Top 10 Free Orlando Places to Spend Memorial Day Weekend

Posted by Unlock Orlando May 27, 2011

Top 10 Free Orlando Places to Spend Memorial Day Weekend

Orlando is a great place to spend Memorial Day Weekend. The weather is great, the traffic is sometimes lighter, and there are endless amounts of activities that are available, many that won’t cost you a dime.

Here’s a short list of activities that you can do that won’t cost you anything:

1. Head out to Sanford for their Memorial Day Parade to honor current American soldiers and veterans. The parade begins on 1st street at around 10am on Monday and the parade will head out through Sanford’s Downtown area. You can obtain more information at 407-688-5004.

2. Visit Park Avenue in Winter Park and check out all the shops and restaurants. Make sure to find a great bench in the park to sit down in and enjoy all the people watching. You can also take a walk through the local Rose Garden that’s open to the public. Bring a Frisbee or a ball to throw around in the park. If you don’t mind spending a few dollars you can always buy a drink or some food at one of the local venders. You can pick up some ice cream at Haagen-Dazs or Kilwins, coffee at Barnie’s Coffee, chocolate at Peter Brooke’s, or a pastry at Croissant Gourmet.

3. Take a walk around Crane’s Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, the path goes around a beautiful lake. It’s about a mile around the entire lake. There’s also a small park with a fountain that plays music and it’s a great place to go and enjoy the weather and just hang out. It’s also an ideal spot for a picnic.

4. The Millenia Mall is a fun place to go for Memorial Day Weekend. There will be ton of stores to see, tons of specials, and a bunch of spots to sit in the mall and people watch. If you’re looking to be in a place where there’s excitement around you and you want to keep out of the Orlando sun, the Millenia Mall is a good choice.

5. Take a walk around Lake Eola. Lake Eola has beautiful views of lake and even though its famous fountain is currently out of commission, the location offers great view, a great lake breeze and lots of people watching. There’s a playground for the kids to hang out and the lake offers the perfect place to go for a walk or a short jog. If you are looking to do a memorial day picnic, but don’t want to spend the time to put everything together, there’s a Publix Supermarket at the corner of Central Blvd. and Lake Ave. You can just buy everything you need to from there and walk to the lake. You don’t even need to take a blanket or chairs as there is plenty of seating located around the lake. Take your pick. Publix is only about 140 feet from the lake. Lake Eola apologizes ahead time for the convenience.

6. Mead Gardens also offers a great experience for those who want to be around nature this holiday weekend. It’s a great place to walk around some nature trails right up against a Florida stream and a great place to play some outdoor sports or enjoy a Memorial Day Picnic.

7. Sanlando Park is a great place for those that want a little bit more to do while they’re enjoying nature. Sanlando is well known for having tennis courts surrounded and partly shaded by nearby trees. While you have to pay to use the courts, you can bring a tennis racquet and a few tennis balls and hit tennis balls against Sanlando’s tennis wall for FREE! Your kids can also Sanlando’s playground, basketball courts, and you can also enjoy the walking and jogging trails that they have along with all of the exercise setups that they’ve set up along the way.

8. Take a walk around Old Town in Kissimmee. Old Town is a large conglomeration of old style buildings made to look like an old fashioned American city. Within Old Town you’ll find rides, bars, restaurants, and lots of neat and unique one-of-a-kind stores. While it is a stereotypical tourist attraction, it does offer the Orlando local something fun and different to see. We recommend it because it’s a lot of fun to go in and out of shops and see all the people walking around, screaming on the rides, and having fun. You can also find old style car shows on the evenings during the weekend both Friday and Saturday nights. The venue is FREE and parking is ……….yep you guessed it ……..FREE. Don’t tell the local Board of Tourism that parking is FREE here. Old Town is located at 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, suite 324, Kissimmee, FL 34746. Their website is

9. If you don’t mind the tourists, and it will be busy this Memorial Day Weekend, you can head out to Downtown Disney and the Disney Marketplace. Parking is surprisingly FREE, but make sure not to tell the Board of Directors for Disney because they might try to change that eventually. These areas while made for tourists can be a lot of fun for Orlando locals to when they want a fun place to walk around and see stuff. You might want to stop by one of the Disney restaurants for a snack, a sandwich, or a drink as well.

10. Enjoy Big Tree Park in Longwood. It’s a great place for a short walk or a picnic. You can walk along the trail that they have and check out one of the country’s tallest Cypress Trees over 125 feet tall and estimated to be around 3,000 years old!

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