International Drive isn’t just a road. It’s a destination. Here you’ll find tons of entertainment that are second only to Orlando’s world-famous theme parks, which are only minutes away from the Rosen Inn closest to Universal Orlando Resort™. Traveling 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, SeaWorld®, and the Orange County Convention Center.
Rosen Inn, the closest Rosen Hotel to Universal Orlando, also offers transportation to most of the theme parks with complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Universal Orlando Resort™, SeaWorld Orlando®, and Aquatica® via Super Star Shuttle. Contact the guest services desk for more information about shuttle service to Walt Disney World® theme parks.
A stay at the Rosen Inn, closest to Universal Orlando™, 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 such as 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. 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 gripping 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 skulls, 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 into a sinkhole. Parking is free, and the exhibits are indoors. It’s a great place to go with the family—rain or shine.
Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center
About a mile north on International Drive sits the second largest aquatic events center – the Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center. In addition to providing excellent aquatic amenities, the center also has a fully-equipped gym and fitness center. Guests visiting Orlando are welcome to use the center’s pools and gym, even attend classes, with affordable hourly, daily, or weekly passes starting at $5 for 2 hours. Click here for more information on the Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.
NASCAR I-Drive Indoor Kart Racing
Race to the finish at NASCAR I-Drive. Navigate the challenging circuit in a SODIKART RTX for a high-speed kart racing experience like never before. After you’ve crossed the finish line, chow down on appetizers and entrees at the trackside restaurant for a 180-degree view of the races.
Congo River Golf
Embark on a one-of-a-kind miniature golf adventure! This challenging course transports you to distant shores as you explore waterfalls, caves, and rocky cliffs. After the game, test your skills at the arcade room, try your hand at gem mining, or shoot some hoops at the Ubanki Hoops, a unique take on traditional basketball. Don’t forget to visit the gators and even feed them at their interactive exhibit.
ICON Park is home to museums, restaurants, and many other attractions, including The Wheel. A ride on The Wheel takes you 400 feet above Orlando in fully enclosed air-conditioned capsules for a breathtaking view of The City Beautiful. Gaze upon the skyline of downtown Orlando, lakes, and lush landscapes, and spot your favorite attractions. Ride at night for a different view, including city lights and perhaps even local theme park fireworks.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Snap a selfie with your favorite movie stars and heroes. Located in ICON Park, Madame Tussauds houses a large collection of life-size wax figures that includes historic icons, celebrities, and more. Step into scenes from classic films or pose alongside world leaders for unforgettable photos.
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
Located in ICON Park, this aquarium features a collection of sea life from around the world and a unique 360-degree ocean tunnel for an immersive experience. Interactive exhibits let you get up close and personal with sea creatures, while presentations and interactive feeding demonstrations teach visitors of all ages about these amazing animals.
Pointe Orlando provides a little dazzle to your shopping experience by adding entertainment, live events, and restaurants. Shop for the latest fashion by 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. Pointe Orlando’s movie theater, Regal Cinemas, shows the latest movies on more than 20 screens and one IMAX theater. The parking garage next to Pointe Orlando charges by the hour, but ask around as some businesses will validate your parking.
Orlando International Premium Outlets®
Find amazing sales and deals on high-end fashion and goods at the Orlando Premium Outlets®—the largest outlet center in the southeast with almost 200 stores. Peruse the aisles of stores for designer fashion clothes, shoes, housewares, gifts, jewelry, 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 International 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 Orlando® Resort 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 Orlando® Resort.
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