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Free Things to Do in Orlando
Orlando is a destination filled with fun things to do. There are many events and venues that are free of charge, and they are just as fun as our world-class theme parks and attractions. Here is a list of all of the free things to do in Orlando.
Arts & Culture
Orlando has a vibrant arts and cultural community, and there is never a shortage of free museum passes, art viewings and tours in Orlando. Arts and cultural venues in Orlando are often free or discounted and have something for everyone to enjoy.
- The Cornell Fine Arts Museum , which sits on the campus of Rollins College, boasts a collection that includes the works of Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Thomas Moran, among others. Free admission with any valid student ID.
- The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art contains one of the world's most impressive collections of famed artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. Free Fridays between 4 pm and 8 pm November through April.
- The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts takes you on a stroll through history starting with the author's humble beginnings and displays creative works of other artists of African descent. Donations are accepted.
- The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida presents an overview of the history of the Holocaust and serves as a memorial to victims. The center also hosts many educational events, films and seminars. Donations are accepted.
- The Winter Park Historical Museum houses a photo timeline of the history of Winter Park and features changing themed exhibits.
- CityArts Factory is an eclectic collection of art galleries in downtown Orlando showcasing local and international artists. Free admission Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- The Grand Bohemian Gallery in Orlando has two locations in downtown Orlando and Celebration. Both feature a variety of art, including jewelry, glass and sculpture.
Parks & Nature
Orlando's natural beauty and landscape make it a great place for soaking up the sun and enjoying the outdoors. Many of Orlando's parks and gardens offer free admission on certain days or every day.
- Black Hammock Adventures on Lake Jessup offers free live alligator and bird exhibits. At the Lazy Gator Bar, guests can join the deck party every Friday and Saturday night and listen to free, live music.
- Harry P. Leu Gardens offers free admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Monday of every month.
- Called Central Florida's "secret garden", the 5.22 acre Kraft Azalea Gardens is located on Lake Maitland in Winter Park and open from 8 a.m. to dusk. Most of all, it's free.
- University of Central Florida's Arboretum is home to more than 600 plant species on an 80-acre property. Visitors can walk through a self-guided tour to view an impressive number of native plant species.
- The Winter Park Farmer's Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. Local vendors and farmers sell their homemade and homegrown specialties, including fruits, vegetables, organic produce, baked goods and more.
- Lake Eola Park is a 43-acre recreational area in the heart of downtown Orlando. Visitors can picnic along the shore, enjoy one of the many free concerts at the ampitheater, feed the resident swans or stop by the farmer's market on Sundays.
- Fort Christmas Historical Park is a little slice of old Florida. Visit the fort, the historical homes on site and the gift shop.
- Big Tree Park in Sanford features 11 acres of natural vegetation and wetlands.
- Camp out and roast marshmallows with Disney characters Chip n' Dale at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort for free. The evening sing-a-long around the campfire includes a viewing of a Disney movie. Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Food & Wine
Think we don't have signature vineyards in Florida? Think again. And with a large variety of dining, foodies can find many free eats and events that revolve around eating and drinking.
- Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, which sits on 80 breathtaking acres just north of Orlando, offers free tours, tastings and many free festivals and events.
The Orlando Brewing Company near downtown Orlando is the only organic brewery and tap room in the Southeast and one of only 10 in the United States. Each weekend, there are free brewery tours, free Wi-Fi and free live entertainment.
Orlando is a unique destination, and there are things to do here that you can't do anywhere else in the world. Many of these venues are also free.
- LEGO Imagination Center at downtown Disney Marketplace is 4,400-square feet of fun. Guarded by friendly dinosaurs and a huge sea serpent made of LEGO bricks, this play area lets kids explore their creativity by building with colorful bricks, and it's all free.
- The March of the Peabody Ducks at the Peabody Orlando hotel is at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day. The famed ritual dates back to 1986 and takes place in the hotel's atrium lobby.
- FleaWorld and FunWorld, located just north of Orlando, is the largest flea market in the United States, featuring more than 1,700 vendors, acrobatic shows, circus and magic acts and exotic animals.
- Disney's Boardwalk features free, live street entertainment in the evenings, including comedians, jazz ensembles and fire shows.
Events are plentiful in Orlando, and there are many free events to choose from during your visit. From outdoors and recreation to cultural, there are many free things to do in Orlando for everyone in your family or group.
- A charming local town with free outdoor festivals.
- Folk music and good times at a local art museum.
- Celebrate the Chinese New Year at this annual festive parade.
- An event especially for book lovers.