Free & cheap things to do in Orlando with kids
By Laura Perry
Publisher: Orlando on the Cheap
It is totally possible to visit Orlando on a budget with your family. In fact, there are a wealth of inexpensive things to do from unexpected experiences to family-friendly activities. All it takes is a little bit of planning (and lots of snacks) for a successful day trip. Here are the top inexpensive things to do in Orlando with kids — that are actually worth the drive.
ORLANDO ATTRACTIONS FOR FAMILIES
Central Florida Zoo, located in Sanford, is home to more than 350 animals including otters, rhinoceros, and giraffes that you can feed. Bring bathing suits and towels to cool off at the splash pad after your day of animal adventures.
Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park featuring thousands of alligators, crocodiles, an aviary, breeding marsh with observation tower, petting zoo, nature walk, educational wildlife programs and more. The attraction always offers a good deal for Florida Residents.
Crayola Experience Orlando has more than 70,000 square feet of colorful hands-on activities for your kids to explore. You can save a few dollars on admission if you purchase your tickets in advance online.
TOP Golf is now just a short drive away from Volusia County with a new location in Lake Mary. Tee off with your family in your own private bay. To make it affordable, the destination offers half-off play on Tuesdays.
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games features multi-level indoor karting, bowling, a ropes course, laser tag, video games, gourmet food, two bars and more. Most of the activities offered are under $20.
ICON Park on I-Drive is packed with entertainment options including The Wheel, an observation ride that takes you 40 stories into the air! The 20-acre destination includes: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Orlando, Museum of Illusions Orlando, Orlando StarFlyer, Arcade City, and 7D Dark Ride Adventure. Parking is free.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES WITH KIDS
Winter Park Boat Tour takes you on a tour through the beautiful canals and lush landscape of Winter Park’s waterways on a tranquil, scenic tour. After the boat ride, enjoy a picnic in Central Park, visit Kraft Azalea Garden and pick up a treat at Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream.
Southern Hill Farms is a family-owned and operated farm that opens its gates for harvests and festivals throughout the year. Depending on the season, you can pick your own strawberries or blueberries and soak up a day outdoors with activities for the kids and fresh donuts and craft beer for sale. It’s a true Florida farm experience that it is definitely worth the drive.
Leu Gardens offers free entry on select first Mondays throughout the year. Stroll through the lush gardens or bring a blanket to relax in the shade while the kids play.
Central Florida Springs, Florida’s natural cooling system, is a fun place to visit year round. In the summer, take a dip in the refreshing water. In the winter, go on a picnic or a canoe trip. Depending on the park you choose, admission is around $6 per person or $2 per person.
FREE DISNEY EXPERIENCES
Disney Springs is a fun-filled escape, brimming with unique boutiques, culinary surprises and lively entertainment. Parking is free, and it’s free to walk around and explore.
Ride your favorite roller coasters (from the comfort of your couch). Pretend you are in the middle of all the theme park excitement with these free virtual rides at Walt Disney World Resort.