Your guide to cheap things to do in Orlando that are as memorable as they are value-packed, including Fun Spot America (pictured).


Updated January 2021

Can you expect once-in-a-lifetime experiences when you visit Orlando? Absolutely. Magical fun? Definitely. Great value for your money? You’d better believe it — after all, USA Today ranked us as the No. 1 most affordable vacation destination among top U.S. cities! From high-octane attractions to outdoor adventures, and priceless works of art to oddities you’ll have to see to believe, here are 20 ways to enjoy Orlando on any budget … with an emphasis on enjoy.

Want to save even more? Several of these attractions and many others offer authorized discount tickets through Visit Orlando!

Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed, and select discounted tickets may not be currently available from Visit Orlando. Learn more about healthy travel and what’s open in Orlando, and check with your favorite attractions for their current status.

Things to Do in Orlando for $20 or Less Per Person

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games main image of karting
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Orlando

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

Featuring multi-level indoor karting close to International Drive, aka I-Drive, this venue also has bowling, a ropes course, laser tag, video games, gourmet food, two bars and other reasons to visit. Most activities are well under $20, with adult races costing $19.95 with membership and $21.95 for non-members. (Membership is $9.95 per person annually.) For children ages 7-14 and at least 48 inches tall, junior races are $11.95 for members and $14.95 for non-members. Visit Orlando also has a discount bundle that includes a single race, two additional experiences and a $10 game card priced at $45 for adults and $40 for kids.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando close up gorilla
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® in Orlando (© Ripley Entertainment Inc.)

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®

Interactive exhibits and artifacts can be discovered at this famous I-Drive attraction, which celebrates oddities from around the world … and appears to be falling into a massive sinkhole! (Don’t worry, it’s not actually going anywhere.) Admission is $19.99 for adults and $12.99 for children ages 3-11 when purchased from Visit Orlando. Kids under 3 are free.

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Scribble Scrubbies at Crayola Experience Orlando
Crayola Experience in Orlando

Crayola Experience

Located at The Florida Mall®, this 2-story, 70,000-square-foot family attraction provides a full day of creative, colorful fun with 26 hands-on activities, including drip art, a color playground and much more. When purchased from Visit Orlando, tickets are just $19.99 each.

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Kings Bowl Orlando
Kings Dining & Entertainment in Orlando

Kings Dining & Entertainment

Bowl, eat and lounge in a comfortable, fun environment that also features billiards tables, an outdoor bocce court and other entertainment options. Standard bowling rates, which are per person per game, start as low as $16. You can also get two games and shoe rentals for just $10 per person when purchased from Visit Orlando.

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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens guests looking at rhino
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford Near Orlando

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

See more than 500 animals, including rare and endangered species, as well as 23 acres of gardens in Sanford, about 30 minutes north of downtown Orlando. When purchased online, admission is $19.50 for adults, $15.95 for seniors, $13.75 for children ages 3-12, and free for kids under 3.

Learn more: Orlando Zoos & Gardens

SAK Comedy Lab improv
SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando

SAK Comedy Lab

On select nights, laugh at improvisational comedy sketches, scenes and songs at this venue in downtown Orlando, where most performances are family friendly. (Check with SAK’s website to see if an event has any recommended age restrictions.) You can even be an active participant in the fun! Tickets range from $5 to $20, and some shows grant free admission if you have a ticket from a previous SAK event.

Learn more: Downtown Orlando

Things to Do in Orlando for $15 or Less Per Person

Orlando StarFlyer family smiles
Orlando StarFlyer at ICON Park® in Orlando

Orlando StarFlyer

Orlando’s tallest attraction is also one of our most affordable! Tickets cost just $12.21 at the gate and $10 when purchased online, and same-day return rides are $7.51 each. Standing 450 feet tall, making it the world’s tallest swing ride, the StarFlyer at ICON Park® invites you to soar at speeds up to 60 mph. There are no age restrictions, but guests must be at least 44 inches tall.

Learn more: Orlando’s Tallest Attractions

Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf - International Drive family and ship
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf in Orlando

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

Putt your way through mountain caves, over footbridges and under waterfalls on two 18-hole, pirate-themed courses on International Drive. Each 18-hole course is $14.50 for adults and $12.95 for kids, and replays can be enjoyed for $9.95. When purchased from Visit Orlando, each course is just $11.99 for adults and $10.99 for children.

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7D Dark Ride Adventure woman
7D Dark Ride Adventure at ICON Park® in Orlando

7D Dark Ride Adventure

Located at ICON Park, this VR experience gives you the chance to fight a horde of zombies, a mad scientist and his robots, or both! Single-adventure tickets are $11 when purchased online, with two-ride combos priced at $14.50 and three-ride combos at $19.

Learn more: ICON Park

a canal along the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour Near Orlando

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour

The waterfront mansions you’ll see cost considerably more than the narrated tour itself, which is $13.15 for adults and $6.57 for kids ages 2-12 when purchased from Visit Orlando. You’ll also witness the waterways and natural scenery of this charming city about 20 minutes north of downtown Orlando.

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Orlando Museum of Art

Orlando Museum of Art

Besides showcasing local, national and international works of art in Loch Haven Park, about 10 minutes from downtown Orlando, this museum has a Discovery Center for children. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for college students with valid ID and children ages 4-17, and free for active or retired military personnel with valid ID and kids under 3.

Learn more: Orlando STEM Attractions

Things to Do in Orlando for $10 or Less Per Person

View of rides including Rip Curl at Fun Spot America Theme Parks Orlando
Fun Spot America in Orlando

Fun Spot America

Presenting family-friendly, amusement-park fun at its I-Drive and Kissimmee locations, Fun Spot America offers a-la-carte pricing via the pay-as-you-go Fun E-Card. What’s more, most attractions at both locations are just $5 to $10 each, and admission is always free! If you want to make a full day of Fun Spot, consider a single-day pass, which is available from Visit Orlando for just $45.95 and provides unlimited rides.

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West Orange Trail - Bikes & Blades Co.
West Orange Trail Bikes & Blades Co. in Winter Garden Near Orlando

West Orange Trail Bikes & Blades Co.

Explore Central Florida’s scenic trails by bicycle on an hourly, daily and weekly basis, with fees starting at $8 per hour. Hotel delivery and group tours are also available at an additional cost. West Orange Trail Bikes & Blades Co. is headquartered in Winter Garden, about 25 minutes west of downtown Orlando. The 22-mile West Orange Trail is a paved pathway that stretches from Winter Garden to Apopka in the north, with plenty of amenities (including playground equipment) along the way.

Learn more: Winter Garden

A butterfly on a flower at Harry P. Leu Gardens
Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando

Harry P. Leu Gardens

About 15 minutes north of downtown Orlando, enjoy three miles of paved, scenic walkways through gorgeous gardens, including a butterfly garden, plus a house museum that dates to the 1800s. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-17 and free for children under 4.

Learn more: Orlando Neighborhoods

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art gazing at stained glass window
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park Near Orlando

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

You won’t find a larger collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s glass artwork than at this museum. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $1 for students with valid ID, and kids under 11 enjoy free admission. The Morse Museum is in Winter Park.

Learn more: Winter Park

Orange County Regional History Center and Heritage Square exterior
Orange County Regional History Center & Heritage Square Park in Orlando

Orange County Regional History Center & Heritage Square Park

At this Smithsonian Institution affiliate in downtown Orlando, explore 12,000 years of Central Florida history through a variety of exhibits and programs. Pricing for the History Center is $8 for adults; $7 for students and military with valid ID, plus seniors; $6 for kids ages 5-12; and free for children under 5. You can also get free admission from 6-9 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month, and admission to the adjacent Heritage Square Park is always free.

Learn more: Orlando History

The Mennello Museum of American Art Waltzing Matildas and Twin Vortexes
The Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando

The Mennello Museum of American Art

Close to downtown Orlando in Loch Haven Park, view artist Earl Cunningham’s creations and contemporary American folk art at this museum, located in Loch Haven Park close to downtown Orlando. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $1 for children ages 6-17 and students with valid ID. Admission is free for kids under 6, as well as for active and retired military personnel and their families. Plus, every second Sunday of the month is Free Family Fun Day!

Learn more: Unique Public Parks in Orlando

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens courtyard
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park Near Orlando

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

Discover the works of this Winter Park museum’s namesake artist, who was one of the most prominent sculptors of the 20th century. Entry costs $10 for adults, $8 for college students with valid ID and seniors, $3 for students K-12, and free for children ages under 5.

Learn more: Orlando Arts & Culture

Bronze Kingdom, African Art Gallery statues
Bronze Kingdom African Art Gallery in Orlando

Bronze Kingdom African Art Gallery

With more than 2,000 pieces, this gallery at Orlando Fashion Square Mall near downtown Orlando features the world’s largest collection of rare African bronze statues, plus beaded and wood sculptures. General admission is $5, and guided tours are available at a cost of $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $7 for children under 12 and students with proper ID.

 

Group of manatees under shallow turquoise water at Blue Spring state park in Orange City, Florida, USA
Manatees at Blue Spring State Park Near Orlando

Natural Springs

Looking for a really wild time? Dive into the natural world of Central Florida’s gorgeous, crystal-blue, freshwater springs, where swimming, hiking, and gorgeous flora and fauna — including manatees — await. Standouts such as Blue Spring State Park, De Leon Springs State Park, Kelly Park and Wekiwa Springs State Park are within an hour north of Orlando’s core, and it won’t cost you more than $6 per vehicle to gain entry to them. Numerous amenities and upgrades are also available, including picnic facilities, pavilions, campsites and more.

Learn more: Orlando’s Natural Springs

Free Things to Do in Orlando

In addition to the low-cost attractions and experiences featured here, Orlando offers a lot of fun, no-cost activities for all ages. The more you take advantage of them, the more you’ll save in Orlando!

Learn more: Free Things to Do in Orlando


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