Spacious Resort Close to Orlando Attractions
Ten miles from the entrance gates of Walt Disney World Resort and within walking distance of Wet ‘n Wild Orlando sits the famous International Drive. The street leads to many of Orlando's major attractions, including SeaWorld, Universal Orlando Resort, and Gatorland. It’s also home to International Palms Resort & Conference Center Orlando, where, just outside, the I-Ride Trolley makes regular stops, picking up guests and heading over to the theme parks.
Behind the resort, there's a giant lagoon-style swimming pool where waterfalls trickle down rock formations. Grab a tropical drink from the Pool Hut Bar before heading over to lounge in one of the palm-tree-shaded deck chairs. When hunger strikes, check out one of the two onsite restaurants⎯ there’s the casual Front Street Café, which features views of the pool, and the Coral Key Bar and Grill, which hosts karaoke amid a lively atmosphere.
Orlando, Florida: World-Famous Theme Parks and Cultural Surprises
Located in the center of Florida, Orlando may be forever associated with Walt Disney World, which opened on October 1, 1971, and is now the world’s most-visited entertainment resort. Disney World spans roughly 30,000 acres, encompassing four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, and the Downtown Disney Marketplace. One can ride Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom in the morning, and then sample Moroccan cuisine over at Epcot’s World Showcase in the afternoon before watching the nightly IllumiNations fireworks, laser, and water show. As one of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is home to other theme parks, including Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and Gatorland.
Those hoping to shake up the typical theme-park-dominated itinerary can head into downtown Orlando's vibrant arts district. The neighborhood boasts venues such as CityArts Factory, a multifaceted patchwork of gallery spaces, and SAK Comedy Lab, which hosts family-friendly improv shows five nights a week.
About a 10-minute drive north, you’ll find eight cultural institutions at Loch Haven Park, including the Orlando Museum of Art, which houses pieces by Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Ansel Adams, and Andy Warhol. The park is also home to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orlando Science Center. Visit the science center to take a rover across a simulation of Mars’s red surface, or race on a 70-foot pinewood-derby track.
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