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12 FREE Things to do in Orlando

Save your money for the theme parks! Stretch your vacation budget with these 12 FREE things to do while you're in Orlando!
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If you’re looking for some way to stretch your budget while still having a fun summer, there are plenty of fun (and FREE) things to do in Orlando! These free things to do in Orlando are perfect for stretching your vacation budget.  While you spend many days at local theme parks, beaches and pools – these are the little things that fill in those days when your budget is short.  Not only are there fun attractions for kids, there are several things on this list that adults will enjoy as well.

Save your money for the theme parks! Stretch your vacation budget with these 12 FREE things to do while you're in Orlando!


1. Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Free with college or student ID.  Modern and classic art are both exhibited here for you to appreciate.

2. Ocala National Forest.

Just outside Orlando, this is a great place for the family that loves the outdoors.  Hiking, biking trails, and exploration of local wildlife is amazing in this area.

3. Harry P. Leu Gardens.

Free first Monday of every month.  Botanical gardens, trails, flowers, trees and beauty.

4. Splash Pad at Universal CityWalk.

Free to the public, this is a great place for the kids to cool off for free. Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen.

5. Grand Bohemian Gallery.

This is a great place to find local modern art, jewelry and artisans work.  There are also amazing classic pieces on display in the gallery for the person who loves both modern and classic at.

6. Fleaworld.

The largest flea market with over 1,700 vendors makes this a great fun place to walk around, browse and see what locals have for sell.  You’ll likely find something you can’t leave without, but if not you’ll enjoy the time at this fun huge flea market and with hundreds of small and large vendor booths.

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7. Holocaust Memorial.

This is a wonderful memorial to those who lost their lives in the midst of the Holocaust.  Exhibits, photographs, letters and artifacts will help you to connect with this part of history.  This is a great educational stop for homeschooling families.

8. Orlando Brewing Company.

This local brewery offers free tours after 6pm Monday through Saturday.  A great fun place to visit for those who are beer enthusiasts.

 9. Children’s Library.

Fun activities alongside the books and in library computers offer your family great ways to spend your time indoors.  Check out their calendar of events online for special classes and events for the kids year round.

10. University Of Central Florida Arboretum.

This gorgeous area has tons of plant species, bike paths, trails to walk, amazing views for picnics, and even an area for disc golf.  This is a great place to take some unique family pictures.

11. Fred Stone Theater.

Their “Second Stage Series” is free to view during the day on weekends and in the evenings on Thursdays and Saturdays.  If you love fun local theater, this will be a hit for your family. Check here for current shows and times prior to arrival as seating is first come, first serve.

12. Portofino Bay Hotel At Universal.

Go here in the evenings to enjoy free concerts of Italian music.  A great break for the entire family.

These free things to do in Orlando are excellent for filling in your busy schedule on a budget.  Save money for the big theme parks by using these entertainment sources throughout the week to keep your family busy at a low cost. If you’re considering going to Disney, grab your FREE Disney Vacation Planning Guide! 

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