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Things to Do in Orlando for Free

When theme parks break your budget, hit these 6 free, family-friendly destinations.

We all love theme parks, but the admission can take a toll on the pocketbook. The Orlando area offers an array of free activities, from admiring the arts to exploring the outdoors. We’ve rounded up five attractions loaded with fun that your kids—and your budget—will love.

1. Downtown Disney

Visit the world’s largest Disney store, build your own LEGO masterpiece and hop on a water taxi to explore the lagoon. 1490 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.939.6244


Downtown Disney (©Walt Disney World)


2. Celebration

It’s no surprise this storybook town was actually the brainchild of Walt Disney. Take a walk on the elevated boardwalk to admire the award-winning architecture while your kids look for alligators in the ponds. 851 Celebration Ave., Celebration. 407.566.1200

Downtown Celebration in Orlando
Visitors to downtown Celebration take in scenic views from the lakeside boardwalk. (©Laura Anders Lee)

3. Lake Eola

This locals' favorite is also a must-do for visitors. The lakeside park offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city with its picnic areas, playgrounds and plenty of ducks to chase. The Orlando Public Library next door offers story time and other free programming. Don't miss the amazing outdoor sculpture from See Art Orlando. 195 N. Rosalind Ave., 407.246.2827


4. Orlando's Downtown Arts District

For some local color the whole family will love, visit Orlando’s downtown arts district. With more than a dozen galleries representing both local and international artists, at the CityArts Factory you’ll spot everything from the traditional to the avant-garde. Then head up the street to Jai Gallery for a pop of local color. 29 S. Orange Ave., 407.648.7060

©Jai Gallery

5. Rollins College

Founded in 1880 on the lakefront in beautiful Winter Park, Rollins College is the oldest college in Florida. Visitors are invited to spend an afternoon enjoying the campus with his magnificent Spanish architecture, expansive lawns and the natural beauty of ancient cypress trees on Lake Virginia. Also on campus is the Cornell Fine Arts Museum with an impressive collection of Renaissance and Impressionist art. 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park

6. St. Cloud Lakefront Park

On the banks of Lake Tohopekaliga rests St. Cloud, a quaint town with tree-lined streets and its very own beach. Watch the sailboats while the kids play on the covered playground, build sandcastles or walk along the pier. 1104 Lakeshore Blvd., St. Cloud. 407.957.7298


St. Cloud
The natural sand beaches and playgrounds at St. Cloud Lakefront Park make for a beautiful place to spend the day. (©Experience Kissimmee Florida/Flickr)