Ocoee Florida

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The City of Ocoee is the ideal halt while enjoying the attractions of Orlando. It is located approximately twelve miles west of Orlando in Central Florida, and is a part of Orange County. Nearly twenty nine thousand people live in this lovely city today. The diversity of their ethnicity and culture adds to the charm of this cosmopolitan community.

The origins of Ocoee are curious. In the mid 1850 s, Dr. J. D. Starke led a group of slaves into the area in an attempt to escape an attack of Malaria. They established a camp along the northern shores of a lake and this was the start of the community of Starke Lake that slowly began to grow. Though the name of the community changed to Ocoee, the lake is still called Starke Lake.

There is always something special happening in Ocoee. The city plays host to its annual Founders' Day Festival every fall. This event features live music, rides, food, fishing tournament, and other activities. They take care to see that there is fun for the whole family. A lot of the activities are featured around the lake. Boating activities, such as fishing, tubing, water skiing, and jet ski riding are very popular on Lake Starke. There are picnic areas and a dock for fishing on the shore of the lake. The Ocoee Founders' Day Festival offers excitement for history buffs and music lovers. Browse through the maze of arts and crafts stalls. The day begins with a small hometown parade through the heart of downtown. This is followed by the exhibition of classic cars and a fishing competition.

The historic neighborhoods of Ocoee have two structures that are listed on the National Register of Historical Places. They are the Withers Maguire House, which was built in 1888, and the Christian Church built in 1891. Golfers can enjoy a game at the quiet and secluded Forest Lake Golf Club, which is a public golf course. There is a choice of several hotels in the neighborhood where a tourist can base himself while enjoying the theme parks of Orlando and the lake of Ocoee.

Ocoee Middle School was the first school that was selected by Microsoft for an educational project, to gauge how well students learn to use a Tablet PC and a Web-based curriculum. They can measure their success with one-to-one computing and full-time Internet access. The program combines up-to-date multimedia technology, high-speed and wireless communications, and innovative special programs in a traditional environment of group discussion, individual reading and concentration, or one-on-one teacher time with students.

The Courtyard by Marriott is very popular among vacationers and business travelers alike. Business travelers have designed the hotel and it surrounds you with all the comforts that make business and pleasure travel easy including a. large well-lit work desk

The Best Western Turnpike West Orlando is a Mediterranean style hotel featuring an Olympic-size swimming pool with Jacuzzi in a tropical courtyard setting. All 110 guestrooms have a 25-inch remote control color television.

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