The Orlando Eye proudly stands in the heart of International Drive, so you can't miss this spectacular landmark. This impressive structure measures a whopping 400-foot tall, making it the highest observation wheel along the East coast. Dubbed an ”observation wheel,' rather than a traditional Ferris wheel, passengers enjoy a smooth ride as they take in spellbinding views of the city. Don't forget your camera; you'll definitely want to take a few panoramic shots while you're up there. It gets hot in Florida, but thankfully all of the 30 capsules are air-conditioned. You can comfortably enjoy this beautiful city's skyline, even during the stickiest of southern summers. When you get to the very top, try and spot Orlando's theme parks as well as your other favourite hot spots. Also, if you're riding on a clear day, look out towards the east coast, you might even see Cape Canaveral in the distance. It's the perfect day out if you're travelling with a larger group, or for treating the whole family to an adventure they'll never forget. Each capsule accommodates up to 15 passengers, which means everyone can share in the fun together. The Orlando Eye officially opened back in May 2015, which makes this attraction still relatively new. However, it's already high up on most people's list of things to do in Orlando, and has quickly become one of Florida's biggest attractions.
Other nearby attractionsNear to the Eye lies another very famous attraction, Madame Tussauds Orlando. Here you can take a selfie of you and your favourite celebrities. Most recently, they've added a collection of Justice League heroes, as well as some modern-day rock stars, so you'll see the likes of Taylor Swift and Superman standing side by side. This display offers something for the whole family to enjoy.
Eating and drinkingIt doesn't matter what you're in the mood for, there are so many restaurants and eateries close to the Orlando Eye that you're bound to find something to tantalise the taste buds. If you've got a sweet tooth, head over to the Sugar Factory and indulge in one of their decadent crepes, all washed down with one of their famous milkshakes; they're nothing short of legendary. If Spanish cuisine is more your thing, pay a visit to Tapa Toro and munch your way through their delicious tapas menu, or share one of their incredible paellas. From Turkish to Parisian, to Mexican or traditional American Steakhouses, you'll be hard pushed not to find something that takes your fancy.
Practical infoIf you're thinking of treating the family to a day at Orlando's observation wheel, it's open from Sunday to Thursday from 10am until 10pm. On Fridays and Saturdays you're welcome from 10am until midnight. Try a night-time ride on the Eye: the views take on a whole different feel and it's truly dazzling. If you've hired a car, don't worry too much about parking because it's free. Nearby there's a spacious seven-storey parking lot. If you decided to book online, be sure to bring your confirmation email, the card you paid with, and your ID. That's all you need to pick up your tickets, and then all that's left is to enjoy yourself on the Orlando Eye and savour the view.