Wet 'n Wild
And whilst Wet 'n Wild is probably the most enjoyable on a hot, humid day, the rest of my International Drive must-visits are perfect for those afternoons and days when the weather takes a bit of a turn for the worse. For tips on how to prepare for the Floridian weather conditions (click here).
Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odditorium
Fans of the books or TV show (does anyone else remember either of them?) will surely enjoy a trip to the aptly named 'odditorium'. Take a self guided tour of the weird, wonderful and wacky at your own pace. There's plenty of interactive exhibits that the whole family will enjoy and I have a feeling that if you've ever been to Ripley's before then you will most probably have had your photograph taken beside the massive Goodyear tyre that is a photo-op to good to resist. It's times like these that I wish I knew exactly where our family photographs were from that first visit to Orlando.
This is easily one of the most recognisable buildings in all of Orlando. Chances are if you've been doing your homework when it comes to your Orlando, Florida vacation by reading some of the guide books or even the blogs, then you will have seen this building pop up in every single one of them.
Wonderworks describes itself as an amusement park for the mind and is a great alternative to the theme parks that you immediately think of when it comes to Orlando. Again, much like Ripley's, there is something for every member of the family to enjoy and on top of all the fantastic exhibits there's also a glow in the dark rope course, a lazer tag arena and a 4D XD Simulator Ride. And if Orlando does something particularly well it's 4D simulator type rides.
Titanic - The Artifact Exhibition
Another interactive museum well worth a visit in Orlando is Titanic - The Artifact Exhibition. If you're a fan of attractions like The London/Edinburgh Dungeons where trained actors dress up as the characters and take you through the story and the attraction then you will enjoy the tours that Titanic have to offer. But what really makes this a special attraction for me is the fact that there are over 400 artifacts, including the second largest piece of the Titanic ever recovered as well as full-scale recreations of some of the most famous and beautiful areas of the ship, such as the Grand Staircase, as pictured. Sadly Jack Dawson won't be at the top of it waiting for you. That is the only downside to be fair. Hehe.
The Orlando Eye
The World's Largest McDonald's
But it appears that 'The World's Largest McDonald's' as we know it will be very different and pretty soon from the sounds of it. The fact that it's being completely demolished, with a new one being built practically next door, is a little heartbreaking as I adore how kitsch and unique the current one is. But if you know anything about Orlando you know that they are always building, updating and renovating to make things even bigger and better.
There's also plenty, like I'm talking a crazy, unimaginable amount of miniature golf places, loads of outlet stores and shops and everything else that you could or would expect from a busy tourist area such as I-Drive (restaurants, bars, clubs, cinemas and dinner shows).
Which one of my picks sounds like the best bit about International Drive to you? Do you have a favourite place or attraction? And what would you like to see me write about in next month's Orlando, Florida Travel Tips post?