Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer and typically celebrated with picnics, barbecues, fireworks display, parties, parades, and other events. Except, holidays have been a bit strange this year due to the COVID virus. But why let that bring us down! Here are a few safe and family-friendly fun you can enjoy this Labor Day weekend.
MOVIEOLA IN LAKE EOLA PARK
Enjoy Lake Eola Park’s free outdoor movie series, MoviEola, taking place seasonally and during the holidays. Each movie event features fun pre-movie activities as well as food and beverage for purchases. Movies are screened outdoors on the East Lawn, between Washington St. and Central Blvd. by the playground.
THE ALFOND INN ART TOURS
A hotel in Winter Park may be the last place you expect to find an impressive art collection, but prepare to be surprised by the gorgeous contemporary art collection on display at The Alfond Inn. This hotel located just off Park Avenue offers free guided tours of their in-house art collection every Sunday at 1 pm. Tours are led by a Cornell Fine Arts Museum staff member and no reservations are needed.
Located on the Wekiva River, Wekiva Island is a relaxing escape and favorite among locals for a day spent swimming, sipping a few adult beverages, and relaxing in the Adirondack chairs lined up neatly along the river. Admission is free on weekdays.
Wild Florida Drive through
Wild Florida’s Drive-Thru Safari Park: Florida Resident discount $20 for adults and $15 per kid. The drive is a self-guided journey to get up close and personal with hundreds of wild animals.
Winter Park Boat tour
Winter Park Boat Tour: float through the canals and lush landscape of Winter Park’s waterways on a tranquil Scenic Boat Tour. The hour-long tour is $14 for adults.
The Black Hammock is an ideal place to visit for those interested in exploring all of the unique nature that exists in Central Florida! The Black Hammock Adventures is a lakeside bar and restaurant in Oviedo with amazing sunset views on Lake Jesup and airboat tours
Orlando splash pads
Orlando Splash Pad Parks is a fun and cheap way to cool off. Some are free or just a few dollars for entrance. Orlando offers many cheap and fun places to cool down. A local splash pad is a perfect option when you have little kids in tow, and there are plenty of splash pads near Orlando.
Central Florida Springs
Central Florida is home to an array of crystal-clear springs where you can beat the heat at refreshing, 72-degree swimming holes and go paddling past lush foliage. The Central Florida Springs, Florida’s natural cooling system, is one of those must-see destinations. With water temperatures in the low 70s year-round, a dip in the springs located near Orlando is incredibly refreshing.
Lukas Nursery & Butterfly Encounter is home to one of the largest native butterfly conservatories in the state of Florida. The peak season for an up-close experience is April – September.
Your visit to the Zoo will introduce you to a variety of animals, including some of the rarest and most endangered species on the planet. Central Florida Zoo is open with modified hours and timed online tickets to enter. Adults $19.50; children $13.75.
Ride your favorite rollercoasters (from your couch). Pretend you are in the middle of all the theme park excitement!
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Each garden is designed specifically to further our mission: inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plants. The fairies are back! Leu Gardens is not only popular because of its beautiful gardens but also their fairies. Search for 20 whimsical fairy doors throughout the gardens. $10 adult, $5 child (ages 4 – 17 years). FREE days are scheduled for Sept. 7.
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