See the attractions, dining, shopping and entertainment waiting for meeting attendees in the heart of Orlando’s convention district (The Wheel at ICON Park® pictured).
Updated July 6, 2021
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!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Learn more about healthy business travel and safety information in Orlando, and check with your favorite businesses for their current status.
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, Vincenzo Cucina Italiana, and many others — plus 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 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.
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.
Your group can enjoy more great dining here, too, including Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Taverna Opa, The Capital Grille and The Oceanaire Seafood Room, plus the all-new The Hampton Social. 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.
ICON Park’s signature attraction is The Wheel, but there are more ways for your group to have fun at this walkable, outdoor venue just down International Drive from the convention center. Once they’ve taken a ride on the 400-foot-tall observation wheel, your attendees 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 In the Game ICON Park, 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 Blake Shelton's all-new Ole Red, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit, Yard House and Tin Roof, with the latter and Ole Red live music nightly. They can even stock up on souvenirs, vacation gear and more at ICON Park’s eclectic lineup of retailers.
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 Bar & Grill at Hilton Orlando and others.
As with great dining and nightlife, your attendees will discover one-of-a-kind attractions all over I-Drive 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 Orlando 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 and Escapology. 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!
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.
If your group likes a side of entertainment with their dinner, they’re going to love International Drive’s unique dinner shows. For groups that are kid-free for the evening, legendary stage shows will have them dancing while they dine at Mango’s Tropical Café. Many other options are available, including those for adult visitors and attendees who are traveling with their children.
Fun Spot America
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
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.
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