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International Drive 

Traffic, tourists and hidden treasures

Mention to most locals that you’re planning to take a leisurely trip down to International Drive, and you’re likely to get eye-rolls. The city’s most clogged commercial strip is a congested artery of chain restaurants and crappy gift shops. But if you look beyond the hordes of sunburnt Brits and half-baked tourist traps, there’s a surprising wealth of ethnic eateries, oddball amusements and innovative entertainments to be unearthed along here. From the massive outlet malls on the northern end – which attract free-spending South Americans like moths to a high-fashion flame – to the ginormous convention center, natives know how to hit the strip’s highlights commando-style without getting stuck in the snarl. Just be sure you have a full tank of gas and some emergency rations before trying to cross the infamous intersections at Kirkman and Sand Lake roads.


Café Tu Tu Tango
8625 International Drive

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
7048 International Drive

Funky Monkey Bistro and Bar
9101 International Drive


ICEBAR Orlando
8967 International Drive

Howl at the Moon
8815 International Drive


Orlando Premium Outlets
4951 International Drive

Pointe Orlando
9101 International Drive


Titanic: The Experience
7324 International Drive

Fun Spot America
5700 Fun Spot Way

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows
8267 International Drive

6464 International Drive


March 21-23, 2014
Orange County Convention Center
Sci-fi and fantasy fan convention with film, television and comic book celebrities like Stan Lee, Wil Wheaton and Ron Perlman.

Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend
May 30-June 1 and Oct. 24-26, 2014
Doubletree by Hilton near Universal Orlando
Twice-yearly gatherings of horror movie stars, cosplayers, tattoo artists and musicians.

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