Unforgettable Adventures Await at Indoor Orlando Attractions
Did you know that Orlando has more than 100 standalone attractions? What's more, many of our top thrills and experiences can be enjoyed in climate-controlled comfort thanks to indoor attractions throughout the destination — including these winners!
Indoor Attractions in Orlando's International Drive and Convention Center District
International Drive (aka I-Drive) is home to some of Orlando's best restaurants, nightlife and resorts ... as well as some of the area's most unique indoor attractions! One of the most visible is the 400-foot-tall ICON Orlando at ICON Orlando 360, formerly the Orlando Eye at I-Drive 360. Granted, the ride itself is outdoors, but you'll enjoy an unbeatable view of Orlando aboard a roomy, air-conditioned capsule.
I-Drive 360 features several other indoor attractions you won't want to miss. These include Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, which are complemented with numerous dining and shopping venues. Later in 2018, a 450-foot-tall swing ride dubbed the Orlando StarFlyer will open next door at The Vue at 360 entertainment center.
Just 5 minutes from I-Drive 360, Pointe Orlando is another walkable dining, shopping and entertainment complex on International Drive that includes Main Event Orlando. Here, you can enjoy a variety of games, activities and 61 big-screen HDTVs, as well as dining.
Pointe Orlando is also home to WonderWorks, which can be found in I-Drive's only upside-down building. Inside, you'll find six interactive "Wonder Zones," laser tag, a ropes course and other fun features. It also hosts The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show.
You'll find Ripley's Believe It or Not! on I-Drive too, inviting the whole family to enjoy hundreds of interactive, fascinating displays. On a related note, Ripley's Entertainment loves Orlando so much that they're headquartered here — "believe it or not!"
As if that wasn't enough, International Drive also features iFly Orlando Indoor Skydiving. Thanks to the attraction's wind-tunnel technology, guests as young as 3 can safely experience flight without jumping out of a plane. And at I-Drive NASCAR, you can race fast karts, play arcade games, bowl, shoot pool and more.
Fun in this district doesn't end there, either! Just around the corner on Universal Boulevard, and adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games boasts high-speed electric karts, laser tag, bowling, and other ways to have fun, plus gourmet food and beverages.
Right next door, Topgolf Orlando pairs traditional golf with a scoring system similar to darts. Technically speaking, all of its 102 driving bays are open-air, but they're climate-controlled. They also feature HDTVs and music selection, plus delivery service from the venue's chef-driven food and drink menus.
Indoor Escapes in Orlando
Orlando is home to several "escape room" attractions, including five in the International Drive area. At America's Escape Game, rooms include Asylum, Pandemic, Lost Tomb of Monthu, Crisis at 1600, The Caretaker and Face Off.
Breakout Escape Rooms features rooms that are non-linear and can hold large groups, with a 60-minute time limit to escape from each one. At The Escape Game Orlando, you can try your skills at rooms that include Mission: Mars, Prison Break, Gold Rush, The Heist and Classified.
Escapology also uses a traditional room approach, with scenarios such as Antidote, Budapest Express, Cuban Crisis, Th3 Cod3, NARCO, Mansion Murder and Under Pressure. On the other hand, locks and keys are out at Lockbusters Escape Game, which provides fully immersive, innovative experiences designed to push the escape-game envelope.
You can also escape in downtown Orlando courtesy of The Great Escape Room. You'll discover secret passageways, hidden compartments and devilishly clever clues ... but no apparent way out!
Indoor Attractions in The Florida Mall Area
In Orlando, even malls have attractions — or at least The Florida Mall does. Located about 20 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando, this massive shopping center has more than 250 retail, dining and entertainment options, including two of the area's best indoor attractions for families.
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First, the two-story Crayola Experience offers 26 hands-on activities designed to get kids' creative juices flowing. You can also shop from a massive selection of Crayola products and one-of-a-kind souvenirs, including the chance to name and wrap your very own Crayola crayon.
M&M's World is located at The Florida Mall too. In addition to nabbing classic and exotic flavors at the M&M's Candy Wall, you can find your "color mood" at the M&M's Mood Analyzer, thrill to the NASCAR entertainment zone, and meet M&M's characters.
Across the street from The Florida Mall, Hukoo's Family Fun Center offers 25,000 square feet of indoor family fun. Features include laser tag, bumper cars, mini-bowling, a laser maze and other entertainment, plus a cafe.
Indoor Arts, Culture & Education Attractions in Orlando
If you're traveling to Orlando with kids, you'll definitely want to visit the Orlando Science Center, located in Loch Haven Park about 15 minutes from downtown Orlando. Designed for little minds, it offers hands-on exhibits, engaging live programs and even sky-watching in the observatory.
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The Orlando Museum of Art is also in Loch Haven Park. Founded in 1924, it curates compelling collections and exhibits. Next door, The Mennello Museum of American Art showcases the work of American folk artist Earl Cunningham, as well as rotating exhibits featuring other traditional and contemporary American creators.
For even more museums, head to Winter Park, about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, where brick-lined streets bustle with acclaimed dining, shopping and culture. For the latter, options include the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which features the largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany's artwork, and the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, which is dedicated to its namesake sculptor.
Also in Winter Park, Rollins College's Cornell Fine Arts Museum has more than 5,500 works of art running the gamut from the ancient to modern eras. Best of all, admission is always free.
Written by Nate Shelton, consumer content writer at Visit Orlando. He's an experienced journalist and native Floridian who enjoys the entertainment, cultural and culinary aspects of Orlando and Orange County.
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