Spacious Resort Close to Orlando Attractions
International Drive leads to many of Orlando’s major attractions, including SeaWorld, Gatorland, and Universal Orlando Resort—home of the new Diagon Alley exhibit. International Drive is also where you’ll find the International Palms Resort & Conference Center Orlando. The I-Ride Trolley makes regular stops here, picking up guests and dropping them off anywhere along the 12-mile thoroughfare. The family-friendly hotel also has complimentary shuttle service to the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks and an onsite alligator attraction, making it a convenient home base in one of the country’s most-popular tourist destinations.
The resort’s stylish, tropical-themed guest rooms offer plenty of space for families looking to stretch out and relax 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. You can even purchase a s’mores kit to roast your own snacks at a poolside firetable.
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—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 mansion. Before heading back to the hotel, take in the nightly fireworks, laser, and water show. One of the most popular family destinations in the world, 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 work 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 a rover across a simulation of Mars or race on a 70-foot pinewood derby track.