Wet your whistle at Orlando’s only organic brewery, bop along with street musicians on Disney’s boardwalk or build intergalactic spacecraft at the Lego Imagination Center – all for free!
It may be best known for Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, but Orlando offers much more than Mickey Mouse and rollercoaster rides.
With over 2000 lakes and numerous museums, tours, sights and sounds, there’s plenty to do in this vibrant and thriving city without busting the budget, and all just a stone’s throw away from your Orlando villa.
Orlando offers a whole host of entertaining activities that don’t cost a thing, so for a bit of fresh inspiration take a look at our guide to the Top 10 Free Things to Do in Orlando during your Top Villas vacation:
1. Street musicians on Disney’s Boardwalk
Take an evening stroll and bop along to the beat of ambling instrumentalists and moseying musicians who provide nightly entertainment on the Disney Boardwalk. Our Disney villas are located just minutes from the free attraction, which resembles a 1930’s-style Atlantic coastal village, and proves to be a popular pre-and-post dinner destination.
2. The LEGO store in Downtown Disney
Gasp at giant LEGO wildlife and build soaring skyscrapers at the LEGO Imagination Center in Downtown Disney. The store sells Lego in every shape and size, and boasts a colorful creative hub where visitors young and old can build free-of-charge and let their imagination run wild.
3. Black Hammock Wildlife Exhibition
Visit this lively entertainment complex located on Lake Jesup and watch Hammy the giant gator guzzle his grub. The 10,000 acre lake is home to thousands of alligators and birds, a gift shop, awesome airboat rides and the Lazy Gator Bar. Visitors can sample the famous ‘gator tail’ delicacy and enjoy free animal exhibitions and live music.
4. Lake Eola Park
Enjoy a picnic under the palm trees, feed wild swans, and take a breather from downtown Orlando in this 43-acre oasis. Visit the famous farmers market held here on Sunday mornings, and enjoy one of the many free concerts held at the Lake Eola Park amphitheater.
5. The Orlando Brewing Company
Check out the giant fermenting vats and learn how beer is brewed on a tour of Florida’s only organic brewery. The Orlando Brewing Company offers free tours every evening where visitors can wet their whistle on a variety of local ales and beer – then wander home to their Orlando vacation rentals.
6. Sample citrus fruits in Winter Park
Taste juicy tangerines and gobble grapefruit wedges at the Farmers Market held every Saturday. Hundreds of friendly vendors sell local fruit, veg and baked goods each weekend at the Winter Park 1890 train depot.
7. African culture at The Hurston
The Hurston Museum is the namesake of acclaimed 20th-century author Zora Neale Hurston from Eatonville, the first all-Black town in America. From 19th-century furniture crafted by slaves to contemporary paintings by urban children, the museum showcases the work of many African artists.
8. Gallery walks at City Arts
Be amazed and intrigued as you wander through the City Arts Factory in Orlando and see sculptures, paintings and jewelry crafted by local and international artists. The giant factory phenomenon boasts five galleries and 8,000 square feet of performance space.
9. Take a trip to the Town of Celebration
Visit this Disney-made town and marvel at gorgeous gardens, huge houses and all the magic of Disney living. Children can play in the interactive fountain or see artificial snow falling in the winter months.
10. Fort Christmas Historical Museum and Park
Pay a visit to the full size replica of Fort Christmas, which was originally built for the Second Seminole Indian War in 1835. See seven restored pioneer homes and various exhibitions featuring pioneer life such as homesteading, hunting, fishing and trapping from the 1870s through the 1930s.
If we have inspired you enough to take a trip to Orlando then sneak a peek at our luxury Orlando villas and get booking!