You may think you know Kissimmee. The year-round sunny weather, the theme park thrills, the exciting dinner shows, the great shopping deals, the perfect place to create lasting memories. But the locals will tell you there are even more things to do. And the best part is, some of Kissimmee's best-kept secrets are free!
Old Town Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment Complex, near Disney, is a great place to spend a day and still stay within your vacation budget because admission is free. Better yet, on weekends, Old Town becomes a haven for car buffs. On Friday nights, your family can stroll the streets eyeing some of the finest custom and exotic cars you've ever seen. And The Saturday Nite Cruise® features classic cars that just might bring back a few memories. Plus there's live music each night and it's a jumping street party that is simply fun.
Looking for more ideas? The historic and charming downtowns of Kissimmee, St. Cloud, and Celebration provide a number of great activities and diversions to while away a day. In Kissimmee, stop at the historic Courthouse, the oldest in continuous use in the State of Florida; then meander through the downtown area to see the Kissimmee Sculpture Experience. Each year artists submit their work and a dozen are selected to adorn the tree-lined streets. Then head to Lakefront Park, but be sure to check out the Monument of States along the way.
If you're a nature lover, you'll be interested to know that Osceola County has the largest population of nesting bald eagles in the continental U.S. It's also one of the country's few re-introduction sites for the endangered Whooping Crane. You and your kids can spot some of these awe-inspiring birds at Lake Lizzie Nature Preserve, the Osceola County Environmental Center, and in the Wildlife Management Areas of Bull Creek, Prairie Lakes, Three Lakes, and Triple N Ranch -all Great Florida Birding Trail sites near Orlando and the Central Florida region.
If you live to fish, be sure to drop a line into the lakes of Kissimmee, famous for their views and abundant bass. Lake Tohopekaliga, conveniently located in downtown Kissimmee, is known to avid fishermen around the world and is a fantastic place for boating, birding, and picnicking along the water's edge. You can also head over to East Lake Toho in St. Cloud for a full day of free family fun revolving around a beach, a playground, and several lakefront fishing spots including a tranquil fishing pier with a gazebo. It's also a great place to settle in with a good book.