10 Unforgettable Group Experiences on International Drive in Orlando


10 Unforgettable Group Experiences on International Drive in Orlando

See the attractions, dining, shopping and entertainment waiting for meeting attendees in the heart of Orlando’s convention district.

Stretching between SeaWorld® Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort, with a stop along the way for the Orange County Convention Center, International Drive is the heart of Orlando’s convention district — and so much more. Also known as I-Drive, it’s packed with attractions, dining, nightlife, shopping, entertainment and other activities, plus some of Orlando’s best meeting hotels and venues. Here are 10 ways for your group to enjoy this legendary street the next time you meet in Orlando!

Delicious Dining

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Everglades Restaurant at Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando

No matter where you’re staying or meeting on International Drive, you won’t have to look hard to find great restaurants, including many at area resorts. Standout standalones include Ciao Italia Italian Ristorante, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant, Joe’s Crab Shack, Seito Sushi, Vincenzo Cucina Italiana, and many others — including eateries at our all-in-one retail, dining and entertainment hubs. (More on those in a bit!)

Don’t skip International Drive’s resort restaurants, either. For instance, the AAA Four Diamond A Land Remembered and Cala Bella are part of the dining lineup at Rosen Shingle Creek. More great eateries await at other Rosen properties in the I-Drive district, including Jack’s Place at Rosen Plaza and Everglades Restaurant at Rosen Centre, which join Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops and Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse at Hilton Orlando, Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando, and others.

Also keep in mind that many of I-Drive’s restaurants are happy to accommodate group and private dining, as well as special events.

Pointe Orlando

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Pointe Orlando

We told you we’d get to I-Drive’s retail, dining and entertainment hubs! Pointe Orlando has a bespoke collection of world-class attractions, dining and shopping, plus some of International Drive’s most electric nightspots. They include Blue Martini and The Pub, as well as restaurants with live music such as B.B. King’s Blues Club and Lafayette’s Music Room.

Your group can enjoy more great dining here, too, including Copper Canyon Grill, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Itta Benna, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Taverna Opa and The Oceanaire Seafood Room, plus the all-new Hopdoddy Burger Bar and Lotus Asia House. They won’t run out of things to do, either, thanks to Main Event Entertainment and other fun attractions, as well as a wide range of shopping that includes national brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria’s Secret.

ICON Park

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Tin Roof and The Wheel at ICON Park in Orlando

Formerly known as ICON Orlando, ICON Park’s signature attraction is The Wheel, but there are more ways for your group to have fun at this walkable, outdoor venue. Once they’ve taken a ride on the 400-foot-tall observation wheel, they can go even higher — and faster — on the 450-foot-tall Orlando StarFlyer. They can also rub shoulders with A-list celebrities (including DC Entertainment’s Justice League) at Madame Tussauds Orlando, explore the wonders of the oceans at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, get their game on at Arcade City Orlando, and survive virtual scares at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, among other ICON Park attractions.

And there’s still more to see and do here! Your group can also dine at top restaurants like Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit, Yard House and Tin Roof, the latter of which hosts live music nightly. They can even stock up on souvenirs, vacation gear and more at ICON Park’s eclectic lineup of retailers.

Invigorating Nightlife

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Mango’s Tropical Café in Orlando

The party never ends on International Drive — not with dynamic nightlife options up and down the strip! One of the most incredible is Mango’s Tropical Cafe, a two-story, 55,000-square-foot venue that lights up the night with live entertainment and dancing.

A dueling piano bar like no other, Howl at the Moon is another I-Drive hotspot, and when it’s time to cool down, nothing beats the chilly confines of ICEBAR Orlando. But the fact is, your attendees will find lounges, nightclubs and more throughout I-Drive, including resort options such as 3NINE at Rosen Plaza, David’s Club at Hilton Orlando and others.

Amazing Attractions

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Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Orlando

As with great dining and nightlife, your attendees will discover one-of-a-kind attractions throughout the I-Drive area with adventures for every taste and budget. They can feel the need for speed at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games or I-Drive NASCAR. Experience flight without jumping out of a plane at iFLY Indoor Skydiving. Explore out-of-this-world artifacts at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Enjoy state-of-the-art bowling at Kings Dining & Entertainment. Or, just tee up at Topgolf Orlando and Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf.

International Drive also offers ample opportunity to escape at attractions like The Escape Game Orlando, Escapology and Lockbusters Escape Game. And if you have any chocolate-lovers in your group, take note: Chocolate Kingdom — Interactive Factory Adventure Tour will satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth!

Sensational Shopping

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Orlando International Premium Outlets

Attendees who love to shop will want to wear comfortable shoes when they visit International Drive, because the area offers miles of discount and luxury retailers. For starters, your attendees will find great brands at even better prices at the district’s two outlet shopping centers, Orlando International Premium Outlets and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. Plus, The Mall at Millenia and The Florida Mall are both a short drive away — not to mention all the superb shopping at I-Drive’s walkable entertainment hubs and standalone retailers.

Dinner Shows

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Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows in Orlando

If your group likes a side of entertainment with your dinner, they’re going to love International Drive’s unique dinner shows. At Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows, for example, they can solve a laugh-packed mystery while enjoying dinner, dessert and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks.

For groups that are kid-free for the evening, legendary stage shows will have them dancing while they dine at Mango’s Tropical Café. On the other hand, attendees with kids will particularly enjoy The Outta Control Comedy Magic Dinner Show at WonderWorks, especially as all the pizza, salad and beverages (including beer and wine) are unlimited!

Fun Spot America

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Fun Spot America in Orlando

Orlando isn’t just home to the world’s greatest theme parks — we’re also home to one of the world’s greatest amusement parks, Fun Spot America! With a second location in Kissimmee close to Walt Disney World® Resort, Fun Spot is packed with roller coasters and other thrill rides, go-karts, and an arcade, ensuring hours of fun at wallet-friendly prices for your group.

Unique Tours & Transportation

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I-Ride Trolley in Orlando

The I-Drive district is big, and even though the core is extremely walkable, meeting attendees will need a vehicle to get out and see all of it. That’s where International Drive’s tours and transportation options come in, including numerous excursions by bus and bike.

What’s more, one of the most affordable ways to get around I-Drive is also the most fun: the I-Ride Trolley. Priced at a maximum of $2 per ride, these smiling trolley buses will take your group all over the International Drive area, with stops conveniently located throughout the district. It runs from 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. daily.

Orlando’s Official Visitor Center

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Orlando’s Official Visitor Center

Whether you’re looking for insider tips to help your attendees make the most of their time in Orlando, or if they plan on setting out to explore at their own pace, it pays to stop by the destination’s Official Visitor Center, conveniently located in the heart of International Drive — and just as unique as Orlando itself! Here, your group can take selfies with their favorite characters, get immersive sneak peeks of new attractions, and begin exploring the once-in-a-lifetime experiences waiting for them in Orlando.

Plus, our Vacation Guides will be happy to share planning advice and help your group save big with discount attraction tickets. Of course, our meetings-focused Destination Services Team will be happy to help you with these aspects, too!

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Cover image courtesy The Wheel at ICON Park.

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