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This fascinating science amusement park is a modern fun-house of high-tech gadgetry and hands-on discovery for inquisitive young minds.

Nothing is what it seems at WonderWorks Orlando. It starts with the building, which resembles an upside-down white stucco mansion. This self-proclaimed “amusement park for the mind” is devoted to the wonders of science and nature and aims to fire the imagination of young and old.

This unusual attraction has a rich visual appeal throughout, yet virtually all of the 100 or more exhibits have an interactive and educational quality too. After passing through the gravity-defying inversion tunnel you will be subjected to the full force of nature. Experience the sensation of a magnitude-5.3 earthquake or be swept off your feet by a simulated hurricane-force wind, a great photo opportunity.

High-tech virtual reality gadgets play a key role at WonderWorks, giving both mind and body a strenuous workout and endless fun. Fly a jet fighter simulator or experience high-speed visual thrills on the XD Theater 4D extreme motion ride. In the popular WonderCoasters exhibit, design your own virtual roller coaster and then climb aboard and ride it.

Explore the art of illusion, play with shadows and get creative with color in the Light and Sound Zone.

Sharp shooters of all ages can get competitive with a game of all-action Lazer Tag, set in a huge back-lit maze. For a “relaxing” contrast, get horizontal on a real bed of nails. To round off the day in style, finish up at the Outta Control Dinner Show for entertainment including improvised comedy, magic and music to accompany unlimited food and wine.

There is such a lot to take in and experience, especially for kids with a lot of energy to burn, so allow at least three to four hours for your visit. Some of WonderWorks' exhibits have a minimum height restriction for children.

WonderWorks is located on International Drive less than two miles (3.2 kilometers) from downtown Orlando. Pay to park in the nearby lot or use the I-Ride Trolley service, which stops at a number of attractions along International Drive.

WonderWorks is open every day of the year.

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Lodging Near Wonderworks

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Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando

9000 International Drive, Orlando
of 5, from 3,484 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Set directly on International Drive, this Orlando hotel is just a short walk from the Orange County Convention Center. The hotel is also in close proximity to SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Studios Florida, and Walt Disney World.

Avanti International Resort

Avanti International Resort

8738 International Dr, Orlando
of 5, from 5,264 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is within 3 miles of SeaWorld and Universal Studios and 8 miles from Walt Disney World Resort.

Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa Universal Studios Area

Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa Universal Studios Area

9500 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando
of 5, from 7,506 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa Universal Studios Area is perfect for families and closely located to Orlando's theme parks. SeaWorld® and Universal Studios Orlando® are a 5-minute drive, and Walt Disney World Resort is 10 minutes away. The hotel is also just minutes away from the Orlando Orange County Convention Center.

Orlando Metropolitan Resort

Orlando Metropolitan Resort

8444 Austrian Court, Orlando
of 5, from 4,859 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Close to SeaWorld

Rosen Plaza on International Drive

Rosen Plaza on International Drive

9700 International Dr, Orlando
of 5, from 1,183 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Across from the shops and restaurants of Pointe Orlando, this 14-story hotel is within 4 miles of SeaWorld and Universal, and within 8 miles of Downtown Disney Area.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando International Dr Conv Ctr

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando International Dr Conv Ctr

8978 International Dr, Orlando
of 5, from 1,173 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located on International Drive, this hotel is a block from Pointe Orlando's shops and clubs, 6 miles from Walt Disney World Resort, and 2 miles from SeaWorld and Universal Studios Orlando.

Quality Suites

Quality Suites

9350 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando
of 5, from 3,274 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Minutes from all major Orlando attractions, this hotel is within 3 miles of SeaWorld and within 6 miles of the Downtown Disney Area. Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom Park are within 12 miles.

Hyatt Regency Orlando

Hyatt Regency Orlando

9801 International Dr, Orlando
of 5, from 5,955 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Universal Studios: 4 miles