As Orlando’s most dynamic destination, it’s no surprise that International Drive is always adding new attractions and destinations for families and friends to enjoy during their stay, or for locals to enjoy year-round! With so many world-class dining destinations, attractions, shops, theme parks, and recreational activities on I-Drive…it can be hard for anyone to keep track. But we’ve dedicated this post to the new hot spots on I-Drive that you must check out next time you’re here!
Headed to Pointe Orlando?
Pointe Orlando is an outdoor dining and entertainment complex that many seek to visit whether for a delicious meal at one of their restaurants, to shop till’ they drop at the stores, or be entertainment by various attractions that appeal to all ages. With a long lineup of favorite dining destinations like B.B. King’s Blues Club, Copper Canyon, Itta Bena, Cuba Libre, Blue Martini, The Capital Grille, Taverna Opa, The Pub, Marlow’s Tavern, Lafayette’s Music Room, Main Event Entertainment, Maggiano’s, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Pizza and Fat Fish Blue, the Improv Comedy Club, and Ben & Jerry’s; They’ve now added two more delicious dining options for you to choose from!
If you’re craving a juicy burger, Hopdoddy Burger Bar is officially here in Florida, with their first Florida store located right in Pointe Orlando. We promise you won’t be able to look at their menu without drooling. Also new to Pointe Orlando is the Lotus Asia House, the perfect place to satisfy that sudden craving for delicious Asian food. Their menu is full of mouth-watering delights, and even various vegetarian options!
Pointe Orlando offers a variety of destinations that provide entertainment for everyone, from live music to arcades, a movie theatre, WonderWorks, and Monkey Joes; but, the newest entertainment destination at Pointe Orlando will take you to another reality! That’s right, now Nomadic Virtual Reality calls Pointe Orlando home! Be sure to escape to Pointe Orlando during your next stay on I-Drive!
Big things happening
Across the street from Orlando International Premium Outlets and just a short shuttle ride to Universal Studios, a huge new retail and restaurant complex is underway! The Grand National is a 16.5-acre project and will include 60,000 sq. ft. of shops and new dining destinations! This huge addition to the fun and entertainment found on International Drive is still in progress, but some locations have already been opened and are ready for you to come and enjoy!
Longhorn Steakhouse is serving up delicious appetizers and perfectly cooked steaks, and Bahama Breeze is serving up savoury seafood paired with the perfect frozen margarita so you can refuel with a delicious meal before hopping over to the International Premium Outlets for some shopping, or head to Universal for an out-of-this-world night! And of course, a Starbucks is open at this location, keeping everyone perfectly caffeinated for their next I-Drive adventure!
Plus, if you’re visiting, don’t forget to pick up a keepsake for yourself or to bring back to your loved ones at the U.S. Gift Factory that is now open at Grand National. Finding the perfect souvenir has never been so convenient!
Oh, and we can’t forget that a new TownePlace Suites by Marriott has been signed on for a 7-story hotel right here in the middle of all the action.
Orlando’s hottest new dinner show!
Bringing Vegas-level entertainment to International Drive, the Rock Dinner Show at the Orlando Forum is a must see! Grab your friends, and come out to enjoy a night of unrivalled, one-of-a-kind, dining and entertainment experience as you embark on a high-energy musical journey! From award-winning cuisine prepared by renowned executive Chef Russel T. Booth to 5-star service and world-class entertainment; The Rock Dinner Show is a must-see new addition to the dinner show options on I-Drive!
See the world at SeaWorld!
Everyone knows SeaWorld as one of the top theme parks to visit while in Orlando, Florida, and as they remain a top destination for tourists and locals alike, they continue to add new experiences to their line-up!
If you haven’t been to SeaWorld over the past few months, make plans to take a ride on the new Infinity Falls next time you visit! This new ride requires you to hop aboard a raft and get soaked while you wind your way around flowing fountains, surprise geysers, and breathtaking waterfalls! Exploring tropical ruins-themed surroundings and flying through thrilling chutes before you go diving down one of the tallest drops of its kind into churning white water, this ride is surely packed with non-stop excitement!
Another addition to the SeaWorld experience is Sesame Street at SeaWorld opening on March 27th! So, bring your little ones and enjoy connecting to all the fun, laughter and learning of the world-famous street with all your favourite characters!
International Drive is Orlando’s most dynamic destination and is always adding more for you to explore and experience! During your next stay, be sure to check out some of these new I-Drive destinations!