Should you expect one-of-a-kind 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 wonders you’ll have to see to believe, here are 25 ways to enjoy Orlando on any budget … with an emphasis on enjoy.
Want to save even more while you’re here? In addition to several featured in this blog, many other attractions offer authorized discount tickets through Visit Orlando powered by BestofOrlando.com, not to mention other special offers from our partners. The more you save, the more you can do in Orlando!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Learn more about healthy travel in Orlando, and check with your favorite attractions for their current status.
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
A world of aquatic wonders awaits at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, one of many can’t-miss attractions at ICON Park® — including several others featured in this blog! Step beneath the waves courtesy of a 360-degree ocean tunnel, and come face-to-fin with sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and other amazing creatures. When purchased from Visit Orlando powered by BestofOrlando.com, tickets are $23.96 for adults and $19.96 for children. ICON Park is on International Drive, aka I-Drive, in the heart of our tourism districts.
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Museum of Illusions
New to ICON Park, Museum of Illusions is a brain-bending “edutainment” experience with more than 50 incredible exhibits that are guaranteed to trick your eyes and blow your mind. Admission starts at $20.95. A special combo package with The Wheel (more on it in a bit!) is available for $34.95, dropping the cost to less than $18 per attraction.
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Attractions at Dezerland Park
Encompassing 800,000 square feet of thrills and fun on International Drive, Dezerland Park is Orlando’s largest indoor entertainment center. On top of free admission, it has a ton of attractions that won’t set you back more than $25 each, including Axecelsior Axe Throwing ($25 for 30 minutes), Karting Orlando ($22.50 for adult races), Orlando Auto Museum ($21.25 for adult admission), Bowling Orlando ($16.95 for 30 minutes per lane), Jump Start Trampoline Park ($10.75 for 30 minutes), The Pinball Palace ($10.50 for 60 minutes of unlimited play), and affordably priced games at Arcade Orlando, plus more on the way.
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The Wheel at ICON Park®
One of Orlando’s most iconic attractions is also one of its most affordable with tickets costing $19.99 for adults and $17.99 for kids when purchased from Visit Orlando powered by BestofOrlando.com. Providing a 20-minute, air-conditioned ride with spectacular views from 400 feet up, The Wheel is considered an Insta-worthy rite of passage for many visitors — don’t miss this prime selfie opportunity!
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Located at The Florida Mall®, the 2-story, 70,000-square-foot Crayola Experience provides a full day of creative, colorful fun with dozens of hands-on activities, including drip art, a color playground and much more. When purchased from Visit Orlando powered by BestofOrlando.com, tickets to this family attraction are $19.99 each.
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Kings Dining & Entertainment
At Kings Dining & Entertainment on I-Drive, you can bowl, eat and lounge in a comfortable, fun environment that also features billiards tables, foosball, an outdoor bocce court and other entertainment options. Standard bowling rates, which are per person per game, start as low as $16.
Learn more: I-Drive Must-Do’s
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
See more than 500 animals, including rare and endangered species, as well as 23 acres of lush natural beauty at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford, about 35 minutes north of our tourism districts. 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
Altitude Trampoline Park
Channel your energy and cut loose with your best flips and tricks at Altitude Trampoline Park! Located in Kissimmee near the theme parks, this attraction offers 35,000 square feet of indoor trampolines and other ways to play. Jumping starts at $17 per hour, and Altitude Safety Socks are also required at an additional cost of $3.
Learn more: Indoor Activities in Orlando
Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
The waterfront mansions you’ll see cost considerably more than the narrated Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour itself, which is $16 for adults and $8 for kids ages 2-12, with group rates available. You can also learn about the area’s history from the passionate, friendly tour guides while witnessing the waterways, natural scenery and wildlife of this charming city, located about 25 minutes north of our tourism districts.
Learn more: Winter Park Virtual Tour
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 might even get invited to be an active participant in the fun! Tickets usually range from $5 to $20, and some shows grant free admission if you have a ticket from a previous SAK event. Downtown Orlando is about 15 minutes north of our main tourism districts.
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Lake Eola Park Swan Boat Rentals
To hear many people tell it, no visit to Orlando is complete without taking one of these beauties for a spin! View downtown Orlando’s gorgeous Lake Eola Park from the water and see the famous Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain up close by renting a pedal-powered swan boat, which can seat up to five people at a cost of $15 per boat. Rentals are available up to 30 minutes before closing from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, weather permitting.
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Take a ride on our tallest attraction — if you dare! Tickets cost $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 Orlando StarFlyer invites you to soar at speeds up to 60 mph at ICON Park. There are no age restrictions, but guests must be at least 44 inches tall.
Learn more: Orlando’s Tallest Attractions
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
Featuring multi-level indoor karting close to I-Drive, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games 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 $15 when purchased from Visit Orlando powered by Best of Orlando.com. For children ages 7-14 and at least 48 inches tall, junior races are $10 via Visit Orlando powered by BestofOrlando.com. Additional discount packages are also available.
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Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
Putt your way through mountain caves, over footbridges and under waterfalls on two 18-hole, pirate-themed courses at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf on International Drive. Each 18-hole course is $14.50 for adults and $12.95 for kids. Replays can be enjoyed for $9.95.
Learn more: Mini-Golf in Orlando
Orlando Museum of Art
Besides showcasing local, national and international works of art in Loch Haven Park just north of downtown Orlando, Orlando Museum of Art has a Discovery Center for children, ensuring something for everyone in your family or group. 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 4.
Learn more: Orlando Arts & Entertainment
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 $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. They provide unlimited rides and are available from Visit Orlando powered by BestofOrlando.com for $46.95.
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West Orange Trail Bikes & Blades Co.
Stretching from Winter Garden in the south to Apopka in the north, the paved, 22-mile West Orange Trail is one of Central Florida’s most scenic paths with ample amenities along the way — including playground equipment! You can explore it by bicycle on an hourly, daily and weekly basis with fees starting at $9 per hour when you rent from Winter Garden’s West Orange Trail Bikes & Blades Co., about 20 minutes west of our tourism districts. Hotel delivery and group tours are also offered at an additional cost, and child trailer rentals are available for kids who can’t keep up with Mom and Dad.
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Harry P. Leu Gardens
Three miles of paved, scenic walkways wind through a beautiful, cultivated, 50-acre oasis at the lakefront Harry P. Leu Gardens, just north of downtown Orlando. In addition to more than 40 diverse plant collections from all over the world, it features a butterfly garden and 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.
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The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
You won’t find a more comprehensive collection of works by American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany than at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in the heart of Winter Park. In addition to Tiffany’s signature glasswork, exhibits include his pottery, jewelry and even paintings. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $1 for students with valid ID. Kids under 12 are free.
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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 spread over four floors of a historic, 1927 courthouse. Pricing for the Orange County Regional 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 5-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Admission to the adjacent Heritage Square Park, which features eye-catching statuary, is always free.
Learn more: Orlando History
Looking for a really wild time? Dive into the natural world of Central Florida’s gorgeous, crystal-blue, freshwater springs, where swimming, hiking, and amazing 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
Minutes from Walt Disney World® Resort, Old Town recreates the look and feel of a classic Florida town with 18 acres of tree-lined brick streets that are home to more than 70 affordable shops and restaurants. Best of all, admission is free — as are weekly events such as classic car shows and live music. Numerous reasonably priced attractions are also available, both in Old Town itself and the adjacent Fun Spot America, including some activities that are $5 or less.
Learn more: Beyond the Parks
In the Game ICON Park
Get your game on in style at In the Game ICON Park! In addition to numerous affordably priced games — most of which will cost you considerably less than $5 — this indoor attraction also has a mirror maze, escape room, X-D motion theater and virtual-reality experience, all priced between $12 to $20. And players, take note: The more game credits you buy at once, the more you save!
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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 The Mennello Museum of American Art. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $1 for students with valid ID and children ages 6-17. 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
Free Museums & Galleries
A wealth of additional museums and galleries await you throughout the Orlando area — including several that offer free admission! (Donations are recommended and in some cases required; check with each venue for details.) These include the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida in Maitland, the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts in historic Eatonville, and CityArts (a unique arts collective with ever-changing exhibits) and historic Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture in downtown Orlando.
Learn more: Orlando Museums & Galleries
In addition to the low-cost and free attractions and experiences featured here, Orlando offers even more fun, no-cost activities for all ages. Get out there and enjoy them!
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