Introduction to Ocoee, Florida
Ocoee, Florida is 10 miles W of Orlando, Florida (center to center) and 70 miles NE of Tampa, Florida. It is in Orange county. The city is part of the Orlando metro area. The population of Ocoee is 24,391.
The story of the beginnings of Ocoee are very interesting. It is said that sometime around the mid 1850s, a doctor named J.D. Starke brought a groups of slaves to this area in order to escape from an attack of malaria. They started by building a camp at the northern shores of a lake, which gradually grew into a community. The lake was named Starke Lake. Although later the community took the name Ocoee, the name of the lake remains the same.
Ocoee and nearby Attractions
- Withers Maguire House
- Christian Church
- Forest Lake Golf Club
- Starke Lake
Things To Do In Ocoee
Ocoee is a very lively place; a variety of events and festivals are regularly organized in the city. There is the Founder’s Day Festival which is held every fall. The city organizes a host of activities aimed at the young as well as the old. Golfing enthusiasts can expect to spend a great time at the public golf course. The lake is the center of many activities like fishing, water skiing, boating and tubing, among many others.
General air travel services are provided by Orlando International Airport.
Ocoee Higher Education
College level education is available from Rollins College.