Urban Living: Orlando’s Downtown Explosion
A dynamic and diverse downtown metropolis
Downtown Orlando is the center of a dynamic metropolitan area with a vibrant and diverse community where arts and culture flourish.The area is alive with award-winning dining, exciting nightlife, boutique shopping, year-round outdoor activities, arts and culture, professional sports and abundant parks.
Orlando defines its downtown areas as Main Street districts. Here is a closer look at each one:
From Main Streets to martinis, Downtown Orlando serves up the best in arts and entertainment. With many options to choose from including cultural events, high-energy sports, museums, a multitude of nightlife options including walking around one of our Main Streets, Downtown Orlando offers something for residents and visitors alike.
Downtown’s Amway Center sets the standard for the best in live sports and entertainment and is home to the Orlando Magic, Orlando Solar Bears and the Orlando Predators. There are several new developments in the area. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts showcases the region’s premiere performance groups as well as Broadway shows. The newly reconstructed World Camping Stadium, which features seating for 65,000 during sporting events, is home to several bowl games. In 2017, Downtown Orlando welcomes a new venue, the Orlando City Stadium, home to Major League Soccer.
Downtown Orlando offers new luxury apartment homes close to the action of professional sports teams, cultural events, nightlife, shopping and dining in the pedestrian-friendly downtown area.Brand new 420 EastApartments offers urban living at its best with luxury apartments for rent in downtown Orlando.
Thornton Park, the City’s most stylish district is just the place to unwind as you stroll its brick-lined streets. Just east of Lake Eola in Downtown’s green heart, the residential neighborhood has oak-shaded bungalows, many built in the original Florida “cracker” style with wraparound front porches
Lake Eola, Downtown
Lake Eola Park provides a pedestrian friendly environment where visitors are able to view its majestic fountain, feed fivedifferent varieties of swans,rent swan-shaped paddle boats, see a concert at the Walt Disney Amphitheater or take in a spectacular view of Orlando’s skyline. The park also includes a nearly one-mile trail around lake and a Farmer’s Market on Sundays.
With more than 1,000 events annually, Downtown Orlando has much to offer from live music to sports and Broadway plays.
Downtown Orlando is a walkable, livable city, where it is easy and convenient to get around. The City of Orlando is committed to ensuring there are diverse options for residents and visitors to get around and connect to entertainment and nightlife, all the while reducing the impact on the environment. Today, one can enjoy multimodal forms of transportation options including LYMMO, SunRail, bike share and car share.
To learn more about Orlando, please visit
City of Orlando
Orlando Economic Development Council
Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce
Orange County Public Schools
Orange County Public Schools
City of Orlando Data Sheet (PDF)
Downtown Area Map (PDF)
Orlando Area Map (PDF)