Maitland is one of the oldest incorporated cities in Central Florida. Originally inhabited by the Seminole Indians, it was established as Fort Maitland by the U.S. Army. With the city's roots in citrus farming, the town emerged in the early 1900s as a vacation spot for its warm weather. The arrival of Disney World to the Orlando area in 1971 had a strong impact on the continuous growth of Maitland.
Maitland and nearby Orlando offers plenty of great events planned year-round. Traditional events include the springtime Bluegrass Festival in nearby Apopka, summertime movies in the park, and community hosted events. While Orlando is probably best known as a family vacation destination, it's also a dream spot for adult residents. Happening happy hours and themed nightspots of every persuasion, from medieval banquets to piano bars and country and western clubs, provide endless options for a night on the town. Romantic date spots and grown-up indulgences like fine dining, championship golf, and pampering spa treatments add to the comprehensive appeal. Orlando offers you such a diverse range of leisure activities that residents will find something for everyone in the family.
While the attractions have made Orlando a household name, culture and the arts also celebrate the area. Walking tours of Eatonville, the nation's oldest incorporated African-American municipality, or The Wells' Built Museum of African-American History, formerly a hotel frequented by Duke Ellington and Ray Charles, are available for residents and visitors. Lovers of late-Victorian architecture will delight in the Historic Waterhouse Residence and Carpentry Shop Museum, built in 1884, and the Withers-Maguire House and Museum, built in 1888. Further, the Orange County Regional History Center traces the area's rich history with an array of interactive exhibits.
Whether it's the diverse recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the beautiful weather, Maitland and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none.
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