Family Activities on a Budget in Orlando
It’s no mystery why Florida is known as “The Sunshine State.” When the sun covers the southern tip of the U.S, there’s no denying that it has to be one of the sunniest places on earth. Nowhere else is this blissful brightest felt than in Orlando, the family capital of the country.
As a city boasting over 10 different major theme parks for families to visit, parents may be overwhelmed by their options. And with so many activities to choose from, it’s easy to allow your fun budget to get carried away. However, there are tons of things to do in Orlando for families to enjoy, completely within a reasonable price range. Check out some of the most popular stops for families in Orlando on a budget.
Lake Eola Park
To begin, start with an exploration of Orlando’s natural attractions. Point your family in the direction of Lake Eola Park, a constant favorite and local emblem. Located in downtown Orlando, it is one of the few attractions in the city that stands true against time and change. Families can spend days doing a variety of activities, such as renting an adorable Swan paddle boat, view the landmark Eola water fountain, or see a concert in the Walt Disney Amphitheater.
Not into water features or concerts? You and your family can enjoy a nice family picnic throughout the year, thanks to the gorgeous Florida weather. Be sure to bring plenty of food for yourself and the local birds at the lake. Or perhaps you’d rather explore the edges of the park in the surrounding Thornton Park, South Eola District, and the Central Business Districts.
Is your family determined to have the full Disney experience without heading to a full-fledged theme park? Take the family out for an evening in Disney Springs! Filled with restaurants, shops, and music venues – such as the iconic Orlando House of Blues and plenty of common amphitheater’s and squares – there are plenty of sights for your family to explore. And throughout the year are all sorts of fun events – such as the Celebrate Christmas in July, The st. Patrick’s Day festival and Raglan Road, and so much more!
Although the performances and exploring are all great family activities for free, there are plenty of attractions and activities for those with a little more room to spare in their budget. You can take the hot air balloon for a spin, go bowling, see a movie, or even play some really fun arcade games. And don’t forget the boat traveling from one side of the Springs to the other – one of the most fun modes of transportation! No matter what you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful time.
If there is one thing that Orlando is good at, it is mini-golf. There are mini-golf courses riddled all throughout the area, and the best part is – they’re all relatively cheap. It’s not uncommon for this popular Florida pastime to even throw promotions and have discounts.There’s a wide range of courses to choose from, such as pirate mini golf, neon, glow in the dark, and alien. The themes are endless! If you are looking for some high-quality, brand-name mini-golf courses, Disney offers some of them for just a small fee. Nothing says family fun like a fully immersive experience at a themed mini-golf course. Just be sure to keep score, and maybe treat the winner to a double scoop snow cone! And who knows – you may even create a new family tradition!
Harry P. Leu Gardens
The Leu Gardens was started in 1936 by Mr. Harry P. Leu and his wife. Together the pair would travel across the globe to gather exotic plants to bring back to their one-of-a-kind, extensively landscaped, and cared-for garden. And the result is one of the most breathtaking attractions Orlando has to offer. Visitors of all ages will leave the gardens inspired to go out and begin exploring and collecting themselves.
After being fully immersed in the peaceful beauty felt only from looking at nature, take a gander at their house also held on the grounds. The house has been created into the Leu House Museum, one of the many preserved, historical buildings in Orlando that the whole family can tour. However, that does not stop visitors from appreciating the natural beauty and events held on the grounds of the gardens.
Clearly, Orlando, Florida offers many activities for families on a budget or just looking for a theme-park-free vacation. Take some time on your next visit to Orlando to step outside of the typical theme park box and take your family to see some of the best alternative sights the city has to offer.