When it comes to the Sunshine State, there is no shortage of action-packed adventures to discover. The biggest drawback to housing a dozen major theme-parks, however, is that in order to enjoy these attractions it tends to cost tourists an arm and a leg. There is, however, another side to Orlando just waiting to be explored by your family.
That’s right. A whole world of new experiences can be had without setting foot inside a costly major theme park! Check out this list of budget-friendly activities to enjoy in and around the City Beautiful that won’t break the bank.
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
If you’re a fan of miniature golf then you’re sure to enjoy the swash-buckling good time that awaits you at Pirate’s Cove. Located conveniently on I-drive in downtown Orlando, this unique take on mini-golf has two full 18-hole courses to choose from as well as free giveaways to those lucky enough to score a hole-in-one.
- Adults: $13.50
- Children: $11.95
RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
When the peak-heat season hits in the middle of summer in Florida it can truly feel like there is no escape. That is, until RDV Ice Den came into the picture and blessed Central Florida with a chilled-out experience like no other. This public ice skating rink offers open-skate seven days a week and even provides lessons for beginners.
- Adults & Children: $7.28
Bok Tower Gardens
At the crest of one of Florida’s tallest hills lies a breathtaking garden any nature-lover can appreciate. At its peak, the hill plays host to a truly awe-inspiring sight: a 205 foot Gothic bell tower. Surrounding this unique architectural marvel is an expansive garden landscape meant to inspire contemplation and renewal.
- Adults: $14
- Children: $5
The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
As one of Orlando’s newest attractions, the Orlando Eye has surely made its mark with tourists and locals alike. Enjoy a 360 degree view of the picturesque Orlando skyline from two-hundred feet above the ground! This is one Ferris wheel experience you won’t want to miss!
- Adults: $27.50
- Children: $22.50
Green Meadows Farm
To get back to nature visitors only need travel a short distance from the heart of Orlando to Green Meadows Farm. Family owned and operated, this hands-on outdoor animal farm gets kids right in on the action with barnyard animal petting, train rides and cow-milking seminars!
- Adults: $23
- Children: $20
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium
For a fun, wild and often kooky experience that’s sure to make your kids mouths drop, visit Orlando’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Otherworldly art exhibits, galleries of the strange and unbelievable and real shrunken heads to boot, this funhouse within a funhouse is a treat for kids, and adults, of any age.
- Adults: $17.99
- Children: $12.99
From the thrill-seeker in all of us, to the nature-lover bubbling just under the surface, and everything in between, Orlando truly offers something for everyone. The most important part is creating lasting memories for family and close friends and Orlando is the perfect place to do just that.
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