Florida has so many magnificent destinations that it’s hard to do it all. You might be wondering how to plan your Florida vacation or how to find the best value for your trip. Of course, there are the amazing theme parks in which you can spend days exploring. But if you’re looking for a more relaxing day just leisurely checking out the smaller, off the beaten path, or unique places Florida has to offer – this series is for you.
Many attractions only take a few hours each, so we have put together some fun itineraries about how to enjoy a number of shorter attractions in just a day or two throughout different areas of Florida.
Icon Park is Orlando’s newest entertainment destination on International Drive. With over forty restaurants, attractions, shops, and bars – there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy.
Getting there is hassle-free and simple. There is plenty of FREE parking in the garage onsite and it’s easily accessible from the I-Ride Trolley. Icon Park is located at trolley stop 14 on the red line or G9 on the green line.
You won’t be able to miss finding Icon Park – the destination’s iconic centerpiece is the giant observation Wheel and nearby is the tallest swing ride in the world, the Orlando Star Flyer.
Most attractions open at 10:00 am so you can enjoy a leisurely morning having a specialty coffee, smoothie, or freshly squeezed juice and breakfast at iCafe de Paris at the base of the Wheel.
From there, you have your choice of Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, or the Museum of Illusions. Each of these wonderful attractions takes an average of one to three hours to enjoy depending on your interest in the material presented.
We recommend starting your attractions with Madame Tussauds where you can selfie with the stars. People usually spend one to two hours to go through the museum. Visit life-like replicas and learn information about over fifty wax figures of historical and current celebrities, musicians, sports stars, movie characters and more!
Afterward, grab a bite to eat at one of the wonderful restaurants on site or bring a picnic and spread out on the lawn or by one of the fountains.
After lunch, head into the building at the base of The Wheel and enjoy the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium. It usually takes about one and a half to two hours to go through this attraction. You’re able to come face to face with many sea creatures in a fun and interactive way. Make sure to stop for a shark-selfie as you walk through the clear tunnel in the tank. Don’t skip touching a sea anemone or a star fish on your way out for a truly unique experience.
Once you’re finished with your indoor experiences, it’s time to figure out where to dine at one of their many restaurants on sight. There is something for most tastes including American, Latin, Italian, Japanese and European.
After dinner, begin your 400-foot journey into the sky to see the views of Orlando from the largest observation Wheel on the East Coast of the United States. Grab a cocktail to enjoy during the twenty-three-minute ride, if you’d like. The wheel moves at a pace of under one mile per hour and it doesn’t feel like it’s moving at all. Each capsule is fully air conditioned, well lit, and has informational tablets to help identify the surrounding landmarks you can see. You may even be able to see as far as Kennedy Space Center.
If you’re brave, try the Orlando Star Flyer upon completion of your ride on the Wheel. At 450 feet in the air, it’s the tallest swing ride in the world. The ride lasts about three minutes. If you need some liquid courage before your flight, enjoy a drink from the Star Bar at the base of the ride. They even have a special discount offer on a return flight so you can see the stunning sights in the daytime and then enjoy the experience again in the glow of the evening.
Pro Tip: try to time your ride on the Wheel or the Orlando Star Flyer right at the start of the Disney Fireworks or at sunset for an extraordinary experience. The fireworks average ten to twenty minutes long and the time changes seasonally. From that height, the fireworks are absolutely breathtaking!
If you have little ones that need to go back to bed, this is where you can conclude your evening. A wonderful day at Icon Park had by all and a lot of energy burned for a good night’s rest.
However, if you’re a night owl, there are many locations to relax or get the party started. Tin Roof offers nightly live music and dancing. Tapa Toro restaurant has Flamenco shows hourly for their dining patrons. In the Icon Park Courtyard for all to enjoy, a DJ spins high-energy dance music. You could even relax with a hookah and a drink at iLounge Istanbul.
There is so much to see and do at Icon Park that there’s surely to be something fun for all. Remember to bring the coupons from Enjoy Florida Magazine for extra savings when you enjoy your Wheel, Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Orlando Star Flyer, Orlando Star Bar and dining experiences!
We hope you enjoyed your day at Icon Park Orlando! Did you try this itinerary? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!