina's Restaurant, and tasty tacos at Rocco’s Tacos.
A Few Common English Slangs
Listed below are some of the most commonly used English words and phrases in Orlando.
• Screw up:
Make a mistake or mess up something.
• Hooked on:
Addicted to something.
• Yes/A lot/Yes/Totally/Hell lot of:
Pumped up, very excited.
• Had a blast:
Had an amazing time.
Dos and Don’ts
• The locals are friendly and open. So, greeting may include a pat on the back or a hug/kiss (for women) after a handshake. You can return the gesture or simply extend a handshake.
• Smoking in public areas (with some exceptions) is strictly prohibited.
• Be on time when attending a concert and not disturb the others.
Emergency contact numbers
• Emergency services: 911
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