I have lived all over florida, and have attended events at many of its different cities. I have to say Orlando is my favorite city by far. It has more to offer than just theme parks. It also has a rich history. Orlando was first occupied by the Seminole tribe until the first European settlers arrived in 1837. Its stated that according to tradition it was named after Orlando Reeves, an american soldier who had woke up other soldiers and saved them from great peril against natives. The city was previously named Jernigan after a military office who was later relieved of his duty due to notorious acts.
In 1964, Walt Disney secretly started buying millions of dollars of land in central Florida . The development of Walt Disney World in 1971 started a construction boom. Sea World of Florida came later in 1973 and Universal in 1990. Tourism increased and the city never looked back. Now it welcomes 50 million tourists a year.
Orlando offer much more than theme park options. For outdoor activities it has the Fort Christmas historical park (right outside Orlando in Titusville). Its a lifesize replica of the actual fort and has historical structures to explore and demonstrations. Then there is a 248 acre Orange County park named Kelly Park. It offers camping, trails and a crystal clear spring for swimming , Rock Springs. The Wekiwa Springs is a Florida state park that offers kayaking, camping, and swimming. In the center of Orlando they have a beautiful 43 acre park named Lake Eola. Its actually a sinkhole, and they have summer concerts at its ampitheatre.
Now if camping is your cup of tea, Orlando has an abundance of those also. You should try the Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort campsite. It is 750 acres with pools, fully equipped campsites, and pools,archery, horse back riding, canoeing, fishing, bonfires and disney entertainment. . Lake Whippoorwill Koa is one of Orlando's best kept secrets. It offers a private boat ramp, fishing, canoeing, a pool,and hot tubs, all on 355 acres.
Im sure whichever route you choose, you'll have a spectacular fun filled time in Orlando!