The Wild Side of I-Drive

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
This month we’re taking a walk on the wild side!
June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month, and on International Drive, there is no shortage of inspiring animal attractions. Make new friends, of animal descent, through exciting educational and interactive experiences at these attractions along I-Drive and beyond.
If you’re looking for a day of fun enjoyed alongside amazing aquatic animals, SeaWorld and its various attractions around Orlando’s Most Dynamic Neighborhood are sure to satisfy!

SeaWorld Orlando

A trip to SeaWorld Orlando will immerse you in the mysteries of the sea through up-close animal discoveries, amazing attractions, and unforgettable performances. If you’re looking to learn all about the animals who call the ocean home during your next trip to SeaWorld, check out these special experiences during your visit.
Waddle over to Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin where you can see five different species of penguins, then swim over to the Orca Underwater Viewing area to get a front-row seat to Orca whales gliding beneath the surface.
Head to Dolphin Cove where you can watch a playful group of bottlenose dolphins, then pop over to the Dolphin Nursery where you can watch mother dolphins caring for their calves. As you’re passing Journey to Atlantis, make a stop at the Jewel of the Sea Aquarium where you’ll be introduced to a fascinating underwater world exploding with color and luminescence.
After you get off of the thrilling Manta ride, head to the Manta Aquarium where you’ll find a unique 360-degree pop-up aquarium where Mantas will race by you in every direction.
Chat with pelicans, dance with sea lions, learn all about sea turtles and how you can help save them with an exciting theater showcase, go on a fascinating journey through one of the world’s largest underwater viewing tunnels in a one-of-a-kind Shark Encounter, and so much more - all in a day at SeaWorld Orlando

Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort where you and your family can experience exciting animal encounters in a breathtaking tropical oasis.
Whether you’re swimming with the dolphins, feeding tropical birds, snorkeling through a saltwater reef, or playing inches from a family of otters, you’re sure to have the adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy unlimited access to a fantastic selection of food and drinks all day long to fuel your exploring, and after you’ve had your fill enjoy some relaxation as you sit back and soak up the sun from the white sand beaches and tropical lagoons here.
Discovery Cove is a must-experience during a trip to International Drive. Learn more today
The next stop in the SeaWorld Family of attractions on I-Drive is Aquatica!
Aquatica is a whimsical, one-of-a-kind waterpark that only SeaWorld could bring you. Here you’ll find rivers that range from relaxing to racing, and slides that spin and soak you. Soar through lagoons filled with black and white Commerson’s Dolphins, wade in wave pools, and then sit back and relax on one of their beaches.
Fun is as endless as the sea at Aquatica, and you’ll learn a bunch about the animals who call the deep blue sea home along the way!

SeaLife Orlando

Located in The Wheelhouse of Orlando’s largest entertainment complex, ICON Park, SeaLife Orlando is the perfect stop for the whole family to enjoy some fun while discovering the wonders of the deep blue sea!
A trip to SeaLife Orlando lets you dive deep into the ocean where you’ll come face-to-fin with sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and more as you enter a world of glittering scales, humongous tentacles, and razor-sharp teeth. Explore Florida’s only 360-degree ocean tunnel to get a new perspective on the world down under and roll up your sleeves to touch-friendly starfish and anemones.
If you’re a brave explorer head to their virtual reality theater to jump on a boat with shark dive specialists and take a trip to the Bahamas where you’ll get a closer-than-ever look at the magnificent Tiger Shark!
And before your visit, be sure to inquire about their behind-the-scenes tour. For just $10 per person, this 35-minute guided tour will give you a look at what it’s like for a day in the life of an aquarist, teaching you all about how they care for their many sea creatures and the work they do to support the conservation and protection of many marine animals. Learn more about a day trip to SeaLife Orlando today!

Fun Spot America

No visit to I-Drive is complete without a trip to Fun Spot America. During your next visit to Fun Spot, be sure to stop by their new Gator Spot exhibit!
Gator Spot is brought to Fun Spot America Orlando with the help of Gatorland, a 110-acre park in Kissimmee Internationally known as the “Alligator Capital of the World.”
If you’re looking to get up close and personal with Florida’s official reptile, among some other creepy crawlies, a stop at the Gator Spot is a must!
Can’t get enough of your scaly new friends? Be sure to plan a day at Gatorland just beyond I-Drive for a full reptile experience.

Beyond I-Drive

At Gatorland, you’ll meet alligators, crocodiles, wild cats, birds, snakes, tortoises, and other small critters during a day full of thrilling experiences. Whether you’re zip-lining across an Alligator Breeding Marsh, finding your seat on one of their off-road monster vehicles for a “Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure”, or catching one of their educational shows, we’re sure you’ll find a visit to Gatorland is worth the short drive from International Drive.

Wild Florida

Another exciting animal attraction just beyond I-Drive is Wild Florida
Hold on tight as you embark on an exciting airboat tour in the Everglades that offers a unique way to see Florida’s native wildlife and foliage up close! Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet, as you travel down gravel paths for their Drive-Thru Safari, where you’ll discover more than 150 native and exotic animals roaming freely. Catch an educational show or two, enjoy various animal encounters, step inside the tropical bird aviary, and more - all in a day!
If you’re looking to get to know Florida’s wildlife better, a trip to Wild Florida is the perfect family outing for your next Orlando vacation.

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

If you’re looking for the ultimate Zoo experience, the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens is it. They’ve got it all, from mammals and birds to invertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles. Plus, enjoy various educational shows and experiences that will teach you all about animals ranging from native, to exotic, and endangered species from around the world.
Treat yourself and your family to a day at one of the wildest places to visit in Central Florida. From watching a greater one-horned Indian rhinoceros relax in his pool to feeding a giraffe and seeing snakes slithering up close, a trip to the Central Florida Zoo is sure to introduce you to the world’s most magnificent creatures.
June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month, and with so many amazing animal attractions on I-Drive and beyond, there’s no better place to take a walk on the wild side. Enjoy a day of family fun and discovery as you explore these exciting animal attractions in Orlando’s Most Dynamic Neighborhood