Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens http://polasek.org/
Check out the 20th-century works of Albin Polasek at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park. While the galleries and museum are closed for annual renovations during the summer, the sculpture gardens remain open and are free of charge.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum http://www.rollins.edu/cfam/
Students who show their I.D. get into the Cornell Fine Arts Museum on the Rollins College campus for free (adults $5). Be sure to see Cosimo Rosselli’s Madonna and Child Enthroned (c.1475-80) and J. B. Leprince's The Seasons (1763), both on display in the permanent collection.
Grand Bohemian Gallery http://www.grandbohemianhotel.com/art_gallery/art_gallery.asp
Whether or not you’re splurging for a night’s stay at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, you can tour the Grand Bohemian Gallery at no cost. Conveniently located downtown, the gallery has everything from local contemporary art glass and jewelry to European paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Big Tree Park http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOHNRkrRB8g
Take a walk in Big Tree Park, and visit Florida's oldest resident, “the Senator.” At 118 feet (38 meters) tall and approximately 3,500 years old, it is one of America's oldest bald cypress trees. Amble along the boardwalk or bring along lunch to eat at one of the park’s many picnic tables.
Walk the streets of the picture-perfect town of Celebration. The town, conceived by Disney, is a blend of historic-themed architecture and modern technology. Admire the old-fashioned properties and let the kids play in the interactive fountain. Stop by the farmers’ market on Sunday mornings or check out the many free events (author readings and signings) offered by Reading Trout Books.
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Fleaworld & Funworld http://www.fleaworld.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage
Just north of Orlando is the largest flea market in the United States. Fleaworld and Funworld have more than 1,700 vendors selling bargain-priced items. The venues showcase acrobatic shows, circus and magic acts, and exotic animals. Fleaworld is open Friday-Sunday; Funworld is open on weekends only. Both have free admission.
Chamberlin’s Market & Cafe http://www.chamberlins.com/
Opened in 1935 in Orlando, Chamberlin's Market & Cafe is more than an organic grocery store. Stop by for free classes and guest speakers year-round. If you're visiting in September, check out their Fall Harvest Festival for free samplings of organic food.
Kelly Park http://www.theotherorlando.com/contents/chapters/16/kellypark.html
Take a dip in the free-flowing natural spring at Kelly Park, Rock Springs. The 245-acre (100-hectare) park has camping, wildlife, hiking trails, and an abundance of recreational activities, both wet and dry. Check out their website or call 1-407-889-4179 for special events. Children under 5 get into the park for free. All others pay $1 admission.
Lake Eola Park http://www.cityoforlando.net/fpr/html/Parks/lakeeola.htm
Take a breather from downtown Orlando and visit the 43-acre (17-hectare) Lake Eola Park, located in the heart of the city. The lake is actually an 80-foot (24-meter) sinkhole. Enjoy a concert or play in the amphitheatre, check out the view of the Orlando skyline, or, on Sundays, stop by the farmers’ market.
University of Central Florida Arboretum http://www.arboretum.ucf.edu/
See some 600 plant species at the 80-acre (32-hectare) University of Central Florida Arboretum. The Arboretum, opened in 1983, has at least eight natural ecosystems. Visitors can admire the Swamp Habitat, walk or bike along the nine-acre (3.6-hectare) lake, or play a game of disc golf.
Wekiwa Springs State Park http://www.floridastateparks.org/wekiwasprings/default.cfm
Enjoy hiking, nature trails, fishing, swimming, campfires, and a nature museum and interpretive exhibit in the Nature Center of 6,900-acre (2,792-hectare) Wekiwa Springs State Park. (Admission to the park is $5 per vehicle.)