Lake Lucerne, c. 1905
Historical Marker to Orlando's First Settler; Aaron Jernigan migrated to Lake Holden from Georgia in 1843.
Map of Florida, likely based on the expeditions of Hernando de Soto (1539–1543)
Greater Orlando urban area
Mizell-Leu House (built 1888), a fine example of Florida Vernacular Style Architecture. The home is located in the Mizell-Leu House Historic District.
The Yearling won Floridian Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings a Pulitzer Prize for her glimpse at life in Central Florida.
The Castillo de San Marcos. Originally white with red corners, its design reflects the colors and shapes of the Cross of Burgundy and the subsequent Flag of Florida.
The Wyoming Hotel, c. 1905
Historic Gamble Plantation, Manatee County
East Florida and West Florida in British period (1763–1783)
Lucerne Circle c. 1905
Yulee Sugar Mill, located in the Central Florida town of Homosassa. The Florida State Park is the site of David Levy Yulee's 5,100-acre sugar plantation. The mill operated from 1851 to 1864 and served as a supplier of sugar products for Southern troops during the Civil War.
A Cracker cowboy, 19th century
View of downtown Orlando (center) and periphery to Lake Apopka (upper-right); January 2011
Spanish Moss by Winslow Homer - Tampa bay, Florida, painting of Spanish Moss swaying from live oak limbs, a familiar scene in Central Florida
A U.S. Marine boat searching the Everglades for Seminoles (hiding in foreground) during the Second Seminole War
Lake Eola in 1911
Jackson Rooming House in Tampa, accommodated African-Americans during the era of racial segregation in Central Florida. The hotel played host to prominent figures such as Count Basie, Cab Calloway, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ray Charles.
The Battle of Olustee during the American Civil War, 1864
Night view of the Orlando skyline in 2010.
Central Florida Cowboy Culture, Silver Spurs Rodeo, Kissimmee
People at the newly opened Don Cesar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Florida in 1928
Disney Springs formerly known as Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista
Orange Groves, Central Florida
White segregationists (foreground) trying to prevent black people from swimming at a "White only" beach in St. Augustine during the 1964 Monson Motor Lodge protests
Map of racial distribution in Orlando, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people:
Ferris Groves Store in Floral City, one of many Old Florida style citrus stands found on the back roads of Central Florida.
Miami's Freedom Tower, built in 1925, was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
U.S. Census map
Plant City Strawberry Festival, Congressman Putnam with wife Melissa and their daughters at the Strawberry Parade in Plant City, Florida,
Memorials left on the fence of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016
The North/South Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center
Silver Springs in Ocala is one of the many natural springs and lakes found in Central Florida.
Florida is mostly low-lying and flat as this topographic map shows.
Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Cracker Country Living History Museum, located at The Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa. Founded by Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Carlton, Jr. to ensure future generations might better understand and appreciate Florida's rural heritage
The state tree, Sabal palmetto, flourishes in Florida's overall warm climate.
The Florida Mall
Daytona International Speedway on the day of the Daytona 500 in Central Florida.
An alligator in the Florida Everglades
The Amway Center
The Central Florida Seafood Industry is shown here with a photograph of shrimp, snapper, grouper, and stone crab fishing boats at Cortez, Florida
West Indian manatee
Current composition of Orlando City Council
Historic Egmont Key Light is located in Tampa Bay, built in 1848 and commissioned by Col. Robert E. Lee. The island is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a National Wildlife Refuge and a state park. Early in the Civil War, Confederate blockade-runners used the island as a base.
Red mangroves in Everglades National Park
The University of Central Florida Library
The Dixie Highway is a historic route passing through the heart of Central Florida. Before the interstate system, it connected motorists traveling to towns like Orlando, Arcadia and Bartow.
Fish and corals in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park near Key Largo
Full Sail University
Eckerd College {{small|St. Petersburg}}
American flamingos in South Florida
Orlando International Airport
Florida Institute of Technology {{small|Melbourne}}
An American alligator and an invasive Burmese python in Everglades National Park
I-4 eastbound approaching Downtown Orlando
Saint Leo University {{small|St. Leo}}
The Florida Keys as seen from a satellite
a map of these railroads
Florida Southern College {{small|Lakeland}}
All of the 67 counties in Florida
Platform-side, Orlando Amtrak Station
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Population density of Florida according to the 2020 census
A southbound SunRail train leaving Winter Park Station
University of Central Florida {{small|Orlando}}
Cuban men playing dominoes in Miami's Little Havana. In 2010, Cubans made up 34.4% of Miami's population and 6.5% of Florida's.
Lynx bus on the Route 102 line in Orlando
University of South Florida
Church of the Little Flower in Coral Gables, Florida
University of Tampa {{small|Tampa}}
Hindu Temple of Florida in Tampa
Old and New Florida State Capitol, Tallahassee, East view
Treemap of the popular vote by county, 2016 presidential election
Florida Supreme Court building in Tallahassee
Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, the primary teaching hospital of the University of Miami's Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the largest hospital in the United States with 1,547 beds
Miami Art Deco District, built during the 1920s–1930s
University of Miami, Coral Gables
University of Central Florida, Orlando
Florida International University, Miami
University of South Florida, Tampa
Florida State University, Tallahassee
University of Florida, Gainesville
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay is a part of Florida's interstate system.
Orlando International Airport is the busiest airport in the state with 44.6million total passengers traveled in 2017.
Brightline train at Fort Lauderdale
The Miami Metrorail is the state's only rapid transit system. About 15% of Miamians use public transit daily.
American Airlines Arena in Miami
Marlins Park in Little Havana
Daytona International Speedway is home to various auto racing events.
In God We Trust motto on Florida license plate with a orange blossom the state flower
The Florida panther is the state animal.

Central Florida is a region of the U.S. state of Florida.

- Central Florida

The Orlando metropolitan area, commonly referred to as Greater Orlando, Metro Orlando, Central Florida as well as for U.S. Census purposes as the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, is a metropolitan area in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida.

- Greater Orlando

Orlando is a city in the U.S. state of Florida and is the county seat of Orange County.

- Orlando, Florida

Different sources give different definitions for the region, but as its name implies it is usually said to comprise the central part of the state, including the Tampa Bay area and the Greater Orlando area, though in recent times the Tampa Bay area has often been described as its own region, with "Central Florida" becoming more synonymous with the Orlando area (most notably, this is what the local news channels in each respective metro area call their region).

- Central Florida

Its principal cities are Orlando, Kissimmee and Sanford.

- Greater Orlando

In Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2,509,831, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in July 2017, making it the 23rd-largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, and the third-largest metropolitan area in Florida behind Miami and Tampa.

- Orlando, Florida

The Miami metropolitan area, with a population of almost 6.2 million, is the most populous urban area in Florida and the seventh-most populous in the United States; other urban conurbations with over one million people are Tampa Bay, Orlando, and Jacksonville.

- Florida

The central cities of both metropolitan areas (Orlando and Tampa) are in close proximity (85 mi), and as a result, their two metropolitan areas blend together in the area of Lakeland to make up a larger contiguous population center often referred to as the I-4 corridor.

- Central Florida

Much of the state south of Orlando lies at a lower elevation than northern Florida, and is fairly level.

- Florida

While there are sinkholes in much of the state, modern sinkholes have tended to be in West-Central Florida.

- Florida

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Orange County, Florida

2010 U.S. Census tract map of Orange County

Orange County is located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Florida.

The county seat is Orlando.

Orange County is the central county of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Osceola County, Florida

Lake Tohopekaliga, the largest lake in Osceola County
SunRail commuter train at Kissimmee Station

Osceola County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Florida.

Osceola County is included in the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Fla. Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Seminole County, Florida

2003 population is 394,878; 2020 school enrollment is more than 67,000.
2001 per capita income is $31,897; 2003 unemployment rate is 5.4% (national is 6.0%)

Seminole County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Florida.

Seminole County is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Greater Orlando Metropolitan District which includes Seminole, Osceola, and the surrounding counties of Lake and Orange counties, together with neighboring Volusia and Brevard counties create a viable, progressive and diverse setting for economic growth and residential development.

Interstate 4

Approaching Malfunction Junction on westbound I-4
I-4 westbound approaching SR 535 in Lake Buena Vista
Eastern terminus of I-4 at I-95 in Daytona Beach
The original plans called for I-4 to extend to St. Petersburg
I-4 eastbound at exit 111 in Volusia County
I-4 westbound 2 miles from the I-75 interchange
I-4 in Altamonte Springs
I-4 East towards Downtown Orlando
Logo for future 4 Express lanes for Orlando and Tampa.
An aerial view of the I-4 Ultimate Express Lanes near Winter Park, FL.

Interstate 4 (I-4) is an Interstate Highway located entirely within the U.S. state of Florida, maintained by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

I-4 intersects with several major expressways as it traverses Central Florida, including U.S. Route 41 (US 41) in Tampa; US 301 near Riverview; I-75 near Brandon; US 98 in Lakeland; US 192 in Celebration; Florida's Turnpike in Orlando; and US 17 and US 92 in multiple junctions.

For the next 40 mi, I-4 passes through the Orlando metropolitan area, where the highway forms the main north–south artery.


An MPI MP32PH-Q locomotive in SunRail livery in September 2013.
Safety features at stations include bells, gates, and LED displays
Looking north from the DeBary station; SunRail plans to expand north to DeLand from here

SunRail is a commuter rail system in the Greater Orlando, Florida, area.

Volusia, Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties and the City of Orlando partnered to build the project.

Winter Park, Florida

Lake Osceola c. 1906
The Hotel Alabama c. 1922
Veranda at the Hotel Alabama c. 1922
U.S. Geological Survey photo showing large size of 1981 Winter Park, Florida, sinkhole
A canal in Winter Park
Annie Russell Theatre, located on the campus of Rollins College
Woman's Club of Winter Park
A SunRail commuter train at Winter Park Station.

Winter Park is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States.

It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The area did not develop rapidly until 1880, when a South Florida Railroad track connecting Orlando and Sanford was laid a few miles west of Osceola.

Kissimmee, Florida

Broadway Avenue in c. 1912
Kissimmee Automobile Company, 1910s
Monument of States
Osceola County Stadium with Johnson University Florida in background
Silver Spurs Arena
Kissimmee Trail over N John Young Pkwy

Kissimmee is the largest city and county seat of Osceola County, Florida, United States.

It is a Principal City of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2010 population of 2,234,411.

Concurrently, the South Florida Railroad was growing and extended the end of its line from Sanford down to Kissimmee, making the town on Lake Tohopekaliga a transportation hub for Central Florida.

Buddy Dyer, politician; mayor of Orlando

Lake County, Florida

Panorama of the Tavares Seaplane Base & Marina on Lake Dora

Lake County is a county in the central portion of the U.S. state of Florida.

Lake County is included in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Villages, Florida

Census-designated place in Sumter County, Florida, United States.

The finish line of a 5K run in Lake Sumter Landing in 2018.
Polo Stadium in The Villages Florida.
The 18th green at Tierra Del Sol, one of the twelve country club golf courses at The Villages
The Fenney Recreational Center showing a portion of the Fenney Springs Nature Trail.
Golf cart bridge over US 27/US 441
Golf cart bridge over SR 44 at Brownwood Paddock Square

The overall development lies in central Florida, approximately 20 mi south of Ocala and approximately 45 mi northwest of Orlando.

The community is the center of The Villages, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area, which consists of all of Sumter County; Lake County is included in the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area; and Marion County is included in the Ocala, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Deltona, Florida

Deltona is a city in the U.S. state of Florida and the most populous city in Volusia County.

It is located on the northern shore of Lake Monroe along the St. Johns River in central Florida.

The city is part of the Deltona–Daytona Beach–Ormond Beach, Florida metropolitan statistical area, which is grouped with the larger Orlando–Lakeland–Deltona, Florida combined statistical area.

The city is mostly residential, and primarily serves as a commuter town for the nearby cities of Orlando and Daytona Beach, as well as its surrounding communities.