International Drive isn’t just a road. It’s a destination. Here you’ll find tons of entertainment that is second only to Orlando’s world-famous theme parks, which are only minutes away from the Rosen Inn closest to Universal Studios ®. Travelling along International Drive, or I-Drive as it’s locally known, is easy and affordable with the I-Ride Trolley. It runs the length of I-Drive and stops by many major attractions, the Orlando Premium Outlet Malls, Pointe Orlando, Wet ‘n Wild®, SeaWorld®, and the Orange County Convention Center.
Rosen Inn, the closest Rosen Hotel to Universal Studios®, also offers transportation to most of the theme parks with complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Universal Studios®, Islands of Adventure®, Wet ‘n Wild®, SeaWorld® and Aquatica® waterpark. Contact front desk for more information about shuttle service to Walt Disney World® Theme Parks.
A stay at the Rosen Inn closest to Universal Studios® ensures you’re in the middle of all the excitement. Located within walking distance and on the trolley route, you’ll find:
- Rides and attractions like go-carts, roller coasters and thrill rides
- More than 150 restaurants offering cuisine from around the world
- Orange County Convention Center, the second largest convention facility in the country
- Three different movie theater complexes
- Hundreds of outlet stores and tourist gift shops
There’s so much to explore when you stay at the Rosen Inn closest to Universal Studios®. Along with all the popular attractions you’ll find some off-beat entertainment that has been intriguing and amusing families and travelers for years.
WonderWorks is part science center, part “top secret research laboratory,” and part amusement park offering fun for kids and families. WonderWorks is one of the most striking attractions on I-Drive because the building appears upside down. Before you enter the WonderWorks, look up to see what street side features hang overhead. Then walk through the front door with the roof at your feet. Once inside the fun begins with orienting yourself “upside down” as everything inside is also inverted. WonderWorks contains more than 100 hands-on exhibits and top-secret experiments. All the exhibits are indoors, so no need to bring sunscreen or umbrellas.
Fun Spot America
Thrill rides are the main attraction at Fun Spot America on I-Drive. Test your driving skills on a multi-level go-cart track, or brace for a thrilling ride on Orlando’s only wooden roller coaster. Fun Spot also has many family- and kid-friendly rides as well as midway games. Admission is free, but you’ll need to purchase tickets to hop on the rides. Purchase ride tickets on a per ride basis or through inclusive pricing wrist bands.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Orlando is an “odditorium” of sixteen galleries displaying bizarre items such as shrunken heads, fertility statues, adorned Tibetan skills, a shooting gallery and a wild spinning vortex. You can’t miss Ripley’s on I-Drive. The building is tilted as if it’s falling over a hill. Parking is free, and the exhibits are indoors. It’s a great place to go with the family—rain or shine.
If shopping is more your style of fun, the mecca of international shopping awaits you.
Pointe Orlando provides a little dazzle to your shopping experience by adding entertainment, live events and restaurants. Shop for the latest fashion in Hollister, Tommy Bahama, Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria’s Secret. When hunger strikes you’ll have plenty of restaurants from which to choose. Pointe Orlando has restaurants serving Mexican, Greek, Cuban, Italian, Japanese and many more types of cuisines. Point Orlando’s movie theater, Regal Cinemas, has more than 20 screens showing the latest movies and also features an IMAX theater. The parking garage next to Pointe Orlando charges by the hour, but ask around as some businesses will validate your parking.
Festival Bay Mall
Festival Bay Mall is open but currently undergoing a facelift. Soon it will transform into an artisan market called Artegon Mall (slated to open in October 2014). Located near the Northern end of I-Drive this shopping center’s biggest retailers are Bass Pro Shops, Sheplers Western Stores, Cinemark Movie Theaters and Ron Jon Surf Shop. The mall is one of the many stops along the I-Ride Trolley. Shoppers can participate in indoor and outdoor activities. Parking is free.
Orlando Premium Outlets
Find amazing sales and deals on high-end fashion and goods at the Orlando Premium Outlet Malls—the largest outlet center in the southeast with almost 200 stores. Peruse the aisles of stores for designer fashion clothes, shoes, housewares, gifts, jewelry and accessories, leather and luggage. You’ll find top brand names, such as Calvin Klein, Guess, Nike, Levi’s and Polo Ralph Lauren. Parking is free with optional valet services. Orlando Premium Outlets is an open-air shopping center with most of its walkways covered. There’s a food court and a few restaurants located in the outlet mall should your shopping excursion build an appetite.
Orange County Convention Center
If your visit to Orlando is all work and no play, know that Rosen Inn closest to Universal Studios® is close to many convention sites and near the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), which is the second largest convention center in the country. OCCC hosts major conventions year-round and is conveniently located on I-Drive near the South end. Taxi services and the I-Ride Trolley can transport you there from the Rosen Inn closest to Universal Studios®.