International Drive, commonly known as I-Drive, is Orlando’s main tourist strip, jam-packed with rollercoasters, waterparks, delicious dining options and exceptional entertainment. What’s great about I-Drive is that the whole family can enjoy the amusements at a pace that suits.
A spot of retail therapy is the perfect daytime activity, as you’ll find over 500 shops across the whole of International Drive. There are several fabulous malls, which sell everything from top designer labels to sport shops and boutiques. For those looking for a bargain, travel to the Factory stores and designer outlets that have discounted prices for luxury clothing and accessories.
What is International Drive?
International Drive is Orlando’s huge 11.1 mile long road that hosts a wide range of entertainment and activities that the whole family can enjoy. It’s easy to navigate around as it’s split into five areas. North International Drive is the entertainment central with the Universal Orlando® Resort, iFLY Skydiving and outlet malls lining the streets.
Value International Drive is where you’ll find Universal’s Wet ‘n Wild® and several buffet restaurants and discounted shops. The Convention Side and its Convention Centre is where you can pick up souvenirs in the gift shops and outlets as well as enjoy fine dining at I-Drive 360 after a family game of mini-golf.
South International Drive is a popular shopping district with its large upscale mall. It’s the nearest to the Walt Disney World Resort and home to AquaticaTM, Discovery Cove® and SeaWorld® Orlando. International Drive South is slightly further afield from International Drive but it’s home to some exceptional golf courses.
If you don’t feel like driving, a great way to explore International Drive is by using the I-Ride Trolley shuttle service, which runs regularly throughout the day and travels to the majority of attractions.
International Drive has some exceptional nightlife. There are many hotspots that host a wide variety of entertainment such as comedy, live music, discos, magic and themed shows. Dance the night away in one of the several nightclubs and vibrant bars or sit down to an evening meal and watch a performance. There’s even an opportunity to get involved in one of the themed shows like the Titanic Dinner Event and Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. There’s a huge amount of dining options serving everything from fine dining to quick bites to eat, some of the best can be found in the I-Drive 360 complex, which provides everything from steak to sushi.