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Seven great things to do in Orlando for free

Despite being the “happiest place on earth”, Orlando can sometimes be a little tough on the wallet. That is, unless you know where to look. Here are seven of our favourite things to do in Orlando for free.


Starlit cinema

Enjoy a classic film under the stars in the leafy surrounds of Winter Park during Popcorn Flicks in the Park. This free monthly film series, typically held on the second Thursday of each month, invites locals and visitors alike to a grassy stretch of Central Park to catch a movie beginning at sunset.


Brew savvy

Orlando’s craft beer scene has grown exponentially in recent years and now offers more than a dozen local breweries, some of which are more than happy to show you the ropes during a free brewery tour. Participating breweries include Orlando Brewing, which hosts free tours Monday through Saturday at 6pm. 


Complimentary culture

Visitors score free admission to the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College every day. Plus, there are free Happy Hour Tours on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm.

Consider also doing the free, self-guided walking art tour in downtown Orlando. Presented by See Art Orlando, this stroll will give you the inside info on all nine pubic art installations now surrounding Lake Eola Park and neighbouring streets.


Garden party

Like an urban oasis, Orlando’s Harry P. Leu Gardens features nearly 50 acres of meticulously maintained gardens and green spaces just a few miles from downtown Orlando. Plan to visit the bamboo forest, watch turtles float around Lake Rowena and marvel at the butterflies in the outdoor sanctuary built for them near the vegetable garden. Those hoping to experience Orlando for free should visit Leu Gardens on the first Monday of most months, when admission is complimentary.

Spiritual strolls

Orlando’s Greenwood Cemetery, the final resting place for the city’s most notable historic figures, hosts The Moonlight Walking Tour on select nights throughout the year. Attendees are invited on a four-mile stroll through this picturesque 100-acre cemetery, which is particularly atmospheric after dark. Tickets are free but advance reservations are required.


Disney Springs

Formerly Downtown Disney, this reimagined shopping, dining and entertainment hub continues to unfurl new restaurants and boutiques spread across four unique neighbourhoods. Its latest neighbourhood unveil, Town Center, features several stellar dining options, including Blaze Pizza, D-Luxe Burger and Sprinkles Cupcakes, home to a cupcake ATM Machine. It doesn’t cost a thing to visit or park at Disney Springs and the plethora of live entertainment, including street performers and live musicians, is free to enjoy, too.

I-Drive 360

Snag a selfie in front of The Orlando Eye, the 400-foot observation wheel that towers over International Drive. Home to several terrific restaurants, bars and attractions, this entertainment complex offers free parking and there is no charge to enjoy the grounds. Attraction admission is extra.


Written by Kristen Manieri

Image credits: Leu gardens © Kristen Manieri, Cornell Fine Arts Museum © Rollins College, Disney Springs © Todd Anderson

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