Welcome to Orlando

Orlando is a fun exciting place to live and it’s famous for being a world class vacation destination. The fabulous weather, beautiful beaches, cultural events, and attractions draw visitors from around the world. Living in Oviedo keeps you close to the action (theme parks, beaches and shopping outlets are less than an hour away), yet offers a quiet environment in which to live and study.

During your time at RTS Orlando you may also find service opportunities through a thriving local church or perhaps a para-church ministry such as Cru, Wycliff, Pioneers, or Third Millennium.

We know moving is stressful and so we’ve put together a list of basics to help you explore central Florida and get on your feet as quickly as possible. Our prayer is that you will settle in, find community on campus, at church, and in your neighborhoods, and discover what an amazing area of the world this is to live.

 


Groceries

Aldi (Low cost groceries)
1268 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL
(855) 955-2534

Publix (Great for buy one get one sales)
Close Locations:

  • 1801 E Broadway Street, Oviedo, FL 32765
  • 1921 S Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828


Target
(Get a Target card and everything is always an extra 5% off)
820 Marketplace Blvd, Oviedo, FL 32765

Walmart
Close Locations:

  • Neighborhood Market - 4255 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL 32765
  • Walmart Supercenter - 5511 Deep Lake Road, Oviedo, FL 32765


Sam's Club
 (Wholesale club)
7701 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32807

Costco(Wholesale club)
3333 University Blvd, Winter Park, FL 

Trader Joe's (More organics, good prices)
131 N Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 

Fresh Market
Altamonte Springs, FL, 995 N State Road 434 

Chamberlains (Natural/health/gluten-free)
1170 Oviedo Market Pl. Blvd
Oviedo, Fl. 32765

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Farmer's Markets


Oviedo Farmer's Market
 (First Saturday of every month 8am-1pm)
200 W Broadway St, Oviedo, FL, 32765 

Good Neighbor's Farmer's Market (Every Saturday 8am-1:30pm)
1101 Lloyd's Lane, Oviedo, FL, 32765 

Winter Park Farmer's Market (Every Saturday 7am-1pm)
200 W New England Ave, Winter Park, FL, 32789

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Free and Low Cost Activities


Beaches

 
BrightLight Books @ RTS campus
(New and gently used books and movies for the whole family at reduced prices) 

Blue Springs (Walk, swim, canoe, fish or view manatees Nov.15-March 15; $6/vehicle)
2100 W French Ave, Orange City, Fl, 32763. 

Cranes Roost Park (Mile walk around Cranes Roost Lake, fountain show)
Sun-Thurs 7am-11pm and Fri-Sat 7am-12pm
150 Cranes Roost Blvd, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

DeLeon Springs (Hike, swim, boat tours, Old Sugar Mill Restaurant; famous for their pancakes)
601 Ponce de Leon Blvd, De Leon Springs, 32130
386.837.5537 (Boat tour)
386.985.5644 (Old Sugar Mill) 

Downtown Disney (Get the Disney feel without the Disney bill)
1780 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 

Friendship Park (Excellent playground, young or old, covered picnic tables, near the Oviedo Farmer’s Market)
200 W Broadway Street, Oviedo, FL, 32765 

Leu Gardens (Walk around and visit the many themed garden venues on this beautiful estate. First Monday of the month has free admission.)
1920 N. Forrest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
407-246-2620 

Morse Museum (Amazing collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany artwork)
445 N. Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
407-645-5311

Movies In The Park (Free family fun)
Close Locations:


Orlando Museum of Art
 (Adults $8, Children ages 4-17, $5)
2416 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803
407.896.4231 

Orlando Science Center (Great Imax theater and telescope)

Oviedo Public Library
(Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm, closed Fri, Sat 9am-1pm, Sun 1pm-5pm)
310 N Division Street, Oviedo, FL 32765
407-665-1560 

Rock Springs (Kelly Park; lazy river fun, camping, biking and hiking)
30601 County Road 433, Sorrento, Florida 32776
407-884-2008 

RTS (That's right, RTS - playground, canoes and beautiful docks) 

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour (Adults $12, Children ages 2-11, $6)
312 East Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789
Open 10am-4pm

Semoran Skateway (Old fashioned roller-skating family fun; Special family night/matinee price)
2670 Cassel Creek Blvd, Casselberry, FL 32708
407-834-9106

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Theme Parks and Attractions

Gatorland (Home to crocs and gators; find coupons on the website and times when they provide Florida Residents with extra special prices) 

Kennedy Space Center (Spend the day exploring spacecraft and more. Upgrade your day pass and come back all year)

Legoland (Coupons and Florida resident rates on the website, buy one, get one) 

Sea World (Local deals when you can buy an adult annual Fun Pass and get a children's annual pass for free. Aquatica is their waterpark and requires a separate ticket)

Universal Studios and City Walk  (Universal has two theme parks, Universal Studios and Island's of Adventure. City Walk is a big outdoor entertainment complex near the parks where you can catch a movie, go to a restaraunt, play miniature golf, listen to live music and more.)

Walt Disney World (Four theme parks to choose from: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The Florida residents annual pass is well worth it if you intend to visit more than three times in the year. There are three day pass deals offered throughout the year for Florida residents as well.)

Mousesavers.com (A very handy website for coupons and deals for all of the listed parks and more.)

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Local Favorites

Jeremiah's Italian Ice
Close Locations:

  • 1000 Willa Springs Dr, Winter Springs, FL 32708
    (407) 388-3788
  • 6864 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792
    (407) 679-2665
  • 877 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828
    (407) 277-7769


Bernie's Gourmet-To-Go
 (Delicious salads, sandwiches and dessert; gluten free options)
1875 W. County Road 419, Suite #400, Oviedo, FL 32765
407-977-0010

Black Hammock (Go for the food or the atmosphere. Live alligators, live music and airboat rides; watch groupon.com for deals on airboat rides, their claim to fame)
2316 Black Hammock Fish Camp Road, Oviedo, FL 32765
407-365-2201

Four Rivers Barbeque (An absolute must! Delicious brisket, ribs, chicken, and sides; closed Sundays) 
Close Locations:

  • 11764 University Blvd, Orlando, FL 32817
    855-368-7748
  • 1600 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
    407-474-8377


Tijuana Flats
 (Taco Tuesdays-- Take advantage of their $5 deal; 2 tacos, drink, chips)
1016 Lockwood Blvd, Suite #150, Oviedo, FL, 32765
407-706-1468 

TJ's Seafood Shack (Great fish tacos)
197 E. Mitchell Hammock Road, Oviedo, FL 32765
407-365-3365 

Townhouse Restaurant (Want to meet the locals? This is it, especially at breakfast)
9 E. Broadway Street, Oviedo, FL 32765
407-365-5151 

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Thrift Stores

Chic To Chic (Women's clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses, gift items)
5285 Red Bug Lake Road, Suite #101, Winter Springs, FL.32708
321-972-8922

Goodwill
1819 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL 32765
407-706-0800 

New To You Upscale Resale (Clothing, dishes, home decor and furniture)
37 Alafaya Woods Blvd, Alafaya Square Shopping Center, Oviedo, FL 32765
407-542-3345 

Once Upon A Child (Baby clothing, toys, and gear in beautiful condition)
Close Locations:

  • 2504 S. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL
    407-413-5823
  • 4900 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL
    407-292-3500


Plato's Closet
(Teens and twenty-somethings clothing)
1977 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL 32765
407- 706-0959

Salvation Army 1330 Florida 436, Casselberry, FL 32707
407-671-4419

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