The International Drive resort area provides visitors with world-class attractions, entertainment, dining, and shopping fun for the entire family. Along with amazing theme parks, guests have many reasons to visit Florida’s most dynamic destination. The “I-Drive” resort area is home to six major theme parks and 16 additional attractions—perfect for days of family fun. There’s mini golf galore, go-karts, weird science, natural wonders, epic adventures, maritime disasters, and much more. Below is a short list of attractions close to the hotel.
Across the street from our hotel is Pointe Orlando, an open-air entertainment and shopping center that is the talk of International Drive. Shop the unique boutiques and high-end stores, stay for dinner, and hang out for the entertainment. Pointe Orlando’s variety of restaurants are sure to please all palates in an ambiance both family and friends out on the town can enjoy. The entertainment is just as diverse at Pointe Orlando. Catch an act at Pointe Orlando’s Improv Comedy Club or B.B. Kings Blues Club. Play laser tag at Hard Knocks. If you’re looking for “cool” entertainment visit the coolest bar—literally—at Pointe Orlando, minus5° Ice Bar. If you’re looking for more of a traditional escape, Pointe Orlando’s Regal Cinemas Stadium 20 plus IMAX shows the latest blockbuster movies.
Orange County Convention Center
At 7,000,000 square feet of convention space with additional services such as business centers and dining, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), owned and operated by Orange County Government, is the primary convention center of Central Florida and the second largest convention center in the United States. Located conveniently off of International Drive, the OCCC is easily accessible by car and is serviced by the I-RIDE Trolley. If you plan on visiting the OCCC, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando—just a brief walk from the OCCC North Building, provides your best economical hotel stay in the immediate area.
From most points on International Drive, you can see the The Wheel rising 400 feet above the skyline. As one of the many attractions at ICON Park, The Wheel offers breathtaking views of Orlando from within its air conditioned capsules. Look around at the immediate area to spot your favorite attraction or theme park. Further north downtown Orlando rises into view amidst a lush landscape of lakes and a sea of trees. After your ride, check out the other restaurants and attractions at ICON Park, including Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.
Orlando Premium International Outlets
The largest outlet center in the southeast is minutes away from our hotel. Located right off of International Drive, Orlando International Premium Outlets feature 175 of your favorite brands in one place. Take advantage of deep discounts of 25 – 65% on the finest designers and name brands, like Burberry, Coach, Cole Haan, Diesel, Etro, DKNY, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Joe’s Jeans, and Salvatore Ferragamo, . You’ll find more than 150 outlet stores at this location.
The I-RIDE Trolley service offers guests a convenient and cost-effective method of traveling the length of the International Drive Resort Area. Major stops include Orlando Premium International Outlets®, SeaWorld®, Aquatica®, and the Orange County Convention Center. Around its many other stops are hundreds of amusement parks. Save money by purchasing a single-day or multi-day pass good for 3, 5, 7, or 14 days. Children under the age of 12 ride free. Check the I-RIDE website or onsite retailers for more information. I-Ride passes can be purchased from the guest services ticket and attractions concierge desk.
Across the street from the hotel is a “top-secret research laboratory” containing more than 100 interactive exhibits and experiments. Legends say Professor Wonder created and accidentally unleashed the power of a man-made tornado that uprooted his laboratory from an island in the Bermuda Triangle. The lab fell—upside down—right off of International Drive. Enter into Professor Wonder’s world and play the role of a mad scientist, trying to harness natural disasters and exploring the wonders of space and Earth in each exhibit. Visitors of all ages will find amazement here.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not®
Speaking of amazement, this building may be right-side up but looks as if it’s falling into a sinkhole. No worries, Ripley’s “Odditorium” is structurally sound, but what’s inside may unsettle you. Enter a world of amazement and bewilderment in the galleries of shrunken heads, bedazzled skulls, and rare antiquities—even an authentic vampire killing kit. Explore every inch of this 10,000 square foot building containing the weirdest anomalies and man-made artifacts.
Fun Spot America®
The most popular amusement park off of International Drive features Orlando’s first ever wooden roller coaster, White Lightning. People of all ages and families have fun in this attraction that is stocked with go-carts, shooting games, and thrill rides—including a small gator exhibit. Fun Spot America® always offers free admission, free parking, and free Wi-Fi.