Free Things To Do In Florida For A Fun Day Trip On The Cheap

The Sunshine State is full of cool places to go and fun things to do, but most places will cost you a lil' somethin' (or a lot of somethin' — like the theme parks). Thankfully, a few amazing places will let you visit for free, letting you take a fun little day trip on the cheap. If you're looking for free things to do in Florida, look no further than this list.

From vintage museums to canopy-covered parks, crystal clear waterscapes, and even temples that will make you feel like you're in another country, you'll find a little bit of everything here.

Without further ado, here are seven places you can visit for free in Florida. 

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Price: FREE on select dates; standard admission is $8 per adult

When: The 1st Saturday of every month

Address: 12450 S.W. 152nd St., Miami, FL

Why You Need To Go: Explore the museum for free! Save some money checking out everything, or cash in on a cheap train ride around the property. The trains and grounds are also reportedly haunted.

The Florida Botanical Gardens

Price: FREE year-round; donations are accepted and suggested at $5 per visitor to help keep it beautiful.

Address: 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo, FL

Why You Need To Go: Free and absolutely beautiful to explore year-round; it's especially breathtaking at Christmas time when it's lit up with over 1 million lights, making for a super romantic winter wonderland stroll. Bonus: you can bring your dog.

Sholom Park

Price: FREE year-round

Address: 7110 S.W. 80th Ave., Ocala, FL

Why You Need To Go: A zen and peaceful place to take a stroll through a natural labyrinth and you don't have to pay a dime to wander their lush gardens and canopy-covered paths. You get to see some of the most stunning nature and garden views. Grab your boo for a cheap and cute date.

Royal Springs Park

Price: FREE year-round

Address: 15762 198th Trail, O'Brien, FL

Why You Need To Go: A crystal clear blue spring secluded in the forest of O'Brien. Go for a swim, snorkel with the fishies, or jump from the diving platform for a full day of fun in the water.

The Hindu Temple of Florida

Price: FREE year-round — optional donations are accepted to help keep the temple beautiful and fund operation costs.

Address: 5509 Lynn Rd., Tampa, FL

Why You Need To Go: A beautiful hidden temple ornate with spiritual imagery in a striking white color. Learn more about Hinduism, experience culture, and satisfy your wanderlust without ever leaving the Sunshine State and without spending a dime.

Manatee Viewing Center

Price: FREE year-round

When: Manatee viewing season runs from November 1, 2019, through April 15, 2020.

Address: 6990 Dickman Rd., Apollo Beach, FL

Why You Need To Go: Go: A chance to admire manatees up close! Stroll on the boardwalk and see them swim in The Bay, soaking up the Sunshine State's rays and enjoying our warm waters during the winter season. You can also walk on a beautiful nature trail and pet stingrays at the touch tank.

Florida Cactus Inc.

Price: Free to visit; any money you decide to spend would be to take a cute little plant baby home. Plants range in price from as cheap as 50 cents upwards to $150 for a HUGE potted cactus.

Address: 2542 Peterson Rd., Apopka, FL

Why You Need To Go: A magical potted plant paradise; wander multiple greenhouses using your succulent safari map to find the perfect potted friend. Free to explore and affordable prices if you do decide to head home with something new.

If it's free, it's for me — and that means we almost can't afford to not check out these free Florida gems. So what are you waiting for? Grab your friends, your boo, sometimes your dog too, and take an adventure without breaking the bank.

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