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The happiest place on earth is also becoming one of the techiest. Formerly known as the “house of mouse,” Orlando now attracts global tech firms and launches more and more startups every year. This influx of commerce (and hipsters) means free high-speed Wi-Fi hot spots are popping up at a variety of funky, new and eclectic spaces all across town. If you want to soak up the city’s vibe while catching up on a few hours of work, check out these four creative Wi-Fi jams.
Do the Local Motion
Nothing transforms a city quite like public transportation. Orlando’s new long-awaited commuter rail line, SunRail, offers passengers more than just cheap and easy access to some of the best parts of the city, like the downtown bar and restaurant scene as well as Winter Park’s celebrated Park Ave (locally known as the Rodeo Drive of the South). Travelers have free, one-click, unlimited Wi-Fi on board, along with the convenience of bathrooms, power outlets and bike racks. You can ride to the end of the line and back just to get your work on and see Central Florida from a truly unique perspective.
Work Your Craft
Thirsty travelers looking to unwind while working can quench themselves with the free Wi-Fi and smooth draughts at Orlando Brewing. The company first opened its doors at the turn of the century, specializing in organic ales and lagers brewed in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516. Orlando Brewing consistently serves only the finest combinations of water, hops, yeast and malted barley at its on-site taproom and beer garden that also features two stages with weekly live music by local and touring bands.
Eat and Think
The epicenter of Orlando’s farm-to-table food movement, East End Market, offers travelers a relaxing hometown environment to catch up on some work while escaping the bustle of the city. Just ask one of the vendors for the Wi-Fi passcode and post up at a picnic table in the organic garden or at a bistro table in the succulent-adorned patio. Sip a local beer from the Local Roots farm market and bar or sample some traditional Basque cuisine from the world-famous Txokos.
Steep in Your Surroundings
Find zen in the art of holistic living at the Dandelion Communitea Cafe. This iconic bungalow teahouse serves up some of the best organic meatless meals around and is the gathering place for local poets, folk musicians, belly dancers and yogis. Sporting free Wi-Fi and an endless calendar of events, the “Dandy” is a whimsical wonderland of cultures colliding. You never know where an evening there will take you … so be sure to save your files frequently.