Museum Hopping on I-Drive

Tuesday, July 11, 2023
As summer descends upon Orlando, afternoon showers are in the forecast - but so is endless family fun! If you're looking for the perfect retreat from the summer showers, round up the family and head to these unique museum attractions along International Drive for a rainy afternoon to remember in the heart of Orlando!

Chocolate Museum and Café

Indulge your taste buds and ignite your imagination at Chocolate Museum and Café, a paradise for chocolate lovers of all ages. As you step into this cocoa-scented haven, you'll be greeted by knowledgeable chocolatiers who will guide you through the fascinating journey of chocolate making, from bean to bar. Witness the mesmerizing chocolate-making process, and learn about the history and cultural significance of this beloved treat while sampling gourmet chocolates from across the globe.
This museum also boasts an impressive collection of over 25 solid sculptures of recognizable artifacts that stand up to 6 feet tall, which makes for an awe-inspiring experience for any chocoholic. After your tour, head over to their on-site café where you can enjoy delectable treats, coffees, and lunch items, and indulge in the sweeter things in life like a special wine and chocolate pairing, and more! A trip to Chocolate Museum and Café is an experience the whole family is sure to savor.

Ripley's Believe It or Not

Prepare to have your mind boggled and your jaw drop as you enter Ripley's Believe It or Not. This iconic attraction is known as the Weirdest Place in Orlando, and it won’t take long for you to see why. This attraction is home to an astonishing collection of oddities and curiosities from around the world displayed throughout 16 unique galleries that pay tribute to everything odd, bizarre, and unbelievable. From shrunken heads to mind-bending illusions, every corner of Ripley's promises to captivate and astound. Take your time exploring interactive exhibits, marveling at the strange and unusual, and challenging your perception of reality on a self-guided, self-paced tour. With a combination of artifacts, interactive displays, and mind-blowing exhibits, Ripley's Believe It or Not offers an unforgettable family experience that will leave you questioning the boundaries of what is possible while giving the whole family something to talk about for years to come!

Dezerland Park and Auto Museum

Whether you’re looking for a reprise from the afternoon showers or are hoping to enjoy a break from the heat while still enjoying a day filled with family fun, Dezerland Park is a must-visit attraction on International Drive - it is Orlando’s Largest Indoor Attraction, after all!
Enjoy a variety of attractions that will appeal to everyone in your group, located just steps away from one another, so you can easily pack a bunch of experiences into a single trip. From go-karting, bowling, and axe-throwing, to bumper cars, a thunder foam arena, trampoline park, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf, and arcades boasting all your favorite games - Dezerland Park has something for everyone! After you’ve had your fill of attractions, and have fueled up at one of the over 10 bar and restaurant options here, rev up the excitement and embark on a journey through automotive history at Dezerland Park and Auto Museum.
The Auto Museum is Orlando’s Largest Museum of any kind and is home to the most engaging auto-vehicle collection in the world! This unique attraction showcases an extensive collection of rare and vintage cars, including iconic vehicles from famous movies and television shows. Marvel at the sleek designs, get up close to classic automobiles, and immerse yourself in the world of automotive excellence. This museum even features exhibits dedicated to Hollywood memorabilia, military artifacts and has a spectacular Batmobile collection. It's a perfect destination for car enthusiasts and families seeking a dose of nostalgia.


ICON Park is Orlando’s Largest Outdoor Entertainment Complex, featuring 20 acres of adventures for the whole family. It is the perfect place to ride, dine, drink, and explore with over 50 amazing restaurants, funky bars, boutique shops, and can’t-miss attractions all anchored by the ICONic (and massive) observation Wheel. During your visit, you’ll find three extraordinary museums here awaiting your exploration.
Madame Tussauds brings the stars to life, allowing you to rub shoulders with lifelike wax figures of celebrities, historical figures, and sports legends. It's also the perfect spot to snap the ultimate selfies while you strut with the stars! You’re sure to leave this attraction star-struck!
Then, head to Sea Life Orlando just across The Wheelhouse, to dive into an underwater wonderland. Sea Life Orlando offers guests the chance to come face-to-fin with sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and more! Watch in amazement as you explore a world of glittering scales, humongous tentacles, and razor-sharp teeth! Plunge deep into the ocean as you explore their 360-degree ocean tunnel, and touch-friendly starfish and anemones for an immersive experience that is as educational as it is exciting.
Finally, make your way to the Museum of Illusions where you’ll find with optical illusions that will taunt and tease you for an entertaining experience unlike any other. Home to a collection of holograms and optical illusions, each exhibit is a brilliant and playful reminder that our assumptions of the world are often nothing but a spectrum of illusions.
Amusing and awesome tricks will teach you about vision, perception, the human brain and science, so it will be easier to perceive why your eyes see things that your brain cannot understand. After you’ve made your way through each exhibit, and snapped mind-bending photos to show your friends and family back at home, be sure to stop at their playroom which features intriguing and educational games and puzzles that will challenge you in the best ways.
A trip to the Museum of Illusions is sure to ignite your imagination and challenge your perceptions of the world around you.
Heading to ICON Park for a day of fun? Be sure to check out their Play Pass, which lets you experience all 10 of their most popular attractions, including The Wheel, the all-new Great Florida Road Trip experience, SEA LIFE Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Museum of Illusions, Max Action Arena, 7D Motion Theater, Pearl Express, and more! Plus exclusive shopping and dining discounts up to 20% off - all for one low price!
The Play Pass is the ultimate ticket to endless family fun and unforgettable memories at ICON Park. Check out this ticket option and other ways to save on a day of play at ICON Park here.
Don’t let the afternoon showers dampen your summer fun! Escape them by embarking on a captivating adventure through International Drive's most unique museum attractions.
Whether you're a chocolate aficionado, a fan of the bizarre, an automotive enthusiast, or an explorer of illusions, an array of exciting new experiences await you in Orlando’s Most Dynamic Neighborhood! Plan your next family vacation to I-Drive at, where you'll find everything you need to craft the perfect itinerary. Start planning today, and get ready for an adventure like no other!