Six Fun, Free Orlando Attractions Recommendations From a Local You Just Have to Try
I’ve lived in the Orlando area since moving here for school back in 1996. I’m so lucky to live in a city that so many visitors can’t wait to see. But not everyone that visits can afford to spend thousands of dollars on expensive activities while they’re here or, if you're a local like me, you may be looking to branch out from your usual activities. If you’re looking for a few low-cost activities for your next trip to Orlando, you’ve come to the right place!
Let's get started with a map of the area and my four recommendations for free family attractions in central Florida.
Lake Eola & Exploring Downtown Orlando
Orlando really is an awesome city and it's a shame many visitors don't get to see the "real" side of the city. One way to get a different perspective on "The City Beautiful" is to check out our downtown. Some tourists actually think that Downtown Disney (now called Disney Springs) is Orlando's downtown, and that's just not the case!
At the heart of downtown Orlando is Lake Eola, a small lake surrounded by a park, with a wide walking path that encircles the entire lake. Lake Eola is my favorite place to relax, people watch or get some exercise walking or jogging the roughly 1-mile loop. What's even more awesome are all the restaurants, bars and clubs within walking distance from the lake as well.
A World of Orchids
This park is a 22,500 square foot school of the orchids that train noses and eyes to appreciate beauty. The natural exhibits include fare from Southeast Asia, Australia, Indonesia, and South and Central America. This business is closed Sunday but found on the other days of the week.
2501 Old Lake Wilson Road
Kissimmee, Florida 34747
Legend Of Spook Hill
Take a drive to spook hill in Lake Wales, FL to see if your car opposes gravity. A large sign that includes instructions about testing an old Indian legend marks the mystery spot. The story is about a battle between a massive gator and an Indian Chief. The Chief won but the gator promised revenge. After the death of the Chief, pioneers noticed the their horses struggling while traveling up hill and after the road was paved cars have been coasting uphill ever since. Perhaps the two are still locked in battle. Check it out on North Wales drive and 5th street on the east side (look for the sign) a quarter mile south of Highway 17 and Burns Avenue (check out the map).
We love living in Central Florida – there are just so many entertainment options. But sometimes taking a family out for a fun evening on the town can get expensive! That’s why we came up with our list of the best free splash pads in Orlando.Read More
One of Many Free Orlando Splash Pads
It's hot in Orlando, especially in the summer. That's why we put together a whole list of free Orlando area splash pads. Some are small, some are pretty big - but they're all free of charge.
Splash pads can be a great way to cool off without the full commitment of a pool, water park or the beach. The great part about many of the splash pads on our list is that there's also other activities to do as well. From large parks to areas like downtown Celebration, FL, you can go to the splash pad for an hour or two and then have a picnic, do some shopping or any number of activities, depending upon your location.
Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Want to feel like you're not only leaving central Florida but actually headed to Italy? Do you enjoy Italian music? If so, come to the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando during the evening at this scenic hotel famous for its themed motif. You'll feel like you've left Florida and transported yourself to an entirely new continent. You can even bask in the sounds of Italy and enjoy Musica della Notte.
5601 Universal Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32819
Old Town is a unique amusement park that includes a shopping area. Themed nighttime events are typical like Thursdays when hundreds of motorcycles invade the streets. For me, Old Town is most known for its regular car shows. Saturday evening events include the vintage car parade that includes hundreds of vehicles. Other holiday themed events can be expected but every night live entertainment begins at 7:30pm. Only the fair type rides require money, everything else is free.
5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hay
Kissimmee, Florida 34746