Bleed black and gold with the Knights in Orlando
There are several theories as to how Orlando got its name, including that it was named after Orlando Reeves, a man who lost his life fighting the Seminole Indians near Lake Eola.
There is no official documentation or designated "true" story of the town's naming. Visit Florida to see for yourself what this beautiful southern city is all about, and visit these top sites:
Bright House Networks Stadium
The University of Central Florida Knights football team calls this stadium home. There are 45,323 seats in the 25-acre facility. You could fill one of them when you drive your Orlando rental car to visit the second largest university in the U.S. The stadium hosts regular-season college football games as well as the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Liberty Bowl.
The team logo, a knight, is in the school colors, black and gold. Past mascots included Vincent the Vulture and the Citronaut (an orange that looked like an astronaut). Eventually the students voted and the team became the "Knights of Pegasus" which fit perfectly with the school logo of a Pegasus.
Today, the team is affectionately known as the Knights and their mascot is an amped-up version of the Knight, called "Knightro." Three or four students take on the role of the mascot for all football and basketball games, other athletic events and special appearances.
You can easily spot this mascot by his huge glittery coat of armor. Sometimes he rides into an event on his special car called "Chariot ll."
If you want to spend an entire day relaxing and meeting some incredible sea animals and tropical birds without having to trek all over, you'll love Discovery Cove. This day resort is all-inclusive.
You can snorkel with tropical fish at The Grand Reef, follow inquisitive otters and monkeys at the Freshwater Oasis, and even spend 30 minutes swimming with a dolphin!
There's also gorgeous beaches to lounge and swim at, and you'll get breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks as a part of your package. Children ages 6 and up can meet and swim with the dolphins.
Anyone ages 6-12 need an adult to accompany them during their unforgettable dolphin experience. Visit the free-flight aviary to feed colorful tropical birds by hand!
The resort also provides sunscreen and snorkel gear so you can relax and enjoy yourself in the aquatic wonderland. Admission to this park also guarantees you entry to Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark and SeaWorld within 14 days around your reservation. That's a lot of exciting family fun!
If your family craves adventure and wants to soar through the air, drive your Orlando rental car to iFly. Kids as young as 3 and adults as old as 103 have gone indoor skydiving at this Orland attraction.
You'll don a jumpsuit, helmet and goggles, and a professional skydiver will walk you through on how to step into the flight chamber and position your body just right. People with disabilities are welcome, iFLY will work with you to suit any physical needs to get you off the ground.
Book your flight online and be sure arrive an hour before your fly time to sign waivers, and get instructions about what to expect from a certified instructor. For people afraid of heights that still want to skydive, this is the perfect opportunity to feel the soaring part of skydiving, but without the height.
The entire time you are in the flight chamber an instructor is by your side to help guide you with hand signals and to help out if you want assistance. It's as easy as laying down! Anyone can do it.