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American Express -- There is an office at Gulliver's Travel, 2800 S. Hulen, #110 (tel. 817/924-7766; Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

Babysitters -- If your hotel doesn't offer babysitting services, contact Baby Sitters of Dallas (tel. 817/960-2174; www.babysittersofdallas.com) for child care; despite the name, they handle Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Dentists -- Call tel. 800/577-7320 for a dentist referral service.

Doctors -- Call the Tarrant County Medical Society (tel. 817/732-3997) for a doctor referral.

Drugstores -- Area locations for Eckerd Drugs include 3208 N. Main St., near the Stockyards (tel. 817/625-6179), and 611 Houston St. at Sundance Square (tel. 817/336-7105). The Eckerd store at 6389 Camp Bowie Blvd. in the Cultural District (tel. 817/737-3125) is open 24 hours.

Hospitals -- The Medical District, south of downtown, has two large, full-service hospitals: Columbia Plaza Medical Center, 900 8th Ave. (tel. 817/336-2100), and Baylor All Saints Medical Center, 1400 8th Ave. (tel. 817/926-2544).

Internet Access -- One centrally located cybercafe is Cyber Rodeo, 1309 Calhoun St., within the Rodeo Steakhouse (tel. 817/332-1288). Free wireless hot spots include 8.0 Restaurant and Bar, 111 E. 3rd St. (tel. 817/336-0880), and Flying Saucer Drought Emporium, 111 E. 4th St. (tel. 817/336-7468).

Maps -- Any of the Fort Worth tourist information centers can provide you with free maps of all of Fort Worth or of individual districts.

Newspapers & Magazines -- Both the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News "Weekend Guide" have plenty of arts, entertainment, and dining information for Fort Worth and the Metroplex.

Police -- For an emergency, dial tel. 911. For nonemergencies, call tel. 817/871-6458. The main police station in downtown Fort Worth is located at 350 W. Belknap (at Taylor).

Post Office -- The main downtown post office, 251 W. Lancaster (tel. 817/348-0565), is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 7pm.

Safety -- For a city of more than 600,000 (and the 17th-largest city in the country), Fort Worth is a relaxed and, from most appearances, safe city. Still, as in any large city, visitors should exercise caution and keep an eye on their handbags, especially at night, in major tourist destinations such as the Stockyards and the Cultural District, and downtown around Sundance Square. Beyond Sundance Square, which is very lively at night, much of downtown Fort Worth is virtually deserted after 9pm. Drive or take a taxi late at night.

Taxes -- The general sales tax is 8.25%, hotel tax is 15%, and restaurant tax is 7%.

Transit Info -- For general public transportation questions, call the Fort Worth Transportation Authority at tel. 817/871-6200. For "the T" bus schedule information, call tel. 817/215-8600 or 334-0092 or visit www.the-t.com.

Weather -- For the latest weather information, call tel. 817/787-1111.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.