Orlando New Homes: The Smart Choice
Not only is Orlando the home of Disney World, “The Happiest Place on Earth,” but it is also one of the smartest cities in the United States according to a new report from Movoto. Based on criteria such as universities and colleges per person, libraries per person, media per person, education level, museums per person and public school rank, Orlando ranked second out of the 100 most populous cities in the country. With highly ranked universities and public school systems, and a multitude of museums, residents of Orlando new homes have access to some of the best educational tools in the nation.
Parents may know their children are receiving a quality education during the school year, but education does not have to stop when school’s out for summer. Museums offer a great opportunity for parents to enjoy spending time with their children while they explore science, art, local geography and more. In the report from Movoto, Orlando ranked No. 11 for their variety of museums. Here is a list of some of our favorites:
- Orlando Museum of Art: Located on North Mills Avenue, on the grounds of Loch Haven Park, the Orlando Museum of Art has dedicated itself to collecting, preserving and interpreting notable works of art, developing first-rate educational programs and more. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends from noon to 4 p.m. For more information on the Orlando Museum of Art, including current exhibits, visit www.omart.org.
- Orlando Science Center: Science lovers of all ages will enjoy the hands on educational exhibits available at the Orlando Science Center, also located within Loch Haven Park. With four floors of exhibit space, an observatory, a giant screen domed theater for films and planetarium shows, a café, store and more, learning and exploring science has never been so much fun. The Orlando Science Center is open Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Harry P. Leu Gardens: For nature-lovers and budding horticulturists, the Harry P. Leu Gardens is a great place to explore with 50-acres of gardens showcasing over 40 different plant collections, including a butterfly garden and Florida’s largest rose garden. Located in the heart of the gardens, the Leu House Museum highlights turn-of-the-century living for the families who once called the site home. This botanical oasis is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum is perfect for families looking to explore unusual relics and rare treasures from around the world. The 10,000 square foot “Odditorium” offers hundreds of outrageous and interactive exhibits that will stretch your mind to places you could have never imagined. This unique educational experience is open Monday through Sunday 9:30 a.m. to midnight, 365 days a year.
- Orange County Regional History Center: Located in the heart of downtown Orlando, the History Center offers tree floors of exhibits that showcase more than 12,000 years of Central Florida history. Permanent exhibitions include Natural Environment, First People, Pioneer Cracker Home, Cattle and Citrus, Aviation and much more. Additionally, special exhibits travel in and out of the History Center throughout the year. The History Center is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
- Kennedy Space Center: Not quite in Orlando, but just a short drive away, families can explore the wonders of space at Kennedy Space Center. All in one day you can walk under the largest rocket ever made, touch an actual moon rock, meet a veteran NASA astronaut, experience the International Space Station and stand face-to-face with Space Shuttle Atlantis. For more information on the Kennedy Space Center, including hours of operation and a suggested itinerary, visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com.
These are just a few of the great educational and cultural opportunities residents of Orlando enjoy year-round.
If you are looking to purchase a Central Florida new home and education is a high priority for your family, Orlando is the city for you. Highland Homes currently builds beautiful new homes at two communities in metro Orlando, Deer Creek in St. Cloud and Whitemarsh in Leesburg, as well as Highland Meadows in nearby Davenport. Quality homes are affordably priced from the low-$100,000s and to make purchasing a home even more affordable, qualified buyers can purchase for just $99 down.
In addition to the Orlando area, we build Florida homes in Tampa Bay, Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Manatee County. For more information on all of our Florida communities, visit the Highland Homes website today!