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International Drive - Part 2
After the Conference Centre and luxury hotels on International Drive, you will arrive at some very up-market restaurants, one of the best is the Ming Chinese Restaurant or at the entrance to Pointe Orlando there is Maggiano’s Italian restaurant. Also the Hilton has a very grand hotel and the Holiday Inn has a rather unusual hotel called, The Castle. This hotel is pink and has minarets or fairy towers in silver to appeal to children and the child in us all – well some of us, it is a bit garish for some tastes.
Pointe Orlando Centre is a shopping complex which also houses a huge multi-screen cinema and several night clubs. At this point it would be wise to park in their car park and walk the rest of the way along International Drive to see the vast amount of restaurants, activities and clubs.
You could hop onto one of the I-Ride trolley buses and pay a one off fare and jump on and off at any point you like to explore and then back on again to explore somewhere else, finally ending up back at the car park – all for the one price.
Just past the Pointe Orlando is a unique upside-down house called Wonder Works. It creaks and groans as if it is about to fall down. Inside is a place full of virtual reality rides and fun things for children and adults to do. It is almost impossible to describe all the entertainment inside so do go along and have a look for yourself. After all the fun at Wonder Works you will find 2 adventure golf games, one set in rocks and pools called Hawaiian Rumble and further along is the Pirate Cove Golf.
There is a helicopter ride you can take to see all over Orlando or you could take a bike-rickshaw in the evening to tour the sights – these are great fun but a bit scary the way they weave in and out of the people on the pavement.
By now you should be ready for dinner before maybe going to the cinema to watch a film in one of the huge screen auditoriums. Some of the restaurants on offer are, TGI Fridays – for superb burgers, @siam Thai cusine, Bahama Breeze, Cattlemans Steak, Vito’s Chop House, Café tu tu Tango, Don Pablo’s Mexican or Miller’s Ale House for a beer, great food and to watch one of the many TV screens showing sports. This is just a few of the many restaurants to choose from.
In the evening you could try one of the nightclubs in Pointe Orlando or a bit further along International Drive there is the Howling at the Moon club which features dualling pianos rock music, very funny but not suitable for children (or your Granny)! Or Senor Frog’s dining and fiesta.
These are just some of the delights of International Drive, there are many more, the Titanic Experience, Wet ‘n Wild Water Park (probably the best there is), ten pin bowling, Ripley' s Believe It Or Not funhouse and there is even a fun park. So don’t dismiss it, give it a try.
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