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Orlando's 14.5 mile long International Drive welcomes travelers from all over the world to stay in one of the more than 100 hotels, to shop in nearly 500 stores and visit Orlando's theme parks: like SeaWorld and Universal Studios.
You can ride up and down International Drive on I-Ride trolleys that make frequent stops along the way. They run from 8am-10:30pm and a one day pass is only $5.00. Individual rides are $1.50. A two week pass is $18 and is well worth the money. Seniors (65 and over) ride for $0.25, and kids ride free (12 and under when accompanied by a paying adult).
It's a great place to take a your family - there are lots of cool and exciting things to see and do .
Here are some facts: International Drive is broken into 5 separate sections. North Int'l-Drive (north of Kirkman Road) has outlet malls, Bass Pro Shop, Fun Spot Action Park, and some good restaurants, but almost no hotels. You need a car to get around. Go to SaveinOrlando.com for tips on this area. Value Int'l-Drive (Kirkman to Sand Lake) has lots of inexpensive hotels, buffet restaurants, Wet'n Wild water Park, lots of Gift Shops with cheap t-shirts, and the second largest McDonalds in the world. Lots of people walking. The Convention Side (Sand Lake to Westwood) has the second largest convention center, upscale hotels, fancy restaurants, and expensive gift shops. There is a smattering of attractions (mini-golf, Ripleys, helicopter rides) throughout. Many people walk. South Int'l-Drive (Westwood to the end) has lots of timeshare resorts, one big upscale outlet mall, some restaurants, and Sea World. You need a car. SaveinOrlando.com has tips from employees at the outlet mall on South I-Drive. The fifth section, called International Drive South, sometimes causes confusion. This section -- detached from the original International Drive -- passes by Nickelodeon Family Suites and the landmark convention center at Gaylord Palms Resort before connecting to Kissimmee's Highway 192.
I-Drive (that's what the locals call it), has the best designer and athletic shoe/clothing shopping in Orlando. There are huge outlet malls at each end. Prime Outlets is on the north end by Universal. Premium Outlets, on the south end, is near Lake Buena Vista and Disney. Go to SaveinOrlando.com for the latest on shopping in Orlando. There is enough shopping (stores for everyone!) to spend several days at the malls.