(Photos: @visitorlando, @tastychomps, @theorlandoan, @orlandoweekly, and @centralFLtop5)
Don’t have a knowledgeable local to show you around Orlando? Stalk a few on social media! Whether you’re looking to uncover the city’s best-kept secrets, indulge in a memorable foodie excursion or cruise for freebies, these Orlando Twitter accounts and Instagram handles will serve as top-notch tour guides.
Chief among Orlando’s best online resources is the tourist-friendly Visit Orlando (@visitorlando on Twitter and Instagram), which reports on big news, daily one-off events, tips to help you get around town without pulling your hair out, essential guides to the parks (with the latest updates) and much more.
Enter Foodie Heaven
Ricky Ly, the man behind the @tastychomps Twitter noms, wrote the book on dining in Orlando — literally. But if his book, “The Food-Lovers Guide to Orlando,” doesn’t impress you, perhaps the drool-worthy photos on his Instagram (also @tastychomps) will. (Just remember that folksy lore about your eyes being bigger than your stomach as you try to choose where to go.)
Have a Budget Adventure
The main mission of the Orlandoan (@theorlandoan on Twitter and Instagram) is to have insane amounts of fun on the cheap, so its Twitter and Instagram feeds skew more thrifty, but without missing out on hip Orlando events you’d likely only know if you were super clued-in. Follow the Orlandoan to explore Orlando’s affordable underground. And remember, there’s a reason the Orlandoan firmly believes #OrlandoDoesntSuck.
Do Something Different Every Night
Orlando’s alternative newsweekly (@orlandoweekly on Twitter and Instagram) brings to light the coolest events coming to Orlando during your stay in convenient weekly chunks that likely coordinate with your vacation, as well as hosting an online calendar for you to recognize on the fly what fun there is to be found in town daily. They also offer freebies with tickets to major national concert tours, comedy nights, arena shows, sports events and more. [Full disclosure: This writer works for Orlando Weekly.]
Follow the locals around
If you don’t trust the media to deliver the goods, trust the local community. CentralFLTop5 (@centralFLtop5 on Twitter and Instagram) represents an earnest movement by Orlando locals to highlight the best the city has to offer. They post updates on the latest attractions and openings in Orlando, as well as tips on worthwhile local events, all of which keeps followers in the know on the very latest features that together have dubbed Orlando as the City Beautiful.