When the end of the year rolls around, there are usually two types of reactions to it: planning an extravagant party to ring in the new year, complete with costumes and mile-long resolutions, or digging your heels in harder than ever at the idea that a new decade is literally less than a week away. Whichever way you’re feeling, 2020 is on its way whether we’re ready or not, so to help the transition into a new period, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite free activities in Orlando to make the most of January.
While the gyms are full of newcomers and the produce section of the grocery store is full of people vowing to eat healthier, you can take this list and venture out into the new year with experiences of substance.
When: Monday – Saturday, 6 p.m.
Address: 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: Take a deeper look at the science of brewing with a free tour through Orlando Brewing. Once you've finished your tour, start sipping! Pro tip: you can usually find great groups for beer tastings for parties of two.
When: Open daily
Address: 1014 Miami Springs Drive Longwood, FL
Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy this hidden oasis on the off-season this January with free admission on weekdays. Check out volleyball, kayaking, paddleboarding, or bring your own vessels, too.
City Arts Factory
When: Admission is free Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 39 S Magnolia Ave Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: In this 130-year-old building, you can browse amazing artwork by local and international artists. You'll definitely want to visit often, as the pieces are all rotated in and out each month.
When: Thursday, Jan 9, 2020, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Address: ICON Park 8375 International Dr, Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: Winter is the best time to stargaze because the sky is generally clearer, so take advantage of the chance to watch the sky using professional equipment with the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium.
Kraft Azalea Garden
When: Monday - Sunday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Address: 1365 Alabama Drive Winter Park, FL
Why You Need To Go: These hidden gardens of Orlando are a stunning 13-acre property, home to massive cypress trees and many wedding photoshoots.
Complimentary Tours and Wine Tasting At Lakeridge Winery
When: Open daily
Address: 19239 US-27, Clermont, FL
Why You Need To Go: If you missed out on New Year's bubbly, don't worry; you can check out the complimentary tours and tastings offered at Lakeridge Winery seven days a week. They start at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. The last tours of the day are offered at approximately 3:45 p.m. and run every 30 minutes.
So what are you waiting for? Save money this 2020 and have some free fun!