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What to do on International Drive with Kids

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The holidays have come and gone and the decorations are back in boxes and bins.  No more chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost is definitely not nipping at anyone’s nose.  Now what?  The kiddos are back in school and the weekends need to be filled with fun things for them to do.  The theme parks are still jammed with tourists; you just want a spot for locals to hang out not too far from home.  Well, look no further than International Drive!  Located in the heart of Orlando, International Drive has so many places to visit and fun things to do that it would take the average person more than one hundred days to have all the fun that I Drive has to offer!  We have chiseled down the list for you and the family to enjoy!

What to do on International Drive with Kids

Here are 20 fun activities to do on I Drive with kids.international drive with kids

Axecelsior Axe Throwing

Located inside Dezerland Park Orlando, Axecelsior Axe Throwing is a fun activity for the whole family.  Children eight and older (with a legal parent or guardian), can enjoy Orlando’s only projection targets.  Axecelsior has moving targets, a variety of games to play, and traditional targets that offer a challenge for those that are up to it.  If you have wee ones that are under eight, they can visit the Kid’s Zone where they can play and have the same fun as adults but using safety axes.  Everyone throwing axes will have to sign a waiver.  that will throw axes has to sign a waiver.  Axecelsior is open daily with varying hours; it is recommended to make a reservation in advance.

Café Tu Tu Tango

The name alone makes it sound like you are going to have a fun time!  Café Tu Tu Tango brings food and fun to the Orlando area with their small plate, tapas-style dishes that are great for sharing.  Café Tu Tu Tango is open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 12 am, Saturday from 10 am to 12 am, and Sunday 10 am to 11 pm.  Their brunch menu is available Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. Enjoy live entertainment and local artists working in the restaurant.  Kiddos of all ages will enjoy the vibe and the food as well.

Coco Key Water Resort

Talk about one-stop shopping!  The Coco Key Water Resort offers the entire family something fun to do.  Besides awesome guest rooms, the resort has a huge, covered water park and a state-of-the-art arcade.  Staying at the resort will include tickets to the water park (resort fees will apply).  If you are looking to just do day passes, those are available too for purchase on the website.

Dezerland Park

Boasting to be Florida’s largest indoor attraction, Dezerland Park has so much to choose from that you might have to visit several times and you still won’t be able to do it all!  See the world’s longest car at the Auto Museum, the Pinball Palace, Karting Orlando, and Jump Start – just to name a few.  The park opens daily at 11 am but has varying closing times so it is recommended that you visit the website to check hours and times before visiting the park.

Escapology 

do you have what it takes to escape?  If you and the family think you can find the clues and solve the puzzles, then head over to Escapology.  Up to eight players are allowed per room and while they welcome players if all ages, the games are better suited for children twelve and older.  Escapology is open daily from 10 am to 11 pm, giving the family plenty of time to try and escape!

Hash House A Go Go

The name just sounds like the whole family will have a great time dining here!  Hash House A Go Go uses only farm-fresh ingredients to make their dishes with a Midwest twist even better.  Decadent pancakes and waffles, fruit bursting with flavor and juices, and of course, the bacon pancake.  Hash House A Go Go is open Sunday through Thursday from 8 am to 2 pm and Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm.  It is the perfect place to start off your day as you take in the sights, sounds, and smells of International Drive.

ICON Park

ICON Park is an experience all in itself.  With more than fifty shops, restaurants, and attractions, there is something fun for every member of your family to do.  The Wheel, one of the most popular attractions at ICON Park, stands four hundred feet tall giving riders a bird’s eye view of the city.  Not sure what you want to do first?  Then take a ride on the Pearl Express Train for a unique tour of the park.  Tickets (and deals) are available for purchase online.  The park hours will differ based on the attraction, but with so much to do at ICON Park, this will be the first of many visits.

iFLY Orlando

Take flight in Orlando at iFLY Orlando.  Experience the sensation of skydiving safely in a vertical wind tunnel.  There are some age and weight restrictions to fly, so you will want to check them out before heading out.  Don’t worry, you won’t go into the tunnel flying blind – you will have a full orientation by a trained instructor.  Once the family is done with their orientation, don your flight suit and get ready to fly!

Kings Dining and Entertainment

Rainy day activity alert!  Kings Dining and Entertainment has everything to keep the kiddos busy.  Bowling, an arcade, and great food too.  There are a couple of locations in Florida, and many throughout the country.  The Kings Dining and Entertainment located in Orlando is open Monday through Thursday 2 pm to 12 am, Friday and Saturday 12 pm to 1 am, and Sunday 12 pm to 10 pm.  Reservations are required to play so it is best to visit their website before heading out.

Lost Caverns Adventure Golf

Join Cliff and his nieces on their escapades when you visit Lost Caverns Adventure Golf.  Go through the lush tropics, over mountains, and seek out the contents of the mysterious caves.  Who knew you could do all of this while playing mini golf?!  While visiting the Lost Caverns, you can feed some hungry alligators too.  The Caverns are open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 11 pm and Friday through Sunday 10 am to 12 am.  Adventure is calling – are you ready to answer?

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Want to impress your friends as well as have a good time?  Visit Madame Tussauds Orlando at ICON Park and hang out and snap a picture with the likes of Taylor Swift, float like a butterfly with the Greatest, or help save the world with the Justice League!  The museum is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am to 6 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm.  Tickets are required for entry, however, purchasing your tickets online will save you a little extra!

Main Event

Gather the family together and head to Main Event for a full day of fun.  No one will say they are bored because there are too many activities to choose from at Main Event – bowling, arcade, laser tag, mini golf, games, and even billiard, just to name a few.  Main Event is a perfect place for a quick day trip, or a visit during a school break and their hours are convenient too – they are open Monday through Friday from 12 pm to 12 am, Saturday 10 am to 12 am, and Sunday 11 am to 12 am.

Monkey Joe’s Pointe Orlando

Monkey Joe’s Pointe Orlando has wall-to-wall inflatables for children two to twelve!  There is a main play center for the kiddos and a dedicated toddler play area too.  If the kids get tired of bouncing around, take them over to the arcade area where they can play games and earn tickets for prizes.  Bouncing kiddos can work up an appetite and when that happens, visit the concession area and enjoy some quick eats.

Museum of Illusions

Is it this or is it that?  Nothing is for certain when you visit the Museum of Illusions.  Your child’s imagination will run free seeing all the optical illusions and awesome tricks. The museum has varying hours so it is best to check their website or call before visiting.  Reservations are required and booking your tickets online will also save you a little cash too.

Orlando Star Flyer

Want to see the City Beautiful from something other than your car?  Well then take a spin on the Orlando Star Flyer!  Standing at four hundred fifty feet above Orlando, the Star Flyer is a unique attraction that gives the rider a bird’s eye view of the city while making sure that safety is the number one priority.  For the not-so-courageous ones, you can sit this one out and enjoy some food and snacks at the Star Bar or Vue at 360.  The Star Flyer is open daily from 10 am to 2 am and does have some height and weight requirements; be sure to visit the website so you are prepared before you go.

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

Gather the buckaroos and head over to Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf.  This family-friendly spot gives everyone playing the ultimate mini-golf experience.  It is open to players of all ages (children under three play for free).  Pirate’s Cove is open daily from 9 am to 11:30 pm. Go for a visit and discover the fun!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Your adventures on I Drive begin at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  There are hundreds of oddities to marvel at and tons of interactives that will make this visit the first of many for the family.  Visit the Odditorium, a ten thousand square feet exhibit hall filled with shrunken heads, a vortex tunnel, and other strange and mind-blowing artifacts and displays.  Step into Ripley’s Warehouse where your little ones will find lost art, memorabilia, and the like locked away, until now.  Ripley’s is open Sunday through Thursday 10 am to 10 pm and Friday and Saturday until 11 pm.

SEA Life Aquarium

SEA Life Aquarium gives visitors a taste of Florida’s aquatic life in the heart of Orlando.  They host Florida’s only 360°Ocean Tunnel where you can walk through and be surrounded by fish, sharks, turtles, eels, and the like.  There are loads of fun adventures waiting to be explored like the Jelly Wall exhibit, the Coastal Rockpool, and the Feeding Frenzy. SEA Life has a varying schedule so it is best to check their website for operating hours on the day that you are looking to visit.  Kiddos both young and old will enjoy the beauty of the seas without having to get wet!

Titanic:  The Artifact Exhibition

Travel back in time and experience the grandeur and glory of the ill-fated ship, the Titanic.  Titanic:  The Artifact Exhibition has more than three hundred artifacts, recreated cabins and rooms from the ship, and costumed tour guides too.  Tours run daily and are great for the entire family, even the little ones.  There are even tours specific for kiddos on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 am. Children will get to experience a great tour of the ship through a scavenger hunt using a map that will take them through the exhibition room by room.  This tour is recommended for children eight and older and they will need an adult chaperone

WonderWorks

Have you ever been to a mental amusement park?  If not, visit WonderWorks to get “edutainment” from their more than 28,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits that will challenge the mind and ignite your child’s imagination.  With the ceiling under your feet and the floor above your head, the entire family is bound to see things differently!  Pass through the inversion tunnel to get yourself right side up and begin the adventure through the six discovery zones.  If the kiddos still have energy to burn, visit the indoor ropes course or the laser tag arena.  They even have a 40 XD simulator ride which combines special effects and full-motion seating.  WonderWorks is open every day from 9 am to midnight – yes, holidays too!   

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