A family trip to Orlando doesn’t have to cost the Earth. We’re always looking for ways to help save you money, from encouraging pre-booking, providing loads of free extras with your tickets, and giving advice on saving money while you’re out there.
Most familes take at least one day off from the parks to relax and see a little bit of Orlando. Why not try out one of these budget-friendly activities on your non-park day?
1. Take a picnic to Winter Park
Winter Park in Orlando is a huge, free park where tourists and residents alike flock to make the most of the sunshine in this beautiful and expansive green area. Keep it on budget by bringing along a picnic rather than buying food in the park. There are plenty of fun free things for kids and adults to do, including free ‘Popcorn Flicks’ film screenings on the 2nd Thursday of the month, fishing at Dinky Dock (just remember your fishing rod), an amazing wooden castle playground (above) that will make you wish you were a kid again, and even a Saturday farmers market! Winter Park is a great option for keeping the whole family amused, no matter their age.
2. Relax by the pool
Of course, lots of our customers choose to spend a day chilling out by the pool at their hotel on their off-day from the parks. If your hotel doesn’t have a pool, get up early and head to Rock Springs Run at Kelly Park, where you can swim and tube down a free-flowing natural spring. There is a small fee of $5 for parking and the cost of buying a tube. You must get there early to avoid disappointment, especially in the peak summer months!
3. Trade pins with cast members at Disney Springs
A trip to Disney Springs is not necessarily going to be a cheap day out, especially when you see the all the souvenirs and delicious food you want to buy! But one free thing you can do at Disney Springs which is especially fun is trading Disney pins with cast members and build up your collection. You can also browse the pins available at the Pin Traders store for an inexpensive souvenir.
4. Head to Wekiwa Springs
You’ll be blown away by the beauty of the natural springs in Wekiwa Springs State Park, where you can enjoy hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking. If you forgot to pack your horse, canoe and kayak, the walking trails might be the most budget-friendly option, but you could also just take a picnic and relax by the bubbling water if you don’t want to exert yourselves.
5. Take a drive to the beach
Within 2 hours of setting off from Orlando, you could be relaxing at the beach in stunning Clearwater. It will be easy to see where the place got its name as you look over the beautiful turquoise water and soft white sand at this popular beach resort. Take a picnic and set yourselves up for the day.
6. Watch a free outdoor movie
There’s an outdoor movie to catch nearly every day of the week in Florida and some of them are even screened absolutely free. We already mentioned Popcorn Flicks in Winter Park, but there are plenty more to catch if that timing doesn’t suit you. To see a full line-up of the free and low-cost films you can see, click here.
7. Roast Marshmallows with Chip n Dale
If you’re staying at a Disney hotel,you can join in with a nightly sing-a-long by the fire with Chip n Dale themselves! All Disney hotel guests from any resort get free entry to this event at Disney’s Fort Wilderness, where you can roast marshmallows in front of the campfire with the cheeky chappies. There’s also an outdoor movie to enjoy absolutely free. The event starts as night falls, so check in advance for film screening times.
8. Take a stroll down BoardWalk
Disney’s BoardWalk is a sight worth visiting in itself. The sight of the beautiful architecture of the shops, restaurants and nightlife venues on the promenade next to the calming clear water of the lake makes you feel as if you’ve been transported back in time, and all not too far from your Disney Resort hotel. A great way to pass an afternoon if you get bored of the pool!
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