Orlando is the land of Mickey Mouse, Harry Potter, and money. Lots and lots of money. There is no shortage of attractions to stay busy exploring, but it can seem daunting when your bank account keeps sending you notifications every day of low funds. If you're like many of us, you're probably more in the market of finding cheap things to do in Orlando.
The locals certainly know how to keep things exciting and not break the bank at the same time. While these attractions may not attract hundreds of foreign tourists a year, it’s the little things that really give Orlando its character.
So if you’re looking to save money but still have an awesome and memorable experience, you should definitely check out these seven cheap things to do in Orlando on a budget.
Orlando Watersports Complex
Location: 8615 Florida Rock Rd. Orlando, FL 32824
Price: As low as $17
Why You Need To Go: Finally learn how to ride a wakeboard or water skis, hone the skills you’ve already got, and run around on a giant inflatable water obstacle course. Every day of the week features awesome deals like happy hour with prices half off on Wednesday, and ladies' day on Thursday with a free two-hour cable pass.
Camp Out In A Treehouse
Location: 20 minutes from Disney
Hours: Availability year-round
Price: $65 a night
Why You Need To Go: It’s a perfect cherry on top if you’re planning a Disney trip, as this magical treehouse is only 20 minutes from the park. Even if you aren’t, it’s an amazing way to camp glamorously and make a relaxing return to nature. The exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed through Airbnb.
Gaylord Palms Atriums
Location: 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Florida 34746
Hours: Open daily
Why You Need To Go: A gem among hidden gems, the tropical atriums of the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center are open for all to enjoy, even if you didn’t spend an exorbitant amount on staying at their suites. The atriums recreate three iconic Florida environments, beautifully capturing the essences of the misty Everglades, the Spanish flair of St. Augustine, and the flavor of the islands of Key West.
Orlando Cat Café
Location: 532 Cagan Park Ave., Clermont, FL 34714
Hours: Cat Play Area Hours: Monday: Noon to 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Why You Need To Go: Picture yourself snuggled into a sunlit corner, a latte in one hand, the other scratching the chin of your new best feline friend at your favorite new coffee spot, Orlando Cat Cafe. Since opening its doors 2016, the cafe has worked with SPCA Florida to find homes for over 500 cats. Your new best friend could be waiting with a cup of coffee to go!
Museum of Osteology
Location: 8441 International Drive Ste 250, Orlando, FL 32819
Hours: Monday to Sunday 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Why You Need To Go: With over 40 exhibits, this museum features over 500 real animal skeletons, all donated from zoos, aquariums, and state parks. Their exhibits are engaging and some are even interactive, and they always have fun events going on.
Lukas Nursery and Butterfly Encounter
Location: 1909 Slavia Rd., Oviedo, FL 32765
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Why You Need To Go: These are the most enchanting flying flowers you’ll ever see! Step into the butterfly conservatory and fill your senses with rushing water, heady florals, and soft leaves. With over 2,000 exotic plants, the largest variety of native butterfly species, and the cutest quails and finches flitting about, you can spend hours trying to capture photos of them all.
Harry P Leu Gardens
Location: 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando FL 32803
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m.-5p.m.
Why You Need To Go: This 50-acre botanical oasis will make you instantly forget the hustling and bustling streets of Orlando. The winding paths take you beneath towering trees, through vibrant flowers beds, and the most picturesque scenes where you can stop and smell the roses. There’s plenty of wildlife to keep an eye out for, too.
Proof that you don’t need to spend hundreds to have a good time, the side streets and hidden gems of Orlando will keep you busy with adventure after adventure. If you're looking for more Orlando fun on a budget, you should definitely check out Bob Ross's grave and things to do this fall.