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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.

Get­ting Around

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.

Health Ser­vices

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.

Neigh­bor­hoods

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.

Real Es­tate

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.

Vis­i­tor Ser­vices

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.

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