The American Automobile Association recently named Orlando, Florida the No. 1 Summer Travel Destination—beating hotspots like Rome, Honolulu, London, and Paris.
Even if you have never visited the city, there’s a chance you have heard a thing or two about its famous International Drive, a world-class tourist district. Also known as I-Drive, it allures visitors from near and overseas who are looking for top attractions, exceptional dining, entertainment, and other experiences to remember.
Here are the top four reasons to explore Orlando’s International Drive.
Get ready to explore Orlando’s theme parks and world-class attractions on International Drive like never before. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is one of the most visually striking attractions in the area. The building is constructed on a whimsical slant, so it looks like it’s sinking into a giant Florida Sinkhole. It also features interactive and fascinating exhibits an entire family can marvel at.
Thrill-seekers also shouldn’t miss Fun Spot America. This has been one of the backbones of International Drive for over two decades, presenting a thrilling amusement park with rides and other games for an entire family. Other top attractions on International Drive include ICON Park, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, multiple escape room attractions, and more.
International Drive has copious options, whether your idea of a great night out comprises a cozy pub, a swanky cocktails bar, or a spacious dance floor.
One great nightlife option is Mango’s Tropical Café, one of the top-rated dinner shows in Florida. It has enough space for about 2,000 revelers, fantastic Latin flavors, live DJs, multiple bars, and dance floors where visitors can get their groove on.
Once the action at Mango’s Tropical Café gets too hot, you can calm down at ICEBAR Orlando, the world’s largest frozen lounge. After chilling out, you can set your dance shoes on fire at 3NINE or spend some time at Howl at the Moon. You can do now wrong when it comes to I-Drive’s vibrant nightlife.
If you happen to be at Pointe Orlando, where culinary adventure is paired with outstanding entertainment, you’re in for a memorable night out.
There are countless eateries on I-Drive, offering various cuisines including authentic Italian cuisines at Maggiano’s Little Italy, the taste of Havana at the famous Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, and Taverna Opa’s fine Greek cuisine.
Also, you can never go wrong with the menus at Everglades Restaurant, Vincenzo Cucina Italiana, The Pub Orlando, and Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill.
During your visit to International Drive, you will have no shortage of places to shop for everything you can possibly imagine, thanks to the presence of several outlet shopping malls and shopping centers. Remember, two of the best malls in Florida are just a few minutes’ drive away: Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets and Orlando International Premium Outlets. Both are worth a visit.