Orlando is known for its amazing, world class theme parks such as Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. These attractions come with a hefty price tag, though. So, what can you do in Orlando that’s not only a good time but also free? Especially after the sun goes down. This list covers the best free things to do in Orlando at night.
1) Orlando Eye
It might cost money to ride the Orlando Eye Ferris Wheel. But, it’s totally free to watch the light show the wheel puts on each night a I-Drive 360.
2) Disney Springs
The atmosphere at Disney Springs is all-new, thanks to a serious redesign of the area formerly known as Downtown Disney. Visit here to get a dose of Disney without having to shell out cash for tickets. Plus, the area totally transforms at night so it’s totally different from daytime at the same complex.
3) Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
If you’re a fan of wine, this one’s for you. Set on 80 gorgeous acres, Lakeridge Winery hosts free tasting tours and festivals year round.
4) Orlando Brewing Company
For those who prefer an ice cold beer to wine, visit Orlando Brewing Company. The brewery is one of only 10 organic breweries in America, and the only on in the Southeast. On weekends free tours and entertainment is available.
5) Popcorn Flicks in the Park
Winter Park presents Popcorn Flicks in the Park throughout the year. Classic films with families in mind provide the perfect night out under the stars. Films are typically shown on the second Thursday of each month in Central Park and they are free and open to the public.
6) Fred Stone Theater
The Second Stage Series at Fred Stone Theater offers free evening shows Thursday through Saturday. All shows are produced by Rollins Players, and completely directed, designed, marketed, and performed by students.
7) Chip ‘N Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long
One of the best free things to do in Orlando at night for families is this activity at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Even if you’re not a guest you can attend the campfire sing-along. Afterwards, enjoy a classic Disney film under the stars.
8) Lake Eola Park
Lake Eola Park is teeming with free things to do during the day. Similarly, the Park features free things to do in Orlando at night. Watch the twice-nightly light shows at the lake, movies in the park during summer, and free concerts at Walt Disney Amphitheater.
9) Magic Kingdom Fireworks
Catch the end-of-the-night fireworks at the Magic Kingdom—free of charge! Simply ride the free tram to the Ticket and Transportation Center for the best outside-the-park views.
10) Electrical Water Pageant
If you’re a Disney Resort guests, there are a lot of free parks. For guests of resorts surround the Seven Seas Resort, such as Grand Floridian Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Resort, the nightly Electrical Water Pageant is an added bonus.
11) Old Town
If you’re a classic car enthusiasts, drive to Old Town for free weekly car shows. All-American muscle cars are the highlight of Friday nights, while Saturday night features vintage cars.
12) Portofino Bay Hotel
This Universal Orlando Resort property hosts the nightly show “Musica della Notte” each night at sunset. Accordingly, The Harbor Piazza comes alive with an Italian musical celebration free to the public.
Put this list of free things to do in Orlando at night to use on your next vacation. Your wallet will thank you!
Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.