So, you and your family have found yourself free during the week in Orlando and you are struggling with what to do with your time. The harder you think about it, the harder it is to come up with an idea. We have all been there. Here are some activities that you can consider if you find yourself looking for something to do on an Orlando afternoon. Oh, and by the way, none of them involve paid theme parks.
Swing Through The Trees
If you are looking something different to do with the family, Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park has you covered. Swing on vines just like Tarzan, climb on huge ladders and go soaring through the trees on ziplines. Your kids will be talking about it for weeks and they can accommodate children as young as 6 years of age. This is a great adventure park for both kids and adults. Reservations are required though, so don’t heat to the park until you call 407-390-9999.
Tip: Try to get there early and plan on spending around 4 hours in total at the park.
Stroll Through A Free Garden
You probably know all about the Leu Gardens in Orlando, but they are going to cost you $10 a piece. Sure, they are a must see and the admission is not too costly, but sometimes free is nice. If free is what you seek, the Mead Gardens in Winter Park are most certainly worth checking out. You might not expect much for free, but you will be pleasantly surprised by the well manicured gardens. They come complete with walking paths, water features and a bit of wildlife, they should be on your list.
Tip: Bring a lunch and take advantage of the picnic tables at the gardens.
Spend A Weekday Afternoon Gaming
When was the last time that you did a little gaming? Beat the heat and indulge your digital side with a little gaming at Dave & Busters. On Wednesdays, your money goes twice as far at D&B with half price games. If you have kids, you will appreciate the price savings at an establishment that can otherwise get expensive in a hurry. Let your kids get their gaming fix and then use their tickets to buy a prize at the end of it all.
Tip: Eat lunch at D&B to take advantage of eat and play deals.
Get Your Ninja Warrior On
Ever want to run a ninja warrior course? Who hasn’t and Planet Obstacle can let you do just that. Located in Lake Mary, they have obstacle courses, ziplines, foam pits, trampoline rooms and more. All of them are separated by ages allowing kids as little as 3 to have as much fun as the bigger kids and adults. All of the activities are indoors so you can stay out of the heat. They do not open until three most days except Wednesday when you can get in at 1PM.
Tip: Parents can currently play for free on Tuesdays with a paid child admission.
Ride A Paddle Boat Swan
Lake Eola Park is known for many things, one of them being their swan shaped paddle boats. For just $15, you can take a 30 minute ride on a swan shaped paddle boat, exploring the park from a water view. Paddle boats can hold five adults and they even handicap accessible. Pets are also welcome. Keep in mind that they only accept debit or credit and that the swans will be off duty during high wind.
Tip: Bring quarters so that you can buy swan food to feed the real swans when you are done paddling.
Drive On The Beach
New Smyrna Beach is just an hour away from Orlando and you can drive right on. This makes setting up a simple and easy thing to do on a weekday. Even better, the beach is almost never crowded Monday to Thursday, except if there is an event. Head out to the beach in the morning, spend a few hours enjoying the surf and the sun and then pack up and head home. It is a great way to burn a few hours while tiring out the kids.
Tip: Admission to the beach ramp is $20 or $100 for an annual pass. Save your one day paid admission for $20 off an annual pass should you decide to upgrade.
People Watch At Disney Springs
Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney is a great place to just walk around and people watch. It is completely free and the people who go there are just as diverse as the people that you will find at the paid parts of Disney. While there, you can take advantage of some window shopping, enjoy the free splash pad or search for hidden Mickeys. Unlike Universal City Walk, Disney Springs is always free entry and free parking.
Tip: There are actually two splash pads. One located next to the Earl of Sandwich and another located by the Christmas Store.
Burn Some Rubber On The Track
It is hard to have a bad time behind the wheel of a go-kart and Orlando is home to a number of tracks that are worth a visit.
For some traditional outdoor track racing, check out the Orlando Kart Center. Soak in some sunshine and enjoy the wide tracks and real racer feeling that you only get at an outdoor facility.
If you want to get out of the heat, check out one of the indoor racing tracks like Andretti Indoor Karting. These facilities can get crowded on a weekend which is why taking advantage of them on a week day is such a great idea.
Tip: If you like speed, the outdoor karting facilities are worth enduring the heat for.
Go Golfing With Some Pirates
Miniature golf is still a big thing and it should be on your families list as a fun thing to do during the week. At Pirate;s Cove Adventure Park, you can take in 18 challenging holes while enjoying creative scenery that the whole family will love. There is a hard course and an easy course so all skill levels will be able to have a good time.
Tip: Eat at one of the many nearby restaurants before hitting the course.