Spring is here and the weather is perfect for taking advantage of some of Orlando’s best events and amenities. Here is a list of 20 free things for families to do in the City this spring:
Cycle Across Cady Way Trail
With warmer weather upon us, enjoy one of Orlando’s paved bike trails. The trail extends northeast from the Fashion Square Mall through Orange County, connecting to the Cross Seminole Trail.
Cady Way Trail
Learn more about the Cady Way Trail
Brighten Your Day at Z.L. Riley Park
With amenities such as a picnic area, playground and pavilion, Z.L. Riley Park is a great location for birthday parties and events. Over half an acre in size, the park is a place where children can spend hours running, climbing and having fun at the bright and colorfully decorated playground.
Z.L. Riley Park
619 South Parramore Avenue
Z.L. Riley Park highlights
Take Flight at Joe Kittinger Park
Enjoy Orlando’s beautiful spring weather with family and friends at a park that inspires people of all ages to fly. Honoring those who served in the Vietnam War, Col. Joe Kittinger Park is now home to a refurbished F-4 Phantom aircraft which was used to provide air support during the war. Joe & Sherry and I go back quite a few years, so this is an incredible site!
Joe Kittinger Park
305 South Crystal Lake Drive
Delight in the Scents of Spring at Leu Gardens
Enjoy the colors and scents of spring while visiting Harry P. Leu Gardens for free the first Monday of each month (April 6, May 4, June 1). While there, take a walk through the butterfly garden or tour the 19th-century Leu House Museum.
April 6, May 4, June 1
1920 North Forest Avenue
Explore Leu Gardens
Feel the Beat of Latin Jazz
Immerse yourself in Latin culture with jazz performances at Lake Eola Park. Ventana Al Jazz is a free, family friendly event that will feature performances by various artists. And what’s better than spending a beautiful evening at Lake Eola Park?
Lake Eola Park Amphitheater
March 21, April 4
5 – 10 p.m.
195 North Rosalind Avenue
Crafty Fun at Kidfest
Held every April, the 6th annual Kidsfest in the Audubon Park Garden District includes a variety of activities where children of any age can learn to create music and make arts and crafts. This free event partners with local businesses throughout the district who work together to make it an unforgettable event.
Audubon Park Garden District
12 – 4 p.m.
Learn more about Kidfest
Enjoy the Shade at Demetree Park
Plan a day of family fun and enjoy one of Demetree Park’s many amenities. Developed in 1988, the 24.6 acre park includes three lakes as well as a fishing pier, playground, tennis and basketball court and picnic areas, plus plenty of trees offering shade.
650 Santiago Avenue
Spring into Fresh Produce at the Orlando Farmers Market
The perfect place to purchase seasonal fresh produce, the Orlando Farmers Market takes place every Sunday Downtown at Lake Eola Park. Enjoy freshly prepared food and dessert all while relaxing by the lake with family and friends.
Lake Eola Park
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
East Central Boulevard and North Eola Drive
Discover Your Inner Artist at the Mennello Museum
View amazing works of art and create your own at the Mennello Museum of American Art. Enjoy free admission for the whole family the second Sunday of each month (April 12, May 10, June 14).
Mennello Museum of American Art
April 12, May 10, June 14
900 East Princeton Street
Explore the Mennello Museum of American Art
Take Your Dog for a Jog Around Lake Baldwin
With plenty of shade and a pedestrian friendly trail, Lake Baldwin Park is the perfect place to go for a walk, jog or run, or to take the dog out to get active. Enjoy scenic views of Lake Baldwin from the 2.5 mile loop.
Lake Baldwin Park
2380 Lake Baldwin Lane
Dance Through the Decades
Dance your way through College Park at the College Park Partnership’s annual block party, Dancing on the Drive, on May 2. With vendors, food trucks and a DJ spinning hits from the 1960s through today, you and a few hundred of your closest friends can take part in this fun outdoor party for all ages.
College Park Partnership
Edgewater Drive between Smith and Bryn Mawr Streets
Get more info on Dancing on the Drive
Interact with Artists
The City of Orlando hosts the 26th annual Spring Fiesta in the Park April 11-12 at Lake Eola Park. This free family and dog friendly event will feature over 200 artist and craft booths along with a kid’s area and live entertainment.
Lake Eola Park
10 a.m. – 5 p.m (April 11)
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (April 12)
512 East Washington Street
822 Dartmouth Street
Get more info on Dartmouth Park
Cast a Line and Catch a Fish
Spend the day relaxing and catching fish at Lake Underhill Park. Whether you are fishing from the shore or from a boat, try your hand at catching largemouth bass along with black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, warmouth and white catfish.
Lake Underhill Park
4355 Lake Underhill Road
Learn more about fishing at Lake Underhill
View Trash Turned into Treasure
Known as the intersection of creativity and culture, Mills 50 is one of Orlando’s eight Main Street districts and is home to the Dumpster Art project. Consisting of more than a dozen dumpsters painted by local artists, these works of art can be found at businesses throughout the Mills 50 district.
Mills 50 District
Learn more about art in the Mills 50 District
Movies, Family and Fun at Lake Eola
This spring (April 25, May 29), enjoy free family friendly movies on the East Lawn when Movieola returns to Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando. Arrive early to enjoy pre-movie entertainment and activities.
Lake Eola Park
April 25, May 29
Event at 6:30 p.m. with the movie at 8:30 p.m.
512 East Washington Street
View Orlando Through Watercolors
Through April 12, stop by the Garden House Welcome Center at Leu Gardens for a free viewing of the latest Central Florida Watercolor Society exhibit, Orlando Abloom. Paintings of botanicals and landscapes by members of the Central Florida Watercolor Society are sure make spring come alive.
Through April 12
Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 N. Forest Avenue
Get info on art at Leu Gardens
Explore an Urban Wetland
The City has multiple urban wetlands, including LaCosta Urban Wetlands. The 25-acre park, which functions as a stormwater drainage facility, provides a great place to explore and walk on a spring day.
LaCosta Urban Wetlands
5841 LaCosta Drive
Travel Back in Time
Discover the past by spending a morning exploring the historic district of Downtown Orlando. Consisting of historic buildings dating from the 1880s to the early 1940s, a guided Historic Walking Tour with the City’s Office of Historic Preservation highlights points of interest such as the Old Orlando Railroad Depot and the Well’s Built Museum of African American History and Culture. Tours are set for April 3 and May 1.
Look to the Sky for Eagles
An urban wetland and a nesting area for the American Bald Eagle are found within the 485 acres of Eagles Nest Park. The majority of the land in the park is an educational environmental study area.
Eagle Nest Park
5165 Metrowest Boulevard