As the entertainment capital of the world, there are so many things to do when on holiday in Orlando.
Of course, there’s the world-famous theme parks, attractions, restaurants, stores, golf courses and much more.
But what if you are on a limited budget and need free activities in Orlando? We at Feltrim Resorts have the answer with 20 free events in and around Orlando during January 2018 and beyond, providing fun for all.
Winter Music Series
On Saturday 6, 13, 20 & 27 January: Winter Music Series at the Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, Clermont. Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards is a hot spot for live music, winery tours and wine tastings. The winery is west of downtown Orlando, on a 127-acre estate in gently rolling countryside. 1pm-4pm. Free admission. For more details, see www.lakeridgewinery.com.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
This free admission museum at Holt Ave, Winter Park, showcases more than 6,000 pieces of art, from the Renaissance to the Baroque period. It is one of the oldest collections in all of Florida. In addition, join the Happy Hour Tours at The Alfond Inn, presented by Cornell Fine Arts Museum at The Alfond Inn. On the first Wednesday of each month join a tour of the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park. Meet in the conservatory of the inn for the tour, led by a Cornell staff member. Afterwards, enjoy happy hour in the lounge area of Hamilton’s Kitchen. Details at www.rollins.edu.
The world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany is housed in Winter Park, Florida—and you can experience it for free. Morse Museum is providing free admission every Friday night from 4-8pm, now through April. The museum provides live music, art demonstrations, curator tours and family tours. See www.morsemuseum.org. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is at 445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park.
At Disney Springs, Orlando, there are several fun and free options. You can explore the World of Disney store, which is an experience in and of itself. Also, visit the Lego Imagination Center, where kids can enjoy the free Lego building stations and nearby playground. Plus, there are events throughout the year. Go to: www.disneysprings.com.
Ocala National Forest
North of Orlando, you’ll find Ocala National Forest. This is the largest national forest east of the Mississippi, where you can hike, canoe and bike. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a day of nature. For details, see www.fs.usda.gov/ocala.
The Town of Celebration South of Orlando is this Disney-made town where you can admire the gorgeous houses, well-groomed yards, and magic of Disney living. Admire the Rockwellian-atmosphere, let the kids play in the interactive fountain or stop by the farmers market on Sundays. During winter months, visitors can even see (fake) snow falling.
Fort Christmas Historical Museum & Park
Fort Christmas is easily one of the best free things to do in Orlando for history buffs. Visit the full-size replica of Fort Christmas, East of Orlando, which was originally built for the Second Seminole Indian War (1835-1842). Included are seven restored pioneer homes and exhibits showing pioneer life from the 1870s through the 1930s.
Lake Eola Park
This downtown Orlando centerpiece offers 43 acres for exploration and recreation, including fountains, a walking path, playgrounds, concerts, swans to feed and swan-shaped paddle boats and gondolas (for a fee). For more information, see www.cityoforlando.net.
University of Central Florida Arboretum Opened in 1983, this arboretum is home to more than 600 plant species and at least eight ecosystems. It is north east of Orlando on 80 acres, where visitors can walk or bike along a nine-acre lake.
Gaylord Palms Hotel atrium Tour the 4.5-acre atrium of the Gaylord Palms Hotel, south of Orlando, home to three distinctive regions modeled on the Florida Keys, Saint Augustine and the Everglades. It is free to stroll through the unique atriums.
Orlando Brewing Company tours This is Orlando’s only certified organic brewery. It offers free tours Monday-Saturday at 6pm at 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando.
Free Family Fundays at the Mennello Museum of American Art
On Sundays, 14 January, 11 February, 11 March. 8 April from 12noon-2.30pm, at the Mennello Museum of American Art at 900 E Princeton St, Orlando, you can make your own crafts, get a tour or check out the museum’s open house. www.mennellomuseum.org.
FAVO Artists Open House
On the first Friday of every month, from 5-9 pm at the Faith Arts Village, Orlando, 221 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, in a renovated space that was once a motel, 26 full-time artists open their studios to the public. Also enjoy musicians and food trucks. Free entry. www.faithartsvillage.com.
Baldwin Park First Friday Festival & Art Stroll
This takes from First Friday of every month, from 5:30-9:30 pm. More than 60 local artisans display their art while guests shop and stroll through the heart of downtown Baldwin Park. Free admission. www.baldwinparkevents.com.
Happy Hour with Crosstown Sounds
On Fridays at 6pm until 1 June at the Iron Cow Cafe, 2438A E Robinson St, Orlando. Enjoy this weekly happy hour with rare groove funk, soul, jazz and house. No charge. See www.facebook.com/IronCowCafe.
Books, Tea and Conversation
On the second Monday of every month, from 1-3 pm at Writer’s Block Bookstore, 24 East Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park. Book lovers bring in recently read or favorite books and discuss them over tea. Free event. Go to www.writersblockbookstore.com.
Enjoy a free trivia night at Trivia Tuesday with Doug Ba’aser. This is at Parliament House
410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, on Tuesdays from 5-9 pm, featuring fast-paced shout out trivia, scattergories and more. For details see www.parliamenthouse.com.
Free run Join Ten10 Run Club on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm for a group run series on the Orlando Urban Trail beginning and ending at the Ten10 Brewery at 1010 Virginia Drive, Orlando. More information at https://www.ten10brewingcompany.com.
British Car Owners Night
Meet up with British car owners on the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm at Ace Café, 100 W. Livingston Street, Orlando. For details, see www.acecafeusa.com.
Free fit camp
To get more people living a healthy active lifestyle Synergy Project One, at 1135 Ocoee Apopka Rd, Apooka, offers free fit camp workouts every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-8:30am & 6-7pm.
Pollination art show
Up until 4 February, enjoy this group art show with images of bats, bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators. Free admission. Dandelion Communitea Café, 618 N. Thornton Avenue, Orlando. Details at www.dandelioncommunitea.com.
Board game nights
Enjoy board games with your drinks at The Geek Easy, 114 S. Semoran Blvd, Winter Park, on Thursdays at 12pm. Also, on Saturdays from 7-11.45pm at Campus Cards and Games, 12226
Corporate Blvd., Suite 130, UCF, bring your own games or choose from tons of games available to play for free. For details, see www.campuscardsandgames.com.
On Thursdays from 1-4pm, Waterford Lakes Town Center invites shoppers to bring their pooches to Yappy Hour, a weekly pet-friendly dining series. Select restaurants with outdoor seating will offer exclusive Yappy Hour specials to guests and their four-legged friends for free. For more details, see www.waterfordlakestowncenter.com
Knit and Crochet Night
On Thursdays from 5.30-7.30pm until 25 January, socialise with other knitters in a relaxed atmosphere at Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd, Orlando. More information at www.ocls.info
On Mondays from 7-10.30pm, meet other central Florida Scrabble players at Wirz Park, 8006 Mark David Blvd., Casselberry. Everyone is welcome, from new players to tournament players. Admission is free. Details are at www.orlandoscrabble.com.
Free Activities Orlando – There’s something for everybody!
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