When you’re planning an Orlando vacation on a budget, you can look beyond Disney territory and attractions for some budget-friendly destinations in downtown Orlando. Downtown Orlando is about a twenty-minute drive north of Walt Disney World Resort and is easily accessible from Interstate 4.
Whether you’re traveling with the family or on your own, here’s where you can find some inexpensive and free things to do in downtown Orlando:
Picnicking at Lake Eola Park
Watch the swan-shaped paddle boats float down Lake Eola at Lake Eola Park. The park is open year round and is a prime destination for picnicking and relaxing. The park also hosts a number of free concerts and community events throughout the year, and parking is free. It’s located at 195 North Rosalind Avenue in Orlando, within walking distance to several great restaurants and cafes. Call (407) 246-2827 for more information.
Visiting the Harry P. Leu Gardens
The Harry P. Leu Gardens offers free admission on the first Monday of every month. It’s one of Orlando’s most popular attractions and relaxation destinations, a picturesque tropical garden that spans nearly 50 acres in the Winter Park and downtown Orlando area. Head here to see hundreds of bamboo plants, camellias, conifers, flowering gingers, roses, hibiscus and ferns. The Harry P. Leu Gardens are located at 1920 North Forest Avenue in Orlando. Call (407) 246-2620 for more information.
Exploring the Cornell Fine Arts Museum
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is located on the campus of Rollins College and is open Tuesday through Sunday. The museum features hundreds of original exhibitions and permanent collections that include the works of Alex Katz, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Tiepolo. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is located at 1000 Holt Avenue in Winter Park. Call (407) 646-2526 for more information.
Visiting the Creative Spirit Art Gallery
If you’re looking for a free activity in downtown Orlando, head over to the Creative Spirit Art Gallery to see exhibits from local and regional artists. The gallery is a home to members of the Artist League of Orange County and houses dozens of paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs. The Creative Spirit Art Gallery is located at 820A Lake Baldwin Lane in Orlando, Florida. Call (407) 898-8343 for more information.
Playing a Game of Paintball at Paintball World Sports Complex
The Paintball World Sports Complex offers all-day field admission rental packages for just $19.95, and can be a fun destination for all members of the traveling party. You can spend a few hours playing in this professionally-managed facility, and can take advantage of group rates for five or more players. The Paintball World Sports Complex is located at the Barnett Park entrance of the Central Florida Fairgrounds on 4801 West Colonial Drive. Call (407) 218-9490 for more information.