| Jul 31, 2014
Because of its size, finding your footing in Orlando as a new resident could take some time—which is something few of us have during a big move. That’s why we’ve pulled together this list of online Orlando resources to help new residents orient themselves to the new surroundings.
From fun activities for the whole family to updates on news, sports, and more, you’ll find everything you need to enjoy life in Orlando right here. > Visit Orlando
> Orlando Sentinel: It’s always a good idea to stay in touch with local news either by reading the paper or online. The Orlando Sentinel provides information on what’s happening in your area in terms of news, politics, sports, weather, and more.
: While you aren’t necessarily a tourist, you may want to bookmark the official Orlando tourist site. This will allow you to stay up-to-date on what kinds of concerts, sports games, and activities are available in your area. > The Daily City
: Step away from the major tourist and news sites to get a more personalized look at Orlando at The Daily City. Part foodie blog, part entertainment blog, and full of insider information on Orlando, this website offers a more in-depth look at the city. > City Surfing Orlando
: Meant for both tourists and residents, City Surfing covers events, dining, shopping, nightlife, and news of interest for Central Florida. (Central Florida Top Five
is another similar option.) > Chow Down Orlando
: Want to know where to get the best local foods? Chow Down Orlando not only tries out and reviews area restaurants, but it also includes great photographs of venues and their offerings. Also check out their Twitter account for more frequent updates. > Orlando Beer Guide
: It doesn’t get much more specific than this. If you want information on the local drinking scene, including microbrewing, breweries, and pubs, you can drink your way through Orlando here. > Visual Ephemera
: Equal parts history, pictography, and musings on life in Florida, visual ephemera is a pictorial blog that provides a closer glimpse at life in Orlando and the surrounding Florida area. (You can also see more pictures at the Orlando Street Photography
blog.) > Orlando Moms Blog
: If you’re a parent in Orlando, it can be difficult to find non-tourist websites for information, tips, and activities. Orlando Moms Blog is one of the rare sites that offers a place for resident parents who want to see beyond the surface. > Magic Basketball Online
: In terms of sports, Orlando is most famous for its basketball team. Stay updated on games, scores, and player information at Magic Basketball Online. > Orlando Bands
: Interested in the local music scene? Find out who’s playing and where—and access a regularly updated schedule of events that covers much of the Orlando nightlife.
You’ll also want to hit the streets and find your own way around the city, so don’t be afraid to head downtown or to your local shopping center and ask around. Orlando residents tend to be warm and welcoming to newcomers, so you’ll feel like you’re home in no time!