Free In Orlando – Things To Do
Come and enjoy some FREE in Orlando FUN during your stay!
An Orlando family vacation is an unforgettable experience because it has so many things to do. It’s got so many world famous theme parks, water parks, dining, entertainment, shopping and outdoor activities to enjoy together.
Getting “in on the fun” doesn’t need to be expensive though. Orlando is home to a variety of no-cost entertainment, including museums, nature parks, car shows, outdoor markets and more! Keep the excitement going and keep your budget intact with our list of Orlando’s best “FREEBIE FUN” below. It’s Free in Orlando!
Plan your vacation carefully – there’s so much to see and do here in Orlando, it’s difficult to fit everything in!
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Arts & Culture
Orlando has a vibrant arts and cultural community. There’s never a shortage of free museum passes, art viewings and tours in Orlando. Arts and cultural venues in Orlando are often free or discounted, and have something for everyone to enjoy.
> Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. This Orlando area museum contains one of the world’s most impressive collections of artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. Admission is free Fridays, 4 pm to 8 pm November through April.
> Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts. Take a stroll through history starting with the author’s humble beginnings. The museum also displays creative works of other artists of African descent. Admission is free.
> Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center. The center presents the history of the Holocaust. It also serves as a memorial to victims through artifacts, educational events and films. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
> CityArts Factory. Found in bustling downtown Orlando. The CityArts Factory is an eclectic collection of art galleries showcasing local and international artists. Free admission Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM. to 6 PM.
> Mennello Museum of American Art. Visitors can make their own crafts, get a tour with a docent and can also check out the museum’s open house free of charge. The museum is open on the 2nd Sunday of every month.
Nature Parks & Outdoors
Orlando’s natural beauty and landscape make it a great place for soaking up the sun and enjoying the outdoors. Many of Orlando’s parks and gardens also offer free admission on certain days and some on every day.
> Black Hammock Adventures. This Lake Jessup attraction offers free live alligator and bird exhibits. Every Friday and Saturday at the Lazy Gator Bar, you can join the deck party and listen to live music.
> Harry P. Leu Gardens. Harry P. Leu Gardens includes a butterfly garden, tropical steam garden, bamboo and palm gardens. There’s also a house museum dating to the 1880’s. Free admission from 9 AM to noon on the first Monday of every month.
> University of central Florida Arboretum. Home to more than 600 plant species, the UCF Arboretum is on an 80-acre property. Visitors can take a self-guided tour to view all the plant species.
> Winter Park Farmer’s Market. Held from 7 AM to 1 PM every Saturday the market features local vendors and farmers selling homemade/homegrown specialties. You’ll also find fruits, vegetables, organic produce, baked goods and more.
> Lake Eola Park. Lake Eola Park is in the heart of downtown Orlando surrounding a beautiful lake. Picnic along the shore, enjoy one of the many free concerts at the amphitheater. Feed the swans or stop by the Sunday farmer’s market.
> Fort Christmas Historical Park. This historical park surrounds a fort from the 2nd Seminole Indian War. It includes historical structures and pioneer demonstrations, historical homes, as well as a gift shop. It’s open Tuesday through Sunday.
> Big Tree Park. The main attraction was a majestic 118-foot-tall bald cypress tree that was over 3,500 years old. Sadly, it was destroyed by a vandal, but the parks beautiful surrounding remain. Pack a picnic!
> Wekiwa Springs State Park. Access is free to this beautiful state park. You can enjoy the natural history museum there. Finally, enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including natural spring access, canoeing, kayaking, camping and hiking.
Food & Wine
Think we don’t have signature vineyards in Florida? Think again. Combined with our large variety of dining, foodies can find many free events that revolve around eating and drinking.
> Food Truck Fridays. Bring the family out for Food Truck Fridays. Featured every fourth Friday of the month from 5-9 PM. Enjoy live music, entertainment and lots of culinary options.
> Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards. Sitting on 80 breathtaking acres just north of Orlando, Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards offers free tours. You can also enjoy tastings and many free festivals and events.
> The Orlando Brewing Company. This local brewery near downtown is the only organic brewery and tap room in the Southeast of the USA. Each weekend, there are free brewery tours, free WiFi and free entertainment.
> Tasty Tuesdays in the Milk District. Tasty Tuesdays is a food truck caravan that takes place every Tuesday on East Robinson Street in the Milk District. Every week, Orlando’s favorite food trucks show up to feed hungry visitors.
> Wine Down. Sip wines by the glass. Listen to local bands and sample cuisine from local food trucks at the free Wine Down event. Held the second Friday of every month from 7-10 PM at the Quantum Leap winery.
Orlando is a unique destination and there are things to do here that you can’t do anywhere else in the world. Many of these venues are also free.
> Yoga by the lake – in Lake Eola Park. Join fellow Orlando yoga enthusiasts at the northern corner of Lake Eola for yoga by the lake. Everyone is welcome every Sunday at 11 AM.
> The Artegon Mall. The Artegon Mall is a unique, indoor shopping experience. Whether you’re looking to explore well known stores like Ron Jons Surf Shack – or see a what the Orlando artisans have to offer.
> Disney Springs and Boardwalk. Disney Springs is a new, fun place to experience the magic of Disney without the cost of one of the theme parks. Every month, there are additional festivities taking place around the shops and restaurants.
> Universal Orlando City Walk. City Walk is a popular and free part of Universal Orlando Resort. You can enjoy sidewalk attractions, eat at great restaurants and enjoy studio fun without the price tag of a theme park ticket.
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