Inexpensive and Fun Things to Do in Orlando

Inexpensive and Fun Things to Do in Orlando
Visits to Orlando, Fla., are usually associated with the slew of pricey theme parks and tourist attractions. This can leave visitors on a budget at a loss as to what to do when not planning to spend the day out on one of the area's beautiful trails. While not well-known, the city does offer some inexpensive and fun activities in the downtown and International Drive areas.

Orlando Ghost Tours

Set amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Orlando, visitors can take a step back into time on a quest to find spirits of long ago on a ghost tour of either the historic Greenwood Cemetery or downtown itself. Prices are $25 and under as of March 2010, making the two-hour walking tours a budget-friendly option compared to other attractions in the area.

The Greenwood Cemetery tour participants participate in an active investigation using paranormal equipment as well as having the opportunity to visit those laid to rest that represent historical ties to the nation such as civil war soldiers and the tomb of Thomas Jefferson's grandson. The downtown tour paints the image of life in Orlando during the time when some of the original buildings were built as you walk through the historic portion of the city. Then the tour guides take participants to a notoriously haunted building to conduct their very own paranormal investigation.

Orlando Ghost Tours Box Office
129 West Church Street
Orlando, FL 32801

Harry P. Leu Gardens

Escape to the natural beauty of 50 acres of lush gardens as you set out on a three- mile paved walking trail for as little as $7 for an adult, as of March 2010. The gardens prove themselves as diverse as the culture of Orlando, with seven distinct areas for guest to explore as well as a house museum from the 1880s. Tranquility awaits in the Tropical Stream Garden and the garden comprised of cycad, bamboo and palm trees while those that love the fluttering of little wings appreciate the butterfly garden. Flower lovers will appreciate the camellia and rose gardens as well as the three-acre idea garden, ready and waiting to inspire the green thumb in everyone. To round off the day, no collection of gardens would be complete with the addition of the vegetable and herb garden.

More than just beautiful foliage, Harry P. Leu Gardens is home to a permanent collection of sculptures and regularly displays nature-inspired paintings, mosaics and even woodcarvings. The displays are found in the art gallery, along with the gift shop, at the entrance to the Garden House.

Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 North Forest Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803

Orlando Skate Park

Seven days a week, Orlando Skate Park offers up the thrill of extreme sports for only $8 for a day pass (and no cost if you're female) as of March 2010. Skaters test their skills on 8,000 square feet of course that features depths ranging from 5 to 11 feet as well as a variety of pockets, transitions and more. Whether an experienced skater or a novice, the course offers something for everyone. Bikers can try out the big bowl flow course on Sundays and Wednesdays following the same rules that apply to all other visitors to the course: helmets for all and full padding for those under the age of 18. Lessons are available at the park for those who want to give it a try but may be a bit unsure of their skills.

Orlando Skate Park
400 Festival Way
Orlando, FL 32803

Article Written By Paisley Parmer

A full-time home educator and mother, Paisley Parmer is a Central Florida native. Parmer writes education-related articles with forays into travel and family-related topics. Her work has been published on various websites.

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