Moving to Orlando!

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    Oct 15, 2012 5:35 PM GMT
    So I'm leaving the world of Sin City to head out to south to Orlando, FL for an amazing career op. Anyhow, I gotta know....from the locals what are the "do not miss checking out _________." I'm in search for the eateries, shops, arts, theater, beaches, social bars, hang outs, and etc...

    Yeah - I know Orlando has theme parks for days but I want other things to do as well.

    Thoughts?
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    Oct 15, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
    The best thing to do in Orlando is hit the turnpike south to Miami. icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 15, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
    Um...I did the same move... Las Vegas to Orlando, good gawd I hated Orlando! Moved to Palm Springs and loving it! Good luck in orlando
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    Oct 15, 2012 8:44 PM GMT
    shortmuscleguy saidUm...I did the same move... Las Vegas to Orlando, good gawd I hated Orlando! Moved to Palm Springs and loving it! Good luck in orlando
    I was just there! Wang's is great on a Friday night...hot but I loved it!
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    Oct 15, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    Haven't been there in a long time, but lived in Winter Park, which is run together with Orlando. There is a lot more there than just clubs and theme parks. Check out the arts scene in Winter Park and the cultural side of town. Also make sure that you do not just visit the newest parts of the area. There are some really charming old streets. Go sightseeing. Head for the beach at Cocoa in the morning on a cloudy day. There are some gorgeous natural springs around. Try to find the ones the tourists don't ruin with concessions, some are state parks. My brother tells me there is some great ethnic food around these days. Enjoy.
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    Oct 15, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    LJay saidHaven't been there in a long time, but lived in Winter Park, which is run together with Orlando. There is a lot more there than just clubs and theme parks. Check out the arts scene in Winter Park and the cultural side of town. Also make sure that you do not just visit the newest parts of the area. There are some really charming old streets. Go sightseeing. Head for the beach at Cocoa in the morning on a cloudy day. There are some gorgeous natural springs around. Try to find the ones the tourists don't ruin with concessions, some are state parks. My brother tells me there is some great ethnic food around these days. Enjoy.


    Awesome! Thanks for the input. That's that kind of info I'm looking for!
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Oct 16, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe best thing to do in Orlando is hit the turnpike south to Miami. icon_cool.gif


    Geez Louise Paulie!! Cut us some slack here!! Sure, we aren't as active and fun as Miami or Ft. Lauderdale but we are coming around.

    I am a 33 year resident of Orlando so I think I know the town better than a lot of people on here (and I know I'm gonna get some blowback on some things I'll mention) and I have some recommendations for you:

    First off, locals generally don't go to the theme parks. A couple of weekends ago, I met up with one of my out-of-town friends in the travel industry over at Downtown Disney. It is the first time I have been there in 10 years. My travel industry friend knows Disney better than me (and I used to be in the same business....). There are good dining choices on Disney property but be prepared to spend some money as they are not inexpensive. I have never been to Universal so I can't give you feedback on that and Sea World is one giant snoozer.

    Winter Park was mentioned by LJay and he is spot on with the activities there. Very nice place and the area also has one of the three locations for the hottest restaurant in Orlando right now, 4Rivers barbecue. It is the best I have ever had and buddy, I have had lots of barbecue in my day!!

    Regarding the beaches, if you plan to go a lot...then Cocoa Beach is your best bet as it is 45 miles east of Orlando (take Beachline Expressway to FL 520 and head east). If you plan on doing the beach only a few times a year, then head west and go to where the beaches are MUCH better. Go to St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach or any of the towns along the Gulf Coast in Pinellas County. They are the best and truthfully, that is where the locals PREFER to go. Stay out of Daytona Beach! That area is nasty.

    Not having an idea where you'll be working, your commute to work is something to consider as traffic can be a bitch and we have multitudes of toll roads. Downtown is really hot and really gay, but very expensive (especially the Thornton Park area). If you are working on the south end of Orlando anywhere from the airport area going west towards Disney, the Hunter's Creek area is VERY nice. I used to live there and loved it as all amenities you need are right there--everything! The only drawback is that downtown is about 25-30 minutes away as the better clubs/bars/nightlife is there. HC is also affordable with good rentals, condos and single family homes there.

    That's just the tip of the iceberg. E-mail me here if you need more info. I think you'll really like it and it DOES take some getting used to as I moved here from a much larger city (Atlanta) in 1979 and didn't like it at all initially. However, I have now been here 33 years as I mentioned, so that says something.....

    Let me know if you need more detail.

    TNJ