Child Care Services
EXTRA HANDS— Hire a trusted babysitter during your vacation, whether it’s help at the theme park or in-room service while you enjoy dinner out. www.vacationsitterfl.com. KID’S NITE OUT— This well-respected company provides professional childcare (and pet sitting), at all hotels, resorts and vacation homes. www. kidsniteout.com. 407.828.0920.
511— Call 511 from a cell phone or go online for information on weather, traffic and construction on interstates and the turnpike. www.fl511.com. EXECUCAR— Book a private car to/from the airport, business meeting or anywhere else around town. www.execucar.com. 800.410.4444. I- RIDE TROLLEY— Enclosed and air-conditioned, the trolley stops at shops, restaurants, attractions and hotels along International Drive. $2. www.iridetrolley.com. 3718 L B McLeod Road, 407.248.9590. LAKE BUENA FACTORY STORES SHUTTLE— The Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores offers a free shopping shuttle to and from 60 area participating hotels to its outlet mall. The mall features more than 50 outlets including Old Navy, Guess, Carters, Gap, LOFT, Samsonite and Nike. www.lbvfs.com. 15657 S. Apopka Vineland Road, 407.363.1093. LYNX BUS SYSTEM— Look for “paw print” bus stop signs. Fare $2; transfers free. Exact change required. www.golynx.com. Various stops, 407.841.5969. MEARS TRANSPORTATION— Go in style with a limo or town car or hire a tour bus. Cabs are also available. Multiple vehicle choices ensure you get a ride tailored to your transportation needs. www.mearstransportation.com. 407.423.5566. SUNRAIL— All aboard the white and yellow train! Central Florida’s new commuter rail has 12 stops from Sand Lake Road north to DeBary, including stops at popular tourist destinations downtown, in Winter Park and Sanford. Fares starting at just $1. www.sunrail.com. SUPERSHUTTLE— Providing affordable airport transportation to or from your home, office or hotel, 24/7. www.supershuttle.com. 800.258.3826. TAXIS— Cabs are plentiful at theme parks, hotels and major restaurants and attractions. Diamond Cab Co. 407.523.3333. Yellow Cab: 407.422.2222. UBER— Ubers are plentiful in Orlando, from downtown to the theme parks, restaurants and resort areas, however the service is not permitted for airport pickups at this time. Just download the Uber app on your smart phone and link to your Pay Pal account for cash-free transactions with no tipping. www.uber.com.
CENTRA CARE— No appointment, walk-in clinic affiliated with Florida Hospital with four area locations near the major attractions. Provides hotel and resort transportation for visitor convenience. www.centracare.org. 407.200.CARE. DR. P. PHILLIPS HOSPITAL, ORLANDO HEALTH— State-of-the-art medical facility with 24-hour emergency department. Conveniently located between Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World and near SeaWorld. www.orlandohealth.com/drpphillipshospital. 9400 Turkey Lake Road, 407.351.8500. THE MEDICAL CONCIERGE— Receive medical care from a doctor, dentist or specialist from the comfort of your hotel room or vacation home, both day or night. www.themedicalconcierge.com. 6000 Turkey Lake Road, 855.633.5252.
CELEBRATION— See the picturesque town that Disney built with wraparound porches, a charming downtown, parks, walking trails and boardwalks. www.celebration.fl.us. 690 Celebration Ave., 407.566.1200. DOWNTOWN ORLANDO/ THORNTON PARK— The past few years have seen a resurgence in the city’s core, including nightclubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries. Highlights include the Arts District, Thornton Park, Lake Eola, Amway Center, Church
Street and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. www.downtownorlando.com. 201 S. Orange Ave.. EATONVILLE— One of the country’s first black municipalities and home to Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston. www.townofeatonville. org. 207 E. Kennedy Blvd. KISSIMMEE— Once known for agriculture, Kissimmee is now a major tourism hub. Highlights include Old Town, the annual rodeo, Lake Tohopekaliga and entertainment along Highway 192. www.experiencekissimmee.com. 101 Church St., Kissimmee. MAITLAND— Known for its natural beauty and thriving arts scene featuring the Maitland Arts Center and numerous lakes. www.itsmymaitland.com. 1776 Independence Lane. MILLS 50— A centrally-located, unpretentious, urban district with a vibrant, culturally diverse, progressively minded and eclectic mix of artists, restaurants, businesses, specialty shops, markets, neighborhoods and residents. www.mills50.org/. 1200 Weber St., 407.421.9005. MOUNT DORA— This pretty New England-style city is set among lakes and its historic downtown is home to antique shops, galleries and restaurants. www.mountdora.com. 341 Alexander St. SANFORD— A quaint downtown district with oldfashioned lampposts and red-brick buildings housing shops and cafés. Don’t miss the zoo and the Lake Monroe waterfront. www.sanfordfl.gov. 300 N. Park Ave., Sanford, 407.688.5000. WINDERMERE— Home to a charming downtown, a chain of lakes and prestigious gated communities like Isleworth and Bay Hill. www.town.windermere. fl.us. 407.876.2563. WINTER GARDEN— West of Orlando, this is a community of older, wood-frame homes and a downtown district highlighted by red-brick streets, massive oaks and an old railroad depot along with Plant Street Market with great local food and a brewery. www.cwgdn.com. 300 W. Plant St., Winter Garden 407.656.4111. WINTER PARK— This upscale enclave is known for its main street, Park Avenue, which is lined with fashionable boutiques and restaurants. Other highlights include Rollins College, Hannibal Square and the Morse museum. www.winterpark.org. 151 W. Lyman Ave., Winter Park, 407.644.8281.
ENCORE/REUNION— Make the town of Reunion home, or home away from home. Located near Central Florida’s biggest attractions, choose from homes built with families in mind, featuring up to 11 bedrooms. Enjoy amenities such as golf, fitness areas, kids’ program, dining and an exclusive club. www.theencoreclub.com. 407.396.9000. MIRASOL— This Celebration condominium provides
a convenient home for tourists and residents. Walk to shops and restaurants and enjoy community amenities such as swimming pools, boardwalks, bike paths and the lakefront. www.mirasolcondos. com. 501 Mirasol Circle, Celebration, 407.566.2800.
DOWNTOWN ORLANDO INFORMATION CENTER— Provides free resources and information on events, venues, parking, transportation and more with interactive kiosks, digital message boards and informative personnel. www.downtownorlando. com. 201 S. Orange Ave., 407.246.2555. EXPERIENCE KISSIMMEE— Pick up free resources and get travel advice and discount tickets for theme parks and Kissimmee attractions. www. experiencekissimmee.com. 4155 W. Vine St., Kissimmee, 407.569.4800. ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER— One of the largest meeting destinations in the country boasts 2 million square feet of convention space. www.occc.net. North Concourse, 9400 Universal Blvd.; South Concourse, 9899 International Drive; West Concourse, 9800 International Drive, 407.685.9800. VISIT ORLANDO VISITOR CENTER— Their courteous, multilingual staff will help you get directions, exchange currency, purchase discount attraction tickets and check last-minute hotel room availability. www.visitorlando.com. 8723 International Drive, 407.363.5872.