Visiting Orlando on a Budget – A Simple Way to Save on Your Vacation

Orlando is one of the largest vacation destinations in the world, and with good reason – there are TONS of great places to visit and things to do.

Orlando may be a family vacation Mecca, but that doesn’t mean you have to empty your bank account to visit. The Go Orlando Card makes visiting Orlando on a budget a breeze.

Save on Admission to Tourist Attractions

Admission to many of these Orlando tourist attractions and are included on the Go Orlando Card.

Go Orlando Cards give you the flexibility to choose as you go from dozens of top attractions to create a vacation tailored to your family’s interests.

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A few of the attractions include:

  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Gatorland: The Alligator Capital of the World
  • ICON Orlando (formerly Coca-Cola Orlando Eye)
  • LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
  • And more!

Top Attractions to Visit for a Budget Friendly Trip

Kennedy Space Center

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If you’ve ever dreamed of being an astronaut, or just loved staring into space, this is the vacation destination for you.

Tour the visitor complex to see the history of the space program, look inside an actual space shuttle, have lunch with a real astronaut, or tour the Rocket Garden, filled with decades worth of decommissioned rockets.

For curious kids and adults alike, touring this site takes a full day.

Getting In: Kennedy Space Center tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.

Gatorland: The Alligator Capital of the World

Gator Bellow at Gatorland

This uniquely Florida attraction shows off the best of the state’s natural wildlife.

You can begin with the alligators, getting up close and personal by becoming a trainer for a day. Create a custom souvenir by posing as a gator wrestler with one of the animals that love to pose for pictures.

It’s not all about the alligators, though. Try out the 1,200 foot zip line and fly right over the deadly animal exhibits, photograph rare birds in their breeding grounds, or have close encounters with snakes and other wildlife from around the world.

Getting In: Gatorland: The Alligator Capital of the World tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.

ICON Orlando (formerly Coca-Cola Orlando Eye)

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One of the newest attractions in the city, the ICON Orlando is a 400-foot Observation Wheel similar to the London Eye in England.

Board one of the capsules that hold up to 20 people and experience an unsurpassed view of the city.

You’ll be able to see theme parks, Orlando’s skyline and even, on clear days, Cape Canaveral and the ocean on the east coast.

The capsules are fully enclosed and air conditioned, and each trip includes a pre-flight 4D Cinema Experience.

Getting In: ICON Orlando tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida Water Park Joker Soaker

If you’ve got kids, this stop is a must-see on your vacation destination list. The home of all things LEGO®, this park offers over 50 rides and attractions, plus an incredibly complicated child-centric water park.

Ride LEGO trains, watch fireworks at dusk, or just experiment with your creative side and play with thousands of LEGOs for as long as you want.

Once your fun is done for the day, head to the LEGOLAND Hotel for even more fun. Ask for custom Lego kits for each family member to play with, let the kids dive into the pit with over one hundred thousand bricks, or just retire to your LEGO-themed comfortable room for a relaxing night.

Getting In: LEGOLAND® Florida Resort tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.

The Cirque Magique Dinner Show

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Sit down to an interactive dinner featuring the best circus performers from around the world.

You’ll see clowns, acrobats, a comedy magician, performing puppies and many other amazing acts. Your family with be amazed at the acts performing mere feet in front of their dining table.

Enjoy a tasty circus-themed meal with three scoops of sweet, delicious ice cream for dessert while laughing and clapping for the performers.

Getting In: The Cirque Magique Dinner Show tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.

Fun Options to Visit During Your Trip:

There are plenty of other fun options to choose from in the Orlando area, including these activities included on the Go Orlando Card.

WonderWorks – Experience more than 100 hands-on exhibits and interactive demonstrations. Experience natural disasters, the space experience, a ropes course, laser tag, and more.

Boggy Creek Airboat Tour – Fly through the wetlands to discover rare birds and dangerous alligators. You’ll come home with great memories at this creative way to tour the Florida everglades.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – Tour this museum to view hundreds of Robert Ripley’s unbelievable oddities. See shrunken heads, a vampire killing kit and even a spinning vortex for your own dizzy experience.

SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando – Discover sea creatures from around the world while experiencing a 360 degree tunnel through a giant aquarium. Watch an interactive dive show, experience feeding times, and view marine wildlife you never knew existed.

Free Activities for a Budget Friendly Vacation

Adding free activities can let you stretch your vacation another day or two while still having a lot of fun in the Orlando area. If you’re visiting Orlando on a budget, it’s the best of both worlds.

Harry P. Leu Gardens – Explore a 50 acre collection of gardens, each one featuring a different facet of nature. From the arid garden with its cactus to the more than 50 varieties in the bamboo garden, it’s a nature lover’s delight.

Winter Park Farmer’s Market – Visit the old train depot in Winter Park and you’ll find the number one plant and produce market in central Florida. Check it out any Saturday morning to find produce, plants, baked goods and other local products.

Lake Eola Park – For a relaxing day in the very heart of Orlando, spend the day at Lake Eola. Walkers and runners will love the sidewalk the encircles the lake, while more sedate types can rent swan shaped paddle boats, feed real live swans, grab something to eat at Relax Grill, see a concert at the Walt Disney Amphitheater, or just relax and enjoy the flower beds and the view of Orlando’s skyline.

Disney’s Boardwalk – Disney’s Boardwalk is styled like a 1900’s seaside town, and encourages you to stroll away an afternoon or an evening. You’ll find restaurants and lounges if you’re ready for dinner or a drink, but you can also see free entertainment just like in the olden days like jugglers, a New Orleans style jazz trio, tarot card readers, or one of a dozen other creative acts.

Orlando Brewing Company Tour – This brewery reinvented itself in 2004, and now is one of a handful of certified organic brewers in the country. Visit for a free tour Monday through Saturday at 6 PM. The tour begins and ends at the Taproom and, while there are no free samples on the tour, you can buy two different sized sampler trays both before and after the tour.

Let’s Recap on Visiting Orlando on a Budget

There you go – a few great recommendations for things to do when visiting Orlando on a budget.

Remember, many of these great budget friendly attraction options and more are included on the Go Orlando Card, where you can save up to 50% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

So when you are planning your trip, consider including some of these options to your Orlando vacation itinerary.

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