Of course you know about Disney World and Universal Orlando. The mega parks may inspire you to make the trip to Orlando. Once you are there, however, what other fun things might you want to consider checking out?
It's likely you're familiar with SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Wet 'n' Wild. But there are a bunch of other theme parks and attractions in the area, many of which are located along Orlando's popular tourist corridor, International Drive. Home to a gazillion hotels, restaurants, strip malls, and the huge Orange County Convention Center, there are also parks and attractions on or just off of the busy boulevard.
SeaWorld Orlando, as well as its sister parks, Discovery Cove and Aquatica Water Park) are near I-Drive. But this guide is focused on the strip's smaller parks and attractions. And by "smaller," I don't necessarily mean physical size. I-Drive is home to some of Florida's–and the world's–tallest rides. The following list is not comprehensive. There are a bunch of mini-golf courses as well as other activities and exhibits up and down the street. Our list focuses on I-Drive's more under-the-radar, theme park-like attractions.
Unlike other CoCo Key water park resorts, which all feature indoor parks (and are located in places where it can get mighty cold in the winter), the Orlando location offers an outdoor water park. Part of it is, however, covered by a canopy which offers some protection from nasty weather. The relatively small CoCo Key may not offer the number or variety of slides and attractions found at the area's larger water parks, but it generally doesn't get overcrowded like the bigger parks either.
Billed as “Florida’s largest indoor attraction,” the massive family entertainment center includes go-karts, mini-golf, an escape room, a large arcade, axe throwing, bowling, a VR coaster experience, a multiplex cinema, and more.
More of an old-school amusement park than a theme park, Fun Spot offers a couple of roller coasters, including the well-regarded White Lightning woodie, spinning thrill rides, kiddie rides, and one of the world's tallest (at 250 feet) SkyCoasters, a bungee jump-like attraction.
Visible from virtually any vantage point along International Drive (and just about everywhere else throughout Orlando), you can't miss The Wheel at Icon Park, the 400-foot observation wheel. It is the centerpiece of the Icon Park entertainment, shopping, and dining complex. Other major attractions include the 450-foot-tall Orlando Starflyer swing ride, Madame Tussauds Orlando, and Sea Life Orlando Aquarium.
I-Drive NASCAR Kart Racing
If go-karts are your thing, the NASCAR-themed attraction should rev you up. The indoor facility offers a half-mile-long track, and the karts accelerate up to 45 mph. There is also a large arcade and a restaurant at the attraction.
The small "thrill park" offers three featured rides: Slingshot, a reverse bungee attraction that Magical Midway brags is the world's largest, the 230-foot tall swing ride, Starflyer, and the drop tower ride, Space Blast. Other features include Go-Karts, bumper cars, a carousel, and an arcade.
Housed in an unusual building that appears to have been ripped from its foundation and tossed upside down, the indoor "edu-tainment" attraction has many exhibits including a 4D simulator ride, lazer tag, and a ropes challenge course.