Out Top 10 Free Places in Orlando :
1 – Disney Monorail. Possibly the best ride in Disney World, and it’s completely free!
Anyone can hop aboard the iconic Monorail and no ticket is required. Head over to the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) in the Disney Parking Lot and board either of the two monorail loops – one stops at the three Magic Kingdom resorts (Disney’s Polynesian, Grand Floridian and Contemporary) and the other takes guests to Epcot.
The Epcot monorail makes a graceful loop around the Spaceship Earth icon before returning to base.
2 – Lego Imagination Centre in Disney Springs Marketplace is 4,400-square feet of fun, guarded by friendly dinosaurs and a huge sea serpent made of LEGO bricks. This play area lets kids explore their creativity by building with colorful bricks, and it’s all free.
3 – Ocala National Forest is located north of the city and features numerous hiking and biking trails. Inside the forest you’ll find wetlands and springs as well as indigenous wildlife such as nine-banded armadillos, river otters, foxes, deer, and a variety of other small animals. You may even catch a glimpse of the Florida black bear or wild boar!
4 – Universal Studios City Walk. There’s plenty to see as you walk round soaking up the atmosphere, and Kids love cooling off in the splash pad areas on hot summer days.
Catch a game on the big screen at the Hot Dog Hall of Fame and dance to music beside the lagoon, courtesy of the live DJ.
5 – Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards produce 50,000 gallons of Florida fine wine every year, and they want to share it with you!
It also hosts an abundance of family-friendly festivals and free live music events all year long with food, crafts, and fun photo-ops. Every day, Lakeridge runs free tours and tastings all day long. You’ll start off with a short film about the vineyard’s history then move on for a superb view of the vines, before ending the tour in the tasting room (the best part!)
The whole tour lasts for about 45 minutes.
6 – CityArts Factory is Orlando’s largest collective of art galleries where guests will find local and international works of art. This 20,000-square-foot destination hosts six independently owned art galleries, some of which offer studio space to working artists.
Admission is free from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check the events calendar for live music, new exhibitions and even holiday-themed events. And just next door, check out the comedy group who are housed in the same building.
7 – Fort Christmas Historical Park. This beautiful historical park boasts many beautiful features including massive shaded trees, picturesque hiking trails and a well-kept playground. However, it also includes a full-sized replica of a fort constructed in 1837, one of about 200 built during the second Seminole Indian War, which raged from 1835-1842.
In addition to the related film and exhibit, Fort Christmas Historical Park is home to seven restored “Cracker” homes representing the common architecture of this area from the 1870s to the 1930s.
Whether you’re an American history buff or a nature enthusiast, this is a win-win, free-admission attraction.
8 – Enzian Theatre. Thanks to Orlando’s favourable weather, every Wednesday night the Enzian Theater stages a free outdoor movie. It is projected under the stars in an enchanting setting, surrounded by the centuries old oak trees. The Theatre’s Eden Bar sells food and drink but if you know a lot of film trivia you might win yourself a Jell-O shot. Bring chairs, blankets, friends and family and enjoy the films, which range from classic to kitsch, and suspense to sci-fi.
Check the Enzian’s website to see what’s playing.
9 – University of Central Florida Arboretum. This impressive area is home to more than 600 plant species on an 80-acre property. Visitors can walk through a self-guided tour to view many native plant species.
The Arboretum currently has approximately 3 miles of walking/biking trails through the scrub and longleaf communities. The Natural Areas are open to the public from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
10 – Disney Fireworks. Even if you’re not in the park, the Magic Kingdom fireworks can be seen from other areas. Leave your car in the main parking lot and take the free tram to the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) for the best close up views of the nightly fireworks. They’re also visible from Disney’s Polynesian Resort beach (and in the distance from one of our homes’ upstairs bedroom windows!)