Free Things to Do in Orlando, FL

Free Things to Do in Orlando, FL
Even with some of the highest-priced real estate in the country, Orlando, Florida, still manages to have a few natural places to play. If you're tired of the frenetic energy of International Drive or sick of having "It's a Small World" stuck in your head, then head outdoors for some rest and relaxation or a brisk bike ride. If it starts to rain, head into the greenhouse to spot rare orchids and other tropical life forms.

Tropical Fish and Birds at A World of Orchids

Less than 20 minutes south of Universal Studios, the Asian-themed gift shop and entrance of "A World of Orchids" leads into a 22,500-square-foot greenhouse with lush tropical plants and bridges over koi ponds. The gift shop sells food for the fish and feeding them can be entertaining. Most visitors go to look at the orchid species; there are many varieties for sale in the gift shop. Admission and parking are free.

A World of Orchids
2501 N Old Lake Wilson Road
Kissimmee, FL 34747
(407) 396-1887

Orlando's Bicycle Trails

Orlando's network of bike trails offer a combination of tropical, residential, urban and suburban environments giving you the opportunity to choose whatever kind of ride you'd like. Mountainous terrain isn't really an option in Orlando, but pathways wind and weave through parks, neighborhoods and swamps, past streams and lakes and through resorts, golf courses and other sights.

Loch Haven Park

Loch Haven Park in the heart of Orlando's Alden Arts District is a 45-acre recreational area that includes Lake Estelle, Lake Formosa and Lake Rowena. The park is surrounded by art galleries, museums and antique shops. Throughout the park, a variety of sculptures, some hidden amid the landscaping and some displayed prominently in a clearing, make for a lovely relaxing stroll. It's a nice escape from the O-town hubbub, with its winding paths over bridges and through lush green lawns. The oak trees growing in this park are some of the oldest in thee state, and "The Mayor" is the oldest in the park.

Loch Haven Park
900 E Princeton St.
(407) 246-2287‎

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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