Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Orlando! Odditorium. Photo credit: Chris Bird, Standby Traveling Mom

Visiting Orlando during off-season times will always bring you the best deals. That’s why we’re excited about our school’s new year-round schedule; it means we’ll be flying standby to some of our favorite vacation spots while everyone else is still in school! And yes, Orlando is on our list for 2015. But, I kinda wish we were going this September. Read on for why…

September is Magical Deal Month!

If you have plans to visit Orlando in the month of September, you’ll be able to take advantage of 30 days of savings at up to 50 percent off by visiting VisitOrlando.com/September. During Magical Deal Month in September, savvy vacation planners will enjoy this one-stop shop for more than 150 theme park offers, discounted hotel rates, dining deals and more.

20 Orlando Attractions Under $20

Can’t make it in September? No worries. The savings continue year-round. From visiting a museum with the largest collection of Tiffany glass in the world for less than $5 to interactive fun exploring the Orlando Science Center or Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium for less than $20, this list of 20 activities under $20 each (in fall of 2014) offers inexpensive options for everyone:


$5 or less per person

1. Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens houses the works of Albin Polasek, one of America’s most prominent sculptors of the 20th century. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students (age 12 through college), free for children age 12 and under.

2. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art features the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including his famed leaded-glass lamps. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $1 students, free for children under 12. Free admission 4-8 p.m. Fridays (November through April).

3. The Mennello Museum of American Art offers a diverse collection of sculptures and paintings, including contemporary American folk art and works by Earl Cunningham. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $1 students, $1 children age 6-18, free for children under 6.

$10 or less per person

4. Kings Bowl Orlando is the perfect place to eat, bowl, or lounge in a comfortable, fun and luxurious environment. $5 before 6 p.m., $6 after 6 p.m., $7 Fri & Sat after 6 p.m. All prices are per person, per game. Shoe and sock rentals are $3 each.

5. Enzian, Central Florida’s only full-time alternative cinema, presents independent and classic films and produces annual film festivals and a variety of community events. $10 general admission, $8 seniors/students, $8 matinee (before 6 p.m.).

6. Harry P. Leu Gardens offers three miles of paved scenic walkways, a butterfly garden, bamboo and palm gardens, and an 1880s house museum. $10 adults, $3 students ages 5-18. Even better, it’s free on the first Monday of every month.

7. Orlando Museum of Art displays local, national and international art work. The museum also features two discovery centers for children, devoted to interactive activities and educational programs. $8 adults, $7 seniors/college students, $5 children ages 4-17.

8. West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co. offers hourly, daily and weekly road bike rentals for visitors to explore Central Florida’s scenic trails, including the 22-mile West Orange Trail. Rentals start at $6 per hour. Hotel delivery and group bike tours available at an additional cost.

$15 or less per person 

9. Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf offers two 18-hole miniature golf experiences in a pirate-themed setting (locations in the Lake Buena Vista and International Drive areas). $10.45 adults, $9.45 children ages 4-12 (Lake Buena Vista). $12.50 adults, $11.50 children (International Drive). Admission available for the 36-hole adventure at an additional cost.

10. Bok Tower Gardens, a national historic landmark, is nestled among 50 acres of picturesque gardens and hosts a 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic Singing Tower on its grounds. $12 adults, $3 children ages 5-12.

11. Orange County Regional History Center showcases a variety of exhibits and programs that explore Central Florida’s history dating back 12,000 years. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $9 children ages 5-12.

12. AMC Dine-In Theaters, located at Downtown Disney, allow movie-goers to combine dinner and a movie with seat-side service. Ticket prices range from $11-15. Menus items range from $6.99-$14.99. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

13. Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour provides a relaxing narrated cruise through the lakes and canals of historic Winter Park, showcasing natural wildlife and mansions that line the waterways. $12 adults, $6 children ages 2-11.

14. Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens includes hundreds of rare and endangered animals and 800 species of plants and flowers. $14.95 adults, $12.95 seniors, $10.95 children ages 3-12.

15. SAK Comedy Lab volleys roaring laughs and hilarious improv sketches on select nights as the players take suggestions from the audience and create show-stopping scenes and songs. General admission tickets range from $5-$12.

$20 or less per person

16. CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort offers day passes to its 54,000-square-foot water park that features 14 water slides and four pools. $17.95 weekday pass. Reservations are strongly recommended.

17. Orlando Repertory Theater, a professional theater that caters to young audiences and families, presents performances based on classical and contemporary children’s literature. $18 adults, $16 seniors/students, $12 children 17 and under.

18. Orlando Science Center is a hands-on science museum with educational exhibits, programs, giant screen films and planetarium shows. $19 adults, $17 seniors/students, $13 children ages 3-11.

19. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium houses artifacts, art and interactive exhibits in 16 galleries of the odd and unusual from around the world. $16.99 for adults, $10.99 for children ages 4-12.

20. Showcase of Citrus, a 2,500-acre working citrus and cattle ranch, produces more than 50 seasonal varieties of citrus, ripe for the picking. Enjoy a Swamp Safari & Eco Tour with zebra, Ankole-Watusi, alligators, exotic native birds & more. $20 adults, $10 children 4-12, 3 and under free.