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Our Top 5 Attractions On International Drive, Orlando

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Our favourite place to stay when we visit Orlando, Florida is International Drive. Being a short car ride to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure and with lots of great restaurants and attractions on your doorstep, we feel staying here is a great option for those that want to be in the heart of the action.

Here are out top 5 attractions to visit on International Drive

Pirates Cove Mini Golf

Pirate's Cove Mini Golf

We thoroughly enjoyed Pirates Cove mini golf. Voted “Best in Florida” by Orlando Magazine, their adventure golf courses are renowned for their innovative hole designs, lush tropical landscaping, and fun pirate theming.

Beware though, it will bring out the competitiveness in people young and old, Mr. W almost had a tantrum when I nearly beat him!

Sleuth’s Dinner Show

Sleuths Dinner Show
Sleuths is a mystery dinner show where you become the detective. With a number of dinner show scenarios, this family-friendly entertainment is served up with laughs galore. All your food is included in the ticket price as well as unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks.

If you are looking for something different to do we can highly recommend it. You can read my review of it here.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

Ripley's Believe It or Not
Ripley’s is a place where you can see the odd, strange and downright weird. If you are a curious person then Ripley’s is for you. From fertility statues to shrunken heads, to the Mona Lisa made from burnt toast it is all here in this interactive museum. Our teenage son found it particularly interesting.

As Robert Ripley once said, “I have traveled in 201 countries and the strangest thing I saw was man”. If you have ever seen the inebriated people on Cardiff’s ‘Chip Alley’ on a Saturday night you will know exactly what he means.

IFly Orlando

I Fly
If you are an adrenaline junkie, perhaps you’ve always wanted to try skydiving but have been too scared then try IFly Orlando and you won’t be disappointed.

This indoor skydiving experience is fun for all ages expect the very small, a vertical wind tunnel with a smooth column of air pushes you up and enables you to ‘fly’. Safety is taken seriously and all participants wear a helmet and special suit and with a little training you will be doing jumps, acrobatics and flying in the air in no time.

CityWalk

CityWalk Orlando
We can’t talk about our top attractions on International Drive without mentioning CityWalk, the entertainment, food and shopping complex. At the entrance to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, we always go to CityWalk on our first day in Orlando.

With a 20 screen cinema complex showing Imax movies, a number of shops such as Fossil and a Universal Studios souvenir shop, mini golf, and The Blue Man Group show we can happily spend a few hours here. There are also some great eating and drinking spots including the world’s largest Hard Rock Cafe, Bubba Gump’s shrimp shack based on the movie Forest Gump and a great bar at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.

Our Top Tip

Discount coupons can be picked up for many attractions in most hotels and supermarkets. If you can’t find what you need it is always worth searching online.

Where To Stay

There are some great places to stay to suit all budgets on International Drive. For a hotel with great facilities, we like The Hyatt Regency Orlando, for spacious suite style rooms, ES suites Orlando is the business and for a fun atmosphere with early park entry privileges you can’t beat The Hard Rock Hotel.

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39 Comments

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    Alana
    August 24, 2016 at 11:27 am

    These are great tips – especially about looking for discount coupons. I went to Disney World a few years ago on a press trip but didn’t have time to see anything else. I’d love to go back and see a few other attractions.
    Alana x

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 24, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      There are lots of other attractions, we discovered these as our teenage son grew up and wasn’t that keen on Disney anymore.

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    Bear and Cardigan
    August 24, 2016 at 11:51 am

    We went many, many years ago and loved the water park. Is it still there?

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 24, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Wet and Wild is closing but Universal will be opening a new one – Volcano Bay. Disney still has a few, we went to Typhoon Lagoon and we’ve also been to Aquatica by Sea World.

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    Kerry Norris
    August 24, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I’m actually going to Florida next April so found this very helpful. The mini golf looks good fun. Will keep my eyes peeled for the discount vouchers, that’s a great tip x

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 25, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Yes, the mini golf is good fun although it does get very competitive. The temperature should be nice and not too hot in April.

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    Donna
    August 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    They all look like so much fun! I’ve never been to Orlando, but will keep these in mind. One thing I’ve never done and have wanted to for a long time is going to a mystery dinner show. I think that would be a blast!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 26, 2016 at 1:22 am

      The dinner show was excellent.

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    Pam
    August 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I have always wanted to go to Ripley’s Believe It or Not. I had no idea there was one in Orlando.

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 26, 2016 at 1:22 am

      It was good fun especially the spinning room.

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    August 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Bubba Gump is hands down my favorite restaurant in the world. In. The. World! Ripley’s sounds awesome, too.

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    Lindsey Paris
    August 25, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I’ve been to several of these, even as a Disney freak. Bubba Gump is one of my favorite themed restaurants!

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    Brandy
    August 25, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I would love to take a trip down to Orlando with my family! There’s so much for the whole family to enjoy!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 26, 2016 at 1:21 am

      There is lots to do for little kids, big kids and grown ups.

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    Jeanine
    August 25, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    We’ve never been to Florida, and I’ve always wanted to so I could visit Universal! This looks pretty fabulous and hope to be able to visit someday myself!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 26, 2016 at 1:19 am

      You have to go now they got the new Hulk coaster and the Kong ride.

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    Marcie W.
    August 26, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Orlando is home to so many big name attractions, that learning about the little guys is especially awesome. That dinner show would be a hit with our family for sure!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 26, 2016 at 1:18 am

      The dinner show was good fun.

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    Kayla @ TheEclecticElement
    August 26, 2016 at 1:40 am

    I wish I had known about these places when my family and I were there on vacation back in 2001! Although as little kids we were all about Disney. Hopefully we can visit as adults one of these years and check out all these great places.

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 26, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      Our son is now 19 but still wanted to come with us!!! Although he is not fussed on Disney he still loves Universal.

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    Kiwi
    August 26, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Orlando is always a fun family vacation of mine because I grew up going around the holidays. I have been to 3 of 5 of these attractions. I would love to do the Sleuths Dinner show and the iFly that would be fun!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 26, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      We loved our last visit, we tried all the things we missed on our previous visits.

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    Amanda Love
    August 26, 2016 at 8:06 am

    These are pretty amazing attractions and some are perfect for the family as well. I think it’s hard not to have a great time here, the place is just packed with things to see and do!

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    Brianne
    August 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    We’ve been down to Orlando now three times, and have yet to get to Universal. It is on our list for 2017 to get there!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 26, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      The Harry Potter theme is excellent, we missed the new Kong ride, it was just opening.

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    Nicole Escat
    August 26, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Wow, Orlando is such a huge wonderful place that is perfect for the family. I will go there soon!

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    Tonya
    August 26, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I’ve never really been interested in mini golf, but my nephew is obsessed with it so I have a new interest. 🙂 I bet he would love the Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf. It looks like fun, and what 5 year old wouldn’t love to golf by that pirate ship?

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 26, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      It would be good for kids and adults, there was a real mix of groups when we were there.

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    Shell
    August 26, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    I really want to try iFly! That looks like so much fun!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 26, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      It was excellent, especially when they took you up to the top of the tower and then a sudden drop down

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    Meagan
    August 26, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Sleuth Dinner Show is INCREDIBLE! I loved it. My son just did iFly with his grandma and said it’s incredible!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 26, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      It was really fun, all the cast were really good.

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    Kristi
    August 27, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Love that area… so many great options, not only for things to do but also place to eat. I am a serious Bubba Gump fan myself!

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    katrina gehman
    August 27, 2016 at 3:51 am

    we have been to orlando once and can’t wait to go back. besides disney there is so much to do.

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    Nikki Wayne
    August 27, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Wow! I haven’t travel out of the country, if I will then Orlando is my first stop! I wish I can go there.

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 27, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Definitely go if you get the chance.

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    Karlaroundtheworld | Karla
    August 30, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I probably can’t have a better top 5 than yours, fantastic places! I’ve always loved Bubba Gump ever since I saw it on the movie.

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      Mr and Mrs W
      August 30, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Yes Bubba Gump can be good fun especially if you get a good server who really gets into the theme.

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    Julie Carwardine
    September 13, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I loved Orlando when I did a fly-drive there, aged just 21. I really want to revisit and stay on International Drive again! Be amazing to share this with my partner as he hasn’t been to the US. When I went, I stayed on ID for two nights, then drove on to Daytona and later Clearwater. Back to Orlando then for the last bit of our stay. Love the chance to see Universal Studios and how much it has changed!

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