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#29. Orlando, FL

Known for its theme parks and sunny skies, Orlando is a city bursting with opportunities and fun to be had. Located in the heart of central Florida, Orlando boasts charming and diverse neighborhoods, a robust economy and year-round recreation, making it an ideal city to settle down in. Residents enjoy easy access to the outdoors, an epic culinary scene and, of course, sunshine all year long. 

Top Industries and Employers: The “House of the Mouse” draws in millions of tourists each year, making it the largest industry in the city. Other top industries include technology, aerospace/aviation and advanced manufacturing. 

Best Coffee Shop: Lineage Coffee Roasting

Best Local Beer/Brewery: Try a brew from Ten10 Brewing Company, a favorite among locals. 

Must-Have Meal: Pick up some of the freshest seafood around from Bar Harbor Seafood’s market. 

Best Co-Working Space: Pipeline was built with productivity and purpose in mind and is home to a diverse range of freelancers, entrepreneurs and startups. 

Best Meetup Spot (When Meeting Up Is a Thing Again): Try the ‘Envy,’ a smoked cocktail from Mathers Social Gathering, a super cool speakeasy housed on the third floor of a furniture store. 

Creative Hub: Orlando Shakespeare Theater is one of the country’s premier Shakespeare companies and hosts year-round productions of the Bard’s work as well as other classics. 

Favorite Weekend Activity: Pay a visit to the Orlando Watersports Complex for endless fun — the complex features a lake equipped with two full-size cable systems designed for teaching wakeboarding, wakesurfing, kneeboarding and waterskiing

Free Way to Have Fun: Get out and about at Lake Eola Park, which runs through the heart of downtown and offers beautiful views of the Orlando skyline, easy access to local restaurants and plenty of things to see and do. 

Local Dream Job: Who wouldn’t want to be a “cast member” at Disney World?

Read More:
8 Reasons to Move to Orlando, FL
The Cost of Living Diaries: Orlando, FL
Southern Pride: A Guide to Orlando, FL’s LGBTQ Scene

– Cara Sanders

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