*FREE - Historic St. Cloud is called "The Friendly Soldier City" for the thousands of Civil War veterans who relocated here
in the early 1900s. Antique stores, eclectic shops, expansive waterfront parks and unique restaurants. These small-town
cityscapes of folks shopping, sitting, and enjoying each other's company bring to life an era of days gone by. Slow down
and enjoy the day.
*FREE - Explore Cow Town, Historic Downtown Kissimmee Lakefront Park entertains families with a fountain splash pool
and a caboose selling snacks and ice cream. The Monument of States, delivers a free and easy geography lesson, made of
minerals from every state and many nations. The Monument of States offers every visitor a chance to find a piece of home
while on vacation. Constructed of 1,500 stones brought from each of the 50 states and 22 foreign countries. The
monument was built in 1943 and was paid for by local citizens. From there you can walk to the stores and eateries of pretty
downtown, decorated with murals depicting Kissimmee's cow-town heritage. Click here for more information. The Farmer’s
Market is held each Thursday from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Toho Square (corner of Pleasant Street and Darlington Avenue)
Osceola County's oldest and largest shopping area, this downtown area offers a wide array of charming shops where you
can buy collectibles, antiques, clothing, travel services, and much more, all in a quaint, old-fashioned Florida atmosphere.
Kissimmee is home to the oldest courthouse in continual use in the State of Florida (don't forget to check out the hanging
tree, and Goold's Western Wear was one of the first outlets to sell Levi Jeans in the country.
*FREE - St. Cloud Heritage Museum 1012 Massachusetts Avenue, St. Cloud opened February 19, 2005. Open Thursday-
Friday 10 am - 2 pm, and Sunday 1-4. No admission fee. Donations accepted. The mission of the new St. Cloud Heritage
Museum is to preserve historic records and artifacts of
organizations and individuals involved in the history of St. Cloud. The museum currently features photographs, historic
records and a variety of artifacts from veterans of the St. Cloud area, the Woman’s Club of St. Cloud, the St. Cloud Garden
Club, the New York/New Jersey Club, and other groups and individuals involved in St. Cloud and its history. A growing
collection of documents and artifacts on the early history of St. Cloud includes copies of the Robert A. Fisk collection of
postcards and photographs and the Pat McMullen collection of postcards of early St. Cloud. The series of articles by
Robert A. Fisk on the history of St. Cloud which have appeared in St. Cloud In the News are also included in the museum
collection. The museum is housed in the historic Veterans Memorial Library amed to honor the Civil War veterans who
founded St. Cloud. The building previously served as the town’s library which was operated by the Woman’s Club for over
50 years. Click here for more information
||Free admission on Monday from 9am to noon - Leu Gardens 1920 N.Forest Avenue,Orlando, FL 407-246-2620 The 50 acre
luxurious gardens were the creation of the late Harry P. Leu and his wife Mary Jane, who acquired the property and home
in 1936. A tour of the home explain how they transformed the 1898 farmhouse into a rich man's estate. In the heart of the
gardens is the Leu House Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Click here for more information. A typical tour of the grounds takes about an hour and a half.
||There are lots of state parks in Florida and many are free. Big Tree Park in Longwood, 15 minutes north of downtown
Orlando, is home to the oldest Cypress Tree on record at over 2,000 years old, standing at 138 feet.
||Explore Church Street Market
Outdoor entertainment and free musical acts populate the streets of Church Street Market in downtown Orlando. The area
has recently been renovated with attractive courtyards and contemporary décor; it's a local favorite, and is a great reason
to get away from Disney for a while. You'll find the market at 55 W. Church Street.
||Watch the Electrical Water Pageant
It takes place each night on Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake - times vary. A long line of barges are transformed
into a magical light show. It is short - just a few minutes long but is one of the overlooked treasures of Walt Disney
World. It can be seen from the beaches of the Grand Floridian and Polynesian and the Fort Wilderness Marina and
||Witness your car going uphill in neutral! One of Florida's best-known free attractions
is Spook Hill, in Lake Wales. Located on North Wales Drive (Fifth Street)
||Take the free garden tour at the Yacht & Beach Club Resort.
Call guest services for times
||Take the free lobby tour at Animal Kingdom Lodge.