As summer comes to an end in the northern parts of the country, it’s a great time to head south and hit Orlando, Florida—one of the biggest entertainment destinations on the east coast. Whether you’re visiting all the big parks like Disney World and Orlando or planning for a more laid back trip, you’ll soon realize that the cost of a vacation in this thriving city can add up fast.
Fortunately, an Orlando vacation doesn’t have to cost a fortune. If you look for discounts on the top attractions and take advantage of the numerous free things to do in Orlando, there’s no reason why your vacation can’t be fun-filled and budget-friendly. Unsure of what free activities Orlando offers?
Check out this list of 8 free things to do in Orlando and add any or all of them to your itinerary to enhance your vacation!
1. Enjoy Street Musicians on Disney’s Boardwalk
Disney’s Boardwalk is a re-creation of the 1930’s-style Atlantic coastal village along a 45-acre waterfront district. Although it’s known for its nightclubs and entertainment, the whole family can enjoy free performances from street musicians, magicians, and other various entertainers.
2. Alligator and Bird Displays at Black Hammock Adventures
Located on Lake Jessup, Black Hammock Adventures features free alligator and bird exhibits every day. On Sunday afternoons, you can even watch the trainers feed Hammy, the 12-foot-long resident alligator. If you dine at the Black Hammock restaurant, you can also enjoy free live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
3. Tour the Orlando Brewing Company
The Orlando Brewing Company is Orlando’s only organic brewery, and they offer free tours every evening. In addition to seeing how beer is brewed in enormous fermenting vats, you’ll get to try some free samples when the tour is over.
4. Walk the Galleries at CityArts Factory
Stroll through the five galleries and 8,000 feet of performance space that make up the largest arts center in downtown Orlando. CityArts Factory showcases both local and international works of art. You’ll be able to watch some local artists at work as you walk through this vibrant art haven. Admission is free Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM.
5. Learn About African Culture at the Hurston
The Zora Neale Hurston Museum highlights works of art produced by artists of African descent from the early 19th century to the present. The museum honors Hurston, an 20th century African-American author, as well as the history of her hometown of Eatonville. In the museum you’ll find everything from furniture crafted by 19th-century slaves to contemporary paintings by African American youth.
6. Discover Lego Imagination Center
This store in the Downtown Disney Marketplace is a place where kids can let their imaginations run wild with the famous colorful building blocks we all know and love. Kids (and adults, too!) can build their own creations and also check out the 12-foot T-Rex of 30-foot sea serpent built entirely of Lego blocks.
7. Walk the Streets of Celebration
Celebration is the name of the utopian “picture-perfect” town dreamed up by Disney. The town features a blend of historic architecture and modern technology that make for a truly unique experience. The town of Celebrations offers several free activities, like author readings and book signings and a Sunday morning farmers market.
8. Relive History at Fort Christmas
Twenty minutes east of Orlando in Titusville, you’ll find Fort Christmas Historical Park, a full size replica of the original Fort Christmas. The fort was originally built for the Second Seminole Indian War in the mid-1800’s. Now the park offers several free events throughout the year like pioneer demonstrations, musket and cannon firings, and craft fairs. The Park is closed on Mondays and holidays.
So the next time you’re in Orlando with your family, don’t forget to take along our list of things to do in Orlando. We guarantee it will make your vacation better and brighter.