April 18, 2014

Exploring International Drive in Orlando

I love that International Drive is pedestrian friendly.  I enjoy getting out and exploring Orlando and getting out on foot is the best way to discover this city.  There is so much to see and do along I-Drive and wandering about can make for a fun outing.

International Drive is known as the city's "Tourist Strip".  The 11 miles of the Drive is filled with hotels, shopping, dining, entertainment, recreation and more.  When I take a visit to I-Drive I focus on the area between Sand Lake and the Convention Center.  There is a lot going on in this corridor.  Here are some places I enjoy along this section.

Stop by for some bowling with friends or grab a bite to eat and a cocktail at the bar.
Kings Bowl Orlando on International Drive

The Yard House Orlando is opening up next week on April 24th.   There will be over 125 draft beers to choose from.  They will be open for lunch, dinner and late night dining.
Yard House on International Drive

I Drive 360 will be one of International Drive's newest attractions.  The Orlando Eye is just part of a larger entertainment complex.  There will be shopping, dining and attractions such as Madame Tussauds Orlando and Sea Life Orlando.
Orlando Eye on International Drive

Just across from the street from I Drive 360 is Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.  This is a great place to play mini golf.  
Pirates Cove International Drive

Café Tu Tu Tange is a local restaurant with a fun bohemian flare about it.  This tapas style restaurant is fun for groups.  There is artwork for sale adorning the walls.  The times I've been in I've seen artists at work among the diners.
Cafe Tu Tu Tango Restaurant

While wandering about International Drive we made our way over to Universal Blvd.  We were to headed to the Orange County Convention Center.  It was a nice walk with all the undeveloped open space.  I couldn't believe this was next to one of Orlando's busiest corridors.
University Boulevard in Orlando

I stopped by the Orange County Convention Center for a visit a couple of weeks ago.  This was my first time stepping foot in this massive complex.  There is so much going on here.  The Convention Center is quite an amazing set of buildings.
Orange County Convention Center

While walking back up International Drive from the Convention Center we came upon the Hyatt Regency Orlando.  What a beautiful hotel.  We went in to check out the lobby and came across their lounge Rocks.  This lounge is stunning with a stylish retro flair about it.  It would be a nice spot to enjoy a cocktail and take in the view of the pool.
Hyatt Regency Orlando on International Drive

Rocks Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Orlando

I enjoy wandering about Pointe Orlando.  It's a nice place to enjoy a bite at one other the many restaurants.  A couple of places I enjoy grabbing a bite and drinks are Marlow's Tavern and The Pub.
Pointe Orlando

Marlow's Tavern at Pointe Orlando

The Pub Orlando at Pointe Orlando

These places are just a sampling of what you will find when exploring International Drive.  I look forward to discovering more in this area.  

What are some of your favorite spots along International Drive?

April 17, 2014

The Pub Orlando at Pointe Orlando

I enjoy going down to International Drive and do a little exploring.  I prefer exploring International Drive between Sand Lake and the Orange County Convention Center.  It is well manicured and loaded with restaurants, shopping and entertainment.  Pointe Orlando is the Hub for all that.

There are many places to dine at Pointe Orlando and I like that you have such a variety.  I've wanted to check out The Pub since it opened two years ago.  We had a friend in town for a convention and thought The Pub would be a nice place to meet up.

April 15, 2014

Kings Bowl Orlando on I-Drive

Boy how bowling has changed since I was a kid growing up in small town Michigan.  Gone are the florescent lights and now comes the bling.  

Bowling is a fun activity for all and the folks at Kings in Orlando sure know how to do it up right.  This "30,000 square foot entertainment venue" is located in the heart of International Drive.
Kings Bowl Orlando on International Drive

April 14, 2014

Weekly Explorations in the Ivanhoe Village and Audubon Park neighborhoods of Orlando and a Look Ahead

Happy Monday Orlando!  I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather we had last week.  Last week I stuck close to home and didn't venture out too much.  This was my oldest daughter's last week of softball before school tournaments.  There were lots of tears this week with Senior Night celebrations.  She has been a part of the variety team since we moved here in February of 2011.  It's been a fun ride and I'm sad to see it end, but I look forward to her softball journey at the University of Tampa.


April 09, 2014

Local Eats at the Beach ~ Outriggers Tiki Bar & Grille in New Smyrna Beach

I was recently invited to come visit the Outriggers Tiki Bar& Grille over in New Smyrna Beach.  I have only been to New Smyrna Beach once and that was just a quick trip to the beach. 

When I got the invite I knew it would be a fun way to check out the Florida beach town and enjoy some tasty eats while doing so.  A bonus for me was being able to check out the New Smyrna Beach Brewing Company during our visit as well.

Bryan and I made the hour drive to New Smyrna Beach.  I had no idea they had such charming little beach town.  After enjoying a flight of beers at the brewery we found our way over to Outriggers.  I wish I would have known how close the restaurant was from town, as this would have made a nice walk.
Outriggers Tiki Bar & Grille in New Smyrna Beach