Six Ways to Travel to Orlando on the Cheap - Page 2
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Use the Orlando Magicard
The Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau makes doing Orlando on the cheap that much easier with its Orlando Magicard. Print out this free card from www.visitorlando.com and use it for discounts on restaurants and attractions. Magicard perks also include slashed rates on multi-day hotel stays and car rentals, two-for-one admission to some of the area’s museums and performing-arts events, and coupon books for shopping.
Visit the local free and dirt-cheap attractions
Check out some of the area’s fascinating and eclectic museums, art galleries, and parks once you’ve overloaded on rollercoasters. It costs nothing to browse the art gallery collective in the CityArts Factory in downtown Orlando. Afterwards, you can picnic in Lake Eola Park nearby and watch the resident swans make lazy figure eights in the glassy waters. Take a self-guided walking tour of the historic neighboring town of Winter Park, founded in 1881, with free brochures and maps from the Winter Park Historical Association in the Winter Park Farmers' Market. Also in Winter Park is the Morse Museum, home to one of the world’s top collections of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Bonus: On Friday afternoons admission is free. Just 20 minutes north of Orlando, cool off in the refreshing (72 degree) spring waters of beautiful Wekiwa Springs State Park—and all you’ll pay is a nominal vehicle fee.
Snag bargains in outlet stores
Orlando has an impressive collection of outlet shops featuring goods from some of the world’s top brands at steeply discounted prices. Orlando Premium Outlets on International Drive is a lushly landscaped collection of nearly 200 outlet stores, including Coach, Cole Haan, J. Crew, Lacoste, Le Creuset, and Ralph Lauren. The Vineland Avenue location, with its 150 shops, draws shoppers with even more upscale brands like Barneys New York, Burberry, Fendi, Hugo Boss, Nautica, and Prada. The Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores run a little more mainstream, with outlet shops for Eddie Bauer, Guess, Gap, Old Navy, and Oshkosh—plus they offer free shopping shuttles from a number of Orlando hotels.