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Orlando Travel Guide

Orlando is located in the central region of Florida and also one of the state's major cities. Originally the center of a major citrus region, Orlando is now an urban city with various industries and now the center for digital media and bio medicine. This area is also a major tourist destination where famous attractions like Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, and Walt Disney World are located. These attractions significantly contribute its city's tourism, making the third most visited American city among travelers. Orlando has an estimated 52 million tourists visiting every year.

Orlando has a population of 2 million in the metropolitan area while the city area has a population of 230,519, making this the fifth largest city in Florida by population and the third largest metropolitan area in Florida after Miami and Tampa. According the 2006-2008 American Community Survey, 57.8% of Orlando's population is White, followed by 27.4% Black, 22.22% Hispanic or Latino, 0.3% American Indian, 2.9% Asian, 9.5% Other race, and 2.1% of two or more races. Orlando has the largest population of Puerto Ricans in Florida.

The city's climate is warm and humid, and there are two major seasons each year. One is hot and rainy, lasting from June to September and the other is the dry season starting from October through May bringing more moderate temperatures and less frequent rainfall. The average January temperature is 72 degrees F (22 degrees C) and the average July temperature is 92 degrees F (33 degrees C). The average annual rainfall in Orlando is 48.35 inches (122.8 cm). Orlando has a considerable hurricane risk but despite its location, the city does see strong hurricanes.

Orlando is best known for its status as one of the America's best theme-park destinations. The convention industry also boosts this city's economy. Also, Orlando has the second largest number of hotel rooms in the country after Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Walt Disney World resort is Orlando's largest attraction and by far the most popular theme park resort in the world. The resort comprises of four theme parks, two water parks, dozens of hotels, three shopping and dining districts, and much more.

Universal Orlando Resort is a theme park located south of Orlando's tourist strip, consists of two theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure), Universal CityWalk, and three Loews Hotels. This is the second largest resort in Orlando, after Walt Disney World.

SeaWorld Orlando is a beautifully landscaped marine theme park featuring fantastic shows, thrilling rides, and fun exhibits. It hosts an estimated 5.8 million guests every year, ranking it the seventh-most visited amusement park in the United States. The park is devoted to Earth's oceans and the array of life that inhabits them.

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