Orlando Downtown, Orlando
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Downtown Orlando is the historic core and central business district of Orlando, Florida, United States. It is bordered by Marks Street in the north, Mills Avenue (SR 15) in the east, Orange Blossom Trail (US 441) in the west, and Kaley Avenue in the south. There are five enclaves in downtown; "Uptown" in the north around Lake Ivanhoe, "Lake Eola Heights" and "Thornton Park" in the east around Lake Eola, "Parramore" in the west, and the "Central Business District" (or the "Financial District") between Colonial Dr and Lake Lucerne in the center. In 2010, the estimated population of downtown was 18,731. The daytime population was estimated to be 65,000. of that year. The 5-mile radius population of downtown is 273,335.OverviewDowntown Orlando is the largest of urban centers in Central Florida. It is home to residential and commercial towers; local, state, and federal government offices; sports facilities; performing arts theaters; art galleries; a movie theater; retail; nightclubs; and parks. Downtown is removed from the tourist areas located in the southwestern half of the city; but does draw a significant number of visitors seeking to experience the "Real Orlando". It is also the location of numerous festivals, parades, political demonstrations, and other high-profile events year-round.GeographyThere are seven official neighborhoods with significant portions inside the Downtown Orlando Community Redevelopment Area : Callahan Central Business DistrictHolden/Parramore Lake Dot Lake Eola Heights South EolaUptownThe CRA also includes small pieces of College Park, Lake Cherokee, Lorna Doone, Park Lake/Highland, South Division, South Orange, and Thornton Park .
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  • If the script parks and international drive Orlando, the tourist in downtown can know the real Orlando, with its commercial buildings, shops, bars and restaurants. Worth it if you have time left on your trip.
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  • City Centre quiet and nice to explore. Local and prices for all the tastes. A nice walk for those who visit Orlando.
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  • My husband and I stayed for the first time in downtown Orlando at the Embassy Suites near Lake Eola. I was impressed with the location, had a great view of the lit fountain at night, as well as the pr...  more »
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  • This town's nice to Folks who are new from Cleveland or other places like that...but the place was so much nicer even ten years ago...the city government workers are mostly self-important self-privileged folks who act like they are doing you a favor by answering the phone....city Hall answering individual sounded like she just woke up and I was bothering her...at 9:30 AM...but nothing will change because she is protected by laws to help her and the folks she works with keep their jobs regardless as to how rude, inept and inarticulate they are...
  • I enjoy renting from zip car at this location because the sunrail is walking distance. Dr Phillips center across the field has food trucks and also cafés, along with four rivers restaurant right there in the vicinity:)
  • Greatest City in the World you never heard of! One of America's Best kept secrets. And may it stay that way. Cause I Love it. And please. Let all the shmucks (who need to have a billion people city around them to feel like a drone clone) think of this place as "empty & boring". Yknow, the people who are unoriginal & need to live where everyone else lives, and do what everyone else does to feel a pulse. That ignorant thinking means they'll stay the Hell away for good. Keeping their hoard of garbage family & friends away from My town forever. Love You Downtown Orlando! You're for a special club of people. My People!
  • The downtown is pretty but driving around and parking can be a pain. Downtown seems to be pretty empty most of the time unless an event is happening. Plenty of places to find food and I find it to be pretty walkable in the right places during the day. There are electric car charging spots which is nice.
  • Pros: - Was decent while I lived here. Within walking distance to Lake Eola Park, which is beautiful. - Lots of mom 'n' pop restaurants. - There aren't really that many tourists in the area. Orlando's downtown is often overlooked in favor of Disney or Universal or other theme parks. Cons: - Shops aren't that common. - Parking isn't terrible, but it's not necessarily easy, either. I recommend finding out where you can park before going, at least if you're going during the busier parts of the day (lunch, rush hour, and afterwards). - Really not a huge amount to do besides nightlife. To that effect, I-Bar is probably the most famous.