Kissimmee, FL | I-Drive Orlando

Orlando’s International Drive is known to some as the family-friendly answer to the Las Vegas Strip. Commonly known as I-Drive, this 11-mile stretch is the core of the tourism area in Orlando. I-Drive is home to the Orange County Convention Center complex, SeaWorld Orlando, the Wet ‘n Wild Orlando water park and the Universal Orlando theme park, along with many other entertainment complexes, museums, restaurants, bars, outlet malls and attractions. Here we’ll look at some of the highlights, aside from the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex, which you can read about here.

Getting Around

There are plenty of parking lots and garages along I-Drive, but if you want to make a day of browsing the attractions and shops in the area without the hassle, take the I-Ride Trolley, which runs from 8 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. daily. Single rides are $2 for adults and $1 for kids, but unlimited rides can be purchased in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 14-day passes.

Attractions & Shopping

WonderWorksInversionTunnel1Theme parks, museums and other attractions for all ages stretch the span of I-Drive. The iconic upside-down mansion that houses Wonderworks will entertain kids and adults alike with interactive exhibits that combine science, education and entertainment. An indoor ropes course and laser tag arena provide hours of energy-burning fun for rainy days or an escape from the Florida sun.

The latest trend in immersive entertainment can be found at The Escape Game Orlando, where groups of two to seven people try to escape from a locked room in less than an hour. The simple goal of escape requires finding clues, solving puzzles and lots of teamwork. Guests can choose from three themed rooms: The Heist, Prison Break and Classified. Ages 12 and older can join the fun, and you can book an entire room or get partnered with strangers.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium includes 600 exhibits within 16 themed galleries in 10,000 square feet of things that you truly do need to see to believe. From the creepy to the curious to the just plain bizarre, this self-guided attraction takes about an hour to an hour and a half to experience.

If you’re on a mission for a shopping spree, each end of I-Drive is punctuated by large outlet malls with the best brands in clothes, shoes, accessories and toys.

Dinner Shows

For dinner, laughs and mystery solving fun, Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show has it all. Team up with your dining companions to interrogate suspects and try to figure out who committed the crime. With a kids menu and lots of laughs, this show is good for all ages. The fun continues after hours, with illusionists and stand-up comedy shows scheduled for after-dinner entertainment on some nights.

Return to the fascinating Wonder Works building for a combo of comedy and magic at the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show where non-stop audience participation means you become a part of the show, while enjoying your dinner and being entertained. Bring the whole family for a night of magic, impersonations and improv comedy.

For a night without the little ones, the Treasure Tavern Dinner Theater offers more mature humor and upscale dining for those over the age of 15. World-class chefs and amazing performers bring guests a night of burlesque, cirque, cabaret and comedy over a four course meal. This European-style variety show provides naught but good-natured fun. Expect dancing, singing, audience participation and non-stop amusement.

Aerial View of Lake Eola, Orlando, Florida

Aerial View of Lake Eola, Orlando, Florida

Recreation

A round of mini golf can always be a fun option for a daytime or after-dark outdoor activity, and I-Drive has no shortage of courses. Congo River Golf and Pirate’s Cove are favorites of TripAdvisor reviewers as well as local tourism publications.

Thrill seekers will love the track at I-Drive NASCAR Indoor Kart Racing, where the latest models of electric karts feature technology, ergonomic and safety innovations. For sky-high thrills, take a tour with International HeliTours, where you can choose from several different tour options to see the area’s theme parks and attractions from a birds-eye view in the comfort of an air-conditioned helicopter.

Whatever kind of fun and entertainment your family seeks, you’re sure to find it somewhere on I-Drive Orlando.

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