Top 10 Things to Do on I-Drive
Even if you’ve yet to visit Orlando, chances are you’ve heard of the vibrant, beating heart of our world-famous tourism district: International Drive, aka I-Drive. Simply put, if you’re looking for things to do in Orlando, I-Drive is the place to be.
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Besides providing quick access to Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando, International Drive is a destination in its own right. Orlando’s electrifying main strip is home to all-in-one entertainment hubs, attractions both mild and wild, dining for every taste and budget, incredible retail meccas, and hotels and resorts that will satisfy everything from the thriftiest of travelers to those seeking the ultimate in opulent luxury.
Want to explore the I-Drive area but not sure where to start? We’re here to help. Use the following suggestions as your guide to some of Orlando’s most popular attractions, entertainment, restaurants and retailers, and choose your own adventure on International Drive!
1. Amazing Attractions
Orlando’s theme parks are always worth visiting, but they’re not the only place in town with unique ways to play — and some of the best options are on and around I-Drive. One of the most visually striking is Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, which appears to be falling into a massive Florida sinkhole and features hundreds of fascinating, interactive exhibits the whole family can marvel at together.
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Outdoor fun awaits at I-Drive’s Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, which also has a picnic area when you’re ready to relax. For a different take on golf, Topgolf Orlando offers a fresh spin that uses elements of darts and bowling to create a fun, competitive game for all ages and skill levels, supplemented by a robust food and beverage menu.
If you work up an appetite after all that golfing, stop by Chocolate Kingdom — Interactive Factory Adventure Tour, where you’ll learn how chocolate bars are made and get the opportunity to create a custom bar for yourself. Or, just kick back and watch golf — or any other sport — while enjoying American cuisine and a wide range of games at Kings Dining & Entertainment.
For still more action, go head-to-head against other racers at I-Drive NASCAR and Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, or take a solo flight at iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving. And there are still more I-Drive attractions where they came from. Speaking of which…
2. ICON Park™
Offering entertainment, dining and shopping in one walkable plaza, ICON Park is the home of The Wheel, the famous, 400-foot-tall observation wheel that provides breathtaking views of Orlando. But that’s not the only reason you’ll want to visit.
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In 2018, The Wheel gained an even taller neighbor with the debut of the 450-foot-tall Orlando StarFlyer — the tallest swing ride in the world. Other ICON Park attractions include Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA Life Orlando Aquarium, Arcade City Orlando and 7D Dark Ride Adventure.
You won’t go hungry at ICON Park, either, thanks to killer restaurants like Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit, Tin Roof (which also features live music), Uncle Julio’s Mexican Restaurant and Yard House. Before you leave, stock up on vacation wear, souvenirs and more at the venue’s eclectic lineup of shops.
3. Pointe Orlando
Pointe Orlando’s eateries offer a lot of variety, including a taste of Havana at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, authentic Italian at Maggiano’s Little Italy, and fine Greek cuisine at Taverna Opa. You can also opt for Southern fare at Itta Benna and Lafayette’s, fresh catches at The Oceanaire Seafood Room, upscale American at Copper Canyon Grill, and legendary steaks at The Capital Grille.
You can’t go wrong with the menus at B.B. King’s Blues Club and The Pub Orlando, either, and both join the swank Blue Martini in being nightlife hotspots, with live music at B.B. King’s. Throw in more than a dozen retailers offering a wide range of merchandise, and it’s easy to spend a whole day at Pointe Orlando.
4. Fun Spot America
For more than 20 years, Fun Spot America in Orlando has been a cornerstone of International Drive, presenting a classic amusement park with wild rides and addicting games for every member of the family.
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Thrill-seekers won’t want to miss the world’s second-tallest SkyCoaster, which is complemented by other fun attractions like the all-new Headrush 360, gravity-defying Enterprise, the White Lightning wooden roller coaster, inverted Freedom Flyer steel roller coaster, and many others. (Wondering where to find the world’s tallest SkyCoaster? FunSpot’s location in Kissimmee, just 10 minutes from Walt Disney World!)
FunSpot also has pint-sized action for children, including Bumper Boats, Kiddie Swings, the Fun Slide and more. And when you’re ready for a break from the action, test your skills at classic midway games and the onsite video arcade.
5. Pure Escape
Need an escape? I-Drive can help with five different escape room attractions, each of which features a different set of challenges for you to conquer. With just 16 percent of its guests making it out in time, one of the toughest is America’s Escape Game, which features a room where challengers work against, instead of with, each other.
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Breakout Escape Rooms is unique in that it offers non-linear challenges, including Ringmaster’s Den and Zombie Roadhouse. And with scenarios such as Mission: Mars, Prison Break and others, The Escape Game is Orlando’s top-rated escape room on TripAdvisor.
At most of Orlando’s escape attractions, there’s a chance you’ll be teamed with strangers, but your group is always guaranteed a private room at Escapology. Finally, Lockbusters Escape Game swaps traditional locks and keys with full-sensory experiences that use storytelling, innovative technology and multi-room narratives.
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6. Savory Dining
Beyond the excellent eateries at Pointe Orlando and ICON Park, International Drive has many other venues worthy of gourmets’ attention, including Ciao Italia, Everglades Restaurant, Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill and Vincenzo Cucina Italiana. (Travel tip: Some of Orlando’s best dining can be enjoyed at hotel restaurants on I-Drive!)
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International Drive is also an epicenter of lively dinner shows with generous portions and unforgettable entertainment. Whether you want to help solve a crime at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows, be amazed while busting a gut at The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show, or just jam out at ROCK Dinner Show, you can do it all on I-Drive.
7. Electric Nightlife
International Drive is a great place to dance the night away — thanks in large part to Mango’s Tropical Cafe. With enough space for 2,000 revelers, Mango’s boasts one of the best dinner shows in Orlando, as well as fantastic Latin flavors, multiple bars, live DJs and plenty of dance floors for you to get your groove on.
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If the action at Mango’s gets too hot, you can always cool down at the world’s largest permanently frozen lounge, ICEBAR Orlando. Once you’ve chilled out, take in the dueling piano players at Howl at the Moon, or set your dancing shoes free once more at 3NINE. There’s no wrong way to party on I-Drive!
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8. Sensational Shopping
Orlando’s International Drive area is packed with places to shop for everything from mementos of your visit to the latest in jewelry and fashion. And thanks to the presence of two high-profile outlet malls, you can shop till you drop without breaking the bank!
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Located close to Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando International Premium Outlets is Florida’s largest outlet shopping center, featuring nearly a quarter-million square feet packed with more than 180 designer and name-brand outlets. On the south end of I-Drive near Walt Disney World, Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets has over 160 value-priced designer options, with savings as high as 65 percent off retail.
While you’re in the area, keep in mind that two of Florida’s best malls are just a short drive away. Focusing on luxury shopping experiences, The Mall at Millenia has more than 150 high-end stores and boutiques. And at The Florida Mall, choose from over 250 retail, dining and entertainment venues that include numerous market-exclusive retailers.
9. I-Ride Trolley
Don’t have access to a car while you’re in Orlando, but still want to explore International Drive? Hop on the I-Ride Trolley! Available daily from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., this convenient option travels throughout the I-Drive area, including stops close to many top attractions.
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Better yet, the I-Ride Trolley is highly affordable, maxing out at $2 for adults and $1 for kids per ride. If you plan on using it all day, upgrade to an unlimited one-day pass for just $5.
10. Orlando’s Official Visitor Center
There’s a lot to see and do on I-Drive, and you won’t want to miss any of it — particularly Orlando’s Official Visitor Center, located across the street from Mango’s Tropical Cafe.
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For starters, our Official Visitor Center is a trustworthy source for discounted tickets to theme parks and attractions, which means it should be your first stop after arriving in Orlando. While you’re there, the friendly, knowledgeable, multilingual staff of experienced Vacation Guides can you provide you with expert advice, answers to questions, useful resources, currency-exchange services, and even a gift bag (while supplies last).
You can also explore numerous displays showcasing top Orlando attractions you’ll want to experience while you’re here. Orlando’s Official Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., every day of the year.