City Spotlight

Orlando City Spotlight

Orlando City Spotlight

Orlando, Florida is an eclectic city with so many wonderful things to offer in addition to its amazing amusement parks and attractions. We sat down with regional marketing director, Katie Suggs, to uncover the must-see spots in Orlando.


Q: What are common foods you would most likely find at an Orlando block party?

A: With so many great and diverse cuisines offered in Orlando, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. Delicious shrimp tacos are a top choice for Orlando natives.

Q: Which Meritage Homes community is best for homeowners who want to live near downtown Orlando?

A: The Lakeside community, a gated community in Winter Park, combines lakeside living with the convenience of living in downtown Orlando. Located just northeast of downtown Orlando, this community is close to SR 417, SR 426 and SR 436, all of which provide quick access to I-4.

Q: For families who love to stay active, what are some great outdoor activities near Orlando?

A: Being so close to water, paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing are great activities for the entire family. Airboat rides, scuba diving, wake boarding, snorkeling and fishing tours are also favorites of Orlando residents. With many of these outdoor activities, you can plan to encounter some of Florida’s amazing wildlife.

Q: Where’s the best local hot spot to grab a cup of coffee?

A: Downtown Credo Coffee, selected as critics’ choice for best coffee shop in Orlando, is a delicious non-profit coffee shop with handcrafted espresso, coffee and tea.

Q: What is Orlando best known for?

A: Orlando is the home of Walt Disney World Resort, Universal’s Island of Adventure, SeaWorld and much more. Visitors and residents alike have an array of amusement parks, beaches and restaurants at their fingertips.

Q: For families who want to be near hiking trails, parks and baseball fields, which Meritage Home community is best for them?

A: Lester Ridge offers plenty of family fun and outdoor activities such as multiple athletic fields, an amphitheater, walking paths and playgrounds – it’s also in a convenient location near great schools.

ORL - Lester Ridge Community

Q: If homeowners haven’t been to Orlando and are considering moving to the area, where should they tour to get a taste of the lifestyle?

A: To get a taste of the true Orlando lifestyle, homeowners should check out Downtown Orlando or Winter Park Avenue. Park Avenue boasts many boutiques, sidewalk cafes, museums and more, and is a vibrant area for shoppers and foodies.

Q: What’s the funkiest fact or reason you enjoy your city?

A: Orlando is a very diverse city with great food, exceptional weather and a multitude of activities – the perfect mix for the outdoor lovers and the adventure seekers.

Thinking of making the move to the sunny skies of Orlando, Florida? View our list of available Meritage Homes here.

Orlando City Spotlight