Planning a vacation to Orlando? A stop to International Drive and it’s many attractions should be added to your vacation itinerary.
International Drive, also known as I-Drive, is an 11 mile stretch of Orlando roadway that serves as a highly popular tourist district for the city.
Here you’ll find attractions that appeal to the whole family – from amusement parks to the largest observation wheel on the east coast.
Check out our helpful guide for visiting Orlando’s International Drive attractions, packed full of ways to save on admission, tips for visiting, other nearby attractions, and much more.
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Things to Do on International Drive
I-Drive has been undergoing a tourism renaissance that makes the area more attractive than ever.
For instance, the new I-Drive 360 project added several new attractions and multiple dining options.
There are plenty of attractions to visit and things to do on International Drive. Here are a few that we recommend you add to your vacation itinerary…
The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
The centerpiece of the I-Drive 360 complex, The Orlando Eye is a 400 foot observation tower that has quickly become an icon along I-Drive.
This continuously moving wheel takes passengers on a 20 minute flight, soaring above the Orlando skyline.
On board one of the high-tech capsules, you’ll be able to use interactive iPad tablets that let you explore the sights and landmarks you can see along your ride. On a clear day, you can see Florida’s space coast.
Getting In: The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye tickets are available on the Orlando Explorer Pass.
p.s – Check out our guide for tips on visiting The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye (beat the crowds, don’t-miss sights, and more).
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
Also located in the I-Drive 360 Complex, the SEA LIFE Aquarium in Orlando is a state of the art aquarium offers stunning visuals and plenty of interactive opportunities.
This is perfect for families with young children who will appreciate the kid-level viewing opportunities and interactive rock pool.
This attraction takes the aquarium experience to a whole new level!
Sea animals you’ll see include colorful fish, seahorses, jellyfish, barracudas, a Giant Pacific Octopus, sharks, and more.
Getting In: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium tickets are available on the Orlando Explorer Pass.
Madame Tussauds has built a world-wide brand by featuring amazingly lifelike wax figures of history’s and pop culture’s most iconic people.
The Madame Tussauds Orlando location, in the I-Drive 360 Comple,x includes figures of Jimmy Fallon, Pitbull, Shrek, Marilyn Monroe and more!
Get a selfie with Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Scarlett Johansson and others!
Getting In: Madame Tussauds Orlando tickets are available on the Orlando Explorer Pass.
SKELETONS: Animals Unveiled
Located in the I-Drive 360 Complex, this is a first-of-its-kind museum.
SKELETONS: Animals Unveiled has over 40 exhibits featuring more than 400 real animal skeletons.
These bones are placed in clever, never-before-seen poses that will give visitors a whole new respect for the animal kingdom.
Interesting and educational, the whole family will enjoy this unique attraction in the heart of I-Drive. You can even learn about the curation process and see the museum’s collection of flesh-eating beetles in action!
Getting In: SKELETONS: Animals Unveiled tickets are available on the Orlando Explorer Pass.
Just north of the Orange County Convention Center, WonderWorks Orlando is hard to miss as its structure was constructed upside down! WonderWorks bills itself as “an amusement park for the mind” with 35,000 square feet of edu-tainment opportunities.
There is so much to see and do here in a variety of “zones”. Visit the Physical Challenge Zone, Natural Disasters, Light and Sound Zone, Space Discovery, the Imagination Lab and the Far Out Art Gallery.
Other features include a Laser Tag Arena, Indoor Ropes Challenge and a 4D XD Simulator Ride.
This is a terrific combination of physical and mental activities designed to engage the entire family.
Getting In: WonderWorks Orlando tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando
From its construction to its contents, just about everything about Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Orlando is interesting and unusual.
Ripley’s calls its collections “Odditoriums”, a fitting name for items that range from a dress made out of licorice to the world’s smallest deck of cards.
Photo opportunities abound and the odd and bizarre await around every corner.
Getting In: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.
Fun Spot America Orlando
This is one of America’s only family-owned theme park and home to Orlando’s only wooden roller coaster.
Adults and kids alike enjoy their multi-level Go-Karts, thrill rides, family rides, and an arcade midway.
Fun Spot America Orlando offers free parking and you’ll love the shorter lines compared to other Orlando theme parks.
Fun Spot America Orlando admission features a pay-for-what-you-do structure and some great dining options!
Getting In: Fun Spot America Orlando – 4 Ride Sampler tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.
Congo River Adventure Golf
Combine your family’s sense of adventure with a challenging game of miniature golf at Congo River Adventure Golf on I-Drive.
Have a friendly game among a giant waterfall, a crashed airplane, rocky summits, and mysterious caves.
There’s even a downloadable scorecard app to help you track your adventure!
Everybody wins when you take on Congo River Adventure Golf.
Getting In: Congo River Adventure Golf tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
View over 200 original artifacts recovered from the wreckage of the Titanic, 2.5 miles below the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean.
This is an impressive, educational and sometimes touching trip through time.
Original artifacts include the engine control, permanently and hauntingly stuck in “full-reverse” and a large section of the ships steel hull.
Tours are conducted by actors, dressed in period costumes who portray actual passengers. Place your hand on a replica iceberg and feel the cold of that fateful evening for yourself.
Getting In: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.
Coco Key Water Park
What better way to enjoy the Florida sun than with a visit to I-Drive’s Coco Key Water Park.
Here, the kids can enjoy water slides and tubes and a jungle of water related activities.
Kids can splash and play all day long in 4 heated pools, on 14 slides, and in a 6,500 sq. ft. arcade.
You can feel comfortable knowing Coco Key Water Park is well supervised with up to 15 lifeguards on duty at anytime.
Getting In: CoCo Key Water Park tickets are available on the Orlando Explorer Pass.
Places to Eat Nearby
I-Drive includes an amazing selection of places to eat from fast food to unique international dining options.
I-Drive offers everything from walk-up snack foods and ice-cream to 5-star dining experiences. Here are just a few of the choices you’ll discover in this amazing part of Orlando.
- The Cirque Magique Dinner Show – A family-friendly show that features a totally unique interactive and amusing dining experience packed with all the circus classics.
- Bahama Breeze – Open for lunch and dinner, Bahama Breeze combines a laid-back atmosphere with an incredible selection of food and drink. Grab a Margarita! After all, you are on vacation!
- Marlow’s Tavern – Enjoy a warm neighborhood yet contemporary atmosphere along with a selection of diverse classic dishes that are elevated to gourmet levels.
- Moe’s Southwest Grill – Enjoy fresh, hand-made, foods with a Southwest flair. This is a warm and friendly place that offers lunch, dinner and even take-out. Catch your breath and relax at Moe’s.
- New Punjab Indian Restaurant – Enjoy their daily lunch buffet or have dinner in a casual atmosphere. Choose from chicken, lamb, tandoor, masala, korma, vindloo, seafood dishes and even vegetarian options. Food can be ordered mild, medium or hot.
Tips for Visiting I-Drive Orlando
- Park at the I-360 Complex. If you are not staying at one of I-Drive’s resorts or hotels, the best option for parking is near the I-Drive 360 Complex. Here, there is plenty of free surface parking and a multi-level parking garage that is also free. This places you within walking distance of many attractions in this area of I-Drive.
- Wear comfortable shoes. To best experience I-Drive and it’s attractions, be prepared for plenty of walking. You will be well-served to wear thick socks and comfortable shoes.
- Remember, this is Florida weather. Don’t be discouraged by forecasts of 60% rain or higher. Especially in the summer, rains can occur as brief showers in the afternoon, leaving the rest of the day sunny. Make sure everyone has a lightweight poncho in case of a quick shower.
- Consider using the I-Drive Trolley System – International Drive has its own convenient trolley system. Stops are clearly marked up and down I-Drive and the next trolley is never too far away. Tip: make sure you remember your initial stop number so you can return where you started.
- Make a plan. Determine your “must-see” attractions and “must-dine” restaurants. Make sure everyone has input. Divide the number of attractions you want to see by the amount of time you have to create an enjoyable, less stressful vacation experience.
- Bring the sunscreen! The Central Florida sunshine can cause burns quickly. Make sure you keep exposed skin protected with sunscreen and perhaps consider a hat.
- Choose a souvenir strategy. Virtually every attraction offers its own gift shop. Starting your visit with a souvenir strategy can help keep you within budget. Do you want a small item from each stop? Does everyone in the family get something from everywhere? Perhaps you create an overall budget per person. The point is to know what your strategy is before heading out.
- Enjoy a meal at one of the many outside dining options. Many of I-Drive’s restaurants offer the ability to dine outside. Take advantage of this option to further enhance your I-Drive experience.
- Enjoy a diverse shopping experience. The I-Drive area is home to some of Orlando’s most popular shopping destinations. The Mall at Millennia is a short drive from I-Drive and features brand name stores like Breitling, Coach, Bloomingdale’s and more. Those who appreciate outlet stores will enjoy a visit to the massive Orlando International Premium Outlets at the very north end of I-Drive. Artegon Marketplace, also at the north end of I-Drive, features unique craftsmen and artisans offering their works for sale.
Best Times to Visit
For those unfamiliar with International Drive, it travels roughly parallel to Interstate 4 south of Orlando. I-4 is the main north-south artery through Orlando and many of attractions of I-Drive can be seen while traveling on this part of I-4.
International Drive is a major Orlando thoroughfare that is used by residents, I-Drive employees, convention goers, and vacationers.
In-season, I-Drive traffic, especially north of Sand Lake Road can get congested. Adding to this congestion is the fact that there is so much to see along the way.
If possible, visit in the off-season months of January, February, September, October and November.
You’ll also want to start your day early to make the most of it. Many attractions don’t start seeing big crowds until after lunch, so the earlier you can visit, the less time you will likely spend in lines.
Make sure you spend at least part of your time visiting in the evening. The lights of the various attractions create a completely different atmosphere. If you are looking for nightlife, the restaurants and clubs just north of the convention center have a pulse of their own.
Visiting during the summer months can be warm, but it doesn’t stop the crowds. The energy is great any time of year so enjoy the people-watching!
Save on Tickets with an Orlando Explorer Pass
Remember, the Orlando Explorer Pass® is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility, which includes admission to 3 or 5 top International Drive Orlando attractions of your choice.
Save up to 35% on top museums, tours, and activities vs. paying at the gate. Visit multiple attractions for one low price.