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Sun State Ford Serving Downtown Orlando, Florida
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Here in Sunny Orlando, Florida, we at Sun State Ford are proud to live in a great community that has so many great things to offer. Orlando is a great city with many exciting things to share.   Some of our city nicknames include ‘The City Beautiful”, “O-Town” and one of the more obvious ones the “Theme Park Capital of the World”. These names help describe our city as a whole, but there is much more to Orlando than what this nicknames can explain.
Because Orlando is so big and has so many aspects that we could share, we want to focus on Downtown Orlando, one of the many places to visit and see.
 
History

Downtown Orlando is considered the Historic Core of Orlando. Its history begins with the history of Orlando. Before the area was inhabited by European settlers, the area was inhabited by primarily Creek Native American’s and other tribes. In 1837, European settlers arrived in the area and the town became known originally as “Jernigan.” In 1857, only 20 years later, the city of Jernigan became known as Orlando. Although stories about the origin of the name seem unclear, it is assumed that the name came from a soldier who served during the 2nd Seminole War.
During the time of its founding, Orlando’s biggest business center was located at Church Street, right in the heart of Downtown Orlando. One of the biggest forms of economic growth for Orlando was cattle farming. During the 1920’s Orlando began to make a big impact in the citrus development and this began to be a major economic advantage for the city.
Nowadays, Downtown Orlando is thriving and is home to many historical places that keep Orlando’s history alive. In addition to this historical preservation, Downtown is also home to many attractions for people to visit and enjoy.
Downtown Orlando

Located within Downtown Orlando are many prominent neighborhoods that have their own cultural significance with the area. Those areas include the Central Business District, Parramore, Lake Eola Heights, South Eola, Uptown North Orange, Thornton Park, and Lake Thornton Historical District.

Central Business District

The Central Business District can be described simply by its name. It is the central place for many financial businesses within the city.  Included in this area is Orlando City Hall, and one of the most historical places in the city, Church Street Station. Church Street Station, as mentioned before, has been part of Orlando since it first became established. It is the Old Orlando Railroad Depot that is now on the National register of Historic Places.
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Parramore

Parramore is divided into three separate neighborhoods: Lake Dot, Callahan, and Holden. This area is home to many cultural significant places for Orlando. The Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre is located here as well many great restaurants, including the Cubano’s Cafeteria, Nikki’s Place Southern Cuisine, and Café Express Home-style. Also, Florida A&M University School of Law is located in this neighborhood as well.

Lake Eola

Lake Eola is separated into Lake Eola Heights and South Eola. In Lake Eola Heights, one of the coolest parks in the city is housed here, Lake Eola Park. This place is a common location for many local events and festivals. Also, the Lake Eola fountain can be found here with, which is a beautiful sight to behold, especially at night! In addition to the Lake Eola fountain, Lake Eola is home to many historical places in Orlando. We can’t forget to mention the Walt Disney Amphitheater is located here, too!

South Eola is, as the name implies, located just south of Lake Eola Heights. Here you can find plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment. Some of the restaurants located here include the Metro Espresso Pizza Café and the Pop Parlour.
Uptown North Orange

Here in Uptown North Orange there are many antique shops in the area, giving the town the nickname the Antique District. Also, this neighborhood is home to the famous Orlando Ballet and according to the Orlando Downtown Development Board it is considered the “Gateway to the Cultural Corridor from the North,” allowing for a diverse area.    
 
Thornton Park

Thornton Park is one of the most intriguing districts, and not just because the streets are paved with brick. Thornton Park has many historic homes and is an area that gives back to its local community. With over 50 locally owned businesses and some of the best local restaurants, Thornton Park is definitely a place to visit!

Lake Cherokee Historical District    
 
The last District in Downtown Orlando, Lake Cherokee Historical District, is certainly not the least. Staying with the historic theme of Downtown Orlando, the Lake Cherokee historical Districts has 16 historic structures located within the neighborhood.   Some of these historic buildings include beautiful homes from the 1870’s and the Cherokee School from 1926.


 
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All of these districts offer a little something different to Downtown Orlando, which makes it further stand out on its own in the great city of Orlando itself. Downtown Orlando represents much of the history of the city and how it got to where it is today. In addition to this historical presence of Downtown Orlando, there is much culture and entertainment as well. From the Orlando Ballet and Lake Eola Park, to other sources of cultural entertainment such as the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Abby Performing Art Theatre. Downtown Orlando represents the history of this great city, and has plenty to offer.

Here at Sun State Ford, we are located just along the outside of Downtown Orlando, and we are proud to be part of this community.

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