10 Free Things to do in Orlando, Florida

Free Things to do in Orlando, Florida – we all know how expensive days out and vacations can be, so to make your budget stretch further, why not add in a few free attractions while in Orlando?

From public parks and birdwatching, to art galleries or a free family movie.

Have a look at our list of things to do in Orlando for free.


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Disney Springs, Florida at Sunset

Lake Eola and Lake Eola Park

512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801

A great option for an enjoyable break from the hustle and bustle of  city life, Lake Eola and Lake Eola Park offer a chance the chance to unwind and reconnect with nature.

The lake is bordered by a mile-long sidewalk that encircles the lake. Lake Eola Park is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, with a sidewalk that circles the lake 0.9 miles in length, making it easy for visitors to keep track of their walking or running distances.

The lake is home to a number of swans and other birdlife. You can even rent a swan-shaped boat the perfect idea for a romantic afternoon.


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Lake Eola


Orlando Public Library

01 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801

The Orlando Public Library is a truly fabulous place for all the family to spend some time where you can lose yourself in beautiful books. There are four floors of collections, infact the  library spans an entire city block!

You will find books on just about any topic you can hope for! On the second floor, you’ll find the Melrose Center, a space dedicated to technology education. On the third floor, you’ll find the Friends of the Library Bookstore, which sells lightly used books, DVDs, CDs, and vinyl.


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Orlando Library


Birdwatching at Shingle Creek Regional Park

4725 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

Known as the “Northernmost Headwaters of the Florida Everglades,” the water from Shingle Creek flows from Orlando, eventually reaching the Everglades. Explore the trails on foot or by bike and keep a watchful eye out for the array of different  birds that live in the area.

“Today, Shingle Creek can be experienced by foot, bicycle or boat at multiple sites. The Shingle Creek Regional Trail is a multi-use trail through one of Florida’s most traveled urban areas. When fully constructed, the 32 mile trail will extend from Kissimmee to Wekiva Springs State Park in Seminole County.

Shingle Creek can be paddled for approximately 2 miles from Babb Landing in the north, with an alternative access point at Steffee Landing.”


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Shingle Creek


Browse Art Galleries at CityArts

39 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

Art enthusiasts and lovers of culture will really enjoy a visit to look around the local art scene at CityArts, a gallery collective in the Downtown Arts District.  With several galleries and interesting exhibitions and events, this is a must-do for art lovers visiting Orlando.

“We are a non-profit arts organization serving the Central Florida community. Come discover local art at one of the many art galleries and performance venues located throughout downtown Orlando.”


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City Arts


Hunt for Murals in the Mills 50 District

In Orlando’s Mills 50 District art lovers can visit and photograph one of the many colorful murals depicting elements of daily life in Orlando. Visit the website to view the collection of murals and their respective locations making it easier for you to locate them and see them for yourselves.

Plus, you will find information on other art projects that might be open to the public while you’re in town.

“Mills 50® is a centrally located, culturally diverse, progressive minded, eclectic urban district! It is a grass roots, member-based organization made up of local business owners and residents, whose mission is to foster Orlando’s most diverse neighborhood by stimulating business, creating a walkable community and promoting our creative culture.”


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Mills 50 District


See the City from the Orlando Urban Trail

See the city from a different perspective by taking a walk or bike ride along the Orlando Urban Trail. It meanders three miles from Lake Highland to Mead Garden in Winter Park, offering views of the city and Loch Haven Park, as well as Orlando’s six lakes.

“Orlando Urban Trail offers a pleasant way for pedestrians and bicyclists to reach a number of recreational and cultural attractions in the city’s northern neighborhoods. It winds by several lakes, where you’re likely to spot turtles, blue herons, and other wildlife. At its northern end, is Loch Haven Park, which houses a science center, museums, and performing arts theatres.

A portion of the trail is also known as the Dinky Line Trail as it follows the former Orlando and Winter Park Railroad, nicknamed the “Dinky Line” for its narrow-gauge tracks. Part of the trail also parallels the modern-day SunRail commuter line for a short distance and, one day, the trail will link three SunRail stations.”


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Orlando Urban Trail


A Movie in the Park

1707 Orlando Central Pkwy, Orlando, Florida 32809

The whole family can enjoy watching a free classic family-friendly movie outdoors in Winter Park’s beautiful Central Park on the second Thursday of each month. Popcorn Flicks in the Park is hosted by Enzian Theater.  Pack some snacks and blankets!

“Our Popcorn Flicks in the Park series features classic films for the whole family. These films are usually held on the second Thursday of each month, and are currently taking place at the Winter Park Events Center from May-September 2022. Popcorn Flicks will return to Central Park, Winter Park in October 2022.

They are FREE and open to the public! We encourage you to bring a blanket, a picnic or snacks, and some family and friends and join us! Popcorn Flicks are typically scheduled at 7PM or 8PM, but may not start until sunset to provide an optimal viewing experience for our guests.”


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Popcorn Flicks in the Park

Mead Botanical Garden

1300 S Denning Dr, Winter Park, FL 32789

Located in the popular and beautiful Winter Park, Mead Botanical Garden features hiking trails, boardwalks, a butterfly garden, and bike paths.

Admission to the gardens is free for all. The gardens connect to the Orlando Urban Trail, so bring along bikes and ride to downtown Orlando before returning to the gardens for a picnic.


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Mead Gardens


Orlando Brewing Brewery Tour

301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

Orlando Brewing got its start in 2006 as one of Orlando’s first craft breweries and has since grown into a local favorite for quality, organic beer.

Get a behind-the-scenes glance at the brewery operation by taking the free brewery tours which are offered throughout the week. It is worth noting that the brewery is dog-friendly inside and out.


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Brewery Tours



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