We all like a bargain, but is it possible to get something on your vacation or getaway for free? Of course it is. Here is a list of some of Florida's top free attractions and interesting activities that won't cost you a penny. What can be better than that?
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Enjoy a Sunset Celebration
Florida's sunsets are spectacular, and people in two Florida communities — Key West and Clearwater Beach — think that is reason enough to celebrate! Night after night, the crowds gather a couple of hours before sunset. The atmosphere is festive... live bands play, craftsmen hawk their wares, talented artists sketch portraits, and performers delight the crowds. As twilight approaches everyone seems to pause to enjoy Mother Nature's show-stopping spectacle. Then, as if on cue, the party continues.
You can find Sunset Celebrations at Mallory Dock in Key West, or at Pier 60 in Clearwater.
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Right off the coast of Sarasota, lies one of the top rated beaches in the county, Siesta Key Beach. The 8-mile stretch of beach has been voted one of the "finest, whitest sand in the world," on multiple top rated lists, including Dr. Beach and The Travel Channel. Known for it's wide expanse and stunning quartz sand, this is one of Florida's greatest wonders.
Whether you plan to stay overnight or only a few hours, you'll find plenty of conveniences at Siesta Key, including a full-service concession, showers, restrooms, changing areas, picnic tables and a children's playground. Best of all... parking is free!
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Stroll Amelia Island's Fernandina Beach
Amelia Island's Fernandina Beach is a post-card perfect destination that doesn't have to wreck your budget. Spend the day on the island's pristine beaches filled with incredible wildlife, then, explore the sights, window shop in the unique downtown, or stroll the historic district in a self-guided walking tour... none of it will cost you a penny.
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Complimentary tours and wine tasting are offered seven days a week — Monday thru Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. — at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards in Clermont, Florida. Tours are held every half hour, beginning with a 15-minute video presentation that shows the growing of Florida's grapes all the way to the wine making process. The tour includes the production area and a spectacular view of the vineyards where the grapes are grown and harvested. Wine tasting is held at a large tasting counter with a selection of award-winning wines offered. The tour and wine tasting lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Also, there is a FREE Summer Music Series with live bands every Saturday in July.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Visit the National Naval Aviation Museum
Located on the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, the National Naval Aviation Museum provides hours of hands-on history with countless things to touch, see, and experience. More than 150 beautifully restored aircraft and over 4,000 artifacts representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation are on display at the museum. In addition to free parking and admission, on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings March through November, watch the amazing Blue Angels practice. Also, on Wednesdays there is an autograph session with the pilots inside the museum.
If you don't have time in your travel schedule to visit the museum, make a quick stop at the Florida Welcome Center in Pensacola to see a life-size display of a Blue Angel fighter jet.
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Take the Town of Murals Walking Tour
Lake Placid — affectionately known as the Town of Murals — is where you'll find over 40 murals adorning buildings in the downtown area. That's just the beginning, there are surprises in this little town around every corner. Small parks and green spaces are punctuated with over 60 benches perfect for enjoying the beautiful surroundings. And, helping to keep the downtown beautiful are the one-of-a-kind sculptured trash containers scattered about town — a steam locomotive sitting on its own tracks, a larger than life turpentine bottle, a jail and beautiful butterflies are just a few of the creative containers that stand ready to take on your trash.
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Tallahassee is Florida's capital city, where the state's law makers meet to conduct the Sunshine State's official business. The old and new capitol buildings are within the same block with guided and self-guided tours available for free.
Tour hours for the old capitol building are offered daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Reservations at least two weeks in advance for guided tours are encouraged.
All guided tours for the new capitol require reservations, and tours during the legislative session — March through April — require reservations made at least two months in advance. Tours daily except New Year's Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information call 850-488-6167.
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So often county parks are off the beaten path, but that is not the case with Volusia County's Sun Splash Park located right on Daytona Beach. And, while you have to pay to drive on the famous beach, the four-acre park includes 95 spaces of its own off-beach parking. The park features an interactive "zero depth" water play fountain, a shaded playground, volleyball courts, picnic areas, restrooms, outdoor showers, Coca Cola-sponsored "cool zone" and two beach access ramps. Sun Splash Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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The Holocaust Memorial, dedicated to the memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, is located in Miami Beach. Built of luminous Jerusalem stone and black granite the memorial makes a beautiful statement in the telling of a tragic story.
Groups of 10 or more must make a reservation before visiting. The memorial is open 365 days a year from 9:30 a.m. till sunset.
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Lakeland's Lake Mirror is beautiful enough, but stroll the promenade around the lake and you'll find a treasure trove of surprises — the tiered Hollis Garden and entertaining Barnett Family Park. There is something to please everyone in the entire family.
Hollis Garden is a 1.2-acre tiered botanical garden that overlooks the Lake Mirror Promenade. The garden displays thousands of flowering plants, ornamental shrubs and water features.
Barnett Family Park features elaborate sculptures of native Florida animals and beautiful hand-cut glass Byzantine tiles. A unique themed playground, interactive "zero depth" water play area and large pavilion for picnics and parties completes the family fun. The water play area is closed on Wednesdays.