With a bounty of performance arts centers, theatres and festivals, a rising foodie scene, a plethora of public parks as well as world-class teams and athletes, Orlando’s latest ranking comes as no surprise to its many residents. In fact, in the heart of downtown Orlando resides one of the most iconic parks in the state: Lake Eola Park.
Orlando, is a warm city with a lot to offer. From dining in themed restaurants to exploring nature in all its glory, the Orlando area has something for everyone, retirees included. Central Florida has numerous retirement communities, and of course, theme parks galore to keep the family begging for a visit.
The report includes the 150 most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S., which were judged on 36 qualities. Orlando topped its per-capita lists for amusement parks, public golf courses, paintball fields, arcades, zoos and aquariums, shopping centers, ice-cream shops, spas, theaters and “prevalence of affordable restaurants with 4.5+ stars.”
WalletHub recently decided to take a look at which metro areas are doing the best as far as investment in their recreation and public spaces by comparing the 100 largest U.S. cities across 35 key metrics, ranging from park land acreage to the cost of movie tickets.
Orlando ranked No. 1 among WalletHub's 2016 Best Cities for Recreation.