20 Unique Activities in Orlando for $20 or Less
What do you expect from an Orlando vacation? Magical fun? Absolutely. Unique experiences? Definitely. Value for your money? You'd better believe it! From high-octane attractions, to collections of priceless works of art, to rare objects you must see to believe, here are 20 killer ways to enjoy Orlando on any budget — with an emphasis on enjoy.
Orlando Activities for $20 or Less Per Person
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Orlando
1. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games: Featuring multi-level indoor karting on International Drive, this venue also has bowling, a ropes course, laser tag, games, gourmet food, two bars and more. Adult races are $19.95 with membership ($21.95 for non-members), and other activities are well under $20.
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2. Ripley's Believe It or Not!: Interactive exhibits and artifacts can be found at this International Drive attraction that celebrates oddities from around the world. Admission is $19.99 for adults and $12.99 for children 3-11 when purchased from Visit Orlando, with kids under 3 free.
3. Crayola Experience: Located at The Florida Mall, this two-story, 70,000-square-foot family attraction provides a full day of creative, colorful fun with 26 hands-on activities, including drip art and a color playground. When purchased from Visit Orlando, tickets are just $18.95 each.
4. I-Drive NASCAR: On International Drive, race state-of-the-art karts at this indoor attraction, which also boasts an arcade, bowling, pool tables, and a full bar and restaurant. When purchased online, races are $18.99 for adults and $16.99 for children under 16, who must be at least 55 inches tall, and a discounted combo package is available from Visit Orlando.
5. 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 25 minutes from downtown Orlando. Admission is $19.50 for adults, $15.95 for seniors, $13.75 for children ages 3-12, and free for kids under 3.
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Orlando Activities for $15 or Less Per Person
Orlando StarFlyer at ICON Orlando 360
6. Orlando StarFlyer: One of Orlando's newest attractions is also one of our most affordable, with tickets costing just $12.21 at the gate and $10 when purchased online. Standing 450 feet tall, this world-class swing ride at ICON Orlando 360 invites you to soar at speeds up to 60 mph. There are no age restrictions, but guests must be at least 44 inches tall.
7. 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. Courses are $13.50 for adults and $11.95 for kids when played separately, and replays can be enjoyed for $9.50.
8. 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 children ages 2-11 when purchased from Visit Orlando. You'll also witness the waterways and natural scenery of this charming city about 25 minutes from downtown Orlando.
9. Bok Tower Gardens: Nestled among 50 acres of picturesque gardens about an hour south of Walt Disney World® Resort, this national historic landmark is home to the 205-foot Singing Tower, which boasts a 60-bell carillon that rings twice daily. Adult tickets are $15 and child tickets are $5.
10. Orlando Museum of Art: Besides showcasing local, national and international works of art, the museum has two discovery centers for children. Admission for adults is $15, $8 for seniors, and $5 for ages 4-17. Kids under 3 are free, as are active and retired military personnel.
Learn more: Orlando Arts & Culture
11. SAK Comedy Lab: On select nights, laugh at improvisational comedy sketches, scenes and songs in downtown Orlando. You can even be an active participant in the fun! Tickets range from $5 to $15, and some shows grant free admission if you have a ticket from a previous SAK event.
Orlando Activities for $10 or Less Per Person
Kings Dining & Entertainment in Orlando
12. Kings Dining & Entertainment: Bowl, eat and lounge in a comfortable, fun environment that also features billiards tables, an outdoor bocce ball court and other entertainment options. Bowling rates, which are per person per game, max out at $9.50 during peak weekend hours.
13. WhirlyDome: This is the home of WhirlyBall, the world's first totally mechanized team sport that uses elements of bumper cars, basketball, jai alai and hockey. Laser tag and an arcade are also available, and all entertainment options are $8 or less.
14. West Orange Trail Bikes & Blades: Explore Central Florida's scenic trails by bicycles on an hourly, daily and weekly basis, with fees starting at $8 per hour. Hotel delivery and group tours are available at an additional cost.
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15. Harry P. Leu Gardens: About 15 minutes from downtown Orlando, enjoy three miles of paved, scenic walkways through luscious gardens, a butterfly garden and a house museum that dates back to the 1880s. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-17, and free for children under 4.
16. 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 ID, while kids under 11 enjoy free admission. They're located in Winter Park.
17. 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. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $3 for students ages 12 through high school, $8 for college students with ID, and free for children ages 4 and under.
18. Orange County Regional History Center: At this Smithsonian Institution affiliate in downtown Orlando, explore 12,000 years of Central Florida history through a variety of exhibits and programs. Pricing is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military; $6 for kids 5-12; and free for children under 5.
Orlando Activities for $5 or Less Per Person
Bronze Kingdom African Art Gallery in Orlando
19. Bronze Kingdom African Art Gallery: With more than 2,000 pieces, this gallery at Orlando Fashion Square Mall near downtown Orlando features the largest collection of rare African bronze sculptures in the world, 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.
20. The Mennello Museum of American Art: Close to downtown Orlando, view artwork by artist Earl Cunningham and contemporary American folk art. Entry is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $1 for children ages 6-17 and college students with ID. Admission is free for kids under 6, as well as active and retired military personnel and their families.
Written by Nate Shelton, Consumer Content Writer at Visit Orlando. He's a native Floridian who appreciates the entertainment, historical and culinary aspects of Orlando and Orange County.
Cover image courtesy Orlando StarFlyer
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