This week's guest blogger is Ashley Edwards. Ashley Edwards is a 21+ year resident of Central Florida, and lover of the city of Orlando. He's a connector and blogger. A huge tennis fan (and plays frequently). Is electronica obsessed. An eternally challenged optimist. Digital world traveler. And Social Media Strategist.
You want to see the “real” Orlando, don’t you? If you have any amount of spare time and want to get to know #TheCityBeautiful the way those who call it home do, one of the first places you want to head is to downtown Orlando and take a stroll around Lake Eola. It’s iconic to Central Florida, and has become one of the most recognizable landmarks to the area. With a gigantic fountain at the center, Lake Eola is not only at the epicenter of the downtown area but hosts families of famous swans (well, famous in the sense they have their very own Instagram), nearby eateries like World of Beer, and a stunning, recently refurbished little Inn. There are also great restaurants and bars a couple of blocks in any direction – Thornton Park is worth a visit.
If you really want to tap into what’s going on in “local life” during your visit, check out Orlando Bungalower, Orlando Weekly, Pulptown, and Pulse of Central Florida.