Saturday, March 4, 2017

Take advantage of SunRail today

Just because you aren’t attending the opening match at the new soccer stadium doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take advantage of SunRail service today.
No doubt most people riders will be getting off at SunRail’s Church Street station to walk a couple of blocks over to the stadium. But the train will complete its entire route between DeBary and Sand Lake Road.
This means everyone has a chance today, not just to ride SunRail, but to experience a variety of attractions and activities Central Florida offers adjacent to the railroad track corridor..
Church Street Station in downtown Orlando also speaks for itself. We’re betting that will be crowded with soccer fans so unless you’re going to the match we’d leave that for another afternoon or evening.
Here are a few SunRail destinations worth exploring:
Winter Park
City is holding its annual St. Patrick's Day parade this afternoon so this is a great way to avoid the crazy traffic and non-existent parking by taking the train.
Also, check out the Morse Museum, just 5 minutes from the SunRail station.
Gemini Springs Park is a nice bike ride from the SunRail station. It’s a nice location for a picnic or a nature walk. Don’t forget you can bring your bicycle with you on SunRail.

Lake Mary
Lake Mary
Downtown Lake Mary is a 5-minute walk from the station. There you’ll find the very relaxing park at City Hall and a variety of restaurants and shops.

Florida Hospital
This station in the heart of the Florida Hospital campus is a five-minute walk from Loch Haven Park.
Loch Haven Park is the home of:
  • The Orlando Science Center. If you have a Bank of America of Merrill Lynch card you can get in free this Sunday.
  • The Orlando Museum of Art. If you have a Bank of America of Merrill Lynch card you can get in free this Sunday.
  • The Mennello Museum of American Art. If you have a Bank of America of Merrill Lynch card you can get in free this Sunday.

In case you weren’t aware, SunRail doesn’t usually run on the weekends. The train service today is being paid for by private groups to support the opening game at the new soccer stadium. However, regular train fares apply.
Ticket validator
The ticket vending machines are supposed to accept cash, but that can be iffy. Best to bring your plastic. Once you get your ticket, be sure to use it to tap on at the yellow ticket validators. Once you reach your stop, it’s important to tap off.
For today’s special train schedule, please visit SunRail’s website for the departure time from your local station. Also, be sure to check what time you need to catch the train back to your home station.
SunRail doesn’t wait, so don’t be late.


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