39 Free Things to Do in Orlando, FL or Disney World

1. Cornell Fine Arts Museum

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The Museum is free for students who have a student I.D., and costs $5 dollars if you’re out of college. Visit the museum to see what they have to offer.

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2. Snowhill Mountain Bike Trail

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If you love bikes and the outdoors, you will enjoy Snowhill mountain bike trail in the Little Big Econ State Forest. Snowhill trail will take you on a great trail expedition. Try it out and see how you will come back again and again.

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3. Bradlee-McIntyre House

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This is the only Queen Anne-style cottage remaining in the Orange and Seminole counties. It was built around 1885 and is part of the Logwood Historical Trail. A great place to vsit and bring your camera.

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4. Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida

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The Center has a collection of artifacts from the Holocaust. It’s open everyday except Saturdays. Learn new things about the Holocaust and visit the center.

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5. Museum of Seminole County History

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The Museum has a wide variety of exhibits, including furniture, mementos and more, all from Seminole County. Children under 4 is free. A great place to visit.

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6. Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts

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The Museum celebrates the life of Zora Neal with a wide variety of materials dedicated to African-American culture. Visit, learn your history and enjoy the scenery.

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7. Club Firestone

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Visit this club on Thursdays for free and, if you arrive before 11 p.m., you’ll get a free beer. I heard they play electronic music with a great atmosphere.

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8. Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens

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Visit the museum free and walk around the gardens and enjoy the scenery.

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9. Wekiwa Springs State Park

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The park offers a variety of outdoor activities and a natural history museum. Admission is free in September if you bring a book, library card or library book. Learn your history and enjoy the scenery.

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10. Kelly Park, Rock Springs

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Visit this park and enjoy outdoor activities and the spring. Children under 5 are free and there’s a total charge of $3 per car containing up to eight people.

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11. University of Central Florida Arboretum

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They have over 600 plant species and eight natural ecosystems. Bring your camera to show others who didn’t get to see the beauty up close as you did.  Swamp nature at its best.

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12. Fred Stone Theater

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The Fred Stone Theater has free performances in their “Second Stage Series.” Shows are in the evening on Thursday through Saturday and during the day on Saturday and Sunday. Learn the history and enjoy a showing.

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13. Morse Museum of American Art

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The Morse Museum of American Art has one of the most comprehensive collections of work by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Museum also features a chapel interior designed for the 1893 World’s Colombian Exposition in Chicago. The museum is free from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays from November to April, along with free concerts on Friday nights throughout November and December. A great place to visit.

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14. Mall at Millenia

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This is a large mall featuring designer shops. You can window shop and make mental notes of what you want in the future.

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15. Florida Mall

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The Florida Mall offers over 250 stores where you can window shop if your money is low. It’s always great to dream.

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16. Natura Coffee and Tea

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This small cafe has live performances every night, usually starting around 9 p.m. A great place if you love jazz, it’s free on wednesdays; a general open mic on Thursdays; and spoken-word open mics on sundays.

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17. Howl at the Moon piano bar free happy hour booking

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How many of us are so called “night owls”? Here you can turn from being an owl to a wolf and howl at the moon.  Orlando, Florida’s Howl at the Moon night club is a piano bar. Book a happy-hour party in advance, and it is free, it includes a complimentary buffet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Join there mailing list to receive free admission offers and chances to win happy hour parties.

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18. Free live alligator and bird exhibits on Lake Jesup.

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Lake Jesup, known for having so many gators in Orlando, Florida has free alligator and bird exhibits through Black Hammock Adventures.  Watch the display of the alligators eating on Sunday afternoons. You also can go to the restaurant to listen to free live music every friday and saturday night.  And you can get 10% off at the Black Hammock Restaurant using your air-boat ticket stub, if you have one.

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19. Get free admission to “Fleaworld” and “Funworld”

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If you are the type of person who likes to look and browse around and just enjoy the atmosphere of your surroundings, then a flea market is a good place to be. With free admission, you can walk around, talk to people and admire the rare finds you may see. In Orlando, they have the largest flea market in the U.S. called “Fleaworld” and “Funworld” which has more than 1,700 vendors selling bargain-priced items. Fleaworld is open Friday-Sunday; Funworld is open on weekends only.

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20. Get Free samplings of organic food and seminars.

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 Chamberlin’s Market & Cafe, established 1935, is an organic grocery store and a great place to get healthy foods.  They also offer free classes and guest speakers year-round; if you’re visiting in January, They have a resolution solution for free samplings of organic food.  One of the guest speakers free seminars is to keep your brain healthy and memory sharp.

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21.  Complimentary free tours and wine tasting.

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Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards , 80 acres of splendidness just north of Orlando, offers free tours, tastings and many free festivals and events.  Free tours, video presentation and wine tasting are offered monday-sunday.  Monday – saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and sunday – 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.  The tours showcase the production area, vineyards and wine tasting of award winning wines from dry to sweet tasting.

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22. The Children’s Library offers free classes.

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The Children’s Library in Orlando Public Library, has specially designed reading areas for children;  it is located on the first floor of the Orlando Public Library and is designed to provide a welcoming and learning environment for children. It is distinguished by features such as an entrance canopy designed as illustrated pages of a book, and other fun designs for kids.  The Orange County Library System offers a variety of free programs and events like author readings and dance classes to help you learn new things and achieve your goals.

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23. Get free admission to Old Town in Orlando.

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If you drive by Orlando International Airport, you will run into Old Town, a unique amusement park and shopping area. Old Town takes you back to a more care-free time from the past.  Over 700 motorcyclists rally through the streets on Thursday nights.

On saturday nights Old Town comes to life with a vintage-car parade with over 300 cars. While the park offers live entertainment every night at 7:30 p.m., its Saturday night show (7 p.m.) plays exclusively ’50s and ’60s rock ‘n’ roll. Visitors must buy tickets for the amusement rides, but admission to Old Town, and its concerts and car shows, is free.

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24. Free for kids, visit the beautiful Leu Gardens.

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Admission for children 4 and younger is free at the Leu Gardens 50-acre park.  Parking is free from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, so you and your child can take a stroll and view the beautiful scenery along any of the park’s three miles of paved walkways.  Attractions include a butterfly garden, a two-acre tropical stream garden, bamboo and palm gardens, and a house museum dating to the 1880.

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25. Get free beer at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

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Knightly Spirits have five locations conveniently placed throughout Orlando and serve an assortment of beer, wine, brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, whiskey, cognac, liqueur and cigars to fulfill your choice and taste that you require.  Knightly Spirits offers free beer every other Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. There are many prominent hotels and scenic views in the surroundings of Knightly Spirits, so come in, kick back relax, and enjoy yourself, especially with the free beer saving you a few bucks.

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26. Free concerts at The Winter Park Farmer’s Market

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The Winter Park Farmer’s Market is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. Visitors can stop by the farmer’s market, view the shore, taste free samples of fruit and mingle with the people there.  Yearly they have an anniversary party with games, prizes and dog fashion show for free.   The nearby location is home to the Winter Park Historical Museum.  Come by enjoy the scenery of great food, pretty orchids and other treats.

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27. Visit the LEGO Imagination Center in Orlando Free.

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Who doesn’t love LEGO? LEGO Imagination Center downtown Disney Marketplace is 4,400-square feet and many kids and adults love it.  Playful looking dinosaurs and other characters made out of LEGO bricks, makes the kid come out of everyone.  Come by the LEGO shop for free and enjoy yourself with lasting fun.

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Go fishing at Lake Wales, or enjoy the scenery.  Each year, thousands of tourists visit Lake Wales in Orlando, Florida.  View the optical illusion that nature carved into the side of a hill called the old Indian Legend of Spook Hill.  A sign marks the spot where you should stop your car, put it in neutral, and watch as your car rolls uphill, some say scary but it’s actually fun and memorable.

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29. Stroll along Disney’s Boardwalk for Free.

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Stroll along the gorgeous Disney’s Boardwalk , and look at the beautiful view, a re-creation of a 1930’s style Atlantic coastal village. The 45-acre waterfront district is known for its nightclubs and entertainment hot spots, but all visitors can enjoy the many street musicians, magicians, and street performers for free.

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30. Watch the March Of The Peabody ducks for Free.

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Twice a day visitors can see the famous March of the Peabody Ducks at the Peabody Orlando hotel. Watch as the ducks are escorted to the tunes of John Philip Sousa from the hotel (at 11 a.m.) along a red carpet to the Royal Duck Fountain. At 5 p.m., watch as the ducks are eating their meal. Sometimes kids can participate in the show and have something to brag about later to all their friends.  Parents can call Duck Master David Robinson at The Peabody to nominate their child to be a duck master.

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31. Visit Fort Christmas Historical Park for Free.

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Twenty minutes east of Orlando in Titusville is Fort Christmas Historical Park, a full-size replica of Fort Christmas, originally built for the Second Seminole Indian War (1835-1842). The Fort has several historical structures and this is a great place to bring your camera to capture the moment.

On December 25, 1837, a force of 2,000 U.S. Army Soldiers and Alabama Volunteers arrived near this spot to construct a fort which was aptly named, Fort Christmas. This fort was only one of over 200 forts built during the Second Seminole Indian War of 1835-1842.

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32. Take a tour at the Orlando Brewing Company.

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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.

Tuesday at Orlando Brewing features local acoustic artists! Listen to tunes on Tuesday while enjoying our BOGO deal on select Orlando Brewing brews and live acoustic music performances by Scott Forbes starting at 7 PM.  Saturday Jan. 18th  9PM-12AM all ages,music, no cover charge.

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33. Visit Big Tree Park in Sanford for Free.

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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.

Walk through a natural hydric hammock swamp as you make your way on the boardwalk to the former sight of “The Senator” an approximately 3,500 year old Bald Cypress Tree that was lost to fire in January of 2012.  Proceed further to see the Senator’s sister tree, “Lady Liberty”, an approximately 2,000 year old Bald Cypress Tree.

This property was donated to Seminole County by Senator M.O. Overstreet and dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge in 1929.  On March 2, 2013 Big Tree Park was re-opened to the public after being closed for almost a year after the fire that destroyed “The Senator.”

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34. Visit Lake Eola for Free


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Visit 6 AM-12 AM at Lake Eola.  Lake Eola is 80 foot long. While at the park, enjoy a concert or play at the amphitheater or view the Orlando skyline.  Lake Eola Park is popular destination in the Downtown area, with many people taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings to walk at lunch or the evenings. The sidewalk encircles the lake and is .9 miles in length.

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35. Visit The Town of Celebration for Free

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The Town of Celebration was originally created by Disney, who hired architects to create a unique town combining historical elements with technology.  Come by Friday through Sunday 1/17/14-1/19/14 to see the beautiful sights and the best deals in Town Center at the Annual Winter Sidewalk Sale.  Art & wine stroll February 2014.

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36. Eden Bar in Maitland has happy hour all day.

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Enzian Theater/ Eden Bar in Maitland has happy hour all day and offer a weekly Wednesday Night Pitcher Show every Wednesday.  Enjoy lunch at Eden Bar, Central Florida’s best alfresco dining destination.  Eden Bar’s one-of-a-kind ambiance and fantastic menu specials will keep you out late.

Discover an invigorating alfresco experience that elevates your spirit and mind only found at Eden Bar. Relax as you escape to an ambiance filled with flourishing, green gardens amid 400-year-old oaks and you warm your soul with our southern hospitality.

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37. Hike or just enjoy The Ocala National Forest

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The Ocala National Forest is located north of Orlando between the Ocklawaha and St. Johns Rivers.  Enjoy a hike in the second-largest National Forest in Florida and the oldest National Forest East of the Mississippi River.  Established in 1908 as one of the first National Forests east of the Mississippi River, the Ocala National Forest protects many significant archaeological, historic, geological, and botanical wonders.

Also a part of Ocala National Forest, checkout Silver Glen Springs as an excellent day trip.

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38. View the fine arts at Grand Bohemian Gallery

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Grand Bohemian Gallery, located within the luxury hotels and resorts of The Kessler Collection, contains local contemporary art and jewelry, along with European paintings from the 19th Century.  The collections at the Grand Bohemian Gallery are comprised of internationally and locally renowned artists.  Each Grand Bohemian Gallery location hosts monthly art exhibitions and frequently offers receptions where people have the unique opportunity to meet each artist individually.

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39. Visit The World of Orchids for Free

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World of Orchids is a vast greenhouse that ships out its orchids and other plants nationwide. They teach the public about their orchids.  The orchids live in three-quarters of an acre. In the climate controlled warm, humid air some 1,000 orchids are displayed in a natural jungle setting, complete with waterfalls and streams.  Admission is free Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Come in and smell those beautiful orchids and enjoy the view. 

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