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Orlando is one of the entertainment capitals in America, and it’s not simply because of the world-class theme parks we have. Whatever activity you are looking to do, Orlando is sure to have it, and lots of it. This is especially true of the go-kart scene. There are several tracks in the city, but as the weather is beginning to heat up again, you can’t beat the air-conditioned indoor circuits. Here are 3 of the best indoor kart racing locations that every speed-lover should check out.

I-Drive NASCAR Indoor Kart Racing

Orlando’s original upscale indoor go-kart facility, I-Drive NASCAR features a challenging ¼ mile track for all drivers over 55” tall. Zoom through eight turns including hairpins, a chicane, and a “Senna S” in a race that is more than 8 minutes long. After the race, grab a drink and a bite to eat at the Grandstand Restaurant, which overlooks the whole track. After this, head over to the bowling alley, shoot some billiards, or play arcade games. It’s a place with fun for the whole family.

K1 Speed

If you’re looking for pure racing, head over to K1 Speed. They have two different circuits, one for classic racing and another for more drift-heavy racing. Their electric karts accelerate extremely quickly and can reach up to a staggering 45 mph. Skill and precision go far here as racers receive their lap times at the end of each circuit. Compete against your friends and family, and see how your times stack up against course records.

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

Andretti is probably one of the most unique experiences in Orlando. Their world-class track is the world’s longest indoor track, complete with steep elevation changes and even banked turns. This track is truly a game-changer from the more basic flat tracks, but this is just the beginning of what Andretti has to offer. Their facility also features a boutique bowling alley, an arcade, 3D simulators, a high-ropes course above the arcade, and laser tag. The whole family could spend all day at Andretti and still not exhaust all the possibilities.

Rosen Inn International is conveniently located near all three of these exceptional indoor go-karting facilities. But more importantly, our own facilities are just as exceptional. At Rosen, you’ll find welcoming rooms, comfortable amenities, and a hospitable staff in a family-friendly environment. Book your stay today online or by calling us at 407-996-1600.

Orlando City Soccer has brought excitement to hundreds of thousands of fans since the club joined the MLS in 2015. The city embraced the team instantly, bringing over 60,000 fans for the first match in the Citrus Bowl. Today, the experience has changed dramatically since that first game. The brand-new Orlando City Stadium is only one of the best venues for watching soccer in the country, with notable design features that enhance the spectator experience and honor the Orlando community.

A Soccer Fan’s Dream

One of the best parts about watching Orlando City play live is that there truly is not a bad seat in the house. Whether you sit at field-level or in the upper deck, at midfield or behind the goals, the stadium was designed to create the best view for every patron. It is an intimate stadium, so there’s no “nosebleed” seats or partially obstructed views. In fact, there are unique benefits to sitting in each area of the stadium. Appreciate the speed, strength, and technique of the players when you sit in the lower bowl, or observe the tactics and shape of the teams from higher up.

Orlando City games aren’t just for soccer-heads. The team is often (somewhat affectionately) called the “cardiac cats” because their games often come down to the wire with last-second goals and crazy situations. Our stadium is also known for being one of the best in-game fan experiences in the MLS with constant singing, chanting, and cheering. The atmosphere is truly electric. Wherever your family ends up, the excitement of the game and athleticism of the players will wow everyone.

Fun for Everyone

Though stadium food isn’t normally considered to be great, the new stadium denies these expectations with gameday favorites, healthy options, and gourmet selections. On the first level, grab a Cuban bowl at Esta Noche or tacos at Casa Del Sol. Score some club-level seats and you are in for a real treat. The West Club features a delicious assortment of complimentary premium food options like teriyaki pork tenderloin, chicken green chili flautas, vegetable baked ziti, fruits and vegetables, and deserts along with complimentary beer, wine, soda, and water.

Before the game, be sure to show up a couple hours early to check out the FanZone right outside the stadium on Church Street. There, you will be able to grab drinks and snacks and listen to a live DJ while the kids have fun playing games and participating in activities perfect for them. The buzz around the stadium pre-game will also get everyone even more excited for the match.

Need a place to stay before or after the game? Rosen Inn International is the perfect Orlando hotel for you and your family. We offer comfortable, clean accommodations at a price that won’t break the bank. To book a room today, visit our website or call us at 407-996-1600.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to soar above Orlando, guided only by a gentle breeze? Next time you are in Orlando experience it for yourself with a hot air balloon ride over the Walt Disney World area. Whether you are traveling solo, with your partner, or with the kids, it’s the perfect new activity that is sure to add a little something special to your Orlando vacation.

Soar Over the Walt Disney World Area

If you’d like to float over some of your favorite Orlando attractions, considering booking your hot air balloon ride with Painted Horizons. They’ve been safely guiding visitors on lofty tours of the Disney area since 1991, and anyone ages 7 and up is welcome on their flights. All their pilots are FAA certified so you know you are in good hands.

Once airborne, your pilot will guide the balloon over Orlando, treating you to some spectacular views. Depending on wind direction, you may travel as high as 3,000 feet above the ground. After you land, you’ll be treated to a complimentary champagne breakfast including pastries, cheese, and crackers. Sparkling cider is available as an alcohol-free option.

Preparing For Your First Hot Air Balloon Ride

  • Wear Closed Toe Shoes

You’ll be standing for the entirety of your flight, and depending on which flight option you choose, there may be several people sharing the basket with you. Make sure to choose comfortable, closed toe shoes for maximum comfort.

  • Bring Your Camera

The Painted Horizons crew will be available to snap a photo of you just before liftoff so you can share you adventures with the world. Once in the air, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to capture aerial shots of Central Florida. Don’t forget to bring the camera strap, too!

  • Be Flexible

Hot air balloon rides are dependent on the weather, so be advised there may be last minute cancellations. If that is the case, your flight will be rescheduled for the next available flight date.

  • Get a Good Night’s Sleep the Night Before

Winds are calmest just after sunrise so your hot air balloon ride will be scheduled in the early morning hours. Getting good rest beforehand will help you make sure you arrive on time and with plenty of energy to enjoy your flight.

Rest up at Rosen Inn International

Of course, when it comes to getting a good night’s rest, it is crucial that you choose the right Orlando hotel. Rosen Inn International offers spacious rooms with Simmons Beautyrest® pillow top beds, perfect for a restful sleep. Plus, it’s just a 10 minute drive to your hot air balloon ride at Painted Horizons so you’ll enjoy a calm morning the day of your flight. Book your Orlando hotel room today by calling 407-996-1600.

June is a fairly slow month for the Orlando City Soccer Club and for the MLS as a whole, as the league takes a break in the middle of the month to allow for national team play. The Lions play just three matches this month, and all of them are away from home. However, the women’s soccer team, the Orlando Pride, takes the field at Orlando City Stadium twice this month.

OCSC at Montreal Impact

Saturday, June 1 | 4:00 PM

Montreal opened their 2019 season in good form. At the time of writing, they have come off of an undefeated preseason and kicked off their season with a 2-1 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes. They look posed to rebound this year after just narrowly missing out on the playoffs last year. Watch this away game from the Topsy Turvey Lounge.

Pride vs. North Carolina Courage

Saturday, June 1 | 7:30 PM

The Orlando Pride open the month with a tough matchup against last season’s reigning champions. The North Carolina Courage finished the 2018 season 16 points clear of the second place Seattle Reign FC. They were the only team to have 10 or more wins last season (with 14 total!), and they seem prepared to repeat again this year. This game is one of the premier matchups in the entire league and definitely worth watching in person from Orlando City Stadium.

National Team Break

Friday, June 14 – Friday, June 21

OCSC at D.C. United

Wednesday, June 26 | 8:00 PM

D.C. United’s preseason fixtures didn’t appear to be much of an indicator for their current form heading into the 2019 season. They stand to make the playoffs again this year. Orlando City will have a fairly tough matchup when they travel to the nation’s capital for this away-game matchup.

OCSC at Columbus Crew

Saturday, June 29 | 7:30 PM

Much like the aforementioned D.C. United, there is little to learn from Columbus’s preseason matches. They drew twice, and beat recent expansion team FC Cincinnati 3-0 before officially opening their 2019 season with a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls. This will be another test on the road for Orlando City, but it is definitely a winnable match.

Pride vs. Chicago Red Stars

Chicago and Orlando are just about as evenly matched as you can get in the National Women’s Soccer League if you go by last year’s standings. Both teams finished with 28 points on the season, with Chicago taking the third spot due to a better goal differential, despite Orlando having one more win.

Your Orlando Hotel Near the Orlando City Stadium

The Orlando City Stadium is just 9 miles from your room at Rosen Inn International, making it easy to enjoy the thrilling excitement of a live game. Feel like staying in? Watch the game on the big screen while enjoying some comfort food at Topsy Turvey Lounge, just off the lobby. To reserve your room at Rosen Inn International, call 407-996-1600.

Dear Evan Hansen at Dr. Philips Performing Arts Center

Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen is coming to Orlando for a limited engagement this spring. From April 16 – 21, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando will host performances of the smash-hit musical in its Walt Disney Theater.

Powerfully Dramatic and Darkly Comic

A profoundly contemporary and deeply personal tale about grief, lies, and the way we live, the new American musical follows young high schooler Evan Hansen as he pursues his dream of being noticed at any cost and the high-price of fitting-in.

Breathtakingly Beautiful Ballads

With a rousing score by Tony-, Grammy-, and Academy Award-winning composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La LandThe Greatest Showman), the Broadway tour of Dear Evan Hansen is a hot-ticket in Central Florida. In fact, the high demand for each performance of one of the most remarkable, socially-relevant musicals in recent years is drawing people from all over to the City Beautiful.

A Great Time for All

If you’re traveling to Orlando to see Dear Evan Hansen, make the most of your visit by taking in all that Central Florida has to offer. Include a day at one of Orlando’s many theme parks or explore the area’s hidden charms, including designer and boutique shopping, art museums, and midway fun on International Drive.

Comfortable Accommodations

To ensure your stay is comfortable and convenient, book a room at the Rosen Inn International. Located on I-Drive, the Rosen Inn International provides quick access to I-4 which leads both downtown and to all the main tourist attractions throughout Central Florida. To secure your stay, call us at 407-996-1600.

Orlando is best known for its family-friendly theme park entertainment but after dark, the city offers plenty of grown-up fun. Whether you want a casual night out or an elegant evening, Orlando’s nightlife is sure to add the right touch of nocturnal sizzle to your vacation.

Disney Springs

Sure, you’ve visited during the day, but now it’s time to experience Disney Springs at night. This premier entertainment complex comes alive as street musicians take over with sweet melodies on Spanish guitar, saxophone, digeridoo, and more. The 21+ crowd will enjoy the 1920s-inspired entertainment at The Edison featuring show-shopping acts with aerialists and burlesques dancers. Looking for a more laid-back evening? Enjoy a beer, southern-inspired food, and a concert at House of Blues.

CityWalk

Like Disney Springs, Universal’s CityWalk undergoes a magical transformation after sundown. It begins with the free parking after 6 p.m. and continues as nightclubs come alive with music and fans line up for concerts. Catch your favorite comedians and musicians at Hard Rock Café or enjoy the showmanship of the Blue Man Group. Want your turn in the limelight? Visit CityWalk’s Rising Star, a one-of-a-kind karaoke club where you take center stage. You’ll sing your favorite songs as a professional band and backup singers join you with live music and vocals.

International Drive

With its neon lights and surprisingly walkable distances, International Drive is another popular entertainment hub. Daredevils will want to take a spin on the new Starflyer at Icon Orlando or brave the World’s Tallest Slingshot at Magical Midway. After soaring over I-Drive, head over to Pointe Orlando for fine dining, entertainment, and Orlando’s best 4D movie theater.

Downtown Orlando

Party with the locals in downtown at some of Orlando’s most popular bars. Wall Street Plaza is the place to be where we gather in an outdoor courtyard and wander in and out of the surrounding seven venues in this location. Whether it’s Taco Tuesday, karaoke night, or a block party, Wall Street Plaza is always hosting fun, affordable events. Another popular spot to visit is The Beacham. A former vaudeville club, The Beacham is a staple of Orlando nightlife and hosts popular indie singers, DJs, and a variety of acts every week.

An Orlando Hotel Close to the Action

Rosen Inn International is perfectly situation on International Drive near the I-4 ramp, making it easy to enjoy Orlando’s nightlife. Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft operate throughout Orlando and are a budget-friendly way to get around, especially when visiting downtown bars and clubs. After a fun night out, enjoy a leisurely morning complete with a breakfast buffet in the lobby restaurant at Rosen Inn International. Reserve your Orlando hotel today by calling 407-996-1600.

A famous poet may have decreed April as the cruelest month, but what about May? The joys of spring break are now just a faint memory, while summer vacation is only barely visible on the horizon. Outside your window spring beckons, threatening your resolve to meet that latest deadline. Before you fall into the slump of living vicariously through social media, consider the latest travel trend: micro travel. While a long vacation might not be feasible right now, you can still enjoy a micro travel getaway that inspires and refreshes you.

What is Micro Travel?

Somewhere between minimalism and slow travel, micro travel feels very much like a Marie Kondo-inspired take on the traditional vacation. In fact, because micro travel can be anywhere from an afternoon adventure to a long weekend getaway, the idea is to declutter your vacation itineraries so you have room to focus on what is meaningful to you. The result is a highly curated, simple travel plan that allows you to enjoy a stress-free vacation centered on the things you love.

Micro Travel in Orlando

Because Orlando has so much to do, it’s easy to get lost in overwhelming travel plans that leave you feeling exhausted. For your micro travel adventure in Orlando, choose an attraction or area you like and plan your trip around it. For instance, if you are visiting Orlando for the weekend and you love movies, your plan might look something like this:

Friday:

  • Check-in at hotel
  • Have dinner on International Drive

Saturday:

  • Spend the day at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Meet and greet characters and enjoy favorite movie franchise rides

Sunday:

  • Check-out from hotel
  • Catch a 4D movie at Pointe Orlando, then explore nearby shops and eateries
  • Head home

An Orlando Hotel Near Top Attractions

Just like your micro travel itinerary, Rosen Inn International offers everything you need and nothing you don’t. Our location on International Drive makes it easy to explore Orlando’s tourism district and nearby Interstate 4 takes you to points of interest throughout the city. If you find yourself withering away as you wait for summer vacation to arrive, treat yourself to a micro travel adventure. Book your Orlando trip by calling 407-996-1600.

Best Spring Break Destinations

While the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale, Daytona, and Panama City have each been popular Spring Break destinations of Florida’s past, Orlando has now taken over as the premier destination for families and college-age spring breakers. An ideal setting for an annual week-long celebration, Orlando’s all-inclusive, packaged vacations offer tons of things for all ages to enjoy. From family-friendly theme parks to refreshingly fun water parks, here are some of Orlando’s best spring break destinations.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Harry Potter-themed attractions have become the go-to destinations for spring breakers who prefer Butterbeer over actual beer. By bringing the books of J. K. Rowling to life, Universal Orlando Resort is literally able to transport guests into the Wizarding World on the Hogwarts Express. The fully-immersive train ride runs between Universal Studio’s Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade located at the foot of Hogwarts Castle in Universal’s Island of Adventure. There are also several themed and interactive thrill rides based on the film such as Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts 3D ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey dark ride, and The Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster.

Orlando Water Parks

Spring break just isn’t complete without some aquatic fun. Orlando vacationers can cool-off from their studies by slipping and sliding around at these popular Central Florida water parks.

  • Volcano Bay – Consisting of four separate villages, Universal’s new water park features peaceful pools and thrilling slides including the Ko’okiri Body Plunge inside the 200-foot tall Krakatau volcano.
  • Typhoon Lagoon – The classic Disney water park sits across from Disney Springs marketplace and features multiple tube slide flumes and family raft rides.
  • Blizzard Beach – This icy-themed Disney water park won’t leave you chilly with its Slush Gusher body slide and the world’s tallest and fastest Summit Plummet water slide.
  • Aquatica – Adjacent to SeaWorld, the water park features two wave pools, lazy and rapid rivers, and multiple slides that navigate in and around aquatic habitats for dolphins and other sea life. Adding to the value of this family-friendly water park, the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards recently certified Aquatica as an Autism-friendly center.

Stay Close to the Action

With so many spring break destinations spread across The City Beautiful, you’ll need a hotel central to all the fun. With nearby shopping, dining, and entertainment options, the Rosen Inn International is conveniently located on I-Drive in the middle of all the attractions. To book a room for your unforgettable Orlando spring break, call us today at 407-996-1600.

Got kids to entertain or are you just looking for a creative way to keep up your fitness while on vacation? Either way a trampoline park is a great way to burn off extra energy and have fun. Check out our top picks for trampoline parks in the Orlando area.

Airheads Adventure Area

You’ll bounce off the walls at Airheads Adventure Area. This facility may be simple but you’ll enjoy the thrill of reaching new heights on their many trampolines. There is also a special area dedicated to dodge ball. If you get hungry, Airheads Adventure Area has got you covered with refreshments and a variety of food including salads, wraps, sandwiches, and pizza. They even offer party platters for large groups, so invite the whole family.

Outer Limitz

Over at Outer Limitz you’ll enjoy a giant trampoline arena with 38 trampoline beds. But, in case that isn’t enough, they also have a foam pit you can jump into, a netted ropes obstacle course, and a basketball arena where you can slam dunk like the legends. Kids will enjoy the spider zone, a five level climbing structure that is a maze of straps, just like a spider’s web. Their goal is to make it to the top and ring a bell without getting stuck.

Defy Orlando

Orlando’s newest trampoline park is also the largest. In addition to its large trampoline zone, guests can work their way through foam pits, a trapeze, aerial silks, slack lines, and more. There is even a ninja obstacle course where you can prepare to become the next ninja warrior. If you are visiting with young children, Defy Orlando offers a daily session from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. called KidJump, which is exclusively for children 6 and under. Older kids and teens will enjoy theme nights with dubstep, hip hop, and more, as well as club nights for kids 15 and older with laser lights.

Family-Fun at Your Orlando Hotel

If all that jumping didn’t wear you out, you can still enjoy some family-fun at Rosen Inn International. Take a dip in our outdoor swimming pools or let the kids play in the sunshine on our outdoor playground. Of course, don’t forget to grab a snack at Lite Bite, our mini-market located in the lobby and open until midnight. Reserve your Orlando family vacation today by calling 407-996-1600.

Florida Strawberry FestivalEach March, Plant City, Florida celebrates their strawberry harvest for 11 straight days and nights. This year, they’re starting the festivities a day early when the Florida Strawberry Festival kicks off on Thursday, February 28 and runs until Sunday, March 10, 2019. What started in 1930 has grown to an annual event that draws premiere headlining entertainment and over 500,000 visitors each year. Here is some of the fun you can experience at the 2019 Florida Strawberry Festival.

Delicious Strawberry Treats

The Florida Strawberry festival serves all things strawberry. From chocolate-dipped strawberries and strawberry milkshakes to strawberry pie and their world-famous strawberry shortcake, the event will likely leave its mark on your stomach and probably your shirt. Adventurous guests can even purchase a slice of strawberry pizza on their way to the concert of the day.

Live Entertainment

The festival features live concerts each day of the event at the outdoor Wish Farms Soundstage. Prices vary for each performance depending on the headline entertainment. This year’s line-up welcomes such massively successful artists as Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Martina McBride, STYX, Kool & the Gang, and country music legends Willie Nelson and Alabama, among others.

Fun for Kids of All Ages

In between the food vendors and music tents rests a land of thrills. The festival includes the Belle City Midway full of carnival rides, games, and attractions as well as pint-sized rides for younger children at the SunnyBell Kiddie Korral. Wristband purchases are required for unlimited rides each day. Adults who lack the digestive tolerance for rides can browse the Neighborhood Village. Located on the east side of the festival, the village is a marketplace where community members can sell homegrown and handcrafted goods. The festival also showcases art exhibits and youth livestock shows.

Make the Most of Your Visit

Just outside of Orlando, the Florida Strawberry Festival is an-inclusive, all-welcoming week-and-a-half of Florida fun. When planning their visit to the festival, savvy vacationers book-end their trip with a day at one of Orlando’s theme parks. To make the most out of your trip, book a stay at the Rosen Inn International. Conveniently located on I-Drive, the Rosen Inn International provides quick access to I-4 and all the attractions in Orlando. To reserve your stay, call us today at 407-996-1600.

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