1. Leu Gardens
Minutes away from bustling downtown Orlando lies the beautiful Leu Gardens. Relax in the formal gardens along the shores of Lake Rowena, or meander along paths and foot trails located throughout the 50 acres of manicured grounds and artfully designed gardens that seamlessly flow from one to another. Starting in October,2009, free admission will be from 9am-5pm (last admittance at 4pm) on the first Monday of each month.
The Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, FL, contains the most comprehensive collection of the works by Louis Comfort Tiffany including his heralded lamps, signature leaded-glass windows and mosaic masterpiece. Also included is the chapel he designed for the 1893 world’s fair in Chicago. From November through April, the museum provides free admission every Friday night from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Live music is featured on the second Friday of the month and every Friday evening throughout the holidays. Occasionally art demonstrations are part of the Friday night program. Following each Friday night art demonstration, the Morse offers a docent tour through the galleries for the whole family.
The Winter Park, Florida retirement home of internationally acclaimed sculptor Albin Polasek has become one of the region’s preeminent cultural spots, The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. About 200 of the 400 works attributed to the Czech-born artist are on the museum property, including his signature, award-winning sculpture, Man Carving His Own Destiny. Following his death in 1965, his studio, home and galleries were opened to the public and the museum was created. Although admission is charged for the home and galleries, garden access is always free for everyone.
Originally built in 1937 as an artist colony for promising artists, the Maitland Art Center today continues the tradition with gallery exhibitions, art programming, and art instruction. With its "Mayan Revival" style of architecture, the MAC is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are a variety of events and exhibitions during the year that are free of cost to the public. Check the website for current listings.