Lakeside Villa - Eagle Pointe
Your Holiday Guide
Round & About
There's something for everyone in Florida and to help you get a better idea of what's available, we've prepared a list of just some of the principal tourist attractions which may be of interest to you. We have included their web addresses so you can preview some of these before you go.
Please note that these details are not recommendations, but purely here for your information.
(please remember that any prices we have quoted for any of the parks etc in this brochure are guidelines only and were correct at the time of printing - please check via these websites for more current and up-to-date information).
Flying Tigers Warbird
Restoration Collection, See many of the famous WWII warbirds display flying and undergoing restoration, inc. a Boeing B.17 Flying Fortress:
Golf and Leisure:
Falcons Fire, Championship 18 hole, 6,901 yard, par 72 Course designed by the architect Rees Jones, details:
MetroWest Golf Club, A USA Open qualifying course:
Green Meadows Petting
Farm, Experience over 300 farm animal first hand at this petting farm adventure:
Horse World, Trial rides and
Trail rides through 750 acres of woodland, details at:
Fun Spot Action Park, Fun for all the family with 4 multi-level
go-cart tracks, fun rides for all ages and also Orlando's largest arcade:
Ripley's Believe It or Not, Hundreds of fascinating, outrageous and
interactive exhibits, details at:
Silver Springs, including the world famous Glass Bottom
boats and rides, details at:
Boggy Creek Airboats inc. 6 and 18 passenger Airboats - ride the
central Everglades close to all the theme parks.
Gator Land, get to see those
gators real close up, details:
Glades Adventures, Ride
the central glades in a 500hp
6 seater airboat, details:
Daytona USA, an interactive motor sports attraction at
Daytona's International Speedway Circuit, details:
Fantasy of Flight, Vintage aircraft exhibits inc. Spirit of St.
Louis and the Short Sunderland, details at:
Walt Disney World, Epcot,
The Magic Kingdom, MGM
Studios, Blizzard Beach,
Downtown Disney, Disney's
Animal Kingdom and the
Typhoon Lagoon, details at:
Univeral Studios, Universal
City Walk Entertainment Centre, details at:
Kennedy Space Center and
Visitor Complex, details at:
Wet'nWild inc Surf Lagoon &
Wave Pool, details at:
Wonder Works over 100 interactive exhibits, details:
Holy Land Experience, Go
back in time to when Jesus
walked the earth, details:
Word Spring Discovery Centre, Journey back to see how the world
and words have changed, details at:
Shopping & Food
Please note that these details are
not recommendations, but purely here for your information.
Booking for evening meals is recommended for many of the restaurants shown on this page, especially during peak holiday periods.
Bennigan's Grill & Tavern,
Open all day from 10am Bennigan's specialize in steak grills for all the family,
located at 6324 International Drive and 6109 Westwood Blvd, Orlando.
Ming Court, Authentic
Oriental Cuisine from one of Orlando's finest Restaurants, Open for Lunch and Dinner.
Located at 9188 International Drive, Orlando, details at: www.ming-court.com
Punjab Indian Restaurant, Award winning dishes at good prices from this well respected Indian eatery. Open 11.30am - 11pm Tues to Sun. Monday 5.30pm -11pm. Located at 7451 International Drive, Orlando.
Corleon's Italian Restaurant, All the best Italian favourites are here with some great prices too, Open daily from 5pm. Located 8255 international Drive, Orlando. Details at: www.corleonsitalianrestaurant.com
Mercado, Orlando's most festive speciality
shops of which there are over 50, inc. an International Food Court, an English
Pub with free nightly entertainment (7.30pm onwards). Located at 8445
Opens at 10.00am, details at: www.themercado.com
Lunch & Dining:
1001 Nights, Mediterranean Cuisine - Open from 6.30pm you can experience all the best the Mediterranean has to offer in an exotic atmosphere complete with Belly dancing shows, located at 8445 International Drive, Orlando.
Angel's Lobster, Crab and Prime Rib Buffet, located at 7300 West Irlo Bronson Way - Kissimmee, you can expect the best of American Cuisine - Big portions too. Open from 4pm till 11pm.
Clothes Shops & Malls:
Orlando Premium Outlets, Over 110 World designer outlets housed in a beautiful outdoor centre situated in Vineland Ave, Orlando. Savings range from 25% off
Open 10am to 10pm.
Florida Mall, 1.9 million sq. ft. of shopping bliss makes this Orlando's largest shopping Mall.
Seven department stores, 260 speciality stores and seven full service restaurants. Located at 8001 south Orange Blossom Tr. in Orlando. Opening hours 10am - 9.30pm.
Millenia Mall, Around 180 stores offering top brands at great prices and 12 cafes to cater for that well-earned lunch. Located in Conway Road Orlando.
Belz Factory Outlets, Around 200 stores are housed in this complex and offer direct-from-the- manufacturer discounts of up to 75% off. Situated on West Oakridge Rd. Orlando.
Visitor Safety Guidelines:
As with all holiday destinations, personal safety is paramount. Street crime is now quite rare, but that doesn't mean you should forget about your valuables as the opportunist thief may only be around the next corner. Make sure you use a purse with a secure closure, and keep it tucked away at all times. Wallets go in inside pockets - not in your back trouser pocket!. All valuables should be hidden inside your car, not left on display.
As with all busy amusement parks, wherever large crowds are found you will always find those whose are only to willing to lighten your load, so make sure you keep all valuables from view - don't flash your money around - you'll only impress the wrong sort.
When travelling by car and if you become lost, drive to the nearest public area before consulting a map or asking for directions. Always take your parking ticket with you - leaving it in your car would allow any would-be thief, to take the vehicle out of the parking lot. Do not stop for anyone - even if they look like they need help. Always park in well lit areas.
If travelling by taxi (you may wish to hire a cab for some of your evening entertainment), only use a recognized company and make sure you book for the return journey.
Your children are your responsibility - make sure you are aware of where they are at all times - name tags with contact details are also useful and remember that sun cream and fluid intake too.
Always be aware of people offering cut-price excursions or transport offers - only use bona-fide car rental companies, they
offer the safest bet and have been long established - their insurance policies won't let you get caught short either.
The best names are those you will already know like: Avis, Alamo,
others include: National Car Rental & Enterprise Car Rental.
If you wish to book trips (further afield) whilst you are there, then your first port of call should be the local tourist information office
details of which you will find when you get there.
One very useful source of information on what Florida has to offer
and what is available is: www.informationFLORIDA.com
Useful Telephone Numbers;
Florida uses 10 digit dialling so you will have dial the local area code first (check the code when you are there).
Ambulance / Police / Fire: 911
Orlando Fire Dept: 407-246-2141
Poison Info Centre: 800-282-3171
Crime Line: 800-423-TIPS
Ask a Nurse: 407-897-1700
Crisis Hotline: 407-425-2624
Orlando Police Dept: 407-246-2414
Orange County Sheriff: 407-737-2400
Osceola County Sheriff: 407-348-2222
Victim Advocate: 407-351-9368 Kissimmee Police Dept: 407-846-3333
Hospitals and Medical Services:
Sand Lake Hospital: 407-351-8500
Osceola Regional Medical: 407-846-2266
Florida Hospital: 407-896-6611
Centra Care: 407-239-7777
Celebration Health: 407-764-4000
Celebration Hlth: (Orlando) 407-303-4000
SOME DRIVING TIPS:
1. Unless signposted otherwise you CAN TURN RIGHT on a RED LIGHT if your route is CLEAR.
2. A FLASHING RED/AMBER LIGHT at a JUNCTION means proceed with CAUTION but continue.
3. HEADLIGHTS MUST be used in the RAIN.
4. SEATBELTS MUST be worn by the DRIVER & FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS.
5. If a SCHOOLBUS (yellow and clearly marked) should STOP in front of you - DO NOT OVERTAKE - WAIT till it continues on it's journey.
6. REMEMBER small change for TOLL BOOTHS.
Orlando is situated in Southern Florida's weather belt and is
busiest during October-April as most Americans travel here for the mild winters.
Spring (march - May): Upper 80's
with lows in the 50's - Swimwear is ok with light clothing for the day and sweaters for the cooler evenings.
Summer (June - September):
Typical temperatures are in the 90's with occasional afternoon thunderstorms that usually last no more than an hour. Remember your high factor Sun Cream and cover-up - Drink plenty of fluids.
Autumn (October - December):
Still plenty of Sun available, highs around 80 with lows in the 60's.
This is the ideal time to visit if you don't like the higher summer temperatures.
Winter (December - February):
Highs in the 70's, Lows in the 50's.
Still take swimwear, but you will need sleeved clothing or Jackets for the evenings. Similar to Spring conditions in the U.K.