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International Drive Orlando Overview

Action-packed holidays: Over 14.5 miles long, International Drive is ideally placed for holidays in Orlando, as it’s close to all the major theme parks and resorts. Universal Studios Florida is on the northern tip of International Drive, whilst Disney World is just a little to the west.

Great shopping: As you’d expect of Orlando holidays, everything on International Drive is super-sized, and this applies to the shopping malls too. Either based directly on International Drive or close by, you’ll come across many massive malls which have all the top fashion labels you could ever dream of, at bargain prices.

Attractions on International Drive Orlando holidays

Universal Studios Florida Resort: At the northernmost point of International Drive Orlando holidays, Universal Studios is a huge resort featuring two theme parks, a water park and many hotels and restaurants. The main draw for having holidays in Orlando is the Universal Studios Florida theme park, which is the eighth most popular park in the USA. Divided into six themed areas, such as New York, San Francisco and Hollywood, the rides here all have a strong focus on famous American films. Top attractions include Shrek 4-D, Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, Men in Black: Alien Attack, The Simpsons Ride, and of course, the famous Jaws boat ride. And then there’s the Islands of Adventure, a newer theme park in the Universal resort. The rides here include the Incredible Hulk Coaster, the Jurassic Park River Adventure and the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As you’d imagine, they’re all incredibly exciting attractions just waiting to be enjoyed on International Drive Orlando holidays.

SeaWorld Orlando: Combining a fun theme park and an exciting marine zoo, SeaWorld offers an enthralling, educational experience for both young and old alike on International Drive Orlando holidays. Rides include Kraken (one of the longest roller coasters in Florida), Journey to Atlantis and Manta (a roller coaster which includes observations of real manta rays and sea dragons). And of course, there are plenty of animal shows to see too, as it’s what made SeaWorld so famous in the first place! Within the grounds expect to see killer whales, dolphins, sea lions, parrots and flamingos. Plus, you can even dine in a restaurant where sharks swim over your head in a huge water tank! That’s a dining experience and a half for your International Drive Orlando holidays!

Busch Gardens: If you still can’t get enough of theme parks on International Drive Orlando holidays, you could always travel the 60 miles or so to Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay. One of the most popular theme parks in the USA, the rides here include Gwazi (a fast wooden roller coaster), Sesame Street Film Festival 4-D, and the newly opened Cheetah Hunt (an extremely fast roller coaster where you can actually see real cheetahs while you’re on the ride). The animal exhibits here feature a wide variety of exotic animals in tropical surroundings, including zebras, giraffes, meerkat, lions, hippos and snakes.

Activities on International Drive Orlando holidays

Wet ‘n’ Wild: The Universal Resort also boasts one of the best water parks on Orlando holidays. This fantastic activity features a number of thrilling rides, including the Black Hole, Brain Wash (with a 53m vertical drop), and Disco H2O (an enclosed aqua disco).

Titanic: The Experience: This live, interactive experience features a full cast of actors and specially recreated rooms to make you feel as if you’re really there during the Titanic’s fateful voyage. Of even more interest is the huge array of memorabilia and real artefacts from the actual ship itself.

Wonderworks: Another fun attraction for family holidays based directly on International Drive, Wonderworks has more than 100 exhibits and interactive activities. Top attractions include the Disaster Zone (which simulates earthquakes and hurricanes) Wonder Coasters (a virtual reality rollercoaster you design yourself) and Mind Ball (an electrode-based game where you move a physical ball across a table using just your brain waves!).

Beaches on International Drive Orlando holidays

Kissimmee Lakefront: The east coast of Florida is over 40 miles away, but you can still enjoy a beachside experience on your International Drive Orlando holidays at this man-made beach in Kissimmee, around 10 miles away. The whole area is very well facilitated too with a children’s playground, restaurants, picnic tables and even an open-air barbecue!

St Cloud Lakefront Beach: St Cloud is another idyllic place to enjoy a lakeside beach with natural white sand on your International Drive Orlando holidays. It’s a real pleasure to enjoy the scenic views of the Tohopekaliga Lake whilst enjoying a picnic close to the waterfront.

Cocoa Beach: This beautiful coastal town around an hour away from International Drive Orlando holidays has lots to keep you entertained. As well as having a gorgeous sandy white beach there are also some museums, golf courses and zoos to explore nearby.

Daytona Beach: Around 60 miles from International Drive Orlando holidays, you’ll probably have heard of this beach from the famous for the NASCAR Daytona 500 races. But Daytona Beach is an activity-centre in its own right. With an incredible 23 miles of white sandy coastline, Daytona is an idyllic spot to spend your day sunbathing. However, the area also incorporates shops, restaurants, bars, sports facilities and cultural activities. In fact, you could easily spend your whole holidays here, let alone one day!

Restaurants on International Drive Orlando holidays

Outback Steakhouse: Just off the block from the middle of International Drive Orlando holidays, this steakhouse serves suitably large portions that only serve to enforce USA’s reputation for huge meals! Classic American dishes here include cheeseburger and fries, Caesar salad, and large rib eye steak. One of the best things about Outback is that they always pride themselves on excellent standards of service, so your food is always served with a smile!

Thai Thani: Being such a focal point for family holidays, International Drive Orlando offers a fantastically diverse range of cuisines from all over the world. This is perfectly exemplified at Thai Thani. This huge restaurant has elaborate, eastern inspired decor which creates the ideal setting for enjoying the authentic food. Portions are also pretty large, making the restaurant excellent value for money if you’re looking for cheap Orlando holidays.

Cuba Libre: Florida is one of the closest states to the Caribbean and in particular Cuba, so it’s unsurprising that there’s such an influence of Cuban cuisine here. Cuba Libre is one such restaurant which highlights everything that’s great about the country’s diverse delicacies. The food is creatively presented too, and fits well with the bright, welcoming decor.

Nightlife on International Drive Orlando holidays

Universal City Walk: This 30-acre entertainment complex is the ideal way to while away the hours during the evenings on International Drive Orlando holidays. The area includes a huge range of restaurants, plus Latin Quarter and Red Coconut Club for all action nightspots. There’s even live music at the Hard Rock Hotel and Pat O’Briens.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede: Packing dining, dancing and drinking into one frenetic all-American experience, this is Orlando holidays at their most in-your-face. Evenings spent here include Buffalo, horse shows, singing and classic line dancing accompanied with a delicious four course meal that encompasses all the classic cuisine of Americana.

Makahiki Luau: Another example of the theme parks pulling out all the stops for nightlife just as they do for the daytime, Makahiki Luau is a full-on extravaganza of evening entertainment. SeaWorld’s Seafire Inn transforms into a venue for a Polynesian festival, complete with fire-dancing and traditional live performances. You’ll also be treated to a meal, a flower lei (one of those famous flower necklaces you often see) and some tropical drinks.

Shopping on International Drive Orlando holidays

Shopping complexes: Nothing is small on International Drive Orlando holidays and as you might expect the shopping centres here are absolutely massive! The best ones we have in mind include Orlando Premium Outlets which houses over 150 outlet stores of famous brands such as Burberry, Diesel, Giorgio Armani and Lacoste. On top of that, there’s the Lake Buena Vista shopping outlets, which features 52 outlets of labels like Nike, Gap and Fossil. Or how about the huge The Loop centre? This massive open-air mall has all the well-known American retailers plus a cinema multiplex and a large food court. There are lots more malls located directly on International Drive, including Festival Bay Mall (with shops, entertainment and a glow-in-the-dark golf course), Pointe Orlando (with tropical gardens and a large cinema complex) and Mercado (a large open-air Mediterranean style market).

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