Although Orlando might be one top tourist cities in the United States, that doesn’t mean that everything in O-Town is geared to bring in out-of-towners (and their dollars). In fact, there are actually a lot of free activities in Orlando that are worth taking advantage of no matter if you are staying there for a day, a week or even a month! For some ideas about some outstanding Orlando activities – that also happen to be free – read on. For some other suggestions about things you can do while you’re in Florida, check out what is included with the Smart Destination Go Select Orlando Pass.
March Of The Ducks
You might have heard of Duck Boat tours in some other towns across the country but Orlando has its own tradition involving our quacking, web-footed friends. Since it opened in 1986, the Peabody Orlando has continued the traditional March of The Peabody Ducks every day in unbroken succession. At 11 am, five North American
mallard ducks – four hens and one drake – descend from a special elevator and then proceed to stride around the lobby while being accompanied by John Philip Sousa’s “King Cotton March.” The march concludes when the ducks plop into a magnificent, orchid-crowned fountain, where they remain for the rest of the day before marching back to the elevator promptly at 5 pm. Although this may sound like something you would normally have to pay to go see at a circus, it’s completely free and open to the public.
It might sound like a place you wouldn’t want to bring your dog, but for savvy shoppers who love a bargain, FleaWorld is truly the cat’s meow. Situated on Highway 17-92 between Orlando and Sanford, FleaWorld claims to be “America’s Largest Fleamarket” and, with 1,700 dealer booths and an almost infinite number of bargains, it just might be. Although you’ll have to pay for anything you buy, admission to and parking for the market (which is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm) is completely free. Save on everything from flowers and cellphones to produce and pets – all under one roof! A trip to FleaWorld is a great way to save money and have a fun time.
Kraft Azalea Garden
Open year-round on a daily basis from 8 am until dusk, the 5.22-acre Kraft Azalea Garden has a secluded, serene location on the shore of Lake Maitland which is why many people know it as Winter Park’s secret garden! Although it is sometimes used for sunset wedding ceremonies and other private functions, the beautiful public garden is surrounded by colossal cypress trees that offer plenty of free shade from the hot Florida sun. The from Smart Destinations is another great way to get around to some of the best attractions in town without breaking the bank.