Top 10 Things to Do on Orlando's International 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, or just want to take an open-air stroll in our gorgeous outdoors, 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 International Drive’s most popular attractions, entertainment, restaurants and retailers, and choose your own adventure in Orlando!
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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.
For still more action, go head-to-head against other racers at 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…
Offering entertainment, dining and shopping in one walkable, open-air plaza, ICON Park is the home of The Wheel (get discount tickets), 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. ICON Park attractions also include Madame Tussauds Orlando (get discount tickets), SEA Life Orlando Aquarium (get discount tickets), Museum of Illusions and In The Game ICON Park, among others, with more on the way.
You won’t go hungry at ICON Park, either, thanks to killer restaurants like Blake Shelton’s all-new Ole Red, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit, Tin Roof and Yard House. Ready to dance? Ole Red and Tin Roof also serve live music. Before you leave, stock up on vacation wear, souvenirs and more at the venue’s eclectic lineup of shops.
Pointe Orlando’s eateries offer a lot of variety, including a taste of Havana at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar and fine Greek cuisine at Taverna Opa. You can also opt for fresh catches at The Oceanaire Seafood Room and legendary steaks at The Capital Grille. Pointe Orlando constantly adds new flavors, too, such as Chicago’s famous The Hampton Social, and Brazilian churrasco steakhouse Rodizio Grill.
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You can’t go wrong with the menu at The Pub Orlando, either. Throw in fun attractions like WonderWorks (get discount tickets) and Main Event Entertainment — the latter of which also serves food — plus retailers offering a wide range of merchandise, and it’s easy to spend a whole day at Pointe Orlando.
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 Headrush 360, gravity-defying Enterprise, the White Lightning wooden roller coaster, inverted Freedom Flyer steel roller coaster and all-new Sky Hawk, among 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.
Need an escape? I-Drive can help with multiple escape room attractions, each of which features a different set of challenges for you to conquer. The Escape Game Orlando is a great example. Ranked as Orlando’s top escape room on TripAdvisor, it offers six challenging scenarios, including Mission: Mars, Prison Break, Gold Rush, The Heist, Special Ops: Mysterious Market and the all-new Playground.
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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. Games there include Scooby-Doo, Murder on the Orient Express, 7 Deadly Sins, Mansion Murder, Under Pressure, Antidote and Narco.
There’s a brand-new way to play indoors on International Drive courtesy of the 800,000-square-foot Dezerland Park! Inside, experience a full day of fun with affordably priced attractions for all ages, including Karting Orlando, Jump Start Trampoline Park, Bowling Orlando, The Pinball Palace, Arcade Orlando and Axecelsior Axe Throwing, which even has safety axes for little ones
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Dezerland Park’s centerpiece is the 250,000-square-foot Orlando Auto Museum, where you can lay your eyes on more than 2,000 rare and exotic vehicles, including James Bond vehicles, micro cars, and the world’s largest collection of Batman vehicles. You can also grab a meal at the Bond Lounge & Exhibit, a sit-down restaurant with a massive collection of Bond memorabilia.
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Beyond the excellent eateries at Pointe Orlando and ICON Park, International Drive has many other venues worthy of gourmets’ attention, including those at area resorts. For instance, the AAA Four Diamond A Land Remembered and Cala Bella are part of the dining lineup at Rosen Shingle Creek. More great eateries await at other Rosen properties in the I-Drive district, including Jack’s Place at Rosen Plaza Hotel and Everglades Restaurant at Rosen Centre Hotel. They join Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops and Fiorenzo at Hilton Orlando, among others.
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Don’t skip International Drive’s standalone restaurants, either! Standouts include Ciao Italia Italian Ristorante, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant, Joe’s Crab Shack, Seito Sushi, Vincenzo Cucina Italiana, and many others.
The party never ends on International Drive — not with dynamic nightlife options up and down the strip! One of the most incredible is Mango’s Tropical Cafe, a two-story, 55,000-square-foot venue that lights up the night with live entertainment and dancing.
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A dueling piano bar like no other, Howl at the Moon is another I-Drive hotspot, and when it’s time to cool down, nothing beats the chilly confines of ICEBAR Orlando. But the fact is, you’ll find lounges, nightclubs and more throughout I-Drive, including resort options such as 3NINE at Rosen Plaza, David’s Club Bar & Grill at Hilton Orlando, and others. And that’s on top of aforementioned live music joints such as Ole Red and Tin Roof.
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, including retailers at ICON Park and Pointe Orlando. 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. A third outlet mall, Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, is also close to I-Drive in the Walt Disney World area.
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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.
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The I-Drive district is big, and even though the core is extremely walkable, you’ll need a vehicle to get out and see all of it. That’s where International Drive’s tours and transportation options come in, including numerous excursions by bus and bike.
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What’s more, one of the most affordable ways to get around I-Drive is also the most fun: the I-Ride Trolley. Priced at a maximum of $2 per ride, these smiling trolley buses will take you all over the International Drive area, with stops conveniently located throughout the district. It runs from 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. daily, so hop aboard and see everything waiting for you on Orlando’s famous I-Drive!