Downtown Orlando is the historic core and central business district of Orlando, Florida, United States. The city is bounded by Marks Street in the north, Mills Avenue (SR 15) in the east, Orange Blossom Trail (US 441) in the west, and Kaley Avenue in the south. Downtown consists of several distinct neighborhoods; “North Quarter” to the north, “Lake Eola Heights Historic District” just north of Lake Eola, “South Eola” contains Lake Eola Park and continues to the east and south of Lake Eola, “Thornton Park” to the east, “Parramore” to the west, “Lake Cherokee Historic District” to the south, and “Central Business District” (or “Financial District”) between Colonial Drive and Lake Lucerne in the center.
One of the largest urban centers in Central Florida is Downtown Orlando. It has residential and commercial towers, local, state, and federal government offices, sports facilities, performing arts theaters, art galleries, retail shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and parks. Downtown is located far from the tourist areas located in the southwestern half of the city, but it attracts visitors seeking to experience the “Real Orlando.” Festivals, parades, concerts, political demonstrations, and other high-profile events take place there as well.
Within the Downtown Orlando Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), seven official neighborhoods are located, including Callahan (east of Westmoreland Drive), Central Business District, Holden/Parramore (east of Westmoreland Drive), Lake Dot (east of Westmoreland Drive), Lake Eola Heights (west of Summerlin Avenue), South Eola, North Quarter, and City District.
The CRA also includes small pieces of College Park (portions east of Peachtree Road, and along Orange Avenue between Magnolia and Highland Avenues), Lake Cherokee (portions west of Delaney Avenue and north of Ponce de Leon Place / Palmer Street), Lorna Doone (Camping World Stadium only), Park Lake/Highland (portion north of Lake Highland), South Division (portion north of Gore Street, mostly highway right-of-way), South Orange (portion north of Gore Street), and Thornton Park (portion north of Central Boulevard and west of James Avenue).
Downtown is home to the majority of Central Florida’s tallest towers. Located north of downtown on Mills and Princeton Avenues, Loch Haven Park serves as Orlando’s cultural center. There is an Amway Center in downtown Orlando where the Orlando Magic NBA team and the Orlando Solar Bears ECHL team play. The Orlando Predators Arena Football League team also plays at the Amway Center. The Capital One Bowl is held at Camping World Stadium in addition to being the home of the Orlando Guardians XFL team and Orlando City Soccer Club for 2015 and 2016. Tinker Field was a historic ballpark adjacent to Camping World Stadium.
46 of the 79 existing high-rises in the Greater Orlando region are located downtown. Three main arteries serve downtown Orlando, two limited access highways, several secondary streets, and many byways, including Spessard L. Holland East-West Expressway (SR 408), Interstate 4 (SR 400), Orange Avenue (SR 527 – One Way SB), Rosalind Avenue (SR 527 – One Way NB), Colonial Drive (US 17/92-SR 50 – E/W), and Orange Blossom Trail (US 441 – N/S).
The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (CFRTA), better known as Lynx, operates the regional bus service from its offices at 455 N Garland Avenue. There is an Amtrak station about a mile south of downtown. Train service is provided by the Silver Meteor and Silver Star lines to New York City, Miami, and Tampa. There are four miles (6.4 kilometers) between Orlando Executive Airport and the city’s central business district. Despite not being technically in downtown, the airport serves the area.
Orlando Coordinates: 28°32′24″N 81°22′48″W