20 Free Things to Do in Orlando this Summer

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20 Free Things to Do in Orlando this Summer

Summer is a great time to enjoy Orlando and some of its best events and amenities. The City Beautiful offers a wide variety of free activities for everyone, including parks and lakes, fairs and festivals, and a thriving arts scene that make Orlando a community where quality of life is second to none.

Here are 20 free things to do in Orlando this summer:

Langford Park
Take a Stroll Through Langford Park

Enjoy this shady oasis with family and friends. The park’s nature paths and numerous gazebos create a relaxing atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. There is plenty of room for the kids to play, including a playground.

Langford Park
1808 East Central Boulevard
5 a.m. – sunset

Fireworks
Family, Fun and Fireworks
Celebrate Independence Day with Fireworks at the Fountain at Lake Eola Park. Arrive early to get a great viewing spot for the fireworks show, which starts at 9:10 p.m. The day is filled with activities like on-street basketball and tennis for the kids and musical performances, including a patriotic show by the Orlando Concert Band, as well as food available for purchase.

Fireworks at the Fountain
Lake Eola Park
512 East Washington Street
July 4
4-10 p.m.

Mennello
Visit the Magnificent Mennello Museum of American Art
Located in Loch Haven Cultural Park, the Mennello Museum showcases American art of all genres in an intimate setting. The treasure of the museum is the permanent collection of paintings by primitive artist Earl Cunningham. Outside, the museum features a lakeside sculpture garden and plenty of shade. Free admission is offered on the second Sunday of each month (July 12, August 9, September 13) and includes arts and crafts activities for the kids.

Mennello Museum of American Art
900 East Princeton Street
July 12, August 9, September 13
12-4:30 p.m.
Orlando Southeast Trail
Bike Orlando’s Southeast Trail
This 13-mile trail located east of Orlando International Airport travels through a variety of different landscapes to highlight how environmentally diverse our region is. The trail is a favorite of nature lovers due to the numerous birds, mammals and reptiles that can be seen throughout the trail network. Ninety percent of the trail is on paved off-road paths.

Orlando Southeast Trail

Dartmouth Park
Ease or Exercise at Dartmouth Park
Let the kids burn off some energy while the rest of the family sits under a shady pavilion for some quality time at Dartmouth Park. As a popular neighborhood destination, the park also provides a small open lawn and shady spots under the Oak and Pine trees. Multi-station exercise spots are also available for use.

Dartmouth Park
822 Dartmouth Street
5 a.m. – sunset

Leu Gardens art
Enjoy the Work of Florida Painters
Now through July 16, Leu Gardens will showcase the work of three Florida alla prima painters at the Garden House Gallery, where admission is always free. The alla prima painting technique is used mostly in oil painting in which layers of wet paint are applied to previous layers of wet paint. The work of Barbara Ortiz, Beth Pendleton and Anne Ryan includes interpretations of Florida scenery including waterways and lakes.

Leu Gardens
1920 North Forest Avenue
Through July 16
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Bastille_Day art walk
Bonjour Bastille Day
Audubon Park Garden District‘s seventh annual Bastille Day Celebration has a wide range of activities going on throughout the day that coincide with France’s version of Independence Day. Free activities include taking a casual art stroll, baguette fencing and an appearance by Marie Antoinette from 6-9 p.m. Other activities, as well as food and beverages, are available for purchase while attending the event.

Audubon Park Garden District Bastille Day Celebration
3201 Corrine Drive
July 11

Park of the Americas
Doggie Days
Take the pups out for a day of their own. Visit the Park of the Americas, the City’s first off-leash dog park, where small and large dogs are free to roam in separate, enclosed areas. The park also has pavilions and a playground for the kids to enjoy.

Park of the Americas
201 Andes Avenue
8 a.m. – 30 minutes before sunset

Movieola

Movies Under the Stars
Bring the kids and enjoy family-friendly movies outside at Lake Eola Park. Blankets, chairs and snacks are great accessories to bring to Movieola on the park’s East Lawn to watch Maleficent on June 26, Spiderman 2 on July 31 and Cinderella on August 28. Arrive early to secure a great spot and enjoy pre-movie games and activities with Mix 105.1.

Movieola
Lake Eola Park
512 East Washington Street
June 26, July 31, August 28
Event begins at 6 p.m., movie starts at 8 p.m.

Southport Community Park
Get Your Game On
Test your athletic abilities by visiting Southport Community Park for a game of baseball or softball in the 52-acre park. Then take a break with a picnic or a stroll along the walking paths.

Southport Community Park
3437 Barnstable Place
6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Aquatics
Splash Into Summer
Cool off this summer with free open swim for residents each afternoon at 11 different City pool locations. Open swim times vary, so make sure to check the schedule at your local pool.

City Aquatics information

LaCostaUrbanWetland
Uncover a Hidden Wetland
Explore one of Orlando’s beautiful wetlands at LaCosta Urban Wetlands. Take a walk and enjoy the scenery with the family while looking for wildlife along the way. The park covers 25 acres and serves as a stormwater drainage facility.

LaCosta Urban Wetlands
5814 LaCosta Drive

Wadeview Park

Relax with the Family at Wadeview Park
Pack a picnic for the whole family to enjoy a relaxing day under Pine, Cypress and Oak trees at Wadeview Park. Park pavilions and restrooms are available for use as well as a playground for the children. Not looking to relax? The park has exercise stations for a workout in the shade.

Wadeview Park
2177 South Summerlin Avenue
Sunrise – Sunset

Historic Walking Tour
Discover Downtown’s History
Learn more about The City Beautiful’s past by taking your own Downtown Orlando Historic Districts Walking Tour. Download the historic walking tour brochure and check out some of the region’s oldest and most significant structures.

Downtown Orlando Historic Districts Walking Tour

Leu Gardens
Explore the Beauty of Leu Gardens
Stroll through Leu Gardens on any first Monday of the month for a free, breathtaking experience. Come see the vibrant colors of tropical plants and experience a walk through of the beautiful gardens on July 6, August 3 and September 7.

Leu Gardens
1920 North Forest Avenue
July 6, August 3, September 7
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Skate Park
Plan a Skate Date
On Sunday, June 21 Orlando Skate Park is offering free admission to its renovated facility during Go Skateboarding Day. Experienced and beginner skaters are welcome. Contests will be held throughout the day, so be sure to bring your skills.

Orlando Skate Park
400 Festival Way
June 21
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Z.L. Riley Park
Have an Active Day at Z.L. Riley Park
With amenities such as a picnic area, playground and pavilion, Z.L. Riley Park is a great location for birthday parties and events. Over half an acre in size, the park is a place where children can spend hours running, climbing and having fun at the bright and colorfully decorated playground.

Z.L. Riley Park
619 South Parramore Avenue
9 a.m. – 30 minutes before sunset

See Art
Explore Downtown Orlando’s Art
After enjoying a warm summer day, check out art in Downtown Orlando at night. Discover See Art Orlando’s eight iconic sculptures highlighting Orlando’s diversity. The sculptures are centrally located so that a walking tour can start on South Orange Avenue and end in Lake Eola Park.

See Art Orlando Walking Tour

Shuffleboard Beardall
Shuffle Time
Enjoy a game on the recently renovated shuffleboard courts at the Beardall Senior Center. The outdoor game, which was once common in Florida, is gaining in popularity. The courts are available for use each day and friendly competition on the court occurs select evenings when the Orlando Shuffle group gathers.

Beardall Senior Center
800 South Delaney Avenue

George Barker Park
Plan a Day at the Park
Plan a day to go outside with the family and enjoy George Barker Park’s playground, basketball and volleyball courts as well as pavilions for shade cover. Don’t forget to bring fishing rods as there are two fishing piers to cast off of into Clear Lake.

George Barker Park
2000 Monte Carlo Trail
6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Source: “20 Free Things to Do this Summer in the City,” City of Orlando