Let’s start with some of the fun spots near our Theme Parks. Since most people book hotels in these areas to be closer to their main destinations. Many are at a lost of what else is in their area. Trying to figure out at last minute what else to do when not at the parks. International Drive is like the Las Vegas strip. But instead of Clubs and Casino’s it’s a variety of Attractions and Eateries.
We recommend bookmarking these into your GPS or RideShare (Uber/Lyft) Bookmarks to make sure you have the correct location set. Many places have very similar names. There are FOUR Rosen Hotels within a few miles of each other as an example. It”s hard to say how many Hilton’s there are in the tourist area alone. Also use the links and check pricing deals on the web. Many places give online or prepurchase discounts.
Orlando Premium Outlets – Many who are here for many days take some time for shopping. That is why we are starting with the two at either end. Both having almost identical names except that International is the one closest to Universal Studios. While the Vineland one is closest to Disney World. Join their VIP club online to get an assorted collection of savings for the stores in the mall.
McDonald’s – Advertised as the World’s Biggest McDonald’s. It is located on 6875 Sand Lake Road. Not to far south of Universal Studios. Serving Belgian Waffles with the normal menu you could find at it’s other location. While also having Brick Oven Pizzeria and real Bakery. For those that want to play. There is an almost two story play place and an arcade with ticket and prizes as well. It’s worth a vist to say you been there for the Novelty fact that it’s the largest in the world.
Helicopter Tours (Various) – There are several companies that can be found close to International drive. Prices vary at each location. The least expensive one I saw was in the Kissimmee area. It was saying a ride for $15. It’s most likely a short ride. But worth the experience and for some another item off their Bucket List. Tried one by the International Premium Outlets. Pricing was around $35. Went over The Universal Studio parks to The Wheel of Icon Park (Formally the Ferris Wheel named the Orlando Eye) and back to the landing pad. It was an amazing experience to say the least. Even if the ride was short.
Icon Park has a variety of admission and tickets and passes to save your group. Mix and match what best fits for you and even possibly even add Lego Land. There are also eateries and other entertainments in the same area. There is Free Parking located here.
The Wheel at Icon Park – formally known as The Orlando Eye. It’s the 6th biggest Ferris Wheel in the world. The largest being the High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ride one of their AC cabins 400 feet in the air and see many of the attractions with the birds eye view. 20 minute ride round trip alone, or with up to 9 of your friends. South of Universal, North of Sea World, and conveniently close to the Orlando Convention Center, and many of the hotels that most tourist stay on I-Drive. They have interactive tablets to see what attractions your looking at.
Sea Life Aquarium – has 9+ Exhibits with a variety of creatures from the sea. Remember going and touching a few different animals like Starfish and Anemone’s. Enjoy the Jelly Wall, travel through the Everglades, Indian Ocean. See the sharks, Seahorses, Octopus, Turtles, and more.
Maddame Tussaud’s – a whole Museum of Wax. Filled with all types of celebrities, President’s, and even Super Heroes. Get a wax souvenir made out of a mold of your hand. Maddame Tussaud is located across the nation. If you haven’t been, it’s worth it for all the selfies.
Star Flyer – another worlds tallest located within a few miles of the McDonald’s mentioned earlier. Swing real high at 450 Feet in the air alone, or with a partner. Either way, Definitely a must for the adrenaline junkies that enjoy these kind of Thrills.
In The Game – has a 7D motion theater that promotes friendly family competition. Enjoy an amazing Virtual Reality experience with your friends. Play at the arcade and set records and win prizes. Check them out for pricing deals before you go.
These are just a few of the many attractions within walking distance to each other and the ones that will be mentioned in other articles. Don’t forget to make or save money with the passive apps that can pay you while you shop, take Ubers, and more. Check out our Social Media sites on our A Simple Ember Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to see those savings and earnings while having fun.