Introduction to St. Cloud, Florida
St. Cloud, Florida, in Osceola county, is 20 miles S of Orlando, Florida (center to center) and 74 miles E of Tampa, Florida. The city is located in the Orlando metropolitan area. St. Cloud has a population of 20,074.
St. Cloud History
In 1870, Hamilton Disston, a real estate developer of Philadelphia, visited St. Cloud with General Henry Shelton Sanford on a fishing trip. General Sanford encouraged Disston’s interest in developing Florida. Disston made a contract with Florida's Internal Improvement Fund and paid $1 million to compensate the debt of Civil War and Reconstruction periods. In 1886 -1887, Disston established the St. Cloud sugarcane plantation. This plantation was named after St. Cloud, Minnesota. However, the plantation was ruined during the Great Freeze of 1894-1895. On June 1, 1915 St. Cloud was incorporated by the Florida Legislature.
St. Cloud and nearby Attractions
- Good Samaritan Village of Kissimmee
- Forever Florida Eco-Safari Tour
- Reptile World Serpentarium
- Glades Adventure
- Clarion Resort & Waterpark
- Walt Disney World
Things To Do In St. Cloud
St. Cloud features 2.5 miles of beautiful lakefront where you can enjoy boating, swimming and fishing with your family. You can also enjoy the reptile world and theme parks of the city. You can go for Airboat Tours or enjoy a day trip to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios or Sea World. The city of St. Cloud also includes several restaurants and shopping areas.
St. Cloud Transportation
The nearest international airport is the Orlando International Airport.
St. Cloud Higher Education
The local college of the city is the Valencia Community College.