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Fun facts on Orlando

by Jon Platt on June 10, 2016

40 Fun Orlando Facts


ORLANDO (CityofOrlando.net) – Thanks to its year-round sunny weather, high quality of life and attractions, Orlando is a well-known city. Despite its status as a recognizable city, Orlando features many facts that are not so well known.

1. There is no official documentation of how Orlando received its name. Four known stories of its inception exist, but no conclusion has ever been reached.

2. Orlando is home to more than 100 lakes.

3. Lake Eola is actually a giant sinkhole. Its deepest point is 80 feet.

4. Church Street Station, also known as the Old Orlando Railroad Depot, was built in 1889 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. SunRail now has a stop nearby.

5. The City has over 100 parks and 21 community centers offering athletics, camps and social programs.

6. The first highway in Central Florida was Colonial Drive, which was originally paved brick.

7. The tallest building in Orlando is the SunTrust Center at 441 feet.

8. The City of Orlando has a fully functioning pottery studio at the Downtown Recreation Complex. Classes and programs are offered for all ages.

9. There are over 50 swans at Lake Eola, from five different breeds – whooper, royal mute, trumpeter, Australian black and black neck.