Orlando, situated in the centre of the hugely popular American state of Florida, is one of the most appealing holiday destinations in the entire world. Famed for its incredible holiday resorts, such as Disney world and Universal Studios, the city attracts millions of tourists every year. But if you’ve recently planned your dream trip across the Atlantic, you’ll most likely have already felt the financial sting. So once you’re out there, what activities can be enjoyed on a budget?
Magic Kingdom Castle (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
Lake Eola Park
Orlando is fondly nicknamed “the Beautiful City”. So it is obvious that the natural beauty of Orlando is something to behold if the right spots are located. With the glorious sunshine drawing everyone outdoors, visitors will not be disappointed with the attractions awaiting them. So take a break from the bustle of downtown Orlando and venture out to Lake Eola Park, right at the heart of the city.
The remarkable amphitheatre is the ideal place to enjoy a concert during the evening and take in the skyline of Orlando against the beautiful sunset. Alternatively, you could visit the Fort Christmas Historical Park and immerse yourself in the wonderful fairs and historically minded entertainment – great fun for the family.
If a more sophisticated experience is desired, Orlando has a hugely vibrant and diverse cultural scene for you to explore. The venues usually offer free admission. For example, the CityArts Factory offers free admission Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 6pm and the downtown location showcases fantastic work by both local and international artists.
The collection is particularly eclectic so there is certain to be something for everyone to enjoy. The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida may be a daunting prospect for some holiday makers looking for a relaxed trip, but this venue offers a truly admirable and emotive memorial to Holocaust victims which most will find both moving and fascinating.
While visiting Orlando, it is essential (particularly for the adults), that a visit is made to the wonderful vineyards of Florida. And there are regular events which offer free wine tasting sessions and some free food tasting. The Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards offers free tasting, tours and festivals and its position, sitting on a beautiful 80-acre area just North of Orlando, is quite heavenly.
Downtown Disney Marketplace
If the kids are determined to enjoy the excitement of Disney World but the tickets are too expensive, as they are during the holidays particularly, an amble through the Downtown Disney Marketplace is a must. All the energy and magic of Disneyworld can be enjoyed without cost and restaurants offer great food to a vast range of budgets. Alternatively, you could save money on flights by booking through – this way, you can afford Disney World!
In addition, the Disney Boardwalk offers great entertainment for free including fire shows, street entertainment, comedy shows and jazz ensembles. The nostalgic recreation of the 1930’s style boardwalk is quite special and something visitors of all ages can embrace. And with the Magic Kingdom in such close vicinity, fireworks displays tend to appear overhead to fill the shortest of breaks in fun and entertainment.