Magic Kingdom Panorama, Orlando, Florida (panorama)

Travel Florida: 5 Great Free Things to Do in Orlando

As Florida’s hottest destination town, Orlando needs little introduction for travelers. And there’s no shortage of things to do – world class amusement parks, clubs, family attractions, dining … the list goes on.

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But why break the bank? Fear not, budget traveler! If you’ve already booked your holidays and flights to Orlando, we have fives great ways to save a bit of cash on your entire vacation.

Magic Kingdom Panorama, Orlando, Florida (panorama)
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#1: Peruse 100+ Years of Art

Guest or not at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, the entire public is welcome to tour the Grand Bohemian Gallery. It offers a little of everything from both the 19th and 20th centuries, including European paintings, jewelry, and modern art glass. The best part? It’s located conveniently downtown and it’s completely free!

#2: Take a Leisurely Outdoor Stroll

Disney’s attractions aren’t know for being [ahem] cheap. But the Disney Boardwalk is a rare exception. This 1930s-style Atlantic coastal village recreation covers 45 acres of waterfront inside the park. All visitors are welcome to stroll the area, which is perhaps best known for its many entertainment and nightclub offerings. Don’t miss the many street performers, including magicians and musicians.

#3: Family-friendly Nature Shows

Black Hammock Adventures on Lake Jesup offers free wildlife exhibits, including live alligator shows! Every Sunday, visitors can see trainers feeding their resident 650-pound, 12-foot alligator (affectionately named “Hammy”). Bonus: on Friday and Saturday nights, be sure to check out the free live music at the onsite restaurant.

#4: “Leave Your Manners at the Door” at Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon is a high-energy, dueling piano bar for 21+ adults looking for some nighttime fun. Sure, this isn’t technically free, but it’s the next best thing … Booking a Happy Hour Party in advance gets you free admission before 11 p.m., complimentary buffet from 6-8 p.m., half off select drinks before 8 p.m., and your first drink free.

#5: Take a Dip at Kelly Park, Rock Springs

This sprawling, 245-acre park has plenty to offer families and kid-like adults. With camping, hiking trails, wildlife experiences, and tons of other recreational activities, you won’t soon get bored here. Children five and under get in free, while adults pay a very budget-friendly $1 admission.

As you can see, there’s plenty to do in Orlando. While this list will only get you started, hopefully we’ve inspired you to seek out free (or at the very least cheap) things to do on your next Orlando vacation that won’t break the bank!

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