Well, you have your reservations and the car is packed
and ready to go. You're off to Florida for a vacation! Have
you made your list of cheap vacation
spots and tips and ideas for the family while
there? I'm not talking about theme parks but just a list of
free parks that are really fun!
Here ya go, a list of 3 free parks and museums in
1. Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando.
This park is 43.2 acres including the lake, and features
a sidewalk circling the entire way around the lake for
rollerblading, walking, or jogging. The sidewalk is just
under a mile long at 0.9 miles. Like many Florida lakes,
this particular lake was originally a sinkhole. Amazing,
huh? You can see a spectacular view of Orlando's skyline
from this park or enjoy one of the concerts in the outdoor
amphitheater. There is a fountain in the middle of the
lake, and you can also rent swan boats and paddle around.
This is of course not free so that would be optional but
still qualifies as a cheap Orlando tip as it is fairly
inexpensive. If you are visiting during the fall, Fiesta in
the Park is a not-to-be-missed art festival. Free of charge
and well worth the trip to the park.
2. Harry P Leu Gardens, a 50-acre botanical garden and
museum featuring 3 miles of paved scenic walkways.
The gardens feature the largest Camellia collection
outside of California, largest formal rose garden in
Florida, a house museum dating from the 1880s, a 2-acre
tropical stream garden, vegetable and herb garden,
butterfly garden, and palm and bamboo gardens. There is
also a gift shop, tours, and special events including songs
and storytelling for the kids. When it comes to cheap
Orlando deals, I think this is one of the best-kept
secrets. Schedule a trip here for the afternoon for a
relaxing time away from the crowds.
3. Fort Christmas Historical Museum and Park.
Located on the outskirts of Orlando in Christmas,
Florida, this is another well-kept cheap
travel secret of Central Florida. Here you can
visit the full size replica of Fort Christmas including 7
restored historical homes preserved in the "Cracker"
architecture of East Orange County, Florida. The houses are
interpreted to show pioneer life from the 1870s through the
1930s. Key themes are homesteading, cattle, citrus,
hunting, fishing, and trapping. This is an interesting and
enjoyable park for the entire family, definitely should be
on the list for cheap Orlando activities. There is a gift
shop and special events including a cowboy reunion where
local cowboys share their experiences, a bluegrass arts and
crafts festival in March, Old Timer's day in May, Pioneer
Homecoming Day in October, and Cracker Christmas in
I hope these great
cheap vacation spots and ideas help you have a
very low-cost family trip to Florida.