Everyone loves the word "free." It comes with a sense of liberation for your wallet, especially if you're searching for things to do to end the workweek. If free sounds good to you, there are a ton of things to do around Orlando that will give your wallet a rest.

Sure, you can pony up the money and hit some of the region's famed attractions, which are surely fun in their own right. However, there is nothing like getting out and enjoying the beautiful bounties of things to do when it comes to that magical word: Free.

Many of the area's parks are open for all to visit. Take your bike out on one of the trails or go for a hike, it's all on nature's tab.

With the falling gas prices, it's a great excuse to hit one of the numerous beaches that have long attracted a legion of Central Floridians to the thunderous sounds of the Atlantic.

Whether it's going surfing in New Smyrna Beach or breaking out the beach towels and catching some sun in Daytona Beach, the oceans will be at your call and, you guessed it, free of charge.

Take a rescue pup on a date

Where: Lakeland, FL 

Why You Should Go: The SPCA of Polk County is bringing back their Doggie Dates, in which you can treat a rescue dog to a fun day on the town. 


Explore Disney Springs 

Where: Disney World, FL 

Why You Should Go: Yes, it's Disney, but it doesn't cost a cent to park your car and take in the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of Disney World's famed shopping-and-dining district. 


Sunbathe at Cocoa Beach 

Where: Cocoa Beach, FL 

Why You Should Go: Only 45 minutes away from Orlando, Cocoa Beach is one of the best beaches in Central Florida, and it's totally free! 


Test out old Spook Hill

Where: Lake Wales, FL 

Why You Should Go: Take your car and make a beeline for Lake Wales, where you'll encounter Spook Hill, a gravity hill that will "pull" your car uphill without you powering it.


Picnic on Daytona Beach 

Where: Daytona Beach, FL 

Why You Should Go: The "World's Most Famous Beach" is free for all those who come to sunbathe and cool off in the powerful Atlantic Ocean. 


Little Econ Greenway 

Where: Orlando, FL 

Why You Should Go: This hidden gem of a trail sits in East Orlando and will make for a great weekend bike ride or hike beside the scenic Little Econ River. 


All of these activities are free of charge, so get out and enjoy, on the cheap. 

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.


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