Enjoy Orlando Attractions That Are Free of Charge
The theme parks of Orlando are out of this world, but they are not cheap. There are however low priced and even free attractions in the greater Orlando area that are well worth your time. Previously I have written about the nearby state parks that provide excellent recreation and sight seeing for very low prices, now it’s time to look at some attractions in the Orlando area that are great, but also completely free of charge.
The first attraction on my list is the World of Orchids. They have a huge 22, 500 square foot conservatory filled with orchids and exotic plants from around the world. Enjoy the flowers of Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Australia, and Central and South America on a leisurely stroll through the exhibit. In addition to the conservatory, they also have a gift shop. The World of Orchids is located at 2501 Old Lake Wilson Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34747.
While we are thinking about plants, you can also take a walk at Big Tree Park. This park is home to Florida’s oldest “resident” who happens to be a 3500 year old cypress tree which towers 118 feet. You can walk along the boardwalks here and sit down at the many park tables and enjoy a picnic lunch. This is an 11 acre park that is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset seven days a week 363 days a year. The park is located at 761 General Hutchison Pkwy, Longwood 32750-3732.
Do you like fireworks? If so you can enjoy a free display of fireworks any night of the summer. The fireworks are displayed at Disney World, but you don’t need to be inside the park to get a good view. One tip is simply to got to the main parking lot and then take a free tram to the Ticket Center where you will be close to the nightly show.
There are other free attractions at Disney World, in addition to the fireworks. For example you can enjoy the free outdoor performances by musicians and magicians and walk along the boardwalk at Disney’s 45 acre waterfront area. If you want to spend a little bit of money you can of course go into the night clubs and restaurants but if you just want an enjoyable outdoor evening you can soak up the atmosphere here free of charge.
Another colorful area where you can enjoy free entertainment is Old Town, an amusement park and shopping center located south of the Orlando International airport. On Thursday evenings hundreds of motorcyclists rally through the streets, and every Saturday night you can watch a vintage car parade featuring more than 200 cars. The park offers live entertainment every night at 7:30 PM with a special Saturday night show featuring rock ‘n’ roll music of the 1950s and 1960s. If you want to go on the amusement park rides, you have to pay, but the admission to the park and its concerts, motorcycle rallies and car shows is free of charge. These are just some of the free attractions in Orlando. Believe it or not, there are even more than what I have discussed here. So, enjoy yourself on both the paid and free attractions of Orlando.