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Orlando, Florida Communities:
Getting to Know Your Neighborhood

Conveniently located in central Florida, Orlando has always been a crossroads of culture, music, languages, and above all, friendship. With so many different people crossing paths in Orlando's 150 years of history, it's easy to find like-minded friends and activities. That equals a lot of new opportunities to get out there are try new things. Whether you're looking for a new home in the area, trying to find a nearby storage unit, or simply looking to get to know your city better, here's a few of the great communities in Orlando.

Kissimmee

Kissimmee's history reaches back to the 1700s, when first Spain and later Britain controlled the area of "Cacema," which evolved into modern day Kissimmee. What was once a small trading post has now grown into a city of nearly 60,000 people. Kissimmee, like the whole of the Orlando metropolitan area, does an excellent job of integrating Hispanic, Anglo-Saxon, and Caribbean cultures. Orlando even has a for the metropolitan area. The HCCMO provides a voice for a significant demographic and helps further the interests of local businesses.

Far and away, the biggest attraction in Kissimmee is the famous DisneyQuest, an indoor interactive theme park from the most well-known studio in the world. Here, you can design your own rollercoaster, blast through space with Buzz Lightyear, take a ride on Aladdin's flying carpet, and even learn to draw your favorite Disney characters.

For history and aviation buffs alike, the World War II Fighter Aircraft Foundation offers spectacles like a Focke-Wulf FW 190 F-8, and other historic fighters. Take a day trip and explore this excellent historical museum. If you prefer animals to aircraft, look no further than Gatorland. Home to 'gators and other exotic wildlife, the attraction also features a splash park, night-time ziplining, and a chance to wrassle your very own alligator.

Kissimmee also hosts a yearly Fall Festival and a spooky haunted house around Halloween. At Christmas time, the annual Festival of Lights gives residents and visitors a spectacular show of holiday decorations and Christmas cheer. The city also offers a variety of events and activities for the community. For more on what goes on in Kissimmee, check out Kissimmee Konnection, the town's online newsletter.

Sanford

Sanford is home to one of the greatest farmers' markets of the area. It's a fun and intriguing place where you can buy local produce, pick up a few knick knacks, and even get your face painted or adorn yourself with a henna tattoo. If you're itching to get your clubs out of storage and hit the green, head to the Mayfair Links golf course for 18 holes of award-winning golf. There's also the Central Florida Zoo, where you and your family can see a variety of animals, including the American alligators that Florida is so famous for. The zoo also includes a botanical garden that invites you to stroll through the beauty of nature and talk a break from the bustle of everyday life.

The Dale Aquatic Center in Sanford gives residents a well-equipped venue for recreation and aquatic training. This outdoor Olympic-sized pool is great fun for the whole family. There's also a weight-room for senior-level athletes at the nearby Seminole High School. The pool features a summer league for young swimmers, as well as water polo for the adventurous.

Winter Springs

Located just 16 miles from the Orlando city center, Winter Springs offers the best of central Florida all year round. Orlando has more than 70 parks to enjoy, and Winter Springs does its part in making the most of these. The city promotes walking and biking as a means of travel, so everything is easily accessible without a car. Living in or visiting Winter Springs is a good opportunity to pull the bike out of storage and take a ride down the city's beautiful paths. Like the rest of the metropolitan area, Winter Springs has a robust chamber of commerce, which hosts monthly luncheons to update citizens on the state of the region and discuss the state of business in central Florida. It's a great way to make new friends, contacts, and enjoy yummy food.

Explore!

Go on a central Florida adventure today! It's a great time to get out of the house and explore these great communities. Go for a walk, take some stuff to your new storage rental unit, or try a new cuisine. Zoos, farmers' markets, bike paths-you've got it all in the palm of your hand. The city of Orlando is waiting!

"The Name Kissimmee", City of Kissimmee http://www.kissimmee.org/index.aspx?page=250

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando http://hccmo.org

"DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park", Walt Disney World https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/entertainment/downtown-disney/disney-quest-indoor-interactive-theme-park/

"Weiss Eins: A Rare FW 190 F-8 Flies Again", WWII Fighter Aircraft Foundation http://www.white1foundation.org

Gatorland http://www.gatorland.com

"Special Events", City of Kissimmee: Parks and Recreation http://www.kissimmee.org/index.aspx?page=147

"Kissimmee Konnection", City of Kissimmeehttp://www.kissimmee.org/index.aspx?page=214

"Things to See and Do", Sanford, Florda http://www.sanfordfl.gov/index.aspx?page=53

"Mayfair Country Club", Mayfair Links http://www.mayfairlinks.com

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens http://www.centralfloridazoo.org/Default.aspx?p=94080&naid=12925

"Dale Aquatic Center", Seminole Aquatics http://www.teamunify.com/SubTabGeneric.jsp?team=fssa&_stabid_=20439

City of Winter Springs http://www.winterspringsfl.org/EN/web/gov/boards.htm

"Regional Chamber of Commerce", Oviedo-Winter Springs http://oviedowintersprings.chambermaster.com/events/

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