There’s so much to do in the City Beautiful — and plenty of ways to experience it without breaking the bank.
While physical distancing is in effect, we’ll include virtual events and businesses that are opening. If you’re going out, it’s wise to phone first. Events are subject to change at any time. Many venues are open fewer hours and require a reservation.
We’d love your input if you have anything to add to this list. Here are our top picks for free and cheap things to do in Orlando.
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FREE & CHEAP THINGS TO DO IN ORLANDO
Note: Sometimes, things change after we post an event. It’s always a good idea to check directly with venues and event organizers to confirm before you go.
Longwood Food Trucks
Thursday, July 9, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Reiter Park, Longwood
FREE entry and live music. Pick up a meal from a food truck and then dine with your small group in the large park.
SeaWorld Orlando Flicks & Fireworks
July 10 – 12
Drive-in movies for one weekend only at SeaWorld Orlando.
$50 per vehicle includes drive-in movie and fireworks display. Park admission not necessary. Food truck service starts at 7:45pm followed by movie and fireworks at 9pm. Reserve your spot here.
Flicks & Fireworks movie schedule:
Friday, July 10 – Shark’s Tale
Saturday, July 11 – A Dog’s Purpose
Sunday, July 12 – The Karate Kid (original 1984 version)
Enzian Presents: The Empire Strikes Back
July 10 – 16
Enzian Theater, Maitland
Tickets start at $10. 40th Anniversary Celebration of the film.
Fridays on the Plaza
Friday, July 10, 7pm – 9pm
Downtown Winter Garden
FREE live music outdoors.
Friday, July 10, 6pm – 10pm
Sunset Walk, Kissimmee
FREE live music.
Classic Car Show
Saturday, July 11 at 4pm
Old Town, Kissimmee
FREE to check out a variety of classic cars. Cars limited and spaced out for safety.
Family Time on the Farm
Saturday, July 11, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
$15 per person for a party in the pasture with baby goats.
Saturday, July 11, 7:30pm – 11pm
$8 admission and $2 skate rental.
Winter Park Farmers’ Market
Saturdays from 8am to 1pm
Central Park, Winter Park
You might also want to check out more farmers’ markets in Central Florida.
Maitland Farmers’ Market
Sundays from 8:30am to 1:30pm
701 Lake Lily Drive
Free Family Fun Day
Sunday, July 12
Every second Sunday of the month, Mennello Museum offers free admission to the galleries during FREE Family Funday. Families can enjoy a miniature fine art project (12pm – 2:30pm) and tour the exhibits until 4:30pm.
Sunset at the Zoo
Thursday, July 16, 5:30pm – 8pm
Central Florida Zoo
$5 for an adult-only evening at the zoo.
MORE FREE & CHEAP THINGS TO DO IN ORLANDO
- Mead Gardens is a FREE 47-acre park with an amphitheater, butterfly garden, boardwalk and bike trail.
- Winter Park Boat Tour: float through the canals and lush landscape of Winter Park’s waterways on a tranquil Scenic Boat Tour. The hour-long tour is $14 for adults.
- Lake Eola features a playground, art sculptures and swan boats ($15 for a 30-minute ride).
- Harry P. Leu Gardens is 50-acre botanical oasis boasting a rose garden, butterfly garden and a vegetable garden. $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 4-17, free for kids age 3 years and younger.
- The Black Hammock Adventures is a lakeside bar and restaurant in Oviedo with amazing sunset views on Lake Jesup and airboat tours.
- Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is an 11-mile drive with a chance to view native animals in their natural habitat including 174 bird species. The drive is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
- Wild Florida’s Drive-Thru Safari Park is a self-guided journey to get up close and personal with hundreds of wild animals. $20 per child, $29 per adult.
- The Central Florida Springs, Florida’s natural cooling system, is one of those must-see destinations. With water temperatures in the low 70s year-round, a dip in the springs located near Orlando is incredibly refreshing.
- Lukas Nursery & Butterfly Encounter is home to one of the largest native butterfly conservatories in the state of Florida. Peak season for an up-close experience is April – September.
- Gatorland is offering half off tickets for Florida Residents through July 31, 2020. Adults $14.99; children ages 3-12 pay $9.99.
- Central Florida Zoo is open with modified hours and timed online ticket to enter. Adults $19.50; children $13.75.
Take a relaxing stroll.
There is nothing cheaper or more relaxing than a scenic walk. We have plenty of nice paths to stroll at local parks, county trails and picturesque gardens. Most of the walking paths near Orlando are completely free, unless otherwise noted.
Ride your favorite rollercoasters (from your couch).
Pretend you are in the middle of all the theme park excitement!
MORE FREE & CHEAP THINGS TO DO IN ORLANDO