To many, Orlando is known for its tourism, entertainment and family fun, but to me it’s home. I have grown up here since the start of grade school, so I certainly know my way around the streets!
I’ve managed to explore all of the “hot spots” without breaking the bank, so if you’re looking for the best summer break destination, here are five things to do in Orlando on a budget.
1. Experience Disney for free
Yes, for free! Disney Springs offers the same entertainment and fun as Disney at no cost to you. Disney Springs is home to a few iconic restaurants, one being the Rainforest Cafe, and there are a lot of awesome shops too, shops like the World of Disney! Legoland is fun for the whole family, you can express your creativity brick by brick at no cost to you! There are other attractions as well, available at a price, which include an AMC Dine-In Movie Theater, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Cirque du Soleil, hot air balloon rides and DisneyQuest, an indoor interactive theme park.
2. Universal Studios
Located before the entrance of Universal Studios and Universal’s Island of Adventure, Universal’s Citywalk has restaurants, shopping, bars, nightclubs and a movie theater, just like Disney Springs. Universal’s Citywalk also offers a boat ride to and from their most popular resorts such as the Hard Rock and Portofino Bay Hotels. Even if you’re not spending a night at one of these resorts, I still recommend taking the tour because these hotels are unlike any other. To end the night, Universal’s Citywalk puts on a firework show every night starting at 9 PM.
3. The Orlando Eye
Much like the London Eye, the Orlando Eye is a 400ft tall Ferris Wheel located at the heart of I-Drive. If you visit during the day when the skies are clear, you can see all the way to the coast from the top of the wheel. Unfortunately, this attraction isn’t free, but tickets are only $25 for adults and $20 for kids. I’ve seen discounts through Groupon, so double check for coupons before you go!
4. The Enzian Theater
If you want to experience Orlando like a local, this is the perfect place for you! This theater is not your average movie theater, it shows alternative, independent, and classic films. They host annual film festivals and local community events, such as “Popcorn Flicks In the Park”, which is free and open to the public, otherwise admission is just $10 a person.
5. Feeling adventurous?
The state of Florida is known for its natural beauty and the city of Orlando is no different. Only 45 minutes from downtown, Wekiwa Springs is a charming escape from any overcrowded tourist destination. There is a $5 charge to park, and you can rent kayaks and canoes. I recommend stopping at a store along the way and picking up a few pool toys as well as snacks for a picnic.
Comment below with your favorite Orlando destination!
Alisia is a mechanical engineering student at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and holds an internship at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. After graduating with her bachelors, she wants to pursue her masters with a minor in environmental studies. With her degree, she hopes to develop alternative energy resources and create a sustainable environment.
Apart from her school extracurricular activities, she enjoys drawing, painting, and traveling. Within the next year, she plans to get involved with Give Volunteers, an organization that combines volunteer work and overseas travel to improve lives. Apart from helping others in developing countries obtain necessary resources, she is also passionate in helping other achieve their academic goals which is why she is so excited to be a Cengage Student Ambassador!