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Budget Friendly Orlando

Updated: March 28, 2024

Written by

AAA Travel Editor, Sherry Mims

“Budget” and “Orlando” are terms that can make sense together if you plan ahead when you visit Orlando. Consider experiencing a few affordable theme park offerings and then heading to local attractions that are both easy on your wallet and fun things to do. Here's a few to get you started: The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in nearby Winter Park; Disney Springs in Lake Buena Vista; and Orlando's Lake Eola Park, The Mennello Museum of American Art and Universal's affordable Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Winter Park, Florida

If you want a word-class experience at a good price, you can find one in nearby Winter Park. The museum features a sizable collection from Louis Comfort Tiffany as well as works from other well-known artists and sculptors. Highlights include the colorful reconstructed chapel and daffodil-detailed columns moved from Laurelton Hall, Tiffany’s onetime estate in Long Island, New York.Read More

Disney Springs®

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Though there’s plenty you could spend money on here, you’ll want to enjoy the ambience and only browse if you want to conserve cash. With numerous stores and restaurants in four “neighborhoods,” this entertainment hub remains a fun place to go. In The Ganachery, you might even receive a free sample of chocolate.Read More

Lake Eola Park

Orlando, Florida

Locals love the City Beautiful’s downtown park. It’s the place to play with your dog, hang out with friends or take a break. In addition to the large fountain, sculptures dot the park and add interest. Check out the Walt Disney Theater, where the rainbow-colored Walt Disney Amphitheater hosts occasional events.Read More

The Mennello Museum of American Art

Orlando, Florida

On a pleasant day, you’ll want to lounge on an Adirondack chair by the cultural institution's sculpture garden. Though there are many attractions within Orlando Loch Haven Park, you’ll want to save money by hanging out by the sculptures and visiting another interesting landmark, the Mayor, a large oak tree out front that’s thought to be one of the oldest in Central Florida.Read More

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Orlando, Florida

If you must stay on-site at an Orlando theme park, check out one of Universal’s more moderately priced Orlando resorts. The fun retro décor is as much a draw as the activities, which are considerable. You can exercise in the Jack LaLanne-themed fitness center, float down the lazy river or play a game in the upstairs bowling alley (for a small fee). There’s also a shuttle to Universal CityWalk™, where you can shop, dine or enjoy nightlife if you choose.Book Now

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Written by

AAA Travel Editor, Sherry Mims

Sherry is an experienced #AAAEditor and former journalist who enjoys writing informative travel articles and reviews. Her commitment to making meaningful connections with people and places fuels her work for AAA. Favorite activities range from skiing to backpacking abroad and taking ghost tours.

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