Top 10 Free Things to Do Labor Day Weekend in Orlando 2013

Posted by Unlock Orlando August 18, 2013

Everyone wants to do something on Labor Day weekend, but sometimes the lack of having a workday creates a slight shortage of cash flow. For this reason, the events squad has put together a list of the top 10 activities Orlando and Central Florida residents and visitors can participate in without spending a dime. Sure there are many awesome things to do on Labor Day weekend including, attractions, shops, museums, restaurants, and many other Labor Day events. You can find more things to do on Some of those activities however may cost you a little bit of money. The activities below are completely FREE!

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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

6. 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.

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. If you don’t mind the tourists, and it will be busy this Labor 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.

9. Downtown Winter Garden is another great place to hang out and walk around. Located on the West side of Orlando, Winter Garden is many times thought of as a less flashy and posh Park Avenue. You’ll find lots of shops, boutiques, independent restaurants, a few small museums and a park. If you have never been there its a great place to go explore and its right in Orlando’s backyard and most don’t even know of it’s existence. Sad but true. Located on Plant Street in Winter Garden.

10. Big Tree Park in Longwood was once home to a tree known as “the Senator.” It was 125 feet tall and over 3,000 years old. Unfortunately in early 2012 it was burned to the ground due to an unfortunate accident. Big Tree Park however is still an oasis of peace in the Longwood area and it is still home to another one of the largest trees in the state known as “Lady Liberty.” If you’re looking for a short day trip and have no money in your pocket, this is another Central Florida landmark to visit.

Other great places to visit this labor day for little or no cost include:

Celebration Town Center
The local city of Celebration to tour through restaurants, shops, and a piece of “old town America.”
Celebration Town Center

Visit the local Orlando area farmer’s markets
A lot of folks have never been to one and they are a great way to get out, see people, and enjoy the weather for just a little bit. Best of all, they are completely FREE to attend! Below is a list of some of the best Farmer’s Markets in the Orlando area. Click on the link below for more information:
Farmer’s Markets in the Orlando area

Orlando Premium Outlet Malls in Orlando
While the outlet malls have become a huge attraction in the Orlando area, they are crazy full of people on holiday weekends. So if you want to walk around and check out the people watching entertainment, this activity is also completely FREE! Unless ofcourse you decide to buy something! Click the link below for more information:
Orlando Premium Outlet Malls

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