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Orlando on a Budget for Memorial Day Weekend: Hidden Gems & Affordable Fun for Families

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Orlando on a Budget for Memorial Day Weekend: Hidden Gems & Affordable Fun for Families

Orlando is renowned for its world-famous theme parks and attractions, but did you know there's a whole other side to this vibrant city? Filled with hidden gems, local treasures, and budget-friendly adventures, Orlando offers many family-friendly activities that won't break the bank. This Memorial Day weekend, skip the crowds and hefty price tags and explore a different kind of magic in the City Beautiful.


From refreshing natural springs to vibrant street art, delicious food markets, and free outdoor movies, Orlando has many experiences that are perfect for creating unforgettable family memories without emptying your wallet. Here are some top picks for an exciting and affordable weekend.


Escape the Crowds, Embrace Nature


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Wekiwa Springs State Park

Wekiwa Springs State Park

Swap the lines for a refreshing dip in crystal-clear spring waters. Rent a canoe or kayak to explore the waterways or hike through lush greenery. This natural oasis offers a serene escape from urban energy.




Harry P. Leu Gardens

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  • Wander through beautiful themed botanical areas.

  • Enjoy the vibrant butterfly garden.

  • Visit the historic home.

This enchanting garden is a peaceful educational retreat perfect for nature lovers and kids alike.







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Lake Eola Park

Lake Eola Park

Rent a swan boat for a leisurely paddle or relax on a bench and enjoy the scenic views. In the evenings, catch a free movie or concert in the park.


Other activities available to park visitors include:

  • Renting swan-shaped paddle boats.

  • Photographing the live swans and other birds inhabiting the park.

  • Seeing a concert, movie or a play in the Walt Disney Amphitheater.

  • Grabbing a bite to eat at local restaurants.

  • Relaxing amid beautiful flower beds and a spectacular view of Orlando’s skyline. 



Arts, Culture, and Local Flavors


The Mennello Museum of American Art

The Mennello Museum of American Art

Discover a collection of American art, including works by Earl Cunningham and contemporary folk artists. Affordable admission makes it an excellent option for art enthusiasts on a budget.






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Snap! Orlando

Snap! Orlando

Immerse yourself in the vibrant street art scene by exploring this outdoor gallery featuring murals by local and international artists. It's a feast for the eyes and a free way to experience Orlando's creative side.








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East End Market

East End Market

Savor diverse culinary delights from local vendors. Find fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, craft beer, and gourmet coffee. It's a foodie's paradise without the hefty price tag.


Plan Your Visit: https://eastendmkt.com/












Affordable Family Fun



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Orlando's Urban Trails

Explore Orlando's Urban Trails

Discover the city's scenic trails, perfect for walking, jogging, or biking. The Cady Way Trail and the West Orange Trail offer beautiful scenery and a chance to connect with nature—all free! Learn More: https://www.orlando.gov/Parks-the-Environment/Directory/Orlando-Urban-Trail


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Splash Pads and Playgrounds

Splash Pads and Playgrounds

Let the kids cool off and blast at one of Orlando's many splash pads or playgrounds. Check out the interactive fountain at Lake Eola Park or the themed playgrounds at Barnett Park.


Free Museum Days & Outdoor Movie Nights

Many museums in Orlando offer free admission on certain days or during specific hours. Pack a picnic and enjoy a free outdoor movie in one of Orlando's parks. Check local listings for showtimes and museum schedules. Plan Your Outdoor Movie: https://mycentralfloridafamily.com/orlando-outdoor-movies-2/


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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Spend a day with animals from around the world and explore beautiful gardens. Look for special discounts or promotions for Memorial Day weekend. Plan Your Visit: https://www.centralfloridazoo.org/sunset/?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwr7ayBhAPEiwA6EIGxB2Vzcfs3Hw6DAcq-OuQl0jPuOLmoi11YW6n-ofCtrnviajJt73wDxoC1owQAvD_BwE





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Orlando Science Center

Orlando Science Center

Discover interactive exhibits, planetarium shows, and educational programs for all ages. It's a fun and affordable way to spark curiosity and learning.


ICON Park

While some attractions at ICON Park can be pricey, there are free options, like strolling through the park and enjoying views from the Wheelhouse Market Food Hall. You can also catch a free outdoor movie on select nights.


Mini-Golf

Orlando has a variety of themed mini-golf courses that are fun for all ages. Look for deals or discounts online for a fun and affordable family activity. Check Out Trip Advisors' Top Mini Golf Spots in Orlando: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g34515-Activities-c56-t271-Orlando_Florida.html


Special Events and Hidden Gems


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Watch Memorial Holiday Fireworks

Watch Memorial Holiday Fireworks

Experience Glo Summer Nights Celebrations and weekly fireworks displays at Grande Lakes Waterpark, perfect for every family. Check out all the places you can view fireworks: https://www.visitorlando.com/blog/post/fireworks-orlando/


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Southern Hill Farm

Pick Your Own Blueberries and Peaches

Visit Southern Hill Farms for a kid-friendly, hands-on activity during blueberry season in Florida.

Plan Your Family Day Fun: https://southernhillfarms.com/







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Old Spanish Sugar Mill at DeLeon Springs

Old Spanish Sugar Mill at DeLeon Springs

Enjoy DIY pancakes at this open-air eatery, a must-visit for families. All-you-can-eat pancakes, made by you, promise a delightful experience.







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Omni Orlando Resort - Resort Pool Day

Resort Pool Day

Many hotels and resorts offer day passes through Resort Pass. Enjoy a day at one of Orlando's best resort pools without being an overnight guest. Plan Your Resort Fun: https://orlando-parenting.com/resortpass-hotels-pools-for-kids/


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Dino Safari Festival

Dino Safari Festival

Head to The Florida Mall for the Dino Safari Festival with tickets starting at $16.




Memorial 4-Day Weekend

From May 24th to 27th, enjoy live music, street performers, markets, car shows, and more at Promenade at Sunset Walk. This event is free.


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Sweet Corn Festival at Amber Brooke Farms

Sweet Corn Festival

Visit Amber Brooke Farms on May 25-26 from 10 AM—5 PM for the Sweet Corn Festival. All You Can Eat Corn and much more! Tickets are $15 online. Learn More: https://amberbrookefarms.com/sweet-corn-festival/?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwr7ayBhAPEiwA6EIGxGUAY9FyUtPq35LxGnb7C91JpTrk_vS-sTCP5egph7Bj2SKU6Ac0ORoCK6MQAvD_BwE


Orlando Memorial Day Weekend Vendor Market & Car Show

This free event will be held on Saturday, May 25th, from 9 AM to 2 PM at Gateway Classic Cars of Orlando.


Memorial Day Event at Boxi Park

Join the fun on Monday, May 27th, with food and more. This event is free.


Orlando has something special for every family, whether you're local or visiting. This Memorial Day weekend, celebrate the joy of discovery, the beauty of nature, and the simple pleasures of spending quality time with your loved ones—all while keeping your wallets happy. Share your favorite budget-friendly spots for families in the comments and help create a community of parents who know how to experience the magic of Orlando without breaking the bank.


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