Contrary to belief, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to have fun in Orlando. Central Florida is home to an assortment of fun places to visit, activities to try, and events to attend. Best of all, many of these are completely free! Keep reading for a list of free things to do in Orlando, ideal for an uneventful day when you are dying to get out of the house.

1. Old Town

 

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A recreation of a classic Florida town, Old Town is a beautiful pedestrian-only street that features historical architecture and storefronts. Casually stroll down the brick streets, shop to your heart’s content, and bask in the neon lights. Guests can also attend a number of events, such as bike and car shows or cruises, as well as family movie nights under the stars. Be sure to bring a lawn chair and some snacks or just grab a bite at one of the on-site restaurants.

2. Mills 50 Mural Tours

 

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If you love art or the outdoors, enjoy both during a self-guided tour of the Mills 50 area murals. These vibrant, large-scale murals are the work of local artists, depicting a variety of events, messages, and more. We recommend you start your trip at a nearby coffee shop and then plan your tour during the morning (when the temperature is relatively cool).

3. Orlando Historic Walking Tour

 

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Besides our world-renowned theme parks, Orlando has so much to offer. Taking a page from our rich history, join Historic Preservation Officer Richard Forbes for a tour of the Downtown Historic District. This 90-minute excursion occurs on the first Friday of the month from October through May. However, it’s still a good idea to check out the City of Orlando website for a list of dates and all pertinent information.

4. Disney Springs 

 

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One of the most popular Disney destinations for locals and tourists alike, Disney Springs is always a hit for those looking for a classy evening out. Featuring a number of shopping and dining options and experiences, it is the perfect place to wander. So take in the crowds, beautiful lights, and free entertainment, such as live music and dancing. They also offer free seasonal events, including the beloved Christmas Tree Trail. 

5. Disney BoardWalk

 

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Located near Disney’s Epcot and BoardWalk Inn, the BoardWalk is a smaller, less crowded version of Disney Springs. Designed to look and feel like an old coastal town, guests can enjoy a casual stroll along the water and entertainment from street performers. Additionally, rumor has it that if you stand on the bridge at the end of the boardwalk heading towards Epcot and the Beach Club, you will be able to see a good portion of the fireworks from the Illumination show.

6. Universal City Walk

 

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It doesn’t cost a dime to enjoy the impressive entryway to the Universal Orlando theme park. This strip is chock-full of fun, from people watching to interesting sights and sounds. The area is well maintained and features a beautiful lake. It is up to you whether you choose to indulge in the fun fare, shopping, or entertainment (for example, the Cinemark). Parking is regularly $26 dollars, but it is free for all guests after 6 p.m.

7. Ace Cafe Car Shows

 

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A well-established brand, Ace Cafe is a hotspot for bike and car lovers. Besides the sweet environment, sick tunes, and tasty food, they also set up weekly meets and monthly cruises. Whether or not you have a noteworthy automobile of your own, definitely keep an eye on their event calendar to mark dates that you may be interested in attending. Of course, everyone is welcome to join in on the social hour and check out other guests’ cars. But remember – no touching!

8. Orlando Brewing

 

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Delivering “Darn Good Beer” to Central Florida since 2006, Orlando Brewing is a business where fine and fresh ingredients come first. As Florida’s only USDA certified organic brewery, they offer a unique beer experience – one you can take part in during a free tour, which is available Monday through Friday at 6 p.m. Reservations are not available, however, so this freebie is first-come-first-serve. According to their website, your best bet is to request a ticket from your server.

9. Knightly Spirits

 

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A top rated beer retailer, Knightly Spirits is considered an Orlando attraction. Delivering stellar customer service and competitively priced wine, liquor, and craft beer, it is a must-visit for alcohol enthusiasts. Visit one of their five locations and enjoy a wine and/or beer tasting on Friday or Saturday night. For those on the hunt for a new favorite ale, the South Orange Blossom Trail store offers the widest variety of beer.

10. LakeRidge Winery

 

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For wine lovers, there are few things better than sampling a variety of vinos at your leisure. At LakeRidge Winery in Clermont, you can do just that during a complimentary tour and tasting, which is available seven days a week. Learn about the entire production process, which starts with growing the Florida grape and then continues with harvesting and bottling, before tasting the final product. Tours begin at 10:15 a.m. on Monday through Saturday and at 11:15 a.m. on Sundays. The last tour of the day begins at 3:45 p.m. every day. 

11. Bike Orlando

 

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If you are looking for some casual exercise or a leisurely outing, go for a bike ride at one of several bike trails throughout Central Florida (granted you have the right equipment). For avid bikers or beginners who are looking to branch out and socialize, consider attending Critical Mass. This exciting night ride through Downtown Orlando not only offers a unique glimpse of the city but also an opportunity to meet others in the biking community.

12. Hike Orlando

 

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With a large number of trails and some of the most diverse nature, Orlando is a great place to go hiking. There are numerous options, including trails for day hikes, thru-hikes, or backpacking. Similarly, you can choose a trail based on your experience level, such as scenic or loop trails for beginners or families. Each trail also promises a glimpse of Florida’s unique terrain along with the potential to see some wildlife and native plant species. Find an adventure that suits your taste, pack a snack, and get going!

13. Art Museums

 

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Central Florida is a great place to live for art lovers! Rife with passionate creators and consumers alike, there is a high demand for public art. While art is readily available in many areas throughout Orlando, there are also a number of free art museums – perfect for those who prefer galleries, especially in the event of poor weather. Although free, many of these establishments welcome and appreciate donations.

14. Historical Museums

 

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If you have been itching to learn more about this impressive city, visit one or several of the free historical museums. Each offers a one-of-a-kind experience, covering a range of topics that apply to local areas, history, or residents.

15. Outdoor Movies in Orlando

 

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What better way to spend an evening than relaxing on a lush lawn in a beautiful park or at a local establishment? A number of locations and businesses throughout Orlando offer free outdoor movie screenings, featuring family-friendly films.

16. Monthly Events in Orlando

 

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Orlando plays host to a wide variety of free monthly events to encourage both community engagement and support for local businesses. These events are a blast and often align with popular pastimes, such as food, art, alcohol, or music. 

17. Tour Local Gardens

 

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Relish in the great outdoors at one of the following free Orlando gardens or parks. With near-perfect weather year-round, each features a walking path and intriguing draws, from lakes to plant life, art, scenic views, and recreational activities.

18. Farmers’ Markets

 

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Are you an early bird? If so, take advantage of your weekend mornings with a trip to a nearby farmers’ market. There are plenty to choose from within Central Florida, and all of them offer unique products from local small businesses, including food, art, clothing, plants, and so much more! Often situated in a park or small downtown area, these can be beautiful locations for a post-breakfast walk.

Conclusion

And that’s our list! With so many choices, you shouldn’t have a difficult time finding something to do for your next budget-conscious outing. Just don’t think about it too much – remember, spontaneity is half the fun. With that said, let us know which of these fun places and free things to do in Orlando you look forward to the most!