What to do if you are a college student in Orlando 2021
Orlando can come off as a huge city especially if you just moved here as a student. If you attend UCF or just happen to stop by the area, choosing a place to eat, finding a place for some fun, or picking the best hang-out spot could initially intimidate you. Let your worries disappear because Orlando, although big and busy, fits as the perfect environment for trying new things and exploring new places.
It may cost to get into the theme parks but you can visit Universal’s Citywalk entertainment complex and you only have to pay for parking. Citywalk is a mix of shopping, restaurants, and nightlife, with plenty of free music and entertainment. Depending on the month of the year there may be additional free festivities throughout the complex.
The Disney Springs complex at Walt Disney Resort offers plenty of low-cost and totally free ways to spend the day. This bustling waterside promenade is packed with unique boutiques, one-of-a-kind eateries, and cutting-edge entertainment including live music and specialty acts. Little ones will love the Lego Imagination Center, where they can custom build their own Lego figures for free.
Sights at Lake Eola
This 43-acre oasis in the heart of downtown Orlando offers spectacular views over the city’s iconic skyline. You can eat a picnic next to the lake, feed the resident swans, enjoy one of the many free concerts at the amphitheater, or pop by the farmer’s market on Sundays.
tubing at Kelly Park
A top spot for tubing, Kelly Park features a free-flowing natural spring and a crystal clear creek where you can float the days away. Along with hiking trails, you’ll find volleyball courts and a playground. You can bring your own tubes or rent one just outside the park. Entrance is around $5 per vehicle for 3-8 people.
Chill at a secret garden
Dubbed Florida’s ‘secret garden’, the 5-acre Kraft Azalea Garden is located on the shore of Lake Maitland and is open all year round from 8 am until dusk. Unique, secluded, and picturesque, a day trip here is one of the best things to do in Orlando if you’re looking to just chill. Singing Tower at Bok Tower Gardens Located in the rolling citrus hills in historic Lake Wales, Bok Tower Gardens is home to acres of must-see scenery and a gothic 205-foot Singing Tower housing one of the world’s finest carillons. There are immaculately manicured gardens and walking trails to explore, plus daily carillon concerts that can be heard throughout the gardens.
Ripley’s Believe it or not.
If the weird and bizarre fascinate you, then Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium must be a stop on your list. They offer 600 interactive exhibits and artifacts, guaranteeing that every visitor discovers something strange to fit their fancy. Located in a sinkhole, the weird times begin before you even enter the building. Prepare to have your mind blown with vampire-killing kits, medieval torture devices, and cannibal skulls, among many other oddities.
ACHILLES ART CAFÉ
Before a night full of plans that skip sleep on the itinerary, take some time to refuel with some delicious drinks. Not a coffee addict? No problem—enjoy the relaxing ambiance with tea, smoothies, or wine instead. “It’s a cute café that gives you old-school coffee shop vibes. Their menu also includes small sandwiches, not just drinks,” said UCF sophomore Tiana Wiley. Achilles offers the perfect rest stop to sit down and relax after a day of fun in the sun.
SAK COMEDY LAB
Prepare for a night full of laughs at Orlando’s hottest comedy spot. With improv events, almost every night of the week, catching a show should not be too hard of a task. Performances feature both professionals and amateurs, so check out their website for the line-up before purchasing your tickets. You never know who you might see, especially since famous comedians like Wayne Brady got their start right here at SAK.
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