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Florida is best known for its palm trees, ‘gators and of course the playground on steroids, Orlando. A record seventy-six million people vacation in ‘the city beautiful’ and while the masses flock to see Mickey Mouse there is more than meets the mouses’ eye to this vibrant vacation destination and most of the fun is found around I-Drive. This guide details the best things to do on International Drive, Orlando all year round.
Many of the Orlando attractions discussed in this guide are part of the Eat, Play, Shop Discount Card which offers up to 50% off tickets and restaurant bills!
Fun Things to do at International Drive, Orlando
Orlando is cheesy, there is no getting away from that but if you are the type of traveler who wants to let their hair down while soaring to high heights, energetic International Drive is for you.
We’ve split this guide into the following sections so you can create your Orlando itinerary with ease:
- Activities everyone can enjoy
- Things to do on International Drive for adults
- Things to do on International Drive for kids
Things to do on I-Drive for Everyone
Play Mini Golf
Hit a ball at a pirate-themed mini-golf course which has 18 holes and is landscaped with waterfalls and caves.
According to visitors, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf (8501 International Drive) is great value for money.
‘Real’ golfers enjoy it too.
This is one of our favorite spots for spring break in Orlando if you’re bringing the whole family.
Catch a Movie
Sit back in comfortable chairs while watching the latest releases at the Regal Pointe Orlando which showcases movies in both IMAX and 4DX for an immersive cinema experience.
Look out for anniversary classics as well as new movies.
Don’t want to parachute but would like to fly to high heights?
Then iFly (see what they did there?) is so you.
The iFly team equips you with a fetching jumpsuit, goggles and hat then takes you to their wind tunnel.
The guide then supports you until you are flying without wings.
There is no parachute and no need to jump out of a plane but you still feel the flight experience, and it is a thrill for adventure lovers!
Titanic Artifact Exhibition
Hop aboard the Titanic without setting out at sea via the Titanic Artifact Exhibition (7324 International Dr).
Learn about the ill-fated ocean liner through a variety of galleries and interactive exhibits.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
You cannot miss the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not (8201 International Dr) building collapsing into a sinkhole on I-Drive!
This self-guided museum displays all things strange throughout its 16 galleries.
This is one of the top things to do indoors on International Drive and the only place you’ll find shrunken heads, an authentic vampire killing kit and a shooting gallery.
Tip: expect to spend around 1-1.5 hours in this Odditorium.
I-Ride trolley offers a hop on/off service from morning until night making it easy for holiday-makers to pick and choose their fun I-Drive itinerary.
Take advantage of unlimited journeys and travel by air-conditioned vehicle between the main shopping centers and Orlando’s key attractions
Note: I-Ride trolley does not go to Walt Disney. Ensure your hotel offers a drop-off/pick up service.
Reserve your I-Ride passes here.
Outta Control Dinner Show
If you like casual dining with your comedy, consider the Outta Control Dinner Show (9067 International Dr) which is suitable for all ages.
Dine on pizza and salad at family-style tables while laughing at the acts and trying to work out the magic tricks.
This is Orlando’s longest running dinner show and the man behind it is Tony Brent.
See Orlando from the Sky
Take a ride on the Ferris wheel at ICON Park to see above and beyond the I-Drive attractions!
This observation wheel rotates at the height of 400 feet and provides stunning views of Cape Canaveral, downtown Orlando, and the Floridian landscape from an air-conditioned cabin.
This is also one of the best date ideas in Orlando!
Glass Bottom Guided Kayak Tour
Stretch your arms at the tranquil Rock Springs Run, also known as Emerald Cut, during this kayak tour.
The two hour tour meets in Apopka, and takes small groups out into the calm water where you can watch sea life through the glass bottom kayak!
A big part of Florida culture is about its waterways, and you can take part during this Orland activity.
Speedy Airboat Tour
If the kayak tour sounds a little tame for your adventurous soul, consider one of Florida’s famous airboat tours.
This 90-minute airboat tour leaves from Kissimmee, and races through the Everglades, slowing down for visitors to catch a glimpse of gators in their natural environment.
Orlando Attractions for Adults
See Orlando From the Sky
Be wowed by Orland at night from a bird’s eye view during this helicopter tour.
During the 15-minute flight, your pilot soars above the Orlando Eye, Disney Springs, Fun Spot Kissimmee, and Old Town!
If timings align, you might just see the fireworks below!
Relax at a Hammam Spa
Be whisked away to Morocco without leaving I-Drive at Royal Mansour Moroccan Spa (11951 International Drive).
Book the hammam ceremony, which has been practiced for thousands of years, and leaves visitors feeling rejuvenated.
The up close and personal ritual lasts 60 minutes and involves a series of cleaning and scrubbing experiences.
Other services include wraps, waxing and a barber.
Book via the website.
Watch a Game
Catch a game on the big screen at Miller’s Ale House.
Take advantage of the games day specials on food and enjoy cold beers and cocktails as day turns into night.
Happy Hour in Orlando
A two-week vacation in Florida can get pricey but you can keep the costs down by looking out for restaurant happy hours.
Most will have signs out front.
It is also worth asking your hotel for discount books or signing up for the Eat, Play, Shop Discount Card for big savings.
International Drive Activities For Kids
Museum of Illusions
Check out over 50 exhibits at the Museum of Illusions in ICON Park.
Challenge your senses at different optical illusion areas and take on the mind-bending indoor museum.
Book your tickets here.
Go Ice Skating
If the heat is getting too much, hit the ice at Funtania Family Fun Center (International Festival Plaza).
Prices include skate and sock hire.
Try to Escape
Challenge yourself to an escape room experience where you have to answer a series of questions and work out puzzling scenarios to get you and your team’s freedom back!
Get Lost in VR
Also located at Funtania is a Virtual Reality room with VR plates and pods.
There are six alternate worlds to explore!
One of the best indoor things to do in Orlando for kids who like computer games.
Outer Limitz Indoor Trampoline Arena
If getting high is your thing, check out iDrive’s indoor trampolines for small kids and the bigger ones too.
Outer Limitz Orlando (6725 South Kirkman Road) trampolines cover 24,000 square feet of ground and walls!
When the kids are bouncing off the walls you can literally make them bounce off the walls, safely.
Get higher! Visit Kennedy Space Center and lunch with an astronaut.
Things to do in Orlando at Night
Eat Pizza at Flippers Pizza
Flippers Pizza (11062 International Drive) is a casual pizza restaurant.
Guests state the brick oven pizzas are the best on International Drive.
Drink Cocktails at The Hampton Social
Dine on coastal-inspired cuisine such as lobster, chowder and steaks and sip hand-crafted cocktails at this modern I-Drive restaurant located at 9101 International Drive.
Enjoy a Rum Flight at Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar (9101 International Drive) will take you back in time to Havana years gone by.
The menu consists of contemporary cuisine such as ceviche and empanadas.
Cocktail fans can choose from an extensive Mojito list, Caipirinha and rum flights!
You may also like our guide on the best International Drive restaurants.
Where to Stay on International Drive
We can personally recommend the Avanti International Resort (8738 International Dr), which is a modern hotel with compact fitness suite, on-site shop, outdoor pool, and shuttle buses to the parks.
International Drive Attractions Map
Check out here to access the I-Drive attractions map which will help you plan your Orlando itinerary.
In Orlando, the fun does not stop when you leave Walt Disney World or Universal Studios!
With these International Drive activities, there is never a dull moment on Florida’s eccentric street.
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