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An Easy Outing at the FREE Orlando Fire Museum

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

Historic Building

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.

Exterior of Orlando Fire Museum brick building with blue skies above
Exterior of Orlando Fire Museum image by Dani Meyering

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.

Orlando Fire Museum Entrance Room with brick walls and shelves of firefighter merchandise
Orlando Fire Museum Entrance Room image by Dani Meyering

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The Orlando Fire Museum features a collection of firefighting equipment, uniforms, memorabilia, and historical documents.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.

Historic Photos on display Inside Orlando Fire Museum
Historic Photos Inside Orlando Fire Museum image by Dani Meyering

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.

Exhibit Inside Orlando Fire Museum
Exhibit Inside Orlando Fire Museum image by Dani Meyering

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.

School Age Boy On Board Vintage Fire Truck Inside Orlando Fire Museum
Vintage Fire Truck Inside Orlando Fire Museum image by Dani Meyering

The Firefighters

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.

Horse Drawn Fire Truck Inside Orlando Fire Museum
Horse Drawn Fire Truck image by Dani Meyering

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.

Age Requirements

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.

School Age Boy Admires Vintage Fire Truck Inside Orlando Fire Museum
Vintage Fire Truck Inside Orlando Fire Museum image by Dani Meyering

Plan Your Visit

Orlando Fire Museum
814 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 246-3468

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.

We hope you enjoy visiting this small, but charming free museum. You can connect with us and other parents on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

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Dani Meyering
Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando native. She loves sharing her hometown with others from the theme parks to Florida's natural beauty. With over 15 years of experience, Dani is thrilled to serve as our Managing Editor at Orlando Date Night Guide, Orlando Parenting, as well as Tampa Bay Date Night Guide.