Central Florida Activities for Under $5


Mick Haupt

The beautiful Lake Eola located in downtown Orlando is free to visit. Image received from Unsplash.

Isabella Hooten, Editor-in-Chief

In our current day, it can be difficult to find activities to do that are both fun and inexpensive. Many activities can cost anywhere from $25 to over $100. You can find many of these expensive activities everywhere, with the costs of movie theater tickets increasing and entry into amusement parks being upwards of $100. Looking deeper, there are local activities that cost $5 or less, or even nothing at all, that anyone can enjoy. In the Central Florida area there are a variety of activities that fall under this category that many people may not be aware of.

If you are interested in doing something with no cost at all, there are a few activities that you can participate in. Taking a trip to the middle of Downtown Orlando is Lake Eola. Lake Eola has completely free entry with free parking available in Downtown Orlando. You can enjoy a nice walk, an appetizing picnic with a view, or you can even catch a free show at the Walt Disney Amphitheater. If you’re interested in visiting a park with less of a crowd, there is Lighthouse Park in Mount Dora. At Lighthouse Park you can bird watch, enjoy a nice picnic while you look out at Lake Huron, or even take up fishing.

Now, if you’re still looking for a free experience but maybe in some air conditioning, you can visit the Rollins Museum of Art in Winter Park. The museum is located on the campus of Rollins College and is completely free to attend. It is open Tuesday-Sunday and is one of only four AAM-accredited art museums in Orlando.

Free activities can be very appealing, but if you have a couple dollars to spend, some of these activities may be interesting to you. If you enjoy going out to the movie theater but don’t want to spend so much money, there is the Altamonte Picture Show. Better known as “the dollar movie theater,” the Altamonte Picture Show plays movies that have left many theaters for the price of $1 per ticket. If you have extra money, you can always pick up a snack or two as well.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive outdoor activity, there is Kelly Park. Kelly Park costs only $5 per vehicle with 3-8 people, $3 for 1-2, and $1 for anyone who walks or rides their bike to the park. At Kelly park you can go tubing, kayaking, or swimming, with a full service concession stand as well; though you can bring in your own food.

At first glance, it may seem impossible to find activities to do for under $5. In actuality, there are a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities that are inexpensive, with some being free. Many people may not get to experience some activities due to costs, but these activities open up a lot of opportunities for people to have fun and even try something new.