Welcome to Osceola County
Let’s take a trip back in time…
The new Osceola County Welcome Center & History Museum takes you on a journey back to a time when wildlife ruled the land and Native Americans and early settlers were just beginning to discover the area’s natural paradise.
Your journey begins as you step up to the replica of an old steamer ship, where you are welcomed by the friendly and informative staff to venture-forth into the unique combination of visitor center, nature center and history museum. Make your way through life-like displays of wildlife in their natural habitat and scenic landscapes of forests and waterfronts. Sights, sounds, smells and touch all add to the experience and interactive touch-screens allow you to dig a little deeper into the history of the area and its residents. Get a bird’s eye view from a giant eagle’s nest, stand back as a lighting storm sparks fire in the forest and stock up on your souvenirs before you go.
The center is one of the best ways to get a feel for the area and the way it was hundreds of years ago. Cases of artifacts, photographs and décor take you to another time and place. It is also the gateway to Shingle Creek Regional Park, offering a blend of both nature and history spread over 450 acres.
Any information you may need to further enhance your vacation experience is available at the Welcome Center. For those locals looking to learn a little more about the history of Osceola County, enjoy a walk through this beautifully designed center. The Center is operated by the Osceola County Historical Society and partners include the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Committees Trust.