Let’s face it: amusing yourself can be expensive if you’re not careful. The best laid plans of frugality – with the added caveat of an exciting, new locale – can go awry quickly, ending in a splurge of epic proportions. Granted, some may end up worth it; you might have the time of your life, but all too often those unplanned spend-fests pull from another part of your vacation budget and the careful itinerary you outlined may end up in jeopardy. It’s easy to do in Orlando, where tempting venues come in the form of high-priced theme-park tickets and all the spoils that lay within – souvenirs and restaurants and upsells that get you to the head of the lines. The list is endless. That’s why it’s great to punctuate any vacation with something off a great list of go-to inexpensive attractions. And if you can find free ones? That’s the Holy Grail on a filler day (especially if you’re traveling with children!). In Orlando, you just have to look around a little. Free fun comes in many forms – from the primordial subtropical trails of the Little Big Econ State Forest to the rolling, grape-laden hills of the Lakeridge Winery and even at Disney, where you and the family can enjoy a fireside sing-a-long and marshmallow roast with classic characters Chip and Dale – then follow it up with a classic movie under the twinkling stars.
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