It doesn’t cost a fortune to play in paradise. In fact, all around the Sunshine State, you’ll find plenty of events and activities that won’t cost you a dime. We’ve categorized these activities by region for easy planning.
Explore Florida’s Historic Capitol for free. Check out photographs, recordings and audiovisual displays at the museum, as well as the restored 1902 Governor’s office, chambers of the House of Representatives, Senate and Supreme Court. Visit the official website for more information.
Every Saturday from March to December, amble through more than 150 booths of fresh produce, arts, crafts, prepared foods and more at the Riverside Arts Market. Also featured are live performances at the amphitheatre and various kids’ activities. Learn more at www.riversideartsmarket.com.
See the beer-brewing process at the Budweiser Brewery. Learn how they brew this iconic American beer while marveling at the high-speed packaging operations. The brewery is only one of five Budweiser breweries in the country. Guests 21 and over can enjoy a complimentary tasting following the tour. Call 904-696-8373 or visit www.budweisertours.com.
The Florida Museum of Natural History, located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, is the state's official natural history museum. With the exception of the Butterfly Rainforest, the permanent exhibits are free to all visitors. Visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu for more information.
Sun Splash Park features an interactive water fountain, decorative walkways, a shaded playground, volleyball courts, picnic areas and more. The four-acre facility also provides free, off-beach parking. More information is available online at Volusia County’s website.
Also in Daytona Beach is the Southeast Museum of Photography, one of only 13 specialized museums of its kind in the United States, and one of about 30 throughout the world. For hours and further information, visit the museum’s website.
Historic Sugar Mill Gardens is set amid 12 acres of lush botanical gardens and features the remains of an English sugar mill. The gardens were once home to the 1940s theme park, Bongoland. Life-size dinosaur statues remain and are still a favorite with children. The gardens also house a human sundial. Visit dunlawtonsugarmillgardens.org for details.
Port St. Lucie
The PGA Museum of Golf offers free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during season, and Friday through Sunday during the summer. Explore the legends and stories of this great sport in an 8,300-square-foot facility. Learn more at the center’s website.
On the first Saturday of the month from November to April, check out Naples’ Art in the Park, featuring painting, photography, jewelry and sculpture. While you’re there, tour the von Liebig Art Center, also free of charge. Visit the art center’s website for specific dates.
West Palm Beach
Every Thursday night is Clematis By Night, a free concert series in downtown West Palm Beach. Enjoy free music, sidewalk shopping and food from 6-9 p.m. Learn more at the West Palm Beach City Calendar website.
Florida Keys Community Concert Band, a group of volunteer musicians playing at the high-school level, performs six free concerts from November to April at Islamorada Founders Park (MM 87). These outdoor concerts are on scheduled Saturdays at 4 p.m. Find out more and check the schedule on the Keys Community Concert website.