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Free Attractions in Kissimmee/St. Cloud

If you are like most people, you like getting something for free. If you are visiting the Kissimmee/St. Cloud area, you may not know that there are free attractions in this area. You could spend hundreds of dollars at the major theme parks, but there are some jewels to be found at the free attractions in Central Florida.

Free Attractions in the Heart of the Tourist Area

Right in the heart of tourism is one of the best local free attractions around. Old Town provides shopping, dining, and entertainment – with many free things to do! This is a fun and free attraction to people watch, enjoy nightly live music, and on weekends Old Town hosts classic car shows. Wild to mild carnival-style rides, go-carts and other amenities are all reasonably priced. Fast food and table service dining is available. Be sure to check out the shops for souvenirs, clothes, jewelry and more!  Visit myoldtownusa.com to learn more.

Additionally, historic and charming downtown Kissimmee offers a fun-tastick variety of free things to do! Visit www.kissimmeemainstreet and discover the Monument of States, a delightful lakefront park, restaurants and an eclectic mix of shopping.  Numerous festivals are held throughout the year too. You can also experience a self-guided tour and other tours at this free attraction in Kissimmee.

Similarly, the City of Celebration was developed by the Walt Disney Company and is a mixed-use development anchored by a mix of houses, condominiums, and apartments. Celebration is nostalgically designed in an old Florida style with a downtown district featuring retail and dining. This attraction is always a great choice for outdoor events, including a farmer’s market, free concerts and festivals. Learn more at celebrationtowncenter.com.

Free and Worth the Drive

Do you like to hike? If you are a person who likes to explore, a free attraction south of Kissimmee (located in Poinciana) allows you to hike on elevated boardwalks over swamplands and see wildlife. There are many trails to choose from and a wide variety of environmental choices to observe. Open to the public on weekends, you are sure to enjoy this free attraction. For more information visit floridahikes.com.

St. Cloud Hotel - a free attraction

The St. Cloud Hotel (1922 postcard rendition) was first built in 1909. The hotel burned and was rebuilt with fireproof walls in 1910.

Downtown St. Cloud is a top spot for antique shopping and is home to the St. Cloud Hotel a designated historic landmark. It is a beautiful free attraction in St. Cloud.  While visiting this small quaint town, be sure to dine at Chimento’s Spaghetti House my personal favorite St. Cloud Restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Another mainstay of dining is The Catfish Place which has been around since I can remember.  A short stroll takes you to Lakefront Park, walking trails on the lakefront and boat ramps. Enjoy cooking on grills, free parking, a covered pavilion, picnic area, playgrounds, and more!  And the best thing is it is a FREE attraction!

In conclusion, hit the expensive theme parks in Central Florida if you want. Just know that there are many options for free attractions in the Kissimmee area. You are bound to find something your entire group will enjoy, especially at this price – FREE!

Remember, Capone’s Dinner Show offers a buy one, get one free for every ticket purchased online. It is a fun dinner attraction the entire family will enjoy!

Discounted Legoland Tickets

Legoland Dragon at Knights Kingdom
If you are wanting to visit one of Central Florida’s theme parks or attractions, trying to get a good deal on theme park tickets can be hard to find. Most ticket resellers offer discounted tickets, however, these tickets may end up not costing much less than purchasing the ticket directly from the theme park. If you know the date of your visit to Legoland far enough in advance, you can now get a discounted ticket directly from their website.

This new discounted ticket offer is called “Pick-A-Date” and can discount the ticket by as much as $15. The date must be at least eight days in advance. Instead of the gate price of $79 for one day’s admission, an adult will pay only $64 (ages 2-12 and 60 and older will pay $54). You may also apply this discounted attraction ticket price to two-day tickets at Legoland.

If you decide to go to Legoland within 2 to 7 days in advance, you’ll still recieve a discount of $10 off your theme park ticket. This also applies to Legoland’s water park ticket option when purchased with the regular admission ticket. It really pays to plan in advance! Literally.

Although this Central Florida theme park is geared towards children between 2 and 12 years of age, the entire family will enjoy the discounted savings. To get your discounted theme park tickets for Legoland, visit their website at www.legoland.com. Enjoy the park, and enjoy the savings!

Orlando Theme Parks Offer More Discounted Tickets

Orlando theme parks offer good discounts for certain individuals throughout the year. Sometimes it is hard to find out about these specials, or track them down on websites. The most common Orlando attraction discount is the Florida resident discount which benefits individuals with a Florida ID. However, many Orlando attractions offer discounts of all types. During the month of February, if you are a first responder or a health-care worker, you’ll find a good discount at Ripley’s.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not attraction located at 8201 International Drive is cutting their admission tickets in half for Florida’s first responders including police officers, deputies, highway patrol officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, Hazmat workers and search-and-rescue crews. They are also cutting a break to the health-care workers including doctors, dentists, nurses, medical and dental staff, hospital employees and home health-care workers.

Normal price is $19.99, so for a ten dollar bill, you can enter the “Odditorium” and be entertained for a long afternoon or evening. Bring along 3 additional guests and they too will receive half-price tickets! Just show your ID when buying the tickets. For more information go to www.ripleys.com/orlando.

Meanwhile, Capone’s Dinner & Show has teamed up with the Kissimmee Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, better known as Visit Kissimmee and is offering greatly discounted tickets to all military. All active or retired military receive the very special price of only $24.99 for each military member and one guest. This special is not available through their online ticket system. You must call in your reservation at 1-800-220-8428, ask for the military special, then present your military ID when you arrive at the show. For information go to www.alcapones.com.

Since most Orlando theme parks offer discounts of some type, it is usually well worth your time to research and track down these discounted theme park tickets. If you can’t find them online, you can usually call the theme park and ask what they offer. Every little bit helps, right? Besides, knowing you got a good deal, always makes a day at an area attraction a little more enjoyable!

Super Show Alternative & Mardi Gras Plans

Super Game LogoNow that the super bowl stage has been set and the teams are in place, many people will focus on New Orleans and all of the festivities. Remember, however, if you are not a football fan and want to avoid all of the frenzy that goes along with the hype, Capone’s Dinner & Show offers a Super Show instead of the Super Bowl! They will even ‘quarterback sneak’ a gift to every paying guests on Sunday, February 3, 2013. See this special offer on their website.

New Orleans will be very busy this time of year with both the big game and the beginning of the Mardi Gras festivities. Fat Tuesday falls on February 12, and the festivities will blend from one party into another. You don’t have to go to New Orleans to take part in the fun. There are Mardi Gras events right here in Central Florida at the Orlando theme parks and local attractions.

Universal Orlando is the most well-known celebration amongst the Orlando theme parks when it comes to Mardi Gras.  They include a yearly Mardi Gras festival which spans three months of concerts, parades and Mardi Gras fun right here in Orlando. The concerts begin February 9th and continue through April 20th. Well known artists, such as the All-American Rejects, Kool & the Gang, Steve Miller Band and Matchbox Twenty will perform.

The theme park’s lineup for 2013 Mardi Gras at Universal Studios includes:

  • Feb. 9: Lifehouse
  • Feb. 16: Steve Miller Band
  • Feb. 17: Boys Like Girls
  • Feb. 23: Trey Songz
  • March 2: Demi Lovato
  • March 9: Montgomery Gentry
  • March 15: Sean Kingston
  • March 16: Matchbox Twenty
  • March 22: Austin Mahone
  • March 23: Phillip Phillips
  • March 30: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
  • April 6: Kool & the Gang
  • April 13: Pitbull
  • April 20: All-American Rejects

All of the Mardi Gras activities and concerts are included in regular admission at Universal Studios. If you are a Florida resident, the best theme park attraction deal is to go after 5 p.m. on an evening there is a concert and pay only $59.99 (in advance) or $75.99 (gate). For more information, visit their website at  www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.

Regardless if you like football, concerts or bead-throwing activities, you owe it to yourself to check out the all-new gangster shoot out at Capone’s. Guests win prizes, get a good meal and have a blast at this Central Florida attraction. It’s a good call from the huddle that your team (or family) will enjoy!

Great Theme Park Deal for Florida Residents

Tourism so far in Central Florida has been good for 2013. The warmer weather has attracted thousands of visitors from colder climates into our local theme parks to enjoy being outside without the snow gloves and boots. The warmer weather isn’t just for tourists though, and neither are some of the great theme park ticket deals that the attractions are offering. If you are a Florida resident, you are most likely enjoying this warm weather too, and now is a great time to catch up on area theme parks at a fraction of the normal cost.

The best attraction ticket deal that I have ran across lately is the Walt Disney World 3-day Discover Disney ticket. From January 5 through June 3, 2013, Florida residents can check out any of the 4 Walt Disney World theme parks for 3 days for only $199 plus tax. Add another day for only $10. There are blackout dates (spring/Easter break for many schools – March 23 through April 5), and you may only visit one park per day, but this is still a fantastic deal!

Disney Florida Resident Discover Deal
If it has been awhile since you’ve been to Disney, a lot of new attractions are in place. Two new castles in the Magic Kingdom join the Cinderella Castle. If you’re a “Little Mermaid” or “Beauty and the Beast” fan, you’ll enjoy these great additions. At Epcot you can now create your own virtual concept car and put it through its paces in the re-imagined Test Track. Pirates of the Caribbean join Hollywood Studios this year. These are just a few of the things to “discover” with this great Disney ticket deal.

Many special events will be taking place at our Central Florida attractions in the coming months. Disney is creating a great promotion for Valentine’s Week with special moments and entertainment geared to lovebirds. Disney princes join their princesses to meet park guests in special settings, prix fixe menus turn up at select restaurants and Valentine’s collectibles will be offered for the week.

If you’re a Florida resident, take advantage of the great weather and these theme park ticket deals. The weather and special offers don’t get much better than this! Enjoy!