Apr 142015
 

Orlando Weekend on the Cheap It’s possible to do Orlando on the Cheap. In fact, there are many inexpensive things to do. To help you do more with less, we created this list of the top 10 free things do to in Orlando including movies, farmers’ markets, outdoor recreation and more.

Free outdoor moviesEnzian Popcorn Flicks in the Park
Enjoy movies outdoors without charge. On a beautiful night, there’s nothing better than watching a movie under the stars on a giant screen with your friends and family. One of the most popular is Popcorn Flicks in Winter Park the second Thursday of each month. Check out the complete list of free outdoor movie options in Orlando.

Farmers’ Markets
Visiting a farmers’ market is one of the best ways to learn about a town while supporting local artisans and growers. Even if you don’t end up making a purchase, it’s a great place to people watch, enjoy beautiful weather and maybe even some live music. Two of our favorite markets are Winter Park on Saturday mornings and downtown Orlando on Sundays. Check out our list of all the Farmer’s Markets in Central Florida.

Free museum visitsOrlando Museum of Art exterior
Orlando has a long list of museums, gardens and cultural attractions. A select few offer designated free admission days. Casa Feliz in Winter Park opens its doors for Music at the Casa on Sunday afternoons. Harry P. Leu Gardens is free the first Monday of each month. See all the Orlando free museum days.

Art walks
Many artists call Orlando home, giving life to a variety of reoccurring community events. On the first Wednesday of every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Lake Mary WineArt Wednesday features local artists, food trucks and a beer and wine garden. Mingle with Central Florida artists and enjoy live music at the Sanford Art Walk on the fourth Friday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Sanford.

Lake Eola


Lake Eola Park is a 43-acre recreational area in the heart of downtown Orlando. The kids will love the large playground with activities for every age. Picnic along the shore, feed the resident swans, catch a free concert at the amphitheater and take a stroll around the lake. Enjoy spectacular views of Orlando’s skyline and marvel at iconic fountain, which comes to life with dancing bright lights accompanied by jazz music every night at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Bike and nature trailsSeminole County Trails
Seminole County’s award-winning recreational trail system is a Central Florida best kept secret with more than 60 miles of paved and natural trails. Whatever adventure you choose, it’s free to journey through the trails of Central Florida. Explore Central Florida’s trails:

Winter ParkKraft Azalea
Winter Park boasts beautiful parks, various free events, cultural attractions and shopping. Stroll along Park Avenue for some window shopping, picnic in Central Park, and then stop at Kraft Azalea Garden to watch the sunset.

Free kids’ activities
There are plenty of cheap ways to entertain your kids in Orlando. Some of our favorites include storytime at Leu Gardens, the LEGO Imagination Center, Disney’s Boardwalk, craft workshops at local retailers, splash pads and parks. Here is our complete list of free things to do with your kids.

Beer & wine tours
Hidden amongst industrial buildings is a local microbrewery gem, Orlando Brewing. See where the fermenting magic happens on free brewery tours Monday through Saturday at 6 p.m. If wine is more your speed, take a short trip through the rolling hills of Clermont to Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards for free tours and wine tasting seven days a week. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and begins with a 12-minute video presentation that shows the growing of Florida’s grapes all the way to the wine making process.

Wekiva Island Wekiva Island
Play volleyball, corn toss, enjoy live music and a take dip in the cool waters of the Wekiva River all for free at Wekiva Island. This eco-recreation destination has an old Florida feel, a bar that serves beer and wine, riverside cabanas and a dog-friendly policy. Admission is free during the week, but the charge is only a dollar or two on the weekends.

Mar 132014
 

Did you know Sanford was once considered the celery capital of the world? That crop helped create a beautiful town with a great weekly farmers market. Plan a Saturday to experience the Sanford Farmers Market. Shop for local fruits, vegetables, homemade goods and listen to local musicians in the quaint downtown setting. For lunch, prost (cheers) with authentic German beer and bratwurst at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café. The market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East 1st St. & Magnolia Avenue in downtown Sanford.

 

Mar 122014
 

Visit Lake Lily for the Maitland Farmers Market where you can pick up healthy foods and handmade goods. Pick up a quick lunch from food trucks and enjoy a day along the lake. The market is open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Lily on the intersection of Maitland Avenue and 17-92.

 

 

Mar 042014
 

The College Park Sunday Brunch Market is a one-stop shop for piping hot meals, unique finds and farm fresh veggies. Food trucks make special appearances and local bakers sell irresistible cupcakes. Sip on mimosas while browsing vintage clothing, locally made fashion, housewares and accessories. The market is every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1600 Edgewater Drive in College Park.

 

Mar 022014
 

Winter Park Farmers MarketCentral Florida’s most popular produce and plant market, Winter Park Farmers Market, is held every Saturday morning at the historical old train depot. Enjoy a morning of shopping for fine produce, plants and baked goods. To make a day of it, stroll down Park Avenue to window shop or have a picnic in Central Park. The market is held on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 200 W. New England Avenue, Winter Park.

Dec 172013
 

The Christmas countdown is on, but there are still a few cheap and free holiday movie options in Orlando. Pack a blanket and bring the entire family for a cozy Christmas experience.

Altamonte Springs at Cranes Roost
December 19: Christmas with the Kranks
When: Thursdays December 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs

Baldwin Park
December 20: The Polar Express
When: December 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Village Green Center
Orlando, FL 32814

Light Up UCF
Enjoy holiday classics on a giant screen at Light Up UCF on select nights at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. now through January 5, 2014. Check the Light Up UCF website for scheduled show dates. During the annual holiday event, UCF transforms into a winter fun zone with free light shows, free outdoor holiday movies, rides and attractions including ice-skating, an ice slide and photos with Santa.

December 18, 2013: A Christmas Story

December 20, 2013: Elf

December 21, 2013: Home Alone

December 26, 2013: A Christmas Carol

December 28, 2013: Miracle on 34th Street

January 2, 2014: Jack Frost

January 3, 2014: Home Alone 2

 

Jun 282013
 

Red, white, blue and free! Fireworks shows will burst all around Central Florida to celebrate the 4th of July. Experience magnificent fireworks displays in Orlando without spending a penny. We’ve rounded up seven places for you to watch fireworks this Independence Day.

Jun 272013
 

Mount DoraTake a step back in time for a traditional 4th of July celebration in Mount Dora. Visit the quaint downtown area for a parade, live music and fireworks show. Bring chairs or a blanket and cash for the old-fashioned priced concessions. The parade begins at 10 a.m., music at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.

Jun 272013
 

OviedoEnjoy live entertainment, a free concert, food, carnival games, vendors and a fireworks display at the Oviedo Independence Day Celebration. Go to the Oviedo Mall for this family-friendly 4th of July event from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free. An inflatable games wristband can be purchased for $5 before the event or $7 the day of.

If you’d like to be part of MIX 105.1’s human replica of the American flag (pictured), registration starts at 5:30 p.m. near Chamberlin’s and participants will be given a red, white or blue shirt courtesy of Popular Community Bank.