If you're looking to spend an entertaining day in or around Orlando without spending much, don't worry. There are so many fun, enriching things to do on the cheap to suit any mood. We've rounded up 20 highly recommended budget-friendly activities for the area that are perfect for your active adult day trip. 

Low-Cost Things to Do in the Orlando Area 

  1. It's only $6 for adults and $5 for those 60 and older to tour Winter Park's Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which has the world's biggest, most comprehensive collect of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
  2. Head down to the other end of Park Avenue to Rollins College, where you can tour the Cornell Fine Arts Museum for free.
  3. While you're in Winter Park, visit the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden for $4 if you're over 60, or $5 if you're not.
  4. Admission prices are the same as above to The Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando's Loch Haven Park.
  5. And almost right across the street is the Orlando Museum of Art, which runs $10 per ticket for adults and $7 for seniors 65 and up.
  6. If it's history you're after, visit the Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando for only $7 per ticket if you're 60 or older, or $8 if you're not quite there yet.
  7. General admission to Maitland's beloved alternative cinema, The Enzian, runs $11 for adults or $9 for seniors—but if you decide on some tasty food and/or drinks from the on-site Eden Bar, you're probably going over $20.
  8. Entry into the beautiful Harry P. Leu Gardens, a botanical garden in Orlando's Audubon Park neighborhood, is only $10 per person.
  9. If you'd prefer to bike a natural trail instead, head to Bikes and Blades at the West Orange Trail in Winter Garden, where you can rent bicycles for just $7 per hour (or $30 for the whole day).
  10. When's the last time you went to the zoo? The Central Florida Zoo in Sanford costs just $19.50 per adult or $15.95 per guest 60 and up.
  11. Take a Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour to see the city—and some of its swankiest homes—from the vantage point of its lakes and channels for $14 per person.
  12. If you're into improv comedy, admission to most shows at the SAK Comedy Lab in downtown Orlando runs between $5 and $15.
  13. And if you're into heights—like 400-feet-high heights—get a view of the entire area by braving the Orlando Eye on International Drive for $20 per person. Disclaimer, though: you have to buy your ticket online ahead of time for this price, otherwise it's $25. Sorry. But it's a cool enough experience to be worth sorta kinda bending our made-up arbitrary rule.
  14. Explore life in Florida's pioneer days at Fort Christmas Historical Park in the town of Christmas—for free!
  15. In Lake Wales, there's a gorgeous destination called Bok Tower Gardens, and it's a must-do Central Florida experience that only costs $12 per adult (or $18 if you want to add on the self-guided tour of Pinewood Estate). 

A Few Budget-Friendly Options for the Grandchildren 

If the grandkids are visiting and you're not looking to spend the time and money for the full theme park experience, there are still lots of fun things to do with them that won't break the bank. Here are just a few suggestions: 

  1. The Orlando Reperatory Theatre at Loch Haven Park puts on excellent plays and musicals for the kiddos, with tickets running $14 for kids and $18 for those 55 and older.
  2. Also at Loch Haven Park, the Orlando Science Center is a fun, educational, interactive museum that'll run you $13.95 for kids and $17.95 for adults 55 and up.
  3. Ripley's Believe it or Not is a unique good time, and you can go to the one on International Drive for $19.99 per adult and $12.99 per child (plus you can save a few bucks per ticket if you buy online in advance).
  4. Right down the street—or, the I-Drive—is the Pirate's Cove mini golf course, which costs $13.50 for adults and $11.95 for kids.
  5. One more for I-Drive, but we're bending the rule against slightly... to meet our qualification of being less than $20 per person, again, you have to buy in advance online—but it's a great place, so do it! With advance purchase, tickets to SeaLife Aquarium are $20 per adult and $15 per child (tickets are $5 more at the door).