By Carrie McLaren
Theres plenty to do on International Drive in Orland. Here are just four of the attractions that the little ones, and you, can enjoy together as a family.
9067 International Dr., Orlando, 32819
From the popular Imagination Lab, where kids can create their own digital masterpieces, to the Wonder Coaster, a simulated rollercoaster that allows your child to build his or her own rollercoaster ride, WonderWorks Orlando provides fun for children of all ages.
The upside-down look of the building, supposedly caused by a man-made tornado in a science experiment gone wrong hundreds of years ago, attracts huge numbers of visitors daily. With a glow-in-the-dark ropes course, laser tag, 4D theater, and the “Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show” along with more than 100 hands-on exhibits, WonderWorks Orlando is sure to guarantee a day of family fun.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium
8201 International Dr., Orlando, 32819
Where can you find a portrait of Beyonce made entirely of candy, a seven-legged sheep and a wax figure of the world’s tallest man in one place? Right here, at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, of course!
For kids who are amazed by mind-boggling and eccentric sights, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium is one of the best things to do on International Drive. From the most outrageous exhibits, such as the shrunken human head and an 8-foot long fish, to the most engaging activities, such as brain teasers, optical illusions and word puzzles, Ripley’s will be sure to keep a child of any age entertained throughout the day.
Built to look as if it were falling into a sinkhole, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is located steps off of International Drive. During a self-paced and self-guided tour, visitors explore the 16 galleries filled with artifacts and exhibits found through the 10,000 square foot “Odditorium.”
Children and young teens alike split their time between trying their hands at various brain teasers, gazing at unusual, yet genuine artifacts and studying bizarre, unbelievable exhibits.
9101 International Dr., Orlando, 32819
Best known for its bountiful bounce houses, Monkey Joe’s opens up to an explosion of bright colors as children’s laughter and squeals of excitement fill the large room. Monkey Joe’s is pumped with energy as children ages twelve and under chase each other from bounce house to bounce house, taking breaks to play a quick game or two in the arcade area.
Monkey Joe’s includes a parent lounge, equipped with lounge chairs and a flat screen TV, five party rooms, an arcade, an eating area, five regular-sized bounce houses and a mini monkey zone, which has three smaller bounce houses for children ages three and younger.
Fun Spot America Orlando
5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando, 32819
Sweeping over 15 acres of land, Fun Spot America, located minutes off of International Drive, delivers countless hours of fun. With an amazingly wide range of attractions, including roller coasters, thrill rides, go-karts and games, Fun Spot offers something for every age group.
Reminiscent of a town fair (complete with a Ferris wheel and funnel cakes), Fun Spot steps it up, housing an array of impressive attractions that can’t be found anywhere else, including the world’s tallest skycoaster at 250 feet tall, White Lightning, Orlando’s only wooden roller coaster, four go-kart tracks and two stories of arcade games.
Fun Spot also has an area dedicated to smaller children, called “Kid Spot,” with nine rides designed for children between 24 to 42 inches tall, complete with slower speeds.
Whether your child is more of a thrill seeker or would rather find fun on the ground, Fun Spot caters to children of all ages, including the kid inside of you. With plenty of things to do on International Drive and throughout the city, plan to continue the family fun at a cool family-friendly hotel in Orlando.
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