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35 Best things to do on INTERNATIONAL DRIVE, Orlando

35 Best things to do on INTERNATIONAL DRIVE, Orlando

The best things to do on International Drive, Orlando will keep you busy whilst having fun, no matter who you are travelling with.

Orlando is full of theme parks but when you don’t want to be in a park, why not check out the best things to do on International Drive Orlando?

We love our trips to Orlando, especially now we live in the USA and we can head down there as often as possible. However, WDW and Universal Studios Orlando are both getting incredibly expensive but also overcrowded (in our opinion). So we still visit the parks but we break up those days by exploring International Drive.

There are plenty of quieter things to do here as well as more adult-targeted attractions to enjoy too. Plus, with the many, many great Orlando restaurants and bars to choose from along with the affordable mid-range accommodation options located here, this has become a fun, cheap getaway.

Best things to do on International Drive

Orlando Wheel on International Drive

The Wheel

Open 12 pm to 10 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 12 am on weekends, with adult tickets costing $29.99 (as of Feb 2024).

The Wheel located within the ICON Orlando 360, offers views of the theme parks and the central Orlando area.

It is a fun thing to do on an International drive, a more relaxing option after a long day at the park and I loved visiting with my husband during sunset; it is one of my favorite things to do at night in Orlando.

Tips for visiting:

  • Arrive 15 minutes before your reservation time if you have chosen to book tickets online.
  • You can save money by buying an admission park to the Eye, Madame Tussauds, and the Sea Life Aquarium as they are all located in the ICON Orlando area.
  • To save even more, you can book tickets online here for discounted rates and offers.
Fun Spot Orlando, is one of the best things to do on International Drive

Fun Spot America

One of the best things to do on iDrive if you are traveling as a family is Fun Spot America.

Open from 2 pm to midnight on weekdays and 10 am to midnight on weekends, the Fun Spot America theme park costs $59.95 for a one-day entrance allowing access to all the rides as well as the Gator spot area.

This theme park is much quieter and ideal for those wanting to visit a theme park but wanting a quieter and cheap thing to do in Orlando (compared to the prices of the Disney and Universal parks).

Tips for visiting:

  • Book your tickets online to save money (this is a general tip for most attractions in Orlando).
  • There are arcade games available, so bring cash if you wish to play these.
  • There is FREE parking at Fun Spot America and you can get ticket packages online too.
  • Opening hours vary so always check the schedule before visiting.
  • If you plan on visiting quite a few attractions, look into the Go Orlando Card. You can choose which attractions to include or which type of card you want and it helps to save a lot of money. This is ideal for those spending 2 or more weeks in Orlando – you will want a change from WDW and Universal at some point! You can also use this card to get discounts at popular restaurants and stores in the area.
  • Try the Go-Karting! This is a Fun Spot America favorite and recommended!
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Hollywood Drive-In Golf

This fun golf course is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 2 am with 18 holes costing $21.99. This is a great place to visit on the international drive and I love that it is open so late.

This was one of our favorite things to do in Orlando for adults because the course is fairly quiet when it gets late, and makes for a romantic and leisurely evening activity in Orlando.

Tips for visiting:

  • Book online to save up to 10% off – book directly with the golf course to get the best deal.
  • Download the Free Scorecard app ‘Hollywood Drive-In Scorecard’ so you can keep score during your visit.
  • Free parking is available after 6 pm and the golf course is located near the parking garage at Universal City Walk.

America’s Escape Game

Open 1 pm – 10 pm on weekdays, 10 am to 1 am Fridays and Saturdays and 11.30 am to 9.30 pm on Sundays with the game closed to the public on Mondays.

America’s Escape Game is the ultimate brain-teasing, problem-solving, team-building activity costing $39.99. This is an ideal thing to do in Orlando with kids and a favorite activity on International Drive.

Tips for visiting:

  • There are 6 different types of escape rooms to choose from and each list their escape rate.
  • Group numbers can vary, with some rooms allowing up 10 people whilst others only allow up to 5.
  • You can play in your group but it does mean you would have to pay for all the tickets that would be available in your group. So if a room normally allows 5 people and you want to play as a three, you would still have to buy 5 tickets.
  • Puzzles are designed for 12-year-olds and upwards but younger children are welcomed and can still take part in the activity.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your reservation slot – you can reserve a time on their website.
Things to do on International Drive

Chocolate Kingdom

My idea of heaven! The Chocolate Kingdom is open from 10.30 am – to 6 pm and a ticket to this interactive factory tour costs $22.13 (as of Feb 2024). This tour shows you how chocolate is made from the Bean to the bar and you can even make your own customized chocolate bar.

Tips for visiting:

  • Tours last around 45 minutes.
  • Tours run every hour, on the hour from 11 am to 5 pm.
  • Different experiences are available for those looking to celebrate a birthday at the Chocolate Factory.

The Escape Effect

Open every day including holidays! Visit this award-winning Orlando escape room, voted Orlando’s #1 Entertainment Experience twice by the readers of Orlando Magazine!

The Escape Effect offers 4 feature-length customizable adventures, including Florida’s only 2-hour escape room.

Located on International Drive, just minutes away from all the major theme parks. With more puzzles, more time, and more fun, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. 

Tips for visiting:

  • Choose from 4 uniquely-themed immersive games. You can solve a mystery in Sherlock Studies, become immortal in At Odds With The Gods, capture ghosts in Fright Before Your Eyes, or rescue your friends from a castle dungeon in A Knight To Escape.
  • The Escape Effect is the only escape room venue that can set the difficulty of the games based on the number of players on your team and your experience level.
  • It’s best to arrive 10 minutes earlier than your scheduled game time. 
  • Tickets cost between $40-$45 depending on the day of the week and room you choose.
  • The Escape Effect is fully ADA-accessible. Guests can access every room within every game.
  • Book your reservation online or call a host at (855) 426-3372.

Blue Martini – FOR THE ADULTS

Escape the land of young children and crying babies and head to the Blue Martini lounge for some relaxing cocktail therapy. This is the perfect thing to do in Orlando for adults and makes for a great night out.

Tips for visiting:

  • Enjoy the specialty cocktails in the lounge but expect to pay a premium.
  • There are some great happy hour offers on various nights, check the website for the latest specials.
Magical Midway is one of the best things to do on International Drive with kids

Magical Midway

Open from 12 pm to 12 am whilst the arcade opens from 10 am to 12 am, Magical Midway offers family-friendly rides, go-karts, and the world’s largest slingshot.

Tips for visiting:

  • The arcade can be found next to the Wet’n’Wild theme park.
  • There is also free parking available here.
  • There are different tickets available for those who may want unlimited access or for those who may just want to try individual activities, so Orlando doesn’t have to be as expensive as you may think.
  • There are also some height restrictions to be aware of.
Things to do on International Drive

CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort

Beat the heat at the CoCo Key Water Resort with passes starting at $30 per person. Attached to a hotel, this resort is open to all and is home to 14 rides and slides to enjoy with the family.

Tips for visiting:

  • There is a Tiki bar and restaurant offering food in the resort.
  • The park isn’t open all year; check the schedule before you go.
  • Those staying at the hotel can include the resort in their hotel package with additional wristbands costing $9.99.
  • You can get discounted rates on Groupon or Undercover Tourists.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

There are Ripley Museums across the world and of course, Orlando is no different. Open every day from 9 am to midnight, Ripley’s museum costs $27.99 for adult entrance but discounted tickets are available online.

This is an educational thing to do in Orlando but actually, Calum and I love going to these museums late at night. You get the place to yourself and it’s our geeky version of a romantic thing to do in Orlando.

Tips for visiting:

  • Photos and videos are permitted at Ripley’s.
  • Parking is free outside the museum.
  • Allow 1 – 1 and half hours for the museum.

Ifly Orlando

This indoor skydiving experience is open from 10 am to 10.30 pm and starts at $89.89 per person. This is a wonderful activity for children, especially those interested in space and gravity!

Tips for visiting:

  • From check-in to check-out, the experience can take around 2 hours.
  • Book your flight in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • You will need to complete a Flight Waiver before or on arrival.

Pirates Cove Adventure Golf

Open 9 am – 11.30 pm, this fun-themed Pirates Cove golf course offers different challenges and starts at $16.95 for adults. This is an ideal thing to do in Orlando with children besides the theme parks; a much more relaxing alternative to Walt Disney World!

Tips for visiting:

  • You can find the golf course next to the Convention Centre and ICON Orlando area (home of the Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds, and Sea Life Center.
  • Check the Offers page for the latest deals to save money.
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Ssealife Orlando Aquarium

Open from 10 am to 9 pm, the SeaLife Aquarium is ideal for families with tickets starting at 34.99 when purchased online.

Personally, my husband LOVES Aquariums so this makes it to our romantic things to do in Orlando list, which is ideal as the Aquarium is open until late.

We head here around 7 pm and enjoy a quieter visit. You will love the 360° tunnel, surrounding you with fish and the dive shows are fascinating!

Tips for visiting:

  • Combined tickets are available if you are looking to visit Madame Tussauds and/or the ICON.
  • Allow around two hours to see the Aquarium.
  • Large bags and luggage are not permitted in the Aquarium.
  • Mornings tend to be busier than afternoons and of course, aim for weekdays over weekends.
  • Full disabled access is available.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the Aquarium.
  • Free parking is available just off Universal Boulevard.

Premier Exhibitions

With different innovative exhibitions from Titanic to Dinosaurs, the premier exhibition building is a great place to explore and escape the hustle of children upon children.

Tips for visiting:

  • Ticket prices vary as do the exhibits. Check the website to see which exhibitions are on during your visit.
  • The Titanic Exhibition has been a longstanding feature in Orlando and is well worth a visit! Adult tickets cost $21.95 whilst a child ticket costs $15.75.

World of Chocolate Museum and Cafe

OK, I appreciate two items on this list are dedicated to chocolate in some form or another but hey consistency! Think chocolate sculptures meet chocolate tasting…heaven. Visit the World of Chocolate from 11 am to 7 pm with an entrance costing $17 + tax.

Tips for visiting:

  • Wine tasting is available for those looking for an adult-only thing to do in Orlando.
  • There are various tickets and vouchers available on the website; suiting all needs.


Explore this upside house, which is open every day of the year from 9 am to midnight, and adult entrance tickets cost $36.99. This is a quirky and fun thing to do in Orlando and definitely, something I would recommend to do with kids in Orlando!

Tips for visiting:

  • Parking is available at Pointe Orlando Parking Garage and costs $4 for the first two hours then $2 for each additional hour.
  • Closed-toe shoes are required for rope courses whilst skirts and dresses are not permitted.
  • Expect longer wait times during school holidays; especially on rainy days.
  • Allow at least 3 hours for your visit.
  • Outside food and drink are not permitted in the museum.
  • Some attractions have height and weight limits.

Rebounderz Orlando

Got kids? Come and bounce the day away! Open from 10 pm to 10 pm, the Rebounderz offers an indoor trampoline arena with rates starting at $21.99.

Tips for visiting:

  • Different attractions are available at the Orlando location, including a Ninja Warrior Course and In-The-Air Dodgeball – perfect for families visiting Orlando.
  • A large Cafe is also available for parents looking to relax and enjoy watching their children bounce around.
  • A popular arcade is also included in this location.

Lost Caverns Adventure Golf

International Drive loves its golf courses, so much so that it opened a new course! The Lost Caverns Adventure Golf offers 2, 18-hole courses through an adventured-themed, Indiana Jones-style course.

With one round costing just $16, this is one of the cheaper mini-golf options on International Drive and a fun way to spend an evening.

The course is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturday so this makes for a great date night for couples visiting Orlando. You can also have a party of up to 6 people move around the course together, making it a great option for families too.

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Madame Tussauds

Open from 10 am to 10 pm, Madame Tussauds can be found across the world but is still worth a visit with the family.

We particularly like going late at night to avoid the hectic rush. Adult entrance costs $25.50 but discounted tickets can be found on Best of Orlando.

Tips for visiting:

  • Combo tickets are also available from Best of Orlando if you are looking to see multiple attractions at a cheaper price.
  • Allow up to two hours to visit Madame Tussauds.
  • There is no dress code but it is suggested you wear comfortable shoes for your visit.

I-Ride Trolley Service

Luckily for visitors without a car, the International Drive offers the I-ride trolley option. This is a great way to travel up and down the extensive road, getting to all the sights mentioned in this list. It can also be a Fun journey for families, traveling in a quirky little trolley.

The trolley runs from 8 am to 10.30 pm and costs $2 per ride and $1 for children aged 3-9. Unlimited day and multi-day passes are available too. 

Skeletons: Museum of Osteology at Icon Park

For one of the most unique and best things to do on International Drive; head to 8375 at Icon Park. You can examine 500 different skeletons at this museum, but it is not for the faint of heart. We recommend this sight for adults and teens but perhaps don’t bring younger children to the museum. 

B-Line Diner at Hyatt Regency Orlando

For a tasty meal in a fifties-style restaurant, head to the B-Line Dinner. Complete with a jukebox, you can enjoy American Cuisine from 6.30 am to 10 pm, with their breakfast being some of the best in the area. 

The restaurant is loved in the Lobby of the Hyatt hotel but has a casual dress code, ideal for families. 

K1 Speed Indoor Kart Racing

Enjoy some kart racing at the K1 Speed Indoor Kart Racing; another one of the best things to do on International Drive, especially for those with teens.

There are a few options to choose from when visiting the Orlando Branch of this go-kart company, with the Arrive and Drive option being the best option for families and couples visiting Orlando. 

Drift night is a popular event for those who love drifting or would like to learn how to drift, whilst glow-karting is a fun thing to do in Orlando at night. 

Nomadic Virtual Reality

Located at Pointe Orlando, this is a virtual-reality attraction on International Drive. This isn’t just a funky VR headset though, it comes with special effects too!

You must be at least 13 years old to enjoy the virtual reality experience and prices begin at $21.

Sleuth Mystery Dinner Shows

This Cluedo-style (who dunnit?) mystery show is a unique experience and one of the more unusual, best things to do on International Drive. 

This is a 2-hour long experience, featuring a 45-minute comedy mystery, where clues are presented and you help to solve the crime. Of course, you can expect a tasty meal as well; with a mystery dessert and a side of questions for you to solve!  

Congo River Golf

If you haven’t enjoyed enough golfing experiences in Orlando, then head to Congo River Golf. This mini golf course is a well-themed course, perfect for families visiting International Drive. There is also a gem-mining station and video game arcade, perfect for younger children. 

Gator Golf Adventure Park

And for one more themed golf course, why not check out the Gator Adventure Park. This 18-hole mini golf course is another fun place to enjoy with family. The course winds around a Gator Lagoon, home to over 200 alligators. 

See the animal encounters and live shows after a round of golf too!

Cafe Tutu Tango

For over 30 years, Cafe Tutu Tango has offered food, art, and fun to visitors of sunny Orlando. Expect to find tasty Spanish-inspired dishes, with a tapas style, small plate menu. 

Whilst you are eating, you can see the resident artists working in the restaurant too as well as live entertainment depending on when you visit. 

Main Event Orlando

This entertainment complex can be a great place to unwind in the evenings or enjoy during the day if you are looking for a day indoors (perhaps during a thunderstorm!).

With state-of-the-art bowling, high ropes adventure courses, Virtual reality games, arcades and billiards as well as great happy hour and dining options, there is plenty to keep you and your family busy. 

Venezuelan Burger

For cheap but tasty burgers, Venezuelan Burger is the place to be. This is a little burger joint with some great options for a quick bite to eat as you explore the best things to do on International Drive.

Plus, they stay open until 3 am most nights, so you can pick up a late-night snack if you are exploring the nightlife on International Drive. 

IceBar Orlando

This is one of the coolest spots in Orlando; literally. This fun attraction on International Drive not only serves great drinks but you can enjoy your beverages surrounded by ice. With ice sculptures, ice glasses, ice walls, and even the bar itself being made of ice; this is a cool, fun place to enjoy. 

Don’t worry though, there is a fire lounge where you can warm up before and after your visit. 

Mango’s Tropical Cafe

Mango’s is a mega nightclub, which is a great thing to do on International Drive at night. With live music and great drinks, this is a great place to enjoy. Plus, before 10pm, the venue is a restaurant with non-stop performances which are family friendly too. 

Enjoy the happy hours

Luckily for adults, there are plenty of great happy hours that can be found along International drive. Most of these run Monday to Friday from 3/4 to 6/7pm but this can be a great way to experience a new spot without overspending.

Our favorite happy hours include:

  • Tapa Toro: 2-for-1 drinks, hall off cocktail pitchers, beer, wine, and sangria, as well as discounted appetizers.
  • Taverna Spa: 2-for-1 drinks and half-off appetizers from 3-6 pm every day. 
  • The Pub: $2 off draught beer, $5 cocktails, and $6.50 shareable snacks. 
  • Kavas Tacos and Tequila: $2-$8 appetizers, $5 house margaritas, and half-off beer. 

Orlando Beer Spa

Another one for the adults is a unique spa experience and one of the most interesting things to do on International Drive. 

The Orlando Beer Spa gives you a chance to soak in a tub of beer, whilst you sip craft beer on tap. Couples can choose a private room with one tub or two and the experience lasts for an hour. 

Arcade Monsters

This locally owned arcade spot is a fun play to escape the heat during a busy day along the Drive. Within the 16,000 square-foot complex, you can enjoy arcade games, visit the restaurant and bar, explore the anime art exhibit, and even go shopping at their merchandise store. 

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Cheap things to do on International Drive and Orlando

With the cost of the theme parks along with the pricy hotels and restaurants, a trip to Orlando can quickly become expensive. That’s why we have included some cheap things to do in Orlando to help you enjoy your holiday whilst saving money.

  • Free tour of Orlando Brewing
  • Disney Springs and the Lego Imagination Center (FREE)
  • Cornell Fine Arts Museum (FREE)
  • Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Kissimmee ($7 for adults, $3 for children)
  • Celebration Town Center (Disney designed ‘perfect village’) (FREE)
  • Cocoa Beach (About an hour away, FREE)
  • Old Town Kissimmee (lots of free weekly events)
  • Harry P Leu Gardens ($10 for adults, $3 for children but free every first Monday of the month)
  • FREE tour and tasting at the Lakeridge Winery
  • Ocala National Forest (FREE)
  • Lake Eola Park (FREE)
  • Orlando Fire Museum (FREE)
  • CityArts Factory (FREE)
  • Enzian Theater ($12 for standard tickets)
  • Wekiwa Springs State Park ($6 per vehicle)
  • Free things to do at Disney World
  • Disney Springs Free attractions

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International Drive things to do FAQ

What is there to do on International Drive?

International Drive is home to many attractions, including the Orlando StarFlyer, The Escape Game Orlando, WonderWorks, TopGolf, and more. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from, including the popular Cafe Tu Tu Tango, Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar, and Margaritaville. 

Can you walk International Drive?

International Drive is around 11 miles long, so walking from attraction to attraction is challenging. We recommend you use the I-RIDE Trolley, especially when you are looking to reach the theme parks. 

How long is International Drive?

International Drive is 17.86km or 11.1 miles. 

How much is an Uber from International Drive to Disney?

An über from International Drive to Disney World costs between $10 – $18, depending on traffic. 

Can you get a bus from International Drive to Disney?

Most International Drive hotels offer a shuttle bus east day, so check these before choosing your hotel. 

How far is International Drive from Disney Springs?

Disney Springs is 6 miles from International Drive, taking around 10-15 minutes depending on traffic. Driving or taking an Uber is the quickest and easiest way to travel between the two. 

How far is Universal Studios from International Drive?

International Drive is just under 5 miles from Universal Studios Orlando. It is around an hour and 20-minute walk or a 10-15 minute drive. We recommend catching an Uber or using your hotel shuttle where possible. 

What shops are on International Drive in Orlando?

There are many outlet stores along International Drive. Pointe Orlando has top brands such as Hollister, Victoria’s Secret, and Tommy Hilfiger. Orlando Premium Outlets is a popular choice, with Disney’s Character Warehouse, Coach, Nike, Ralph Lauren, and Guess. 

The Florida Mall is a great place for families, with a Macy’s, JCPenney, M&M World, Build-A-Bear, Apple, and Sephora whilst Mall at Millenia is for those looking for high-end stores such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Bloomingdale’s and Tiffany & Co. 

How far is Kissimmee from International Drive?

Kissimmee is 16 miles from International Drive, taking around 20-30 minutes depending on traffic. 

How many restaurants are on International Drive?

International Drive has over 100 restaurants, including many popular chain restaurants, fast food choices, and fine dining. 

Have you been to Orlando’s International Drive? Tell us about your visit in the comments below, we would love to hear from you!

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