Top 45 Free Things to Do in Orlando
Orlando is a premier tourist destination with endless activities, theme parks and major attractions. Take the kids to visit Mickey Mouse and friends at Disney World, experience unique entertainment at Universal Studios, swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove …. The options are endless, but there is more to offer that won’t cost you a dime. We invite you to experience free Orlando, where tickets aren’t needed and the lines are few.
1. Admire the works of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso at The Cornell Fine Arts Museum , a teaching museum on the campus of Rollins College, Winter Park.
2. Enjoy a free student-produced show at the Fred Stone Theatre at the Rollins College, Winter Park.
3. Appreciate the arts at the CityArts Factory, downtown Orlando’s largest collection of art galleries showcasing both local and international art, live music, entertainment and fun events. Free admission Tuesday to Saturday.
4. View the world’s largest and most impressive collection of Tiffany Glass at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art , the jewel of Winter Park. Admission is free on Independence Day, Easter Weekend, Holiday Weekend and Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival weekend, as well as 5pm to 8pm on Friday Nights from November to April.
5. Stroll the shorelines of Lake Formosa and the lakeside sculpture garden at the Mennello Museum of Folk Art. There is admission for the Museum but the sculpture garden can be viewed from the hiking and biking trail surrounding the museum with free admission to the gallery on the second Sunday of every month.
6. Explore the history of the Holocaust at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, which also serves as a memorial to the victims. Donations accepted.
7. Visit the vibrant Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts as you learn the history of this celebrated writer and anthropologist and delve into the heritage of African American Art. Donations accepted.
8. Bring your family, friends, blankets and chairs for movies under the stars and oak trees, every Wednesday at the Enzian Theater.
9. In March the place to be is at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, named America’s Best Fine Art Fair and Central Florida’s Best Festival. A pure delight featuring fine arts & crafts, family fun and live music.
10. Pack your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic and head to Winter Park’s ‘Popcorn Flicks’ at sunset on the second Thursday of each month.
11. Embrace your artistic side at the Grand Bohemian Gallery showcasing an eclectic collection of jewellery, glass, sculpture and art.
12. Come and enjoy live music and tour the restored historic Spanish Farmhouse, Casa Feliz, in the heart of Winter Park, every Sunday from 12pm to 3pm.
13. Enjoy the best of Italian Music nightly at the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando’s piazza.
14. Take a free tour of the Orlando Brewing Company, the only organic brewery in the Southeast. Tours are held Monday through Saturday at 6pm with live music on Friday and Saturdays. Family-friendly with games for the kids.
15. Loch Haven Culture Park is nestled between three lakes on over 45 acres surrounded by museums, the cultural heart of Central Florida. Enjoy a picnic on the large lawn surrounded by tranquil greenery.
16. Feed the swans or picnic in the shade of the large oak trees at Lake Eola Park. With 43 acres of walking paths, a Sunday Farmer’s Market and public art shows, Lake Eola Park is the perfect way to spend a day. Swan Boats and Gondolas are available to rent for a fee.
17. See the evening light show at the iconic Lake Eola Fountain, shows at 8pm and 9.30pm.
18. Head north of town through Big Tree Park, to explore history in the cultural Downtown Sanford, browse the eclectic shops, restaurants and tree-lined streets of Victorian style homes.
19. On the first Monday of every month you can visit the lush gardens of the inspirational Harry P. Leu Gardens with a tour of the beautifully restored Leu House Museum.
20. Wander through the beautiful Fort Christmas Historical Park, visit the historical structures, picnic under the massive shade trees or set off on a hiking trail. Kids will love the playground.
21. Visit Winter Park’s secret garden, the secluded and unique Kraft Azalea Gardens, beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Maitland.
22. Take a self-guided tour through the University of Central Florida’s Arboretum, home to over 600 plant species, a 9-acre lake and swamps.
23. Lakeridge Winery sits of 80 acres of beautiful vineyards, Florida’s largest, offering free tours and tastings all day every day with free fun family-friendly festivals and live music events.
24. Hike the gentle trails of Tibet Butler Preserve, a nature and wildlife preserve within ear shot of Walt Disney World.
25. Ride bikes along the West Orange Trail on Lake Apopka, as well as many other great Orlando trails.
26. Watch an amazing sunset over the waters of Lake Killarney, Winter Park.
27. Explore the wonder of the Juniper Prairie Wilderness in the Ocala National Forest by foot, or take a quiet paddle down a winding passage of the Ocklawaha River. There is no fee charged unless you use the recreation areas and activities.
28. Browse the nearby Ivanhoe Village “Antique’s Row”, known for its blue lake waters, galleries and antique stores.
29. Stroll the quaint cobbled lanes of Winter Park. Sample baked goods at the weekly Farmers Market, every Saturday morning from 7am to 1pm and window shop the charming and elegant surroundings of Park Avenue.
30. Cast a line from the dock at Winter Park’s 1.5-acre Dinky Dock.
31. Browse the markets at FleaWorld from Friday to Sunday. 1700 unique vendors, including orchids and reptiles.
32. Explore your creativity at the LEGO Imagination Center , 4,400-square feet of fun at Disney Springs. There are free special events throughout the month for kids to build and play.
33. Take the kids to a free live alligator and bird exhibit with Black Hammock Adventures at Lake Jessup, home to the largest alligator population in all of Florida, right here in Orlando.
34. Stroll Disney's Boardwalk , a recreation of a 1930’s style coastal village and enjoy free, live street entertainment in the evenings, including comedians, jazz ensembles and fire shows.
35. Get soaked at the interactive fountain in the picture perfect town of Celebration on the way to the weekly Sunday Farmers Market at Lakeside Park.
36. Join Chip n’ Dale for a campfire sing-a-long and roasted marshmallows as you watch a classic Disney movie on the giant screen at the Fort Wilderness Resort.
37. Learn the art of Hula Dancing at a free hula lesson Monday through Saturday at 3.45pm at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.
38. Climb the massive branches of Orlando’s Oldest Tree at 930 N. Thornton Avenue.
39. Let the kids explore Castle Park, Winter Park’s wooden community playground.
40. Take the free tram to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) to watch Disney’s nightly fireworks for free!
41. Join the thousands of other visitors that head to Lake Wales to see if the old Indian Legend of Spook Hill is true. A sign marks the spot where you should stop your car, put it in neutral, and watch as your car rolls uphill.
42. Visit Old Town, a unique amusement park and shopping area. On Saturdays the town comes to life with a vintage-car parade at 1pm and on Wednesday evenings you can line dance to the beat of doo-wop hits. Admission is free for the shows but visitors must buy tickets for the rides.
43. Pack a picnic and watch a rocket launch at the Kennedy Space Center from one of the nearby parks on the shore of the Indian River.
44. Take a day trip and make memories as you explore the beaches, piers and boardwalks of the Space Coast Beaches, Orlando’s closest beaches. Explore the secluded sands of the Canaveral National Seashore or watch the cruise ships go by at Port Canaveral’s Jetty Park.
45. Visit Florida’s tallest lighthouse, Ponce De Leon Inlet 10 miles south of Daytona Beach.
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