Spacious Resort Close to Orlando Attractions
International Drive leads to many of Orlando’s major attractions, including SeaWorld and Gatorland. Universal Orlando Resort, featuring the new Diagon Alley exhibit, is located only about a mile away from the resort. International Drive is also home to International Palms Resort & Conference Center Orlando, where the I-Ride Trolley makes regular stops, picking up guests and dropping them off anywhere along the 12-mile thoroughfare. The family-friendly resort provides a comfortable home base for a vacation in one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.
The resort’s stylish guest rooms offer plenty of space for families looking to stretch out after a long day at the 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 a deck chair shaded by palm trees. When hunger strikes, check out one of the two onsite restaurants—the casual Front Street Café and the Coral Key Bar and Grill, which features nightly food and drink specials.
Orlando, Florida: World-Famous Theme Parks and Cultural Surprises
Located in the center of Florida, Orlando may be forever associated with the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, which make up the world’s most-visited entertainment resort. Spanning roughly 30,000 acres, it encompasses four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, and the Downtown Disney® Marketplace. There’s no shortage of things to do here: begin your day by boarding a rocket-shaped three-seater that climbs to 180 feet before entering a deep black tunnel and racing past stars, satellites, and constellations. Walk across the park to sample Moroccan cuisine for lunch, or ride a dune buggy through a haunted 18th-century mansion. Before heading back to the hotel, take in the nightly fireworks, laser, and water show. Sunny Orlando is also home to Universal Orlando Resort, 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, where you can take a rover across a simulation of Mars or race on a 70-foot pinewood derby track.