Top 10 things to do on Memorial Weekend Orlando 2012
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 and Remembrance Ceremony 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. The event takes place on Memorial day, Monday May 28, 2012.
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. You can still catch the Orlando Fringe Festival which takes place at Loch Haven Park, with ticketed shows performed at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center and Orlando Repertory Theatre. The official dates are May 16-28, 2012, so it’s an excellent time to check it out.
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. Orlando Carnival Downtown will take place once again in Orlando and will involve Caribbean and Mardi Gras cooking, costumes and performers, and even a parade! It’s a weekend long event and takes place at Thunder Field, across from Tinker Field and the adjacent Florida Citrus Bowl in Downtown Orlando.
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 www.old-town.com
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. If you are a fan of Crawfish, then the 16th Annual Crawfish Festival on Sunday May 27, 2012 from 2pm to 10pm at Heritage Square Park at the Center of Downtown. Come hungry for over 3,000 pounds of fresh crawfish directly from Louisiana. The cost for this event is $35.00 at the door and or $30 if you purchase in advance. The price of crawfish will still be $5 and will include corn and potatoes. Lots of entertainment, food and drinks will be available.
We recommend coming to this event hungry and as always since its a festival it probably helps you out if you bring cash…..just in case. The Crawfish Festival is a 21 and up (plenty of Alcohol for all) event and is from 2pm-10pm. For more information check out www.thecrawfishparty.com