Although it is full of modern wonders, Orlando is also full of history. Tucked within Loch Haven Park, sits a fire station. And two days a week this historical building opens up for families to explore. Come with us to the Orlando Fire Museum for a quick and simple outing that is sure to be memorable. This spot is one of our favorite free things to do with kids in Orlando.
Orlando Fire Museum
The museum is housed in a historic fire station known as Fire Station Number 3. The building was constructed in 1926 and served as an active fire station until the 1970s.
Now the fire station resides in Loch Haven Park after being moved so it could be converted into the museum it is now.
You’ll enter the museum in a small room first. It was here that a volunteer and former firefighter greeted my son and me. Soon we were told that this small room was once the firehouse kitchen – fueling the brave firefighters.
Speaking of fuel, there are multiple picnic tables under shady oak trees just outside of the museum. Considering bringing a picnic lunch or some snacks to enjoy before wrapping up your visit.
Exhibits and Things to See
The Orlando Fire Museum features a collection of firefighting equipment, uniforms, memorabilia, and historical documents.
- Vintage Fire Trucks
- Firefighting equipment and uniforms
- Historical photographs and information
I enjoyed witnessing the evolution of firefighting technology and techniques throughout the years. And several photos on the walls caught my eye, seeing Orlando in the 1920’s and 1940’s is a treat.
Although the Orlando Fire Museum is essentially one large room full of these historical items, there is a good amount of things to see. Be sure to take a few moments to read the signs and plaques. The volunteer kindly pointed out some items of interest and explained the difference between the fire trucks and equipment.
Vintage Fire Trucks
One of the main attractions of the museum is the display of vintage fire trucks. These antique firefighting vehicles offer a glimpse into the past and how firefighters used to respond to emergencies.
Naturally, my five year old son loved this part of visiting the museum. The kind volunteer even offered for him to climb into the seat of one of the vintage fire trucks. It’s hard to beat being able to touch and feel something so historical rather than just seeing it.
The Orlando Fire Museum plays an essential role in preserving the history of firefighting in the Orlando area and the contributions of firefighters in the community.
Our visit to the Orlando Fire Museum lasted just about an hour. I felt such gratitude for the people who have protected Orlando and the surrounding area for nearly 100 years. Besides visiting the museum you can there is a lot of history shared on the museum’s website.
There are no age requirements or restrictions for visiting the Orlando Fire Museum. However, keep in mind that this museum is rather small, and full of historic items. Tiny tykes may have a hard time here.
I spoke with my son a few times about just looking at the items, not touching them. The volunteer did offer a few items for my son to look at closely and touch.
For a low-key, quiet, and quick family outing it’s nice to have this museum available. And it is one of the best indoor activities in Orlando for kids.
Plan Your Visit
Orlando Fire Museum
814 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803
Only open on Fridays and Saturdays
Fri and Sat 10am – 4pm
Closed all other days
There is no parking directly near the museum. There are multiple places to park throughout Loch Haven Park. It is usually easiest to park near the Orlando Museum of Art and follow the sidewalk toward the center of park to get to the Orlando Fire Museum.
Although the museum is free, it is highly encouraged that you make a cash donation to help out the museum. Also, note there is no food or drinks allowed inside the museum.
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