Thursday, June 2, 2016

Free things to do

 Here's another list of Free things to do.  They are on my list of things to do, a few we have visited.  Keep an eye out for new post of reviews of places we have toured.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum 
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is home to several historical works and guests can see the exhibits free of charge.
The museum is closed on Sundays.
The Fred Stone Theatre at Rollins College
The theater hosts a student-produced "Second Stage Series" that is free. Evening performances are Wednesday to Saturday, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday.
 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
Winter Park Historical Museum 
Learn about Winter Park's history as the free museum featuring displays, hands-on exhibits, gardens and more. 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL
Charles Morse Museum 
The Morse Museum of American Art has one of the most comprehensive collections of work by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Museum also features a chapel interior designed for the 1893 World’s Colombian Exposition in Chicago. The museum is free from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. November through April. There are also free concerts during parts of the year.
 445 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Downtown Sanford
Stroll through this historical town's shops, restaurants, eateries and bars. You can also observe the ancient architecture.  Visit the Welcome Center at 230 East First Street and get a map. At 520 E First St is a Museum that you don't want to miss.  Also 301 W. 7th Street is the Student Museum of Sanford. The building was built in 1902.  We visited last yer with our oldest grand daughter who being a history buff like me walked around with tears of awe in her eyes. Harry P. Leu Gardens
Story time! Take your young children to the garden for free storytelling on the third Monday of every month.  Bring children under 18 months at 10 a.m., toddlers at 10:20 a.m., and three and four-year-olds at 10:40 a.m. Park attractions include a butterfly garden, a two-acre) tropical stream garden, bamboo and palm gardens, and a house museum dating to the 1880's. Admission to the park is free from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays.1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando, FL 32803 (take a bag lunch and enjoy lunch on the patio where there are tables and chairs)
 Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
The Society is known to host free concerts, like their "July 4th Celebration in the Park," or "Christmas in the Park.
University of Central Florida's Arboretum  Explore over 600 plant species at the 80-acre University of Central Florida Arboretum. If plants aren't up your alley, take a walk or bite along the 9-acre lake or check out the Swamp Habitat.
 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816

 CityArts Factory
The CityArts Factory houses seven separate and diverse art galleries that showcase local and international art. Exhibitions rotate monthly. Attend art show openings at multiple venues from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.  29 Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801
Grand Bohemian Gallery 
You don't have to be a guest at the hotel to tour the gallery. Featured in the gallery is The Kessler Collection, established by art enthusiast Richard C. Kessler. The pieces displayed are original and rare pieces of artwork ranging from oil paintings, glass, wood, contemporary jewelry, bronze sculptures and unique gift items within the galleries as well as throughout his luxury hotels.
325 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801
Lake Eola Park
Did you know that Lake Eola is actually an 80-foot sinkhole? The park is 43-acres and is right in the heart of Downtown Orlando. You can take a jog around the lake, enjoy a concert or play in the amphitheater or stop by the farmers market on Sundays.
Orlando Brewing Company 
Orlando Brewing Company is the only certified organic brewery in Florida. They offer free tours at 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They also offer free entertainment on the weekends.
1301 Atlanta Ave., Orlando, FL 32806
Big Tree Park
Before it was destroyed, the main attraction to the park was a 118-foot-tall, bald cypress tree that was over 3,500 years old.We were able to visit during Grandparents camp just before the tree was burned down.  The 5 grandkids were so glad we saw the Senator. Lady Liberty still stands and is worth seeing, bring a lunch there are picnic tables and restrooms.
761 General Hutchinson Pkwy., Longwood, FL 32750
Black Hammock Adventures Guests can enjoy free alligator and bird exhibits, watch trainers feed the 12-foot, 650-pound alligator (Sun. afternoons only) and listen to free live music at the restaurant (Fri. and Sat. nights only).
 2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Rd., Oviedo, FL 32765

Artegon Marketplace

5250 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819
Enzian Theater/Eden Bar
This outdoor bar hosts the "Wednesday Night Pitcher Show" every Wednesday, as long as the weather permits. You can grab a beer and some snacks at Eden Bar and enjoy this free outdoor movie on the lawn. Before the show is "Jell-o shot movie trivia."
To help with traffic and parking Enzian will now have valet parking available for every Wednesday Night Pitcher Show for $3 per car. Show your valet stub for a free popcorn! Free parking is also available at First Watch and State Farm across the street.
1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL 32751
Popcorn Flicks in the Park 
Visit Maitland's Enzian Theater on the second Thursday of each month for Popcorn Flicks, a free classic movie series in Central Park. 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL 32751

Downtown Disney
You don't need a Disney World ticket to enjoy Disney shops and entertainment. Stroll the streets of Downtown Disney Marketplace for an array of boutiques and eateries for every budget.
On the same property visit
Lego Imagination Center 
On the first Tuesday of the month, the Lego Store in Downtown Disney Marketplace offers a free Mini-Model Build. There’s a limit of one free mini-model set per child while supplies last, and the event is open to children ages 6-14.
1780 E Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney's Boardwalk 
Stroll along Disney's Boardwalk, which is a re-creation of a 1930's-style Atlantic coastal village. Stretching a quarter-mile, you can enjoy the free street musicians, magicians and performers.
2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Downtown Celebration 
There is much to do in this community, including visiting the Philip Johnson-designed welcome center, letting the kids play in the interactive fountain and stopping by the farmers market at Lakeside Park. Visitors can even see (fake) snow falling in the winter months.
Universal CityWalk
Although there is a parking fee, Universal CityWalk is the free part of the park. You can stroll and see performances, enjoy dueling pianos at Pat O' Briens and even grab up a mic and bring out your inner-star at Rising Star Karaoke.
There are also several restaurants to choose from if you're hungry.
This is a free part of Universal where you can see some sidewalk attractions and enjoy the studio without having to go into the amusement park. There is a parking fee of $17 and Florida residents park free after 6 p.m

 Daytona Flea Market 
Voted one of the Top 5 Markets in the Country by USA Weekend, this market offers goods from over 600 vendors and 1000 booths. There is also a classic car cruise each month.
Address: 2987 Bellevue Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32124
Friends of the Bandshell at Daytona Beach The 4,000-seat Friends of the Bandshell is a nonprofit show hosting bands playing everything from country to classical.This is located just down from the Pier, it's beautiful to see. While your there check out the monument preserving the memories of motorcycle racing. Check out the shops and restaurants too (yummy ice cream). 70 Boardwalk, Daytona Beach, FL 32118 
Museum of Florida Art 
The museum is home to several rotating exhibits, gallery talks and receptions, educational programming, master artist workshops and special events throughout the year.
 600 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL 32720
The Loop Ormond Beach The Loop runs over 30 miles and passes through parks and on the shore of the Atlantic. There are also several trails for biking or hiking.
 The Loop, Old Dixie Hwy, Ormond Beach, FL
Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens  Travel the trails to a sugar mill constructed in 1832 and explore the many plant species along the way, including a 250-year-old oak. There are also sculptures of dinosaurs. Awesome gardens and remains.
950 Old Sugar Mill Rd. Port Orange, FL 32119

Fort Christmas 
Twenty minutes east of Orlando in Titusville is Fort Christmas Historical Park, a full-size replica of Fort Christmas, originally built for the Second Seminole Indian War (1835-1842). The Fort has several historical structures and many pioneer demonstrations, like musk and cannon firings. There are also craft fairs throughout the year. Closed Mondays and holidays.
1300 N. Fort Christmas Rd., Christmas, FL 32709
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
Complimentary Tours and Wine Tasting are offered seven days a week.  Your personal Tour Guide will show you the production area and the view of the vineyards where the grapes are grown and harvested. The Wine Tasting is held at the large tasting counter. A selection of award winning wines ranging from dry to sweet with sparkling are usually offered.
 19239 U.S. 27, Clermont, FL 34715
Old Town  Visit this unique amusement park on Saturdays for a vintage-car parade or on Wednesdays to see The Dukes, a ‘50s and ‘60s cover band.
Visitors must buy tickets for the amusement rides, but admission to Old Town, and its concerts and car shows, is free. 5770 W Ibm Hwy # 324, Kissimmee, FL 34746

The Legend of Spook Hill 
A sign marks the spot where you should stop your car, put it in neutral, and watch as your car rolls uphill. 5th St., Lake Wales, FL 33853 
Watch a rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center 
There are several spots around Central Florida to watch a rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center. Some of the places include Kennedy Point Park, Marina Park, Rotary Riverfront Park and Sand Point Park, which are all located of of U.S. 1 on the shore of the Indian river. All of the parks offer free parking and public restrooms. You can also pack some food and use the picnic tables and grills.

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