5 Free Things To Do In Florida

Florida is one of the America’s top travel destinations, where people can find all kinds of entertainment and relax on countless beautiful beaches. There is something for everyone, from enormous theme parks, exciting night-life, through art exhibitions and historical museums, to breath-taking sceneries and wonderful wildlife. Even those with a much tighter budget will find something for themselves – Florida offers many free things to do and see. Let’s see what you can do here with totally empty pockets!

#1 National Naval Aviation Museum

If you are a big fan of aircraft and you love to explore museums on your travels, this is a must see place when in Florida. The National Naval Aviation Museum is located on the Naval Air Station in Pensacola where you can easily walk or take a local bus/metro. The place is extremely interesting and provides hours of hands-on history with countless things to touch, see and experience. Believe me or not, but you can spend there hours and hours seeing more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft and over 4,000 artifacts representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation. The museum is free of charge and in addition to free parking, you can watch the amazing Blue Angels practice on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings March through November!

National Naval Aviation Museum
National Naval Aviation Museum, Florida

#2 LEGO Imagination Center

Would you like to feel 12 years old again? If so, head to downtown Disney Marketplace where there is 4,400-square feet of fun. Guarded by friendly dinosaurs and a huge sea serpent made of Lego bricks, this play area lets kids explore their creativity by building with colorful bricks and guess what? It’s free!

LEGO Imagination Center
LEGO Imagination Center, Florida

#3 Florida’s Capitol Complex

You can also tour the Florida’s Capitol Complex for free if you want to. Tallahassee is Florida’s capital city, where the state’s law makers meet to conduct the Sunshine State’s official business. The old and new capitol buildings are within the same block with guided and self-guided tours available for free. Tour hours for the old capitol building are offered daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Florida's Capitol Complex
Florida’s Capitol Complex

#4 Hit The Beach

There is nothing better than hitting the beach and chilling out in the sun. Fort DeSoto is one of the top beaches in the nation where you can experience spectacular sunsets and join local parties. The atmosphere here is festive… live bands play, craftsmen hawk their wares, talented artists sketch portraits, and performers delight the crowds! It is also a great opportunity to hang out with locals and meet new people who you can have fun with. Many people get a packaged holiday to come and relax here.

Florida's beach
Florida’s beach
sunset at Fort DeSoto
Spectacular sunset at Fort DeSoto, Florida

#5 Enjoy Wine Tasting and Tours

Would you like a glass, two or three of free wine? Why not! Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards based in Florida offers free tours, tastings and many free festivals and events. The Orlando Brewing Company near downtown Orlando is the only organic brewery and tap room in the Southeast and one of only 10 in the United States. Each weekend, there are free brewery tours, free Wi-Fi and free live entertainment. Are you in?

A glass of wine
Wine anyone?

As you can see, Florida is a budget friendly place, where you can enjoy yourself even when traveling with a tight budget. If you feel like you spent way too much money here, join the free wine tasting tour, relax on the beach or even explore Florida’s Capitol Complex!

Have you been to Florida? What other free activities would you add to the list?


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Agness Walewinder
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53 thoughts on “5 Free Things To Do In Florida”

  1. Never been to Florida, but yes, I agree such free things can save a lot of bucks! Hitting the beach and wine-tasting sounds really good. :)

  2. Good list! I am a Florida native (now living in California) and there is SO MUCH to do in Florida for free – all over the state! I hope it encourages people to visit. So much more to it than just Disney World/theme parks!

  3. Great post! I have been to Florida before but only to Orlando and all of the theme parks there. I would love to hit up Miami, The Keys and their beautiful beaches one day.

  4. Jessica - Notes of Nomads

    Always love free! And, yes, I would be totally up for some free wine-tasting! :) Cheers to travelling on a budget in style!

  5. OMG! Those shots on the beach are some of my fav ever of your’s! I love Lego’s too…until I step on them with bare feet ha, ha. My Dad was a private pilot so I would love to see The National Naval Aviation Museum. Wait a minute! Florida?! You were here in the States?! If you two ever make it over to the western part of the country and don’t connect up with Phoenix and I you’re gonna be in a heap of trouble with my Golden Retriever! And he can hold a grudge for….umm…at least 30 seconds, Agness and Cez! :)

  6. Check out Disney’s Wilderness Nature Preserve just outside of Orlando. It’s free and beautiful! Thanks to Mike, I’m a new visitor from Colorado and excited about reading about your travels.

  7. I’ve only been to Florida as a kid doing the Disney thing…I would love to go back and get a better idea of the non-theme park parts of the State!

  8. Lego Imagination center is my favorite! Every time I go to Disney, I head there to see if they have any new characters built up. Florida beaches are amazing. When I lived there, I would go to Venice Beach, Lover’s Key and Sanibel.

  9. David @ HitTheRoad.ca

    Thank you for letting me know about free organic beer!
    I will be in Florida in a few weeks. I will make good use of this information :)

  10. Wow, this is an incredible list of FREE things to do. I would certainly say that I would expect and happily pay to do 1,2,3 and 5 out of this list. Free wine tours with free tasting? Now you are talking :-)

  11. I love Florida! I’ve seen the best sunsets there, and the white sand beaches are like heaven! Might need to plan a trip down there while I’m still in the States… :-)

  12. Bridget @ A Traveling B

    Beautiful photos, Agness! While the beach is my favorite thing to do in Florida, I’m glad you wrote about Lakeridge Brewery and Winery. I had never heard of it before and next time I am in the area I will surely look it up!

    1. Thank you Bridget. I’m glad there is a free wine tour in Florida and I am happy I could mention that in my post.

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