What is Icon Park?
Trying to avoid theme park type prices but still want to add some fun to this weekend? Icon Park is the place to go, lot’s of options and fun for everyone. Icon Park is located on International Drive in Orlando and houses multiple attractions. Not only are there thrill rides, you can find plenty of dining and shopping as well. It’s versatile in the way that you can bring the whole family here for the day or enjoy date night with your spouse or friends. ICON is free admission always for all guests & open Mon-Thurs 1-10pm and Fri-Sun from 1-11pm.
This space is actually still relatively new to the area, it’s only been open since 2015 but the concept has had some rebranding moments. There’s been a few name changes over the years like the Orlando Eye, The Coca-Cola Eye and now the Wheel at Icon Park. It’s mission has always been to provide tourists with an additional location here to visit other than Universal and Disney World. Starting with the construction of the famous Orlando Eye, the 400 ft. ferris wheel overlooking all of Orlando, it’s grown to 20 acre open promenade with restaurants, rides and shopping and has quickly become an Orlando staple.
Don’t worry about admission prices here, everyone is free to enter the park! Once again, this is a great place whether it’s a day that’s planned to the final detail or just a last minute idea, there’s truly not a lot of restriction when it comes to spending time here.
You can purchase snacks and drinks at smaller kiosks around the square or start the afternoon off with lunch and choose from 13 different restaurants. like Gordon Ramsay’s Fish and Chips–his newest location in Florida, Uncle Julio’s Mexican Cantina for taco tuesday, The Tin Roof for live music and events or stop into Tapa Toro’s for contemporary Spanish cuisine!
What goes best with good food? Great entertainment! Icon Park has Madame Tussauds wax museum and you can purchase tickets online for a head start! The Wheel at Icon Park is one of the most famous attractions in Florida, this massive ferris wheel has amazing views and makes for the perfect photo op! Don’t forget to brave rides like the Starflyer and the Orlando Slingshot! These rides are a must but just in case, you can find videos of visitors riding them online to see what you’re getting into first, because they’re definitely not for the faint of heart!