Things to Do in Orlando Florida for Free

Things to Do in Orlando Florida for Free
Orlando, Florida, offers plenty of ways for visitors to enjoy fresh air and work up a sweat. Whether you choose to play Frisbee golf at the arboretum, catch a free concert at Fun World or float the lazy river at Kelly Park, you don't have to spend a fortune on an Orlando vacation. Hiking trails, bicycling and water sports are plentiful in the lakes of the Sunshine State.

Flea World and Fun World

For cheap souvenirs and county-fair style treats and rides, visit Flea World and Fun World, just a 10-minute drive north of Orlando. Parking and admission are free. You'll find more than 1,000 vendor booths selling clothing, home decor items, accessories, wall art, plants, jewelry, toys, shoes, weight-loss products, items as seen on TV and a plethora of other products that you might not realize you need until you see it at Flea World. The Fun World amusement center has carnival rides and games as well as magic shows and concerts. Walkways are paved, and rollerblading is allowed. Orlando souvenirs are cheap and plentiful at Flea World.

Flea World and Fun World
4311 South Orlando Drive
Sanford, Florida 32773
(407) 330-1792

Float the River at Kelly Park

Lake Apopka, just 20 minutes west of Orlando, is fed by the free-flowing natural spring in Rock Springs at Kelly Park. The 245-acre park offers camping, hiking trails, wildlife and water play. Ride an inner tube, slowly and steadily, down the river. The park is a popular destination, so to lessen the environmental impact and ensure that guests aren't crowded, it often stops admitting people by mid-morning. There is a fee for camping. There are four different hiking trails, volleyball courts and playgrounds.

Kelly Park
400 East Kelly Park Road
Apopka Florida 32712

University of Central Florida Arboretum

The 82-acre arboretum at the University of Central Florida has more than 3 miles of hiking trails, plus an interpretive nature center, where visitors can learn more about hundreds of native plant and animal populations. Hiking and walking are popular activities, as is napping in the oak hammock, playing a round of Frisbee golf or relaxing in the nature pavilion. Changes and improvements at the arboretum are designed to return the facility to a preserve of native life, and to phase out non-native plants, some of which have become invasive. Interpretive displays share the progress with visitors, and ongoing efforts ensure that the place looks different on each visit.

University of Central Florida Arboretum
4000 Central Florida Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32816
(407) 823-2000

Article Written By Lisa Russell

Lisa Russell has been a freelance writer since 1998. She's been published in "Rethinking Everything Magazine," "Playdate" and "Home Educator's Family Times." She has a professional background in education, cosmetology and the restaurant industry. Russell studied early childhood education at Antelope Valley College, and is pursuing a degree in law.

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