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When being in Orlando, you can explore the NASA’s launch complex. The Kennedy Space Center is located at Cape Canaveral on Florida’s east coast.
In Daytona Beach, not far from Orlando, you’ll see the world’s most famous race tracks as well as the headquarters of NASCAR, the largest racing organization in the United States.
Orlando is home to the famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. This is where you can take a selfie with the wax figures of your favorite movie stars, politicians, and celebrities.
Orlando – nicknamed “The City Beautiful” by Americans – is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Florida. All because of a great number of amazing amusement parks, including the world’s biggest Disneyland.
Orlando was established as a city over 130 years ago but became a tourist attraction only in the second half of the 20th century. It is thanks to the accumulation of theme parks, popping up like mushrooms in a small area. Every year they are visited by 60 million people!
The symbol of the city is the famous fountain in the middle of the lake occupying the central part of the scenic Lake Eola Park. It’s located in the oldest quarter of the city – originating in the 19th century – called Lake Eola Heights. The brick-lined Church Street is the most distinctive in the district; you can find here the best bars and restaurants right next to historic buildings.
Back in the 1970s, 34 kilometers from the city center, the Walt Disney World was built. The mecca for the fans of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Pluto is famous for the iconic Cinderella Castle towering over the park. You can also have a great time with your family in the recently-opened Disney’s Animal Kingdom, or in the Disney MGM Studios where you’ll discover the secrets of the production of animated cartoons and feature films being made here. Another Disney theme park, Epcot, is dedicated to technological innovations.
Cinema fans should be excited about visiting Universal Orlando Resort where they’ll be transported to the world of “Harry Potter”, “Shrek”, “Jaws”, “Jurassic Park”, “E.T.”, and many other blockbusters. Don’t forget to spend some time in the SeaWorld Orlando, offering dolphin, killer whale, walrus, and seal shows; you might also like other water theme parks, e.g., Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach.
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