FREE THINGS TO DO IN ORLANDO – THEME PARK AND NATURE

Orlando is known for its theme parks, but it has a lot more to offer than just rides and shows. The city has a wide range of attractions that will appeal to tourists of all ages and a lot of no-cost experiences you can enjoy with your family that guarantees a great time.  

DISNEY SPRINGS

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There is so much to see at Disney Springs, from world-class shopping to award-winning dining, and beautiful surroundings.  Spend an afternoon walking around, there is something for everyone!  Free admission and parking.  Some of the stores you can visit there are: 

Some of our favorite dining options at Disney Springs include: 

  • Rainforest Cafe
  • The Boathouse, 
  • Wine Bar George
  • Raglan Road irish Pub
  • Morimoto Asia
  • STK
  • Jaleo by Jose Andres

For a detailed list of places to visit and eat, check out https://www.disneysprings.com/

DISNEY’S BOARDWALK

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Disney’s Boardwalk is a charming experience, with free admission, great dining, shops, and nightlife.  You can stroll on the boardwalk or discover street performers like jugglers and fire eaters, this a great option to visit.   Please keep in mind, parking during the busy season can be tricky and may not be available other than valet.  If you’re already visiting a Walt Disney World theme park, you can take advantage of free transportation offered throughout.  The Boardwalk is also accessible via the ferry system which is complementary.  

For more information, visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/boardwalk/

UNIVERSAL CITYWALK

Unique shops and dining experiences, attractions, and entertainment are all available at Universal Citywalk.  Parking is free after 6 pm (except for special event nights) at this great entertainment location.  Enjoy restaurants like Bubba Gumps or Margaritaville, nightclubs, karaoke, and shopping.  There is music and a kids’ splash area, and water taxis to take you through all of Universal’s Resorts.  

For a detailed list, visit https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/theme-parks/citywalk

OLD TOWN

This Central Florida staple has evolved over the years and offers a variety of storefronts and dining options.  Located just minutes from Walt Disney World in Kissimmee, they offer a large number of free activities year-round like the Classic Car Show and live entertainment.

To view a complete schedule, visit https://myoldtownusa.com/

  

CELEBRATION TOWN CENTER

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Celebration, FL is a beautifully planned community located in Kissimmee.  It is perfect for strolling, shopping, and dining.  They offer family-friendly free events year-round.  During the holidays, you can’t miss their events with horse carriages and “ snow”.

To view all events, visit https://celebrationtowncenter.com/

LAKERIDGE WINERY AND VINEYARDS

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards is one of Orlando’s best-kept secrets—and it’s a secret that’s just waiting to be unlocked. Every day, they offer free tours with tastings. Lasting about 45 minutes, including a 15-minute video presentation, the tours take you through the production area and provide a view of the 80-acre vineyards. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards also hosts free summer and winter music series, as well as a free open house during the holidays. They’re in Clermont, about 35 minutes west of our tourism districts. Ti view a full calendar of events, visit https://www.lakeridgewinery.com/

LAKE EOLA PARK

Lake Eola Park is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon or evening. The park hosts concert most weekends throughout the year, including several free events each month (check out their website for details). You can also take advantage of their outdoor movie nights during summer months or go ice skating on their rink when it gets cold out!

This beautiful lake, which was once an orange grove, is the focal point of downtown Orlando and a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. It’s home to the world’s largest fountain (which runs from spring through fall) and hosts events year-round—including the annual Festival of Lights.

GARDENS AND STATE PARKS

The Orlando area is home to parks, state forests, and gardens, many with free entry.  Harry P Leu Gardens is a must-visit!  Located in downtown Orlando, and offering free admission on the first Monday of select months, this is a great option to visit.  

The Dr. P Phillips Community Park has a great trail for walking, running, and biking as well as splash pads for little ones.  There are also fishing spots and a playground.  Mead Botanical Garden, located in Winter Park is a beautiful garden with scheduled hikes and educational activities.  

The Tibet – Butler Preserve has over 400 acres of wilderness around the Butler Chain of Lakes, great hiking trail with lots of opportunities to spot turtles and birds along the way.  

University of Central Florida’s Arboretum offers biking and self-guided tours to more than 600 plant species.  

Orlando truly does have it all! Do you need help planning your next Orlando vacation? We’ll be happy to assist. Contact us today at (407) 403-5588 or visit us at www.TripAwayProperties.com

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