Cheap, Kid-Friendly Activities To Do In Orlando
You can still have fun in Orlando without breaking the bank! Central Florida is home to a diverse variety of kid-friendly activities and things to do. Our writers at Park Ave Magazine have put together a fun list of cheap, kid-friendly activities to do in Orlando. No need for theme parks or Mickey Mouse. You’ll want to try out everything on this list – from outdoor movie nights to farmer’s markets.
Lake Eola Swan Boats
512 East Washington Street, Orlando, FL 32801
The Lake Eola Swan Boats are a classic bit of fun that every Central Florida native should experience once. For just $15, you can get 30 minutes of swan time. The city of Orlando allows you to rent pedal-powered swan boats through historic Lake Eola for guests to view the park on the lake and enjoy the fountain up close.
Orlando Farmers Market at Lake Eola
20 N. Eola Drive, Orlando
When you get done with the Lake Eola swan ride, stop by the Orlando Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola. It takes place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Eola Park. You can stock up on fresh fruits and veggies and there are plenty of sweet treats for your kid to enjoy.
Central Florida Zoo
3755 W. Seminole Blvd., Sanford
Zoos are wonderful, kid-friendly places to take your children. The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a relatively cheap spot perfect for a summer day with little ones. The zoo has many different animal exhibits, and this is a wonderful chance for you to get your child in touch with animals. Zoo tickets range from $15 to $25, depending on the time of year and age of the ticket holder (but the extra-little ones age 2 and below get in free).
2670 Cassel Creek Blvd., Casselberry
The Semoran Skateway is a retro skating rink located in Casselberry. You can also take advantage of daily deals and special events like “Family Fun Night” on Tuesdays. Admission ranges depending on days of the week. Typically, you can expect to pay around $9 per visit (not including skate rentals.) Semoran Skateway also offers lessons, arcade, skate shop, full snackbar, private parties, and more! Family owned & operated since 1978.
Winter Park Boat Tour
The Winter Park Boat Tour is a hidden gem located on Lake Osceola in Winter Park. The boat tour offers hour-long, guided cruises through three of the seven lakes and two, narrow manmade canals on the tranquil Winter Park chain. Guests will be able to enjoy breathtaking views of swaying palms cypress trees, lush ferns and views of the opulent homes along the lake. Admission is $16.00 for adults and $8.00 for children Taxes Incl.(ages 2 through 11) under 2 are free. Operating hours are 10am to 4pm daily except Christmas.
Movie Night at Leu Gardens
1920 North Forest Avenue, FL
Every month, Leu Gardens hosts a movie night for families to enjoy. Enjoy an outdoor movie in Orlando’s most beautiful garden. Feel free to pack a dinner picnic basket and seating, alcohol is permitted. This movie is rated PG13, children under 13 years of age require an accompanying parent or adult guardian, weather permitting. Leu Members receive free admission to all movie nights, Membership Card and ID required. Leu Members please make sure your membership is current and not expired. Members do not need a ticket. Space is limited, first come first serve basis. No Guest Passes. Not applicable to AHS or any Reciprocal Garden.
The next Movie Night: TOP GUN: Maverick | Friday, September 1, 2023 | Gardens open at 6:00 p.m., Movie time 8:00 p.m.
Florida Natural Springs
Central Florida is home to some of the most beautiful natural springs. These springs are gorgeous, crystal blue, freshwater springs where visitors can go swimming, hiking, and enjoy the amazing flora and fauna. Some of our top choices are Rock Springs Run State Preserve at Kelly Park, and Wekiva Springs State Park are within an hour north of Orlando’s core. Entry per vehicle starts at $6 and up.
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