Has it been hot enough for you here in Orlando this summer?? Man oh man! If you are looking for some cheap (or even free) ways to cool off this summer in Orlando, I’ve got you covered. These ideas are great for everyone and will help get you out of the house while still staying cool.
1. Go to the Library. Libraries are typically air-conditioned, so they’re a great place to go to escape the heat. Libraries often host events and programs for all ages, such as storytime, book clubs, and author visits. They are also a great place to meet up with like-minded people.
*Helpful Hint: The Orange County Library system offers many free and low-cost classes and events year-round at their various branches. Classes and events are virtual and in-person. Registration is strongly encouraged for in-person events, attendance may be limited.
2. Visit a Splash Pad. There are many parks around town that have splash pads that you can use for free, or a very small fee. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy one! Once you’ve chosen a splash pad, be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, and a towel. You may also want to bring a change of clothes, just in case. And most importantly, have fun!
*Helpful Hint: Don’t let the name fool you, but Orlando Parenting has a great list of splash pads in the Orlando area. Just remember to share with the kiddos!
3. Go to a museum. There are a number of great museums in Orlando, and many of them offer free admission on certain days of the week. The Orlando Science Center, the Mennello Museum of American Art, and the Orlando Museum of Art are all great options. Check their event calendars to see if they are offering any special adults-only activities.
*Helpful Hint: The first full weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill and Private Bank credit and debit cardholders can receive free admission to Orlando Science Center, and other museums, on Saturdays and Sundays through the Museums on Us program!
4. Go for a swim in the springs. Orlando is home to a number of natural springs, including Wekiwa Springs State Park and Blue Spring State Park. These springs are a great place to cool off on a hot day, and they’re also home to a variety of wildlife.
*Helpful Hint: If you are going to hit up a local spring on a weekend day, make sure to head out early. Some parks report being at capacity by 9 am on some weekend days.
5. Go to a Movie Matinee. Going to a movie matinee is a great way to cool off and enjoy a movie on the cheap. Check the movie listings to see what’s playing and when. Matinee showings typically start in the afternoon and are less expensive than evening shows.
*Helpful Hint: AMC Theatres offers discounted rates for family films during the summer. Get tickets for just $3+tax on Wednesdays and $5+tax on Saturdays for their Summer Movie Camp! Who doesn’t love a little blast from the kiddo past?