Visiting Orlando with kids
If you are looking for things to do in Orlando with kids then you may feel overwhelmed. There is a neverending amount of family attractions in Orlando. A large number of these attractions are located in the International Drive resort area and do not involve a theme park. It is very much possible to have a vacation that only involves I-Drive, but most importantly you should include a stop at the iDrive 360 complex for at least one day or night of your Orlando family vacation. The iDrive 360 complex is an attraction, dining, and entertainment complex. Below I detail the four must visit I-drive 360 attractions if you have kids. But know that there is an equally unique line-up of restaurants experiences from full service to fast casual and quick serve. And the best way to see all these attractions plus many others in the surrounding area without spending an insane amount of money is by purchasing the GO Orlando Card.
Getting to i-Drive 360
If you choose to drive to I-Drive 360 you do not have to worry about parking. There is a large parking garage that offers free self-parking as well as complimentary valet. I suggest the valet or you may be looking for parking for a while. It was very busy both times we went on our trip. We used the valet the second time and it was so much easier. If you are visiting Orlando with kids and staying at one of the hotels on International Drive like Hilton Orlando or The Castle Hotel then you can take the iRide Trolley and skip the hassle of driving altogether!
What is the I-RIDE Trolley?
You may be wondering what exactly is I-RIDE Trolley and is it worth the ticket? It is a trolley located on International Drive that has two lines with lots of stops. And yes it is worth the very low cost. The I-RIDE Trolley is a convenient and affordable transportation to hundreds of destinations within the International Drive Resort Area. You can see the trolley map at here. When we stayed at the Hilton Orlando we took it everywhere including SeaWorld (which saved us a good bit of money on the daily parking fee). Plus it is a really fun way for seeing this area of Orlando with kids.
Know Before You Go on the I-RIDE Trolley
- It operates daily from 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
- It only travels exclusively throughout the International Drive Resort Area.
- Anyone of any age can ride.
- It is handicap accessible including two wheelchair positions and an ADA-specified hydraulic lift system, weight limitations apply.
- Exact change is required for the fare because drivers carry no money.
- Unlimited ride passes are not sold on the trolley, prebuy them online or at a participating location.
Popular question: How much does it cost to ride?
You can pay two ways: cash each time or buy a pass. Single adult fare is $2.00 per ride and a single Child fare is $1.00 per ride (ages 3 to 9 with paying adult). There is a great Senior citizen (65 and over) fare of $0.25 per ride
I suggest buying day passes if you plan to use it more than once. They offer 1-14 day passes ranging from $5 – $18 making it a great value if you are staying on I-drive and plan to visit a lot of the attractions or SeaWorld.
The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
The centerpiece of the I-Drive 360 complex is the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye. It’s a 400-foot observation wheel that provides a 360 view of Central Florida. They say on a clear day you can see all the way to Florida’s Space Coast. There are 30 high-tech air-conditioned glass capsules which contain tablets for an interactive way to explore and learn about the things you see. The full rotation of The Orlando Eye takes about 20 minutes. This has quickly become an icon along IDrive and a must do when visiting Orlando.