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We know all of those theme parks can put quite a big hole in your wallet, but Orlando offers great alternatives - free alternatives nonetheless - to the crowded parks. We’ve come up with a list of our five favorite free things to do in Orlando and think you’ll love them just as much as we do:
1. For a theme-free park experience, check out Dr. Phillips Community Park, which is near all of the attractions, but totally removed from the hectic pandemonium of the theme parks. On the 80 acres of parkland, you and your kids can play on baseball and soccer fields, a basketball court and a playground, or even embark on a hike through the trails. The good news is, Fido can join too-at least in the dog park.
2. The glistening Lake Eola in downtown Orlando is a wonderful, and completely free, way to spend the day. Grab a pal and take a stroll around the lake as you watch the swans swim quietly on their way. Or if you are really feeling gutsy, take your kids and they can horse around to their hearts’ content.
3. Visit the farmers’ market each Saturday in Winter Park to browse the freshest fruits, vegetables and flowers. Of course we aren’t telling you to buy anything, but we will tell you that staying away from the aroma of kettle corn and crêpes is going to be quite the difficult task. We promise we won’t judge you if you cave in-we did.
4. For a bit of history, stay in Winter Park and join a walking tour. The tour guides will navigate you along the streets, sending you back 100 years to when Orlando first became a resort destination.
5. Let your imagination soar at the LEGO Imagination Center in downtown Disney. You’ll see the Seven Dwarfs in mid-spoof and even a Loch Ness Monster rearing its head out of the water.
Fun doesn’t have to cost a thing when you stay in Orlando.