ORLANDO’S INTERNATIONAL DRIVE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT
Did you know that Orlando has an area that's bursting with one-of-a-kind attractions, vibrant dining and nightlife, hotels and resorts for any taste or budget, and sensational shopping? It’s called the International Drive Entertainment District — aka I-Drive — and it’s a perfect microcosm of the wonder and adventure found throughout the destination.
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Conveniently connecting the Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando areas, the International Drive Entertainment District is less than 15 minutes from Walt Disney World® Resort and just 20 minutes from downtown Orlando and other authentic neighborhoods. The entertainment district’s titular I-Drive and its adjacent boulevards welcomed a wealth of new additions in recent years, with more to come in the future. It’s also home to the GBAC STAR-accredited Orange County Convention Center.
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In other words, if you’re coming to Orlando, you’ll want to visit the International Drive Entertainment District. Keep reading to discover everything there is to see, do and enjoy in the dynamic heart of Orlando: Theme Park Capital of the World.
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Although Orlando excels at dining, nightlife and shopping, we are arguably best known for our incredible attractions — and you’ll find a wealth of them in the International Drive Entertainment District.
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Attractions at ICON Park®
Some of the most popular Orlando attractions await at ICON Park®, the dining, shopping and entertainment complex that features The Wheel (get discount tickets). The 400-foot-high landmark provides unbeatable views of Orlando from the comfort of roomy, climate-controlled capsules with lots of bells and whistles, including the option to ride in a Sky Bar. Go even higher — and much faster — aboard the affordably priced Orlando StarFlyer.
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Other ways to have fun at ICON Park include Orlando's edition of a world-famous attraction: Madame Tussauds (get discount tickets), where you can pose with realistic wax versions of celebrities from pop culture, sports, history and more — plus DC Entertainment’s Justice League. You’ll also find SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium (get discount tickets), which features a 360-degree, underwater tunnel and other ways to view majestic denizens of the deep.
At Museum of Illusions, more than 50 exhibits will trick your eyes and mind, while Max Action Arena offers axe throwing, virtual reality, adventure rooms and an escape room. Then, cap off your visit by playing games and winning prizes at In the Game ICON Park or taking a spin on the Carousel on The Promenade.
Attractions at Pointe Orlando
Offering shopping, dining and fun in a walkable entertainment district, Pointe Orlando features the original WonderWorks, which has been amazing visitors for more than 25 years. Easy to spot thanks to its upside-down building, and perfect for all ages, this attraction has six interactive “Wonder Zones,” as well as laser tag, a ropes course and other awesome activities.
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Main Event Entertainment is also part of Pointe Orlando. At this 50,000-square-foot venue, you can enjoy state-of-the-art bowling, billiards, a ropes adventure course, virtual and interactive games, and dozens of big-screen TVs, as well as a chef-inspired food menu and handcrafted cocktails.
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Attractions at Dezerland Park
Another place to find a wealth of indoor attractions is I-Drive’s Dezerland Park. Inside the 800,000-square-foot venue, you can enjoy a wealth of affordably priced attractions, that include Axecelsior Axe Throwing, Karting Orlando, Jump Start Trampoline Park, Bowling Orlando, The Pinball Palace, Arcade Orlando, and Orlando Auto Museum and its adjacent Bond Lounge & Exhibit, showcasing more than 2,000 of the world’s coolest cars.
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More Indoor Attractions in Orlando’s International Drive Entertainment District
There are plenty of other standalone attractions to choose from in the I-Drive Entertainment District. For instance, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® offers 10,000 square feet of incredibly interactive exhibits for every member of your family. What's more, Ripley’s Entertainment loves Orlando so much that they’re headquartered here — believe it or not. Nearby, wonders of a different kind can be found at Roboland, where you can access and interact with artificial worlds like never before.
Kings Dining & Entertainment features bowling, billiards and ping pong, as well as an outdoor bocce ball court, regulation shuffleboard table, giant HDTVs, a chef-driven menu and two premium bars. Also on International Drive, Dave & Buster’s has everything from craveable food to unique drinks to cutting-edge games. And speaking of food, you can create your own chocolate bar while having a delicious time at Chocolate Kingdom — Interactive Factory Adventure Tour just off I-Drive.
Adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games (get discount tickets) has indoor racing — and as the name implies, it’s spearheaded by Mario Andretti himself. The enormous venue offers countless other ways to play, plus a full-service restaurant and two bars. Indoor driving, food and fun can also be enjoyed at I-Drive’s K1 Speed Orlando.
Right next door, Topgolf Orlando features an ingenious take on golf that pairs the traditional game with a high-tech scoring system that’s similar to darts. The 3-story venue also has chef-driven food options, lively bars and a rooftop terrace.
If you’ve come to Orlando to escape, great news: The International Drive area has numerous escape room attractions. For example, The Escape Game Orlando (get discount tickets) has five rooms for up to eight players, and six-player teams can tackle seven rooms at Escapology.
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Outdoor Attractions in Orlando’s International Drive Entertainment District
A full day of outdoor fun be had at Fun Spot America (get discount tickets), which has a second location in Kissimmee close to Walt Disney World® Resort. A classic amusement park, this open-air location offers thrills for all ages, including roller coasters, bumper cars, kiddie rides, midway games and more. You can also choose an all-day Fun Pass for unlimited rides, or focus on your favorites with a-la-carte pricing. Admission is free.
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Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf (get discount tickets) is another outdoor attraction on International Drive with lots of family appeal. It features two championship, 18-hole courses with waterfalls, footbridges, mountain caves, gorgeous landscaping and pirate lore.
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Finally, if you’d like to tour all of these attractions while simultaneously enjoying a ride, check out the I-Ride Trolley. Available daily from 8 a.m. till 10:30 p.m., the trolley has stops all along I-Drive, and pick-ups take place approximately every 20 minutes. It’s also highly affordable, priced at just $2 for adults and $1 for kids per ride, or $6 each for an unlimited one-day pass. Discounted multiday passes are also available, maxing out at $20 for a 14-day pass.
No matter your budget, chances are you’ll find the perfect accommodations on and around International Drive. In fact, the area’s lodging options present as much variety as its attractions, shopping and dining.
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For instance, luxury lovers will be interested in Hilton Orlando. Recently renovated, the AAA Four Diamond hotel offers all the stylish amenities travelers have come to expect from the world-renowned brand, as well as temperature-controlled swimming pools, a waterslide and a lazy river.
Also AAA Four Diamond-rated, Hyatt Regency Orlando features spacious guestrooms and accommodations, pristine swimming pools and a 24-hour fitness center. If you're seeking the ultimate in tranquility, the onsite spa offers many paths to complete relaxation.
Discover more bliss at the spa at Rosen Centre Hotel, where you can choose from seven treatment rooms specializing in massage therapy, body treatments and facials, as well as hair, makeup and nail care. You can further luxuriate at the hotel's pool and hot tubs. Nearby, Rosen Plaza Hotel is centrally located and delightfully surprising.
If golf is your thing, Rosen Shingle Creek boasts a newly redesigned, championship golf course by Arnold Palmer Design Company. The hotel itself sits on 255 acres of lush landscaping and manicured gardens, which are complemented by four seasonally heated pools and lots of outdoor activities, including fishing.
Hotels with suites offer ample space for the whole family, as well as kitchen amenities, making them perfect homes away from home. These include Element Orlando, Four Points by Sheraton, Marriott's Grande Vista, Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites International Drive Orlando, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando, Sonesta ES Suites Orlando, and WoodSpring Suites Orlando.
There are plenty more to choose from. If you’ve budgeted your lodging for mid-range options, look into Castle Hotel, Autograph Collection, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn, Hyatt Place, Hilton Grand Vacations Club Las Palmeras, Rosen Plaza Hotel, Tru by Hilton Orlando, Vista Cay Resorts by Millenium and Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa. Additionally, Embassy Suites has locations on International Drive and the adjacent Jamaican Court.
A hotelier with a moderately priced International Drive-area location is Extended Stay America Orlando Convention Center/Universal Boulevard. Properties in a similar range include Avanti International Resort, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, La Quinta by Wyndham Orlando, Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando and Wyndham Orlando Resort. For even more value, consider Days Inn Convention Center, directly across from the Orange County Convention Center.
Whether you're in the mood for upscale dining, family-style meals, casual bites, themed dinner shows, live entertainment or just some good, old-fashioned bar hopping, you've come to the right place when you're on International Drive.
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Dining & Nightlife at ICON Park®
At ICON Park, pair live music with hearty fare at Tin Roof and country music superstar Blake Shelton’s all-new Ole Red. Also new to ICON Park are Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, marking the celebrity chef’s first restaurant venture in Orlando, and legendary Key West saloon Sloppy Joe’s.
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For more great dining at ICON Park, make a reservation for authentic Spanish cuisine and flamenco dancing at Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit. The entertainment complex also features Yard House, an upscale, casual eatery for beer and food enthusiasts, as well as a Shake Shack.
Dining & Nightlife at Pointe Orlando
In keeping with the spirit of International Drive, Pointe Orlando brings international flair to dining. Headed by two-time James Beard award-winning Chef Guillermo Pernot, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is a favorite for appetizers — we recommend the crab guacamole and beef picadillo empanadas — plus late-night salsa dancing.
You can also enjoy superb seafood at The Oceanaire Seafood Room, hop across the pond for a pint and dinner at The Pub, go Greek at Taverna Opa, savor choice cuts at Rodizio Grill, or just dine American style at The Capital Grille, among other choices. The newest places to eat here include The Hampton Social, JoJo’s ShakeBAR, and Kavas Tacos & Tequila.
Dining & Nightlife Throughout International Drive
That international mindset continues at restaurants and nightspots up and down the strip. If you’re in the mood for Latin flavor, you’ll want to hit up Mango’s Tropical Cafe. Featuring live entertainment — including the famous Mango’s Dancers — this 55,000-square-foot, two-story venue is a destination in its own right. (For more dining entertainment, make reservations at Pirates Dinner Adventure and Teatro Martini Orlando.)
Hungry for Italian? Check out Cala Bella, Ciao Italia Italian Ristorante, Mia’s Italian Kitchen, or Vincenzo Cucina Italiana. Asian fare? At Siam Thai Cuisine and Shogun Japanese Steakhouse are calling your name. For Caribbean and Key West cooking, try Gatorville Poolside Bar & Grill or Bahama Breeze Island Grille.
Sometimes nothing but a great steak will do, and you can get one and a lot more at Da Silva Steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and Saltgrass Steakhouse. Or, go for an all-you-care-to-eat option with South American flavor at Boibrazil Churrascaria Steakhouse and Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse. If you prefer surf to turf, Joe’s Crab Shack is a great source.
You’ll find world-class dining at I-Drive’s hotels and resorts too, including The Bistro, David’s Club Bar & Grille and Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops at Hilton Orlando. You’ll also love Fiorenzo at Hyatt Regency Orlando and The Grill at Marriott’s Grande Vista. And a trio of great eateries — Everglades Restaurant, Jack’s Place and A Land Remembered — can be enjoyed at Rosen Centre Hotel, Rosen Plaza Hotel and Rosen Shingle Creek, respectively.
For dining that offers a lively lounge setting as well as fantastic food, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant pairs modern, casual cuisine with a tasting room sensibility. If you're done eating but aren’t quite ready for bed yet, you can chill out at ICEBAR Orlando — which, true to its name, was built with more than 70 tons of hand-carved ice. Or, unwind by soaking in beer — literally — at the Beer Spa. Optionally, you can heat things up at Howl at the Moon, a high-energy dueling piano bar that invites nonstop audience participation.
Between excellent value and access to the world’s most sought-after brands, it’s no wonder that Orlando is a shopper’s wonderland. It should also come as no surprise that some of our best retail experiences can be found in the International Drive Entertainment District.
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For example, Orlando International Premium Outlets® offers an unbeatable mix of world-famous labels and exceptional value. Spanning nearly 775,000 square feet, it's home to more than 180 designer and name-brand outlet shops, as well as 20 dining options.
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Offering similar savings and brand selection, Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets® is adjacent to International Drive. Cited as one of the country's most upscale outlet destinations, the Mediterranean-inspired shopping village has more than 160 name-brand and designer outlets, including Armani Outlet, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Old Navy Outlet, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and many others.
In addition to being a dining and entertainment hotspot, Pointe Orlando has unique shopping opportunities. The bespoke stores offer a lot of variety, such as men's and women's clothing, fashion accessories, jewelry, multicultural merchandise, and even die-cast collectibles. You’ll also find fun gift shops at ICON Park.
When you're on International Drive, two of Central Florida's best malls are close by. Minutes from Universal Orlando, The Mall at Millenia offers a stylish, sophisticated shopping experience with a focus on high-end luxury.
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