My husband and I tried out this date idea last weekend and we had an incredible time!! We visited the Albin Polasek Museum right here in Orlando! Just minutes from Leu Gardens, this small sculpture garden is a MUST SEE in Orlando.
The Museum is open from Tuesday though Saturday 10:00AM to 4:00PM and on Sundays from 1:00PM to 4:00PM; they are closed on Mondays. Students get in for a mere $3, children under 12 are free and regular admission is only $5. (told you this was a CHEAP date idea!) They also have several free days throughout each month, so be sure to check their site!
You can pack a small lunch, drinks or snacks to bring along with you; they have a beautiful shaded picnic area right by a small lake. We normally pack in crackers, meats and cheeses to enjoy while we sit and admire the gardens.
Start off by parking in the front lot (parking is always free). There is extra parking to left in the gravel; we visited on Sunday morning so there was plenty of parking.
From the paring lot, walking towards the entrance of the museum you can view several sculptures in the front lawn. View these and then head into the front room. The front walk way was one of my favorite parts of the exhibit, with this beautiful mosaic tile.
From here you check in and pay admission to the front desk, then enjoy all of the paintings in the indoor exhibit. What’s really cool? Read all of the descriptions on the paintings, they are actually all painting based on locations right here in Central Florida! This cute painting behind the pamphlet, is actually based on an old cypress tree in Wekivia, Springs!
After seeing the paintings in the inside exhibit, be sure to pick up your sculpture walking tour pamphlet from the reception desk and follow it to the back yard. Follow the walking tour around the yard and take in each of the sculptures and plant life. Oh and cat life! We found this friendly cutie walking around, he ended up joining us for most of the tour.
We stopped in their shaded picnic area and sat for a moment. Even in late September it was actually pretty cool. You can stop here to have lunch and truly enjoy the setting. The time we were going they were actually setting up for a wedding!
We spent just about an hour and half here, but it was the PERFECT afternoon date; especially that we are on a pretty tight budget. Just a quick afternoon trip out to downtown Orlando!