10 Under $10 — Orlando’s Best Entertainment Values

Millions of people flock to Orlando every year to spend billions of dollars at world-renowned theme parks. But Orlando offers other incredible parks at a tiny fraction of the cost. Here are 10 under $10. Click the links for more details, photos, videos,and maps:

1. Blue Spring State Park: This triple crown winner will cost you only $4 to drive in by yourself and just $6 for 2-8 people in one vehicle. More than 8 people? Add $2 per extra person.

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2. Canaveral National Seashore: Canaveral boasts the longest stretch of undeveloped beachfront on Florida’s east coast. A gift from NASA and the National Park Service, entry is just $5/car or motorcycle. If you want to explore the backcountry, you’ll need a $2 pass.

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3. Disney Wilderness Preserve: This “secret” Disney park is a beautiful Nature Conservancy preserve located in Kissimmee. 100% FREE.

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4. Kelly Park/Rock Springs Run: A local favorite, this is one of the prettiest springs you’ll ever experience. Cost of admission? $3/vehicle for 1-2 people, $5/vehicle for 3-8 people. More than 8, just add $1/person.

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5. Little Big Econ State Forest: Hiking, Biking: The forest with the funny name offers miles of scenic trails for hikers, bikers, equestrians and paddlers. Just $2/vehicle at the honor pay stations.

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6. Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park: Home to the picturesque Katie’s Landing on the Wekiva River, with miles of scenic trails by land and water. $3/vehicle up to 8 people at Katie’s Landing honor pay station. More than 8 people, add $2/person. FREE admission (parking) at the Fechtel and Southern trailheads.

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7. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge: 140,000 acres sitting in North America’s most biodiverse estuary. Enough said. FREE, except for Black Point Wildlife Drive, which is $5/vehicle at the honor pay station. Launching a boat also costs $5 at designated ramps.

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8. Orlando Wetlands Park: This must-see man-made natural wonder is teaming with wildlife from alligators to raptors to zebra longwing butterflies. 100% FREE.

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9. Shingle Creek Regional Park: Headwaters of the Everglades sitting right in Kissimmee, along with historic Babb Landing and Steffee Landing. 100% FREE.

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10. Wekiwa Springs State Park: World-class springs and headwaters of the Wild and Scenic Wekiva River.

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For a complete list by county, see Where-to-Go.

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