When you think of an Orlando vacation, what comes to mind? A lot of dollar signs, right? A trip to Orlando can easily add up to far more than you prefer to spend. Between theme park tickets and reserving hotel rooms, it may seem as though a trip to Orlando is out of reach. But did you know that there are several free things to do in Orlando for adults?
You can say goodbye to extravagant theme park prices and get ready for a thrilling, budget-friendly Orlando vacation with these ideas.
1. Wander through Disney Springs and Disney’s Boardwalk
You don’t need to purchase theme park tickets or a Walt Disney World hotel reservation to experience the magic of the mouse. Anyone can explore Disney Springs for absolutely free. While you will have to pay to dine or shop, there’s no cost to walk around, see the sights, and take in the magic. Plus, if you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a free festival, event, or entertainment.
Don’t forget about Disney’s Boardwalk, too. This charming part of Walt Disney World® resort is — you guessed it — free to explore. Be sure to visit Disney’s Boardwalk at night and get a glimpse of the fireworks from the theme park.
2. Harry P. Leu Gardens
Who said a romantic vacation in Orlando needed to be expensive? The Harry P. Leu Gardens offer Free Admission Mondays throughout the year, meaning you can stroll through the multiple gardens without paying a thing. You’ll embark on a self-guided tour through the mesmerizing gardens and sights which include:
- The Butterfly Garden
- The Horseshoe Fountain
- Lake Rowena Overlook
- The Idea Garden
While at the Harry P. Leu Gardens take the time to smell the roses (literally) and enjoy all that the gardens have to offer for the low price of free.
3. Ocala National Forest
You’ll notice that any of the free things to do in Orlando for adults involve the great outdoors. Trust me, Orlando is home to more than just roller coasters and movie characters. Located just north of Orlando, Ocala National Forest boasts 383,000 acres of forest for you to explore. With more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs, the state park is the perfect place for those who want an adventure without the price tag. From hiking to boating, you won’t experience a shortage of fun (or funds) when you spend the day at Ocala National Forest.
4. Drink Up at Orlando Brewing Company
What’s better than a free tour? A free brewery tour. When you visit Orlando Brewing Company, ask your server for a tour ticket. These free tours are first-come, first-serve, so get here early to reserve your spot.
Plus, while you wait for your free tour, why not sample one of the 24 organic crafts beers on tap? Although beer samples are not provided on the tour, you can purchase flights in the tap room. However, purchasing a flight (or two) won’t break the bank. A single flight is only $8 while a double flight is $14.
When it comes to free things to do in Orlando for adults, a free brewery tour and great beer is something we can all raise a glass to.
5. Free Tours and Tastings at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
If you’re more of a wine person, head over to Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards. The winery hosts complimentary vineyard tours and tastings seven days a week. Tours run every 30 minutes with a 15-minute video introduction. You’ll then have the opportunity to witness and experience the production process, from growing the grapes to labeling the bottles.
Once you understand what goes into making a superb bottle of wine, you get to taste it! At the tasting table, guests are presented with a wide range of wines to try. As far as free things to do in Orlando for adults go, a free wine tasting sounds phenomenal to me!
6. Walk Through the Town of Celebration
Did you know that the Walt Disney Company designed a town near their theme parks? Celebration, Florida is a quaint community reminiscent of small town America. Take a walk through the center of town and you’ll notice the various styles of architecture blending together effortlessly to create a community worthy of Disney’s magic.
Throughout this pleasant little town, you’ll find specialty eateries, charming boutiques, and even an event or two depending on when you visit.
7. Lake Eola Park
Nestled in bustling downtown Orlando, Lake Eola Park is a free hidden gem you don’t want to miss. The park is a great place for a romantic stroll under the city lights, a picnic with friends, or taking in the sights before your dinner reservations.
The .9-mile sidewalk loop overlooks the pristine lake, making it the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. When looking for free things to do in Orlando for adults, why not take one of the swan boats out onto the lake or attend one of the many free concerts at the park’s Walt Disney Amphitheater?
8. Watch Theme Park Fireworks
You don’t have to buy theme park admission to watch the spectacular fireworks shows. One of the top free things to do in Orlando with adults is watching theme park fireworks from anywhere but the theme park.
Bypass the admission price and claustrophobic crowds by watching the fireworks from these spots:
- Disney’s Boardwalk
- The right side of the marina at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- The beach at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
- The Contemporary Resort — make sure you face The Magic Kingdom
- The Transportation Center at Walt Disney World® resort — take the monorail for free.
9. Window Shop at the Mall at Millenia
For those who want a taste of the finer things in life without footing the bill, go window shopping at the Mall at Millenia in Orlando. This mall boasts everything from Armani Exchange to Louis Vuitton. While window shopping won’t cost you a penny, purchasing something from any of these stores will. Spend wisely!
10. Watch a Rocket Launch
If your Orlando vacation lines up with a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, you’re in luck. One of the coolest free things to do in Orlando with adults is looking to the sky and seeing a rocket launch into space. However, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is only an hour away from Orlando if you’d like to see the launches up close. From Orlando, you’ll be able to see the rocket ascending into space, but not the launch itself. Still a cool (and free) experience, nonetheless!
Experience the Many Free Things to Do in Orlando for Adults
From sipping wine at a vineyard to watching the fireworks light up the sky, there are so many exciting and free things to do in Orlando for adults. Plan your vacation with Tripster to save even more on hotels, attraction tickets, and more.